If you’re interested in purchasing a new under cabinet range hood, there are a few things to consider first.
In this article, we’re exploring the features to look for when searching for the best under cabinet range hood for your kitchen.
The Best Under Cabinet Range Hood
Sometimes the most obvious thing in life does not always appear to be the most important. For instance, having a car that looks nice is great. But does it always start? Does it run well? That is what is most important. Finding a significant other with a great sense of humor is enjoyable. But, without trust and honesty, you won’t have what is most important. Having a job that pays well is wonderful. But, if it sucks the life right out of you every day, aren’t you forgetting what is most important?
Do you see a pattern here? This same concept applies to your kitchen. If you have the most elegant kitchen with beautiful, stainless steel appliances and a top of the line design, but you are breathing in toxic air every time you cook – are you taking care of the most important aspect?
You need a range hood. It’s that simple.
The Purpose of a Range Hood
Here is the basic idea behind a range hood. When you cook, your food and cooking methods produce a lot of something into the air around you. This something could be moisture, heat, odors, food particles, toxins, etc. Carbon monoxide has even been known to show up as a result of cooking processes in the kitchen.
Now, think about it – there you are, standing over your range, cooking your food and breathing it all in.
Let’s take a step further. All the moisture and heat that invades your kitchen can be determinantal to the health of your kitchen and home. See, moisture can lead to mold and bacteria – it provides the perfect conditions for both. In fact, it presents it with the perfect breeding ground to grow over time, causing your family to breathe in dangerous air.
In addition, the heat produced by cooking can make it uncomfortable for anyone in and around the kitchen. But, it also causes your home’s cooling system to work harder. What does this mean for you? Increased energy costs, of course!
All of these are reasons are precisely why you need a range hood. As you cook, your range hood will pull the moisture, heat, and toxic air from your kitchen. It sends it through its system of filters that will clean and purify the air. Then, it pushes the clean air back into the kitchen. This allows you to only enjoy the good stuff while removing all the bad.
And, now you know why the range hood is the most important.
Different Types of Range Hoods
When it comes to purchasing a range hood, there are many types. In fact, they may even send your head spinning when trying to figure out what the best option is for you. First of all, there are ducted and ductless range hoods. Some range hoods are actually built into the home, having a series of ducts that run from the kitchen to an outdoor location. That means these hoods take your dirty air and release, not giving you anything clean in return. The ductless variety is much more popular, cleaning the air through a system of filters and returning clean air to your kitchen.
Second, the place in which you choose to install range hoods can vary. You’ve got a few different options:
- Under the cabinet
- Wall mount chimney hoods
- Downdraft hoods
- Island hoods
While they all have their benefits, perhaps the undercabinet option offers the most practicality without giving up style.
Benefits of an Under Cabinet Range Hood
Your range is what gives your range hood its important job. Therefore, it only makes sense that it would find itself directly above the range, right? These range hoods are installed above the range and underneath the cabinets – generally those smaller, hard to reach cabinets. Perhaps that is why it looks like the perfect spot.
Under-cabinet range hoods look as if they are a part of the range itself, giving off a uniform appearance. They are typically smaller than other range hood options, requiring less space and making less of a bold statement as other designs. However, they still add to the beauty of a kitchen.
Before deciding on your range hood, you need to consider the dimensions available in your kitchen so you can find the perfect fit.
These are the best of the best:
For a 30 inch range: Thor Kitchen Model Number HRH3006U. This 30 inch under cabinet range hood in stainless steel is the perfect match.
For a 36 inch range: Thor Kitchen Model Number HRH3606U. At 36 inches, this under cabinet range hood can handle anything you cook on the range below.
For a 48 inch range: Thor Kitchen Model Number HRH4806U. This 48 range hood is supercharged to handle the heavy cooking that can take place on such a large range. There is no job too small for this under counter range hood.
Features You Won’t Want to Miss
Ok, so you know the best range hoods to consider, but do you know what makes them the best? Thor Kitchen’s range hoods are designed with the same professional quality they give to all of their appliances. They are built to last. Plus, when it comes to features, they don’t disappoint!
- 3-speed fan touch control buttons
- Commercial-grade stainless steel baffle filters
- 15-minute pre-programmed auto shut-off
- Anti-fingerprint finish
- LCD lighting
- Dishwasher Safe Stainless Steel baffle filters with handles
- CSA Certified
Keep in mind, though, that the features and installation will vary depending on the specific model.
Well, there you have it – all the reasons why you need an under cabinet range hood – and which is the best under cabinet range hood for your kitchen. Thor Kitchen’s options are sure to give you a breath of fresh air for years to come.