I know for a fact that there is no particular range hood that works for everyone. Yes, there are some great models and some that are not worthy of mention. But how do you pick the right one for your home from the many "great models"? That's where I come in. I've done the research for you.
Together with my years of experience working with range hoods, the research I've carried out on consumer forums such as Houzz, the feedback on various merchant sites such as Amazon, eBay, and AJMadison and very importantly the back and forth communication I've had with manufacturers to clarify information on their models and service procedures has resulted in range hood reviews that are honest and to the point thereby saving you hours and hours of research. But, I still recommend that you do your own research before you buy a product, my goal is to guide you, that's all.
Things to Keep in Mind When Choosing Range Hoods
When buying range hoods, it is vital that you keep the following points in mind as they often end up burdening you as additional unexpected costs:
- Warranty: No matter the brand or the product, there is a possibility that the range hood has faults after a year of operation (a common initial warranty period). Replacement parts are typically expensive and it is highly recommended that you also buy the extended warranty whenever you buy a range hood. This is something I recommend on all high end appliances.
- Installation Costs: It's very likely that you are not a professional at DIY projects and you may not have the confidence to install the range hood yourself. Therefore, when keeping your budget in mind, make sure that you leave room for installation costs. At times professional help for 2-4 hours. In case of heavier hoods, it's possible that you would have to hire two people to get the job done.
Apart from the critical points above that most people tend to forget about, there are plenty of other factors to consider when picking a range hood for your kitchen. Please check out our range hood buying guide to help you better understand this appliance.