Stainless Range Hood
A stainless range hood is
usually purchased to compliment the existing appliances, and by doing
this is brings the whole design together. I can't tell you how many
times I have seen mismatched appliances
in the same kitchen. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it just looks
out of place.
hoods made of stainless steel
have the advantage of being widely available and easy to find.
Surprisingly these range hoods can be very affordable, and can be found
for under $100 in the ductless
range hood style.
available start at 30 inches and
continue up to 60 inches for the commercial units. It all depends on
what size kitchen
you have or plan to buy. I personally like to keep the range hood the
size of the range, or cooktop. I think it looks better and doesn't take
away any storage by having to size down the upper cabinets to fit a
Stainless Range Hood Buyers
- Stainless range hoods should
be made from no less than 19 gauge metal.
- A stainless range hood
should be made from 304 or 316 stainless steel.
- If buying a ductless model
the filter should be a carbon type filter with a stainless mesh screen
in mind that stainless steel shows finger prints and dust, as well as
grease film. A special cleaning agent made for stainless steel is
Stainless steel hoods are most
commonly seen in contemporary kitchens, but can be used in transitional
kitchens as well.
Using this style hood can really bring your kitchen into the modern
age, by using a modern material.
Stainless steel range hoods
have the advantage of being easy to clean.
Cleaning is very easily done with a damp cloth for light cleaning.
Fingerprints do show on stainless steel, but can be removed by buffing
them out with a dry cloth. Using a wet cloth increases the possibility
of water spots, so using a dry cloth to dry the metal is a good idea.
Plus it helps it keep it's lustrous shine.
You can find stainless steel
hoods in the ducted, ductless, wall mount,
chimney, and under cabinet mount. The mounting depends on what you
would like. Some people prefer the hood to be attached to the underside
of a cabinet or hidden in the cabinet itself so it's out of sight. Like
I wrote, it all depends on your design and tastes.
The Different Styles Of
Stainless Range Hoods
This range hood is an under cabinet mounted hood. It simply attaches to
the underside of your over the range cabinet.
These are good if you wish to have a range hood that doesn't take up to
much space. They also do a good job of evacuating smoke in the vented
An under cabinet stainless range hood often comes with two options.
Ductless and vented. Just be sure to find out if both options come
together, or you may have to buy your specific kit seperately.
The next style of hood is the chimney style. These hoods are great in a
contemporary or transitional kitchen.
They are sleak, most are easy to clean, and easy to install.
The great thing about these is they hide the exhaust ducting.
Most of these are attached to the wall, but there are some that will
install over an island.
These can also be bought for a ductless or a vented application.
An over the island stainless range hood is an option. These
are great because they hide the fastening system.
This particular hood has glass as well, the glass takes the place of
the stainless on the bottom to give a more open feel. Well, because you
can see through glass.
With glass though, the cleaning does become a little more difficult
because you can see everything.
Like most of the range hoods today, these can be found in ductless and
For those of you who wish to have a low profile under cabinet stainless
steel hood should consider this range hood from Kaze.
It's only 3.5 inches high, probably half that of an ordinary under
cabinet range hood.
And it comes in stainless steel to match your tastes, and appliances.