Tatsumaki is a proudly American brand that was established in 2003. From day one, it set its sights on being a company that can be trusted, the first port of call for home owners and restaurateurs who are in need of superior quality range hoods for their kitchens. Judging by its rapid growth, it certainly looks like it's on the right track. Tatsumaki range hoods feature contemporary designs and are developed with the end user in mind. Their main goals are to create products that improve user experience and provide top-rate customer support. All of its hoods are built with the best materials around and, in order to ensure your complete satisfaction, there is a 2-year warranty on parts and labor.
The Tatsumaki Contemporary Design Range Hood features a sleek design which fits under kitchen cabinets and blends into a variety of kitchen decor. It's equipped with powerful twin motors that produce high and effective suction that draws the smoke, grease, odors and heat out of your kitchen, taking them through ducts into the external environment. It is robustly built and has a stainless-steel construction that gleams beautifully. Everything that you'll need to install this bad boy comes in the box, adapters, screws and all. In spite of its powerful suction, this range hood is virtually quiet. The most you'll hear at its highest speed is a hum that's similar to the background noise in a restaurant or an AC at 100 feet.
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Broan is North America’s leader in residential ventilation products. It's been around for 80 years, so it knows what your kitchen means to you and that kitchen environments differ. Now, that's 8 decades of sucking out the bad stuff from kitchens all around the country, guaranteeing a lot of kitchen experience. Its products have several performance levels, styles, and functionalities. Broan offers range hoods, fresh air systems for bathrooms, and ventilation fans that will complement your space's look and setting, as well as create an overall healthier environment.
Standing tall in Broan's range hood product line is the 30" Under Cabinet Range Hood. This non-ducted range hood can be used in an ADA-compliant application and is very economical. If you’re renovating your kitchen on a tight budget, this can be one of your best deals.
With this range hood, you're free to use any kind of light bulbs you desire, be it halogen or LED, though they aren't included in the package. The only requirement is that they should be 75 Watts as that's what the hood was designed to work with. There is a protective lens for the bulbs which also helps to evenly distribute the light, so every corner of your cooktop is well lit.
Below are other features you can expect from this non-ducted range hood:
The unit featured here is the stainless-steel finish version. If that’s not your favorite finish, almond, biscuit, bisque, white and black are also available. This unit is 30 inches, but if you a want a different size, you can get a 24, 352 or 613-inch model.
Zephyr Ventilation is a company committed to innovation and groundbreaking product development. It was founded in 1997 as a solution to the need for commercial-grade range hoods for use at home. At its core, Zephyr is a brand that works to break the status quo and deliver the unexpected. It introduced its much-loved and appreciated Power Series with self-cleaning, filterless technology as its pioneer product. It soon went on to create the fashionable Europa Collection which featured functional yet stylish range hoods. For this company, there is much to be learned from everyday life and much beauty to be appreciated.
The Zephyr's Typhoon Under-Cabinet Range Hood allows you to choose from 3 CFM options: 250, 390 and 850. With these options, you can set the range hood's fan to give out suction energy that's appropriate for any cooking needs. That way, it won’t overwork itself when all you're doing is making a meal for one. Or, if you're preparing something as serious as your family's Thanksgiving dinner, you can simply increase the suction setting. The fans have a Turbine Blade Design that keeps the hood ultra-quiet even when it's on the highest settings.
This range hood also comes with a self-cleaning, filterless design and residue cups that you can put in the dishwasher to clean. In the end, you're supplied with a truly grease, fume and odor-free atmosphere while you cook to your heart's content in your kitchen.
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For over 20 years, Kitchen Bath Collection has been manufacturing dining, kitchen and bathroom products. While the brand is mostly known for its bathroom vanities, its range hoods are some of the best. The company also produces kitchen faucets and sinks, shower panels, and lighting. As a matter of fact, it has more than 300 Stock Keeping Units for individual products and it doesn't plan on stopping there. The manufacturing of all its products are undertaken by select companies in China, so you not only get great quality, but you also get them at pocket-friendly prices.
The 30-inch Wall-Mounted Range Hood is packed with great features. The sleek curved edges make for an elegant design. To provide beautiful lighting, the hood has 2 LED lights packed with 49 bulbs each, which is way above what other hoods offer. It also has an easy-to-use touch control panel with icons that are backlit by LED for clear visibility, even at night. Also, this range hood is quite the looker, thanks to its seemingly seamless steel construction.
At a rate of 700 cubic meters per hour, the highest setting, this 3-fan range can easily suck any grease, odors, and smoke. One would expect that a hood with such a suction capacity would make an awful din, but it doesn't. In fact, the highest noise level emitted by this baby is 58 decibels.
Other features you can expect from this hood are:
Perfetto Kitchen and Bath is a company that is conscious of quality. It builds its products using only top-class European hardware, so its products not only meet international standards, but exceed them as well. It is a company that understands that no two home owners are the same and thus no two kitchens are the same. In fact, there is always something that sets each one apart, making them as distinct as their owners. It is with this understanding in mind that it combines quality raw materials and superb workmanship to create products and design kitchens to fit the individuality of those that use them.
