Anyone who’s ever renovated a kitchen will attest to the fact that there is a huge variety of range hoods from which to choose. If you’re anything like me, flipping through any kitchen design magazine will whet your appetite for all those stunning, stainless steel restaurant grade range hoods. But, do we really need one of those heavy-duty units in our home?
Restaurants cook dish after dish, hour after hour from opening to closing. They need a range hood that can pull out every bit of grease, odor, and steam from a large cooking area.
At home, the situation is considerably different. Most of us own standard-sized stoves. We also tend not to cook excessively … or at least as much as restaurants do. So, if a sales associate tries to convince you to buy a huge range hood unit, don’t do it. It will use up more space than your kitchen can probably afford to give.
There is, however, a smart way to get your professional range hood fix without actually buying and installing an actual professional range hood.
Professional range hoods made for home use are designed to be slightly deeper and wider than standard units. The larger size is better at removing the grease, odor, and steam produced during cooking. They usually come in stainless steel. But, they can also be modified according to your preference. I’ve seen professional home range hoods that are covered in stucco!
Professional range hoods designed for home use can be much more expensive than standard range hoods. With a little research, though, it is possible to find some lower priced models. Ultimately, before you choose to spend the money on a professional style range hood, you need to ask yourself some questions.
First, does the way you cook really merit a larger range hood? Do you cook with a lot of grease? Do you cook most of the week?
Second, consider your home’s value. Will installing a professional style range hood increase your home’s value significantly?
Third, will a professional style range hood make you happy? I don’t ask that flippantly. Our homes, and the stuff we fill it with, can certainly make us happy. If a professional style range hood makes you smile every time you look at it, then it’s absolutely worth the time and money.