Category Archives: Kitchen Design

We spend time in the kitchen every day; the design of the kitchen is important for functionality and aesthetics.

The Basics: Touch Sensitive Vs Knob Control

Feb. 21

Do you prefer touch sensitive controls or knob controls on a range hood? Many kitchen appliances – including stoves, microwaves, and even toasters – come equipped with touch sensitive controls. They certainly have a lot going for them.

Touch sensitive controls are sleek and fit perfectly with a modern kitchen decor. They’re also easy to keep clean. A simple wipe is all it takes to eliminate fingerprints and other stains. Sometimes it’s hard to imagine that a digital touch sensitive control pad can be as reliable and durable over the life of the range hood as a knob, but it can be. Today’s touch sensitive control pads have evolved into well-made components of a great range hood.

Despite the popularity of a sleek, modern kitchen look, knobs on range hoods (and other appliances) are still as common as ever. Knobs are just as reliable and durable as touch sensitive control pads. Though they do require a bit more cleaning effort. Dirt can sometimes become lodged behind the knob. Otherwise, one of the features that people love most about knobs is the feel. Some people appreciate having something to grab on to. They even like the “click” sound that some knobs make as they turn.

Which do you prefer – touch sensitive controls