The Perfetto Kitchen and Bath 30" Convertible Wall Mount Range Hood features a brushed stainless-steel construction and a tempered glass canopy that gives it a beautiful look, making it an excellent addition to your kitchen decor. It's a revamped and updated version of earlier Perfetto Kitchen and Bath hoods. It kept its functionality from its first introduction but has acquired some curves that contribute to its contemporary look and feel.
This range hood is designed to be durable and reliable, a fact that's seen in its sturdy construction. It's also practically noiseless as it emits a 65-decibel noise level at its highest speed, which is 400 CFM. Installing this unit isn't rocket science, it can actually be done without any expert help and comes with a do-it-yourself kit for just that purpose.
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Range hoods have become necessary kitchen appliances in today's world. Unless you're living in a breezy climate with floor-to-ceiling windows in place of walls, you’ll need a range hood. They help us enjoy our food preparation and cooking in peace as we don't have to worry about fumes from heated oils causing a coughing fit, making us flee for fresh air. They also suck away the heat, odors and steam that are the inevitable by-products of cooking. The thing is, kitchens have the highest concentration of microbial activity. That’s because steam, fumes, and other gases settle on surfaces in your kitchen, creating a prime environment for microscopic nasties to thrive. By sucking these gases out before they settle, range hoods keep our kitchens clean in their own way.
Actually, there’s plenty of things to wax lyrical about when it comes to range hoods, but our aim is to help guide you through the selection process. There are basically four types of hoods, and it comes to how they're installed. However, what they all share in common is their proximity to the stovetop and suction function. Each one has a fan that sucks the air from the cooktop into the external environment through a duct. You begin to appreciate a range hood when you realize that it's like an air ionizer for your kitchen, seeing as there are models built with an air filtration system. Products that allow us to cook in comfort.
At the end of the day, as much as we'd love to help, the choice of which is best is entirely up to you. However, you should know that there really isn't a substitute for a range hood. Even the best of fans can only do so much in a place as hot as the kitchen; so you may not want to cheap-out. Since we’re talking about hoods, we’d like to give a shout out to the Cavaliere brand, since those guys make some pretty mean range hoods.
Although it’s commendable that you're considering a range hood for your kitchen, you should realize that this is no small investment. At the time of our research, range hoods were sold for between $150 and $600. We also found cheap range hoods, but seeing as we're talking about "the best" here, we didn't consider them. Basically, the difference between a high-end range hood and a budget range hood lies in their features. Allow us to explain further to clarify the bigger picture. While both may be of superb construction and design, the high-end option may be built with higher CFM (cubic feet per minute), have a greater number of LEDs, and have a larger size than the budget option. If you aren't doing so much in your kitchen, the latter is a good option. If, however, you've got a knack for whipping up culinary delights or have a commercial kitchen, the latter is better.
How can I tell which range hood will suit my needs? We're going to answer that question with a list of important features to consider when you're looking at a range hood.
Let's start with the various types of range hoods based on how the unit will be installed. There are about 4 main types of range hoods, according to this criterion, and they include the wall-mount, the island-mount, the microhood and the pop-up or downdraft vent.
The wall-mount range hood is installed on the nearest wall and placed directly above the range. If you're looking at this type of range hood, you're going to have to forego some storage space as it requires some space between itself and any cabinets on the sides. So, if you don't mind having this in place of two cabinets above your stove, go for it. After all, it's much better to have a smoke and odor-free kitchen than some extra cabinets, don't you think?
The Island-mount range hood is attached to your kitchen ceiling directly above your range, if you have an island or peninsula. Setting this one up isn't a trifle endeavor and usually requires the skill of a contractor to ensure that it is correctly installed. As you may have already guessed, installation may cost more, but at the end of the day, you'll find that it's really worth it.
The microhood and the pop-up vent are the least powerful of all four options. The microhood is a microwave and range hood combination that is installed in the same way as a wall-mount range hood. However, what it gains in multi-functionality, it loses in suction power. The pop-up vent, also called a "behind cooktop vent,” lacks a hood. Basically, it’s a slim vent that pops up behind the source of the heat, fumes and smells.
Whatever type of range hood you settle on, it's always best to be mindful of its size. First, make sure the space you're providing for it is going to be adequate. A general rule of thumb when choosing a range hood size is that the hood has to be the same width, or somewhat wider, than your cooktop. This is because it'll provide a larger suction area that'll capture the fumes before they spread throughout your kitchen.
Fan power here refers to the suction power of the range hood. Within a range hood is a fan that rotates at a great speed, pulling in the smoke, heat and fumes from your kitchen and transporting them outside your home. The unit for this product is CFM (cubic feet per minute), and the higher the CFM, the more effective your range hood will be at sucking away smoke and excess heat. Also, keep in mind that, for every 12" of cooktop, you should move about 100CFM of air.
The fan on your range hood should be adjustable. Here’s a little tip: when you start cooking, start the range hood at its lowest speed; increasing it according to the amount of heat, fumes and steam. This way, you'll be able to maximize the use of your hood instead of switching it on when half-way through your cooking.
For convenience, the lighting on a range hood should be bright and set at different angles. This way, you don't have to shred vegetables in the dark and hope for the best. While some range hoods come with many light bulbs, others have none. Your choice will depend on your existing kitchen lighting and the position of your stove.
Another feature for convenience is the controls, so check out how they’re designed. Are they a touch screen or manual? Are they simple to understand or complicated? Avoid future problems by finding out these answers before you pay.