As the beating heart of your home, your kitchen’s design can significantly impact your family life. From catch-ups over a quick bite at the kitchen island to relaxing family meals around the dining table, your kitchen needs to seamlessly facilitate your busy lifestyle while providing a calming and comfortable environment to unwind in. When preparing to remodel your kitchen, it’s important to factor in a suitable range hood for your overall kitchen design.
The right range hood doesn’t just complete your kitchen with an elevated and cohesive aesthetic. It also enhances its functionality and makes it a safer space for everyone to spend time in. How many times has a taller family member hit their head off the corner of your old range hood? Or maybe the smoke alarm has become the unwanted soundtrack to cooking in your home? Whatever the problem, investing in a functional, durable range hood for your kitchen might just be the solution. But with so many options for kitchen range hoods available, it can be difficult to know where to start.
We’ve broken down the selection process into 7 simple steps to help you choose the best range hood for your kitchen so you can enjoy the full potential of one of the most important rooms in your home.
1. Consider your kitchen layout
Range hoods aren’t exactly one-size-fits all. Taking the layout of your kitchen into account will help you decide what kind of range hood will work best in your space. For instance, if you’ve got a smaller space, maybe you’d want to opt for something a little sleeker and more compact that complements your kitchen without taking up too much space, like our ST1100 design. Larger spaces and open-concept kitchens allow for a little more choice in terms of design.
Selecting one of our statement designs as a focal point can totally transform the overall impact of your space without taking away from other elements of your kitchen’s design.
2. Decide on a ventilation system
There are two different kinds of ventilation systems for cooking ranges: vented and ductless. Vented hoods remove odors and grease while you cook through a duct that leads outside, while a ductless range hood sucks in and filters the air before recirculating it into the kitchen. Vented hoods are generally more effective at keeping the air clear. But, they have specific installation requirements that won’t work for every kitchen. Look into each option and find out what’s best for your home as you decide.
3. Measure your cooking area
When you’re trying to cook up something delicious at the end of a long day, the last thing you want is to be bombarded with excessive smoke or steam. And worse – the dreaded smoke alarm! For your ventilation system to capture as much smoke and cooking odor as possible, it’s essential that your range hood covers the entire cooking area.
We recommend measuring the size of your cooktop. Ideally, your range hood should extend a few inches beyond the sides of your cooktop – or at least be the same size – for maximum efficiency.
4. Choose your range hood design style
At Stoll, we offer a variety of remarkable, hand-crafted range hood designs to suit any kind of kitchen, regardless of style, layout, or size.
Whether you’re after something modern or traditional, understated or bold, our expert designers have created unique styles that blend effortlessly with your home’s interiors and add a deeper layer of elegance to your kitchen.
Maybe you're looking to update your kitchen but are unsure if you need to replace your current range hood.
We can give your existing hood a new lease of life by overlaying your wood or metal hood with decorative accents such as banding and rivets to elevate its aesthetic and make it look totally unique, with over 30 different finishes for you to choose from.
5. Consider useful range hood kitchen features
As well as making your home look and feel fantastic, your range hood needs to improve the overall experience of your kitchen by flawlessly doing its job.
Custom range hoods are typically fitted with a fan insert, also called a liner. Many range hood liners come with useful features that can make cooking in your kitchen easier and more enjoyable, too.
Look for a fan insert that offers:
- Multiple fan speed options for different kinds of cooking
- Noise control features for a quiet range hood
- Built-in lights so you can see your cooker at any time
- Dishwasher-safe filters that are easy to clean and maintain
- A timer function that automatically turns off the hood after cooking
At Stoll, we offer different insert liners to suit your needs. In addition, all of our custom range hoods can be custom-built to precisely fit your fan insert of choice, so you can cook without worrying about smoke and odors.
6. Pick your materials and finishes
Choosing materials and finishes for your range hood is one of the ways you really get to let your personal tastes shine in your kitchen design. That’s why we offer a large selection of range hood options to achieve your desired look, color, and texture. From warm, earthy tones to bright, crisp metallics, our standard, premium, and solid finishes offer something for every taste and kitchen design concept, taking your space to new levels of beauty and comfort.
Design is all about the details; consider completing the look by customizing your range hood with rivets, banding, and accents.
7. Invest in quality craftsmanship and installation
When it comes to updating your kitchen, it’s important to remember – safety first. Always do your research and look for a skilled, reliable professional to design and install your new range hood.
Your kitchen is an essential hub in your home, so every appliance must be designed and installed with functionality, durability, and style in mind.
When you invest in high-quality materials, timeless designs, and expert installation, your kitchen range hood can be an important feature of your home for generations to come.
Elevate your home with custom steel range hoods and more from Stoll Industries
As a family-run business, we’re personally invested in enhancing your home life experience with exceptionally designed, hand-crafted steel products. Explore our collection of pre-designed range hoods or create a custom-crafted one to capture the essence of your kitchen, fitted with your ventilation system of choice, for the ultimate experience of your space.
For the best range hoods available, and to explore our other products, reach out to our dealers today, and let’s create the kitchen of your dreams together.