What To Look for When Buying a Rangehood

The rangehood is one of the most important aspects of your kitchen as it keeps the air in your home clean and fresh by removing smoke, cooking odours, oil, grease and heat from your home, with style choices ranging from sleek and modern to traditional – and four different types to choose from – rangehoods can make a great feature of your kitchen. Let’s explore the options.

Types Of Rangehoods

Finding the right Rangehood starts with understanding which type of Rangehood will suit your kitchen layout, along with your cooking appliance selections. Let’s begin by exploring the four main types of Rangehoods.

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Undermount Rangehoods
The most unobtrusive option, undermount rangehoods are popular as they’re discreetly installed above the cooktop into kitchen cabinetry. While that means undermount rangehoods are visually hidden away, it does limit their effectiveness as their air collection area is reduced and they may not be as effective as canopy rangehoods in collecting steam.
Canopy Rangehoods

Set against the wall, a canopy rangehood channels the style vibes of a commercial kitchen as they are usually made of stainless steel and due to their larger size, they are indeed a feature piece. They’re the choice of serious cooks as they are extremely effective at capturing steam, smoke and cooking odours, thanks to its large air collection area and powerful function.


The most important thing to consider before selecting a rangehood is to measure the width of your cooktop. This will determine the size of the rangehood you require – the size should be the same – to effectively clear smoke, heat, odour, condensation, grease and more, to keep the air in your home clean and fresh.

The next step is to measure the area above your cooktop, regardless of the type of rangehood you’re looking to buy. Be sure to check the dimensions of the rangehood you’re interested in to ensure it will fit in your kitchen.

Making sure your measurements are accurate is critical, because you don’t want a rangehood that is too small for the size of your cooktop, If that happens, your rangehood won’t do its job properly, and that is to clear your home of smoke, heat, cooking odours and more. Rangehoods keep air clean and fresh for healthy living.


Considering how air will exit your home is the other critical aspect to consider when buying a rangehood. A ducted rangehood removes odours and heat externally, while a recirculating rangehood does as the name suggests – it filters the air and recirculates it back into your kitchen.

“Ducted rangehoods are the most effective and powerful,” says Geraldine Gillespie. “They rid your home of harmful smoke, cooking smells and that lingering oil or grease you can often feel in the air after frying or cooking oily dishes.

“What many people don’t realise is that when you don’t have a rangehood that is working effectively, you’re also risking damage to your cupboards or cabinets, which are in close proximity to your cooking.”

The type of rangehood you choose might depend upon existing ducting, which may be concealed within cabinetry, vented outdoors or it may not be ducted at all. Check on existing ducting before making your choice.

Noise Level

Rangehood noise levels vary depending on the type of rangehood you choose and the fan speed you use during cooking. Most manufacturers provide a decibel rating, so you have an idea of noise levels, but if you’re after one that is as quiet as possible, check the features and look for one with a soundproof motor or special insulation to maximise soundproofing.

Rangehood Style

When it comes to rangehood style it’s all about the look you’re going for in your kitchen. Is the kitchen the feature of your home, with all the latest appliances – as much about their slick design as their function? Or do you want to make your stunning cabinetry the focus? These are the things you need to think about before deciding.

Installation Requirements

All rangehoods are required to be installed by a licensed electrician, while plumbers can set up your ducting. If you’re purchasing a recirculating rangehood ensure you purchase the kit required for the correct fitting.