steaming pot on stove with rangehood

A rangehood is essential in any kitchen if you want to protect the walls and ceiling from staining, and reduce smoke and unwanted cooking smells throughout the house. Here are some handy tips to buying the right rangehood without having to install ducting.

Not every kitchen has rangehood ducting, but every kitchen can still have a rangehood, thanks to the variety of recirculating rangehoods on the market. They simply suck the smoke and steam in through the filter, and send the air back out again, clean.

They're the perfect solution. No stains on the walls, no smoke circulating throughout the room, no unwanted cooking smells.

Cost-effective solution

One obvious consideration with our tips to buying the right rangehood, is cost. Ultimately, you can only get what you can afford. If you're on a tight budget, then the beauty of recirculating rangehoods is, they really fit the bill.

They have many benefits, including;

  • Cost-effective. Some brands you can pick up for just a couple of hundred dollars
  • Easy to wall mount
  • No need for installing vent and ducting, which is even more money saved

It's easier on your pocket, does the job, and lifts the look of your kitchen tremendously.

kitchen stove top with rangehood

The size of your cooktop matters

A quality recirculating rangehood will remove the smoke, unwanted odour, heat, and grease when you're cooking so you can breathe easier and enjoy an enhanced cooking experience.

One of the first things to consider when purchasing one is the size of your cooktop. Being wall-mounted rangehoods, you'll want your canopy to be equal in size to your cooktop, or even a little larger, ideally overlapping a little on each side.

The larger the canopy of the hood, the better it can trap unwanted grease, heat, smoke and odour. Slide-out rangehoods are very handy because in one easy motion they slide out to increase the size of the canopy, and then slide back in again when not in use.

Mounting the rangehood

With ductless rangehoods, they’re normally mounted under the overhead cabinets. They’re normally designed for fitting under a universal size cabinet. If you don't have overhead cabinets then that rules out the slim range of slide-out rangehoods.

The good news is, there are larger recirculating rangehoods which look like ducted rangehoods. They're height and size are perfect to mount in the space above the cooktop. Their clever design means you would never know they weren't ducted.

These still offer the convenient slide-out feature to enlarge the canopy size over the cooktop.

Next thing to look at is the finish.

The perfect match for your kitchen design

One of the most important things to remember is matching the design of your kitchen. This is where stainless steel comes in very handy.

The benefits of being stainless include:

  • The finish works with any kitchen design
  • It's easy to clean
  • Has a high resistance to rust and corrosion
  • It looks sophisticated
  • It's long lasting

With a stainless steel rangehood, you can't go wrong with your existing kitchen design.

person holding stainless steel cooking pan on gas cooktop

Is your cooktop gas or electric?

Included in these handy tips to buying the right rangehood is taking note of what the actual cooktop itself is, and what type of cooking you'll be doing. This will decide how powerful your rangehood needs to be.

The rangehood needs to move air and this is measured in cubic feet per minute (CFM). If you have an electric stove, you'll need 100 CFM for every 25cm in width that your cooktop is. So, if you have a 600cm wide cooktop you'll need 240 CFM.

If you have a gas stove, you need to know the British thermal unit (BTU). BTUs measure heat energy on a gas cooktop to determine the cooking power. The higher the BTUs, the higher the heat you can achieve and usually the bigger the flame. Your rangehood needs to be able to meet this energy level to operate effectively.

To find out the CFM rate you need in a new rangehood, take the maximum number of BTU's of your gas stove, and divide it by 100. If you have a 64000 BTU gas stove, then you'll need a rangehood with 640 CFM, such as the Bestlink 60cm Premium Recirculating Stainless Steel Slide-out Rangehood available at Bathware Direct.

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