KBDi Gold Sponsor, Schweigen, share their top tips about what to consider when choosing a rangehood….

While it may seem like an insignificant detail, the way in which you vent a kitchen can command a substantial amount of the overall kitchen aesthetics.

A rangehood can frame or block views. It can determine the cabinetry layout, and it can influence the character of the space. A carefully considered rangehood can look masterful, whereas ignoring this detail can threaten the overall design success of your kitchen design. With the array of options available in the market, it can get very confusing.

There are many factors to consider when selecting your new rangehood. Style, performance, noise and lighting all play a crucial part in your decision. We’ve organised the various rangehood options into the categories that drive design decisions; namely whether the hood vents to the ceiling, walls, cabinetry or even the floor.

Ceiling Cassette Rangehoods

Are you planning a lavish cooking island bench? Then the ultimate appliance for your kitchen should be a ceiling cassette rangehood. These extraction systems include a host of hoods that get installed into a bulkhead or the ceiling. Stylish, sleek and sophisticated, ceiling rangehood cassettes sit over an island or peninsula style kitchen benches. Ceiling cassettes usually feature LED down-lights that illuminate the cooking area that adds to the contemporary glamour and design highlight at the centre of your kitchen.

Downdraft Rangehood Systems

While downdraft hoods keep the space uncluttered and clean, they don’t work well enough to be taken seriously as an option. There are many different formations of downdraft systems, but even with a high telescopic downdraft unit that’s taller than the pot of boiling water, steam still doesn’t like to be pulled sideways. Downdraft systems, tall enough to function efficiently, sacrifice the visual cleanliness the rangehood aims to solve in the first place. Similar to their purpose, they usually appear in kitchens that are less function and more gallery.

Wallmount Rangehoods

Turn your cooking area into an eye-catching focal point of your kitchen. Wallmount rangehood gets positioned against a wall and over your cooktop. A highly functional solution as the back wall and surrounding cabinets help direct the steam and aromas directly into the hood. Wall canopies are known for their excellent performance.

Island Rangehoods

An Island rangehood setup is a necessity if your kitchen has an island cooking area. Recent design trends see island bench as a popular choice for the location of stovetops. It means the cook can be involved in conversations with family or friends gathered around the island as opposed to standing with their backs to guests. Occasionally the hood will be oversized compared to the cooktop below to compensate for the lack of a wall to contain steam and aromas.

Undermount Rangehoods

This category of rangehood gets installed into a cupboard above your cooktop. This solution is the best way to hide away your rangehood while still having optimal performance. Slide-out range hoods can be a cost-effective alternative and are often available with an onboard motor where ducting to the exterior of the house isn’t possible (such as in an apartment).

Noise

The rise of open plan living areas means that we now have specific requirements and needs when it comes to our kitchen and its appliances. A modern kitchen should be seen and not heard. Be practical but not invasive. Stylish, yet at the same time discreet. A modern kitchen then needs to combine aesthetics, functionality and subtlety all in one. Schweigen is the leader in silent extraction technology. Designing Australia’s most efficient silent rangehoods they have built a reputation in the market by providing innovative, stylish and premium rangehoods for the contemporary Australian market. Schweigen’s revolutionary silent rangehood technology begins by having the motor removed from the canopy and placing it externally outside your home.

Lighting

When selecting your rangehood, the inbuilt lights shouldn’t be overlooked. Being able to see what you’re doing is essential. Schweigen rangehoods come with LED lighting to ensure you always cook your meals to perfection. LED (light emitting diode) lighting is very energy efficient. They also last 50 times longer than your average incandescent bulb.

With all this information at your disposal, you are now ready to select the ideal rangehood. Visit one of Schweigen’s showrooms around Australia today and experience the “Schweigen” difference.