When selecting one of the many island range hoods available, one of the most critical parts of the process is knowing what type of kitchen hood you want to choose and what features you require.

Regardless of their size, range hoods are divided into two main categories. Whether you select island mount range hoods or a wall mounted range hood, these are the factors you’ll want to consider before hitting the stores to compare prices and features.


Kitchen hoods, also referred to as ventilators, are available in two types:
1) The ducted extractor type
2) The recirculation type

The ducted type removes all the heat, stale or polluted air out of the kitchen through a ducting system to dump it outside the house, increasing airflow.

The recirculation type has an air system that draws away the air then passes it through a series of filters and dumps the air back into the room. Allowing for air movement but not fresh airflow.

The installation of a ducted system is more complicated than that of a recirculation system. However, the cost in price and inconvenience of its facility goes a long way when considering the practical as well as health benefits.

The next step would be selecting the right type of hood: do you have an island range in your kitchen or is your range against the wall? Island range hoods are designed for island ranges exclusively. With a wall or countertop range, you would be able to install an under cabinet or wall mounted hood.

Another consideration is the size of the hood you require. Hoods are available in four necessary sizes 30”, 36”, 42” and 48”. These accommodate most standard size cookers. For optimal performance, the hood should exceed the cooker by 3” on each side. This means that a 30” hood is suitable for a 24” cooking top; a 36” hood for a 30” cooktop and so on. Many make the mistake of selecting the same size hood as their cooker.

How deep must your hood be? This is not always easy as the amount of cooking in a kitchen not only varies from day to day, but also with seasons. Over Thanksgiving and Christmas, many kitchens are pushed to their limits, where at other times they serve only to heat a frozen dinner. If your cooking skills are limited to cooking oatmeal or boiling an egg, a shallow hood should suffice. However, if you fancy yourself a gourmet chef that rustles up three-course meals like it’s child’s play, best get a deep one. Many times the inclusion of island range hoods may be impractical, so look at all the options. There are many other ventilation systems that can be included in the kitchen.