A downdraft range hood is something you may want to consider as a ventilation system with your home cooking stove if you are particularly limited on space in your kitchen or you just don’t like the looks of the other bulkier range hood options for your kitchen.
As you may know, all kitchen stoves or ranges must have adequate ventilation. In fact it is in the building and safety codes in most areas and often in the health departments codes as well.
So it is inevitable that you have some sort of ventilation system on your range no matter how cumbersome and unattractive you might think some of them are. That is where the downdraft range hood comes in though. It is a type of hood that is less bulky and less in the way than the over head types of range hoods. Some of them even pop up only when in use making them even more out of the way.
A downdraft range hood is basically a stove or range ventilation system designed to create a downdraft over the cooking surface of your stove or range. The downdraft causes all the heat, steam and dangerous grease vapors to get sucked down into the downdraft hood, filtered and expelled back into the air either outside the home or sometimes back inside the home, but in a safer form then they were to start with.
The downdraft hood types attach to the rear of the stove or range’s cooking surface and pulls down air into its filter and exhaust system. You will notice the effects of a downdraft hood visually when boiling a big pot of water.
The steam rising off the water as it boils will get sucked right down into the hood, get filtered and eventually released in safe manner after it has had contaminants taken out and it has cooled off a bit as well. It can be released inside or outside of the house in many cases.
Types of Downdraft Range Hoods
There are two basic types of the downdraft range hood. The first is the regular built-in kind. Then there is the telescopic downdraft range hoods that are only in view while being used. Whichever option you choose, both have similar features. Both can have either inside or outside ventilation as well. It is just a matter of if you like to be able to hide your downdraft range hood or if you prefer that it stay up all the time.
We searched online to get a good price range on the different types of downdraft hoods and we found that you can get them typically from between about $400 and $1000 depending on size, brand and quality of the hoods.
Where to Buy
You can find these downdraft hoods at just about any major appliance retailer, so we won’t name them all here, but will give you a couple ideas for where to go. For instance many of the downdraft hood models are made by Kenmore/Sears probably because of the huge sales of Kenmore ranges. Kenmore hoods are moderately priced and will most likely be your best option if you have a Kenmore range.
We found a 37 inch Kenmore downdraft hood that was telescopic, had a centrifugal blower, infinite speed blower control and a stainless steel finish for only $423 which is on the lower end of the price range from what we have found. That is partly because it is only a 36 inch hood as well. Had it been closer to the 48 inch model it would surely be more expensive.
Some other common brands include Whirlpool, Amana and GE. As you can see all the big names in appliances carry downdraft hoods, so finding the one for what you need is not going to be much of a task.
You can go to one of the stores and have a talk with the sales people who will be glad to assist you in finding the best option for your stove and kitchen. Perhaps it would be best to go to the same place as you purchased your stove if you have that option.
Okay, now that we have clued you in on what a downdraft range hood is, what types there are, how much they can cost and where you can get them, we hope that you can make a more informed decision regarding your range hood in your kitchen. Have fun putting together you new or remodeled kitchen and investigate all of your options before deciding and you are bound to have a happier and much more useful kitchen in the long run for it.