When it comes to buying appliances, it may have been some time in-between purchases and there are new features to consider. We have created a buying guide to help you select the right kitchen hood for you and your home.
When it comes to cooking, we can produce a lot of different smells or smoke and fumes depending on the dish. These may linger in the air or discolor your cabinetry, as well as have negative effects on your health. There are several different styles of kitchen hood and ultimately it comes down to the layout of your kitchen and venting options.
When you start to think about your kitchen design you need to consider how you like to cook, as this should determine the location of your appliances.
Consider your cabinetry
Are you looking to have a more traditional design with your stove and oven paired one under the other, or are you wanting to give your kitchen a more modern design by having your oven in a tower layout? Positioning the kitchen hood close to your stove but far enough away that you could have two cooks in the kitchen, one taking care of the oven and the other the stove.
Work triangle or work zones
This choice will ideally come down to the size of your kitchen. When looking at a kitchen work triangle you would have your appliances configured so that the line drawn between the refrigerator, cooking appliances, and sink/dishwasher creates a triangle which the cook can easily and efficiently move about the space. Whether you have a small or large space, you may alternatively look to have the area broken up into 5 zones, consumables, non-consumables, cleaning, preparation, and cooking zones, this allows the space to work in unison.
Purpose of your island bench
Sinks are the most common element found in a kitchen island with a dishwasher to the side. As years have gone by, the island bench has become the centre of the kitchen, it is the place where the work gets done and conversations with guests can happen.
Kitchen hood sizes
When it comes to selecting your kitchen hood you may be limited to what area you have above your stove to use. Before you start looking at models, measure the space so you can narrow down your selection criteria.
One that suits your stove
You ideally want a kitchen hood that is exactly the same width as your stove or slightly larger. As it will need to be able to easily extract smoke and fumes whilst you are cooking. If you buy too small you will find it struggle to keep up and this may cause lingering scents and fumes or for your smoke alarm to go off.
3. Types of Kitchen hoods
There are many types of kitchen hood available in the market, coming with different brands, colors, and features. Read on to find the best typed of kitchen hoods for your kitchen.
Typically found in commercial kitchens, kitchen hoods with chimney are a statement piece in any kitchen. With the unit being completely exposed and not installed into cabinetry, a chimney kitchen hood isn't for a household where you want your appliances to be heard but not seen.
- Large kitchen
Set the speed quickly and easily
Our chimney hoods offer mechanical push-button controls, ensuring your kitchen is clear of cooking odors, vapors and excess heat quickly and easily.
Smooth stainless steel
With a choice of dark or natural stainless-steel finishes, our kitchen hoods can be the statement piece in your kitchen.
Long-lasting LED lighting
With a low energy output and high illumination, our kitchen hoods give you clear sight on your creations on your stove.
3 fan speeds with an added boost
Keeping the air clear with adjustable fan speeds is easy with touch controls when you need a quick increase in fan speed press the boost button.
Fixed Kitchen hood
Designed to be permanently mounted onto the wall, this style of kitchen hood is the most commonly used.
- Small - Medium Family
- Apartment living
Reliably reduces cooking fumes
Create a cleaner atmosphere for you to cook, eat and relax in with this efficient kitchen hood. Its reliable motor effectively reduces cooking fumes so you can enjoy your time in the kitchen more than ever.
When installing a fixed kitchen hood, you can have it installed partially behind cupboard doors or simply under cabinetry.
Standard grease filter for a clean kitchen
Our reliable grease filter means you can always enjoy a clear cooking space. When a new filter is required, it can be easily washed or replaced. Your kitchen will be cleaner for longer.
4. Design & other considerations
White, Natural or Dark Stainless Steel
If you are looking to choose a kitchen hood that is more on the show than an integrated model, you should consider what finish will complement the rest of your appliance choices and the overall aesthetic of your kitchen. You have the option of three finishes; there is a traditional white or a modern update natural or dark stainless steel.
Choose from one brand
When upgrading your kitchen, one thing to note is, just as there are 52 shades of white, same goes for appliance finishes. For the best results, purchase your appliances from one brand to make sure all your appliances are integrated seamlessly.
Ducted or Recirculating
You have two circulation options when choosing a range hood, ducted or recirculating. A ducted kitchen hood means it will remove the air out of your kitchen and send it outside via piping.
If you can't send your kitchen hood fumes outside, you will need to look for a recirculating kitchen hood which recirculates the air via a filter and cleans the air before sending it back into the kitchen. However, recirculating is not as powerful as ducted, as you will need to replace filters more regularly.
Power or extraction rate
When looking at the power or extraction rate, it is measured in m3/hour. The higher the rate, the greater the amount of air that will be removed from your kitchen. You will need to consider the type of cooking you do; if you do a lot of wok cooking, you should consider a high extraction rate of over 700m3/hour.
Suppose your home has an open plan living design where kitchen hood noise whilst cooking may impact others who are watching TV. In that case, you might want to consider looking at a kitchen hood with the ability for its motor installed in the roof rather then it being with the kitchen hood unit in the house. By choosing a kitchen hood with this design, you will significantly reduce the noise in your kitchen.
Kitchen hood filters
Whilst all kitchen hoods come with filters, they are not the same filters across every kitchen hood. Most ducted models will have aluminium filters. These need to be cleaned by hand or in a dishwasher regularly to ensure your kitchen hood is working as hard as it can be.
Carbon filters in recirculating kitchen hoods use to remove impurities from the air. Once they have reached the end of their lifespan, you will need to replace with a brand-new carbon filter.
5. Warranty & Service
Subject to terms and conditions our kitchen hoods come with 36 months warranty in Egypt, following the date of purchase. Click here to view Terms and Conditions.
Support & Service
We have a Customer Care team available to assist you over the phone seven days a week, and a national network of experienced technicians and selected service agents. Offering a fixed price guarantee with no additional hidden labor costs, giving you peace of mind that your appliance is in good hands. Give us a ring at 19999 to arrange a service with Zanussi authorized service center today!
6. Kitchen hood FAQs
Question 1: What's the difference between ducting and recirculation mode in kitchen hood?
- Ducting mode: you need to open a hole on the wall above the hood and install a ducting hose to remove the smoke or smell that is being extracted up by the hood.
- Recirculation mode: you don't need to install a ducting hose as the air is being filtered using the grease and active carbon filter, then it's recycled back into the kitchen.
Question 2: What is the min and max allowance when installing kitchen hood from the countertop?
a. If kitchen hood needs to match with gas hob:
(i) Minimum height 650mm
(ii) Maximum height 750mm
b. If kitchen hood needs to match with electric hob:
(i) Minimum height 500mm
Question 3: What is the term to define the air flow rate (suction power) of kitchen hood?
Meter cubic per hour, i.e., 1400m3/hr