Did you know that cooking can cause air pollution in your own home? Inhaling cooking grease, oil, and smoke is hazardous to your respiratory health as harsh toxins and chemicals are released whether using gas or electric appliances. This is why range hoods are one of the most important kitchen appliances you can purchase as they extract all of that unwanted air pollution from your home. They also help prevent odours, make cleaning a lot easier, and give homeowners a peace of mind that their environment is safe.

Range hoods have been around since the mid 20th century so you can only image how many innovations have been made over the years. There are so many different options to choose from that it can be overwhelming. We’re hoping this breakdown will make your life a whole lot easier when you are ready to shop around. Understanding all of the types of range hoods available will help you choose the best one that works for you.

Before we get into the various types of range hoods on the market, we suggest deciding on whether you want yours ducted or recirculating. Ducted range hoods are the best on the market as they push the air and odours outside completely removing them from your home, but they can take up space and cost more up front. Recirculating range hoods keep the air in your home, but purify it through a filter. The cost of the filters add up over time.

Types of Range Hoods

Fixed Range Hoods

Fixed rangehoods are great for the fact that they usually cover the entire stove area. This makes them extra efficient, but you’ll have to consider your space as it can get in the way.

Canopy Range Hoods

Known as the best option, canopy rangehoods add character to a kitchen as they are aesthetically pleasing. The can be installed free standing above an island or against the wall. 

Undermount Range Hoods

Popular for being hidden and out of site, undermount rangehoods are integrated into the cupboard. They usually don’t cover the full stove area so this may hinder its efficiency.

Retractable or Slide Out Range Hoods

Retractable rangehoods are practical as it slides out only when you need it, but aren’t as efficient as the other options due to their small steam collection area.

Downdraft Ventilation

Another great ‘out of sight’ option, downdraft vents are positioned behind the cooktop and pulled up only when needed. They suck in fumes and push them downward. Downdraft vents tend to be expensive, but work great for islands.