Rangehoods buying guide

A rangehood is an exhaust system that resides above the cooking area in your kitchen

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Shopping Checklist: Rangehoods

• Rangehood type

Rangehoods come in three main types -- canopy, fixed and slide-out. Choose a design that best suits your kitchen and budget.

• Ducted or recirculating?

Ducted rangehoods are a lot more effective at extracting air, but they are also more expensive and can be difficult to install. Recirculating rangehoods are generally more affordable, but they may struggle to remove smoke and heat.

• Extraction rate

Check the model’s maximum extraction rate before making your purchase. The higher the number, the more effective the rangehood will be at venting air.

• Filters

Most rangehoods have filters that need to be occasionally removed and cleaned. Make sure they are easy to detach/reattach. If you own a dishwasher, check if the filters are dishwasher-safe.

• Adjustable settings

Does the rangehood have adjustable fan speeds? This can help to reduce noise and energy consumption when using low heat or using less cooktop area.

• Lights

Does the rangehood have an inbuilt light? Is it dimmable? Is the bulb halogen, fluorescent or incandescent? Is there more than one globe for better visibility?

• Sound

How loud is the rangehood? Check the packaging to see if a decibel rating is offered. If possible ask in store if you can listen to the rangehood with its fan on.

• Removability

Can the rangehood be easily removed once installed? This is an important consideration if you are currently renting or plan to upgrade your kitchen in the future.

• Package

Can the rangehood be purchased as part of a package with other kitchen appliances such as the stovetop and oven? This may help you save money on the overall cost.

• Warranty

How long does the warranty last for? Don’t forget to check!

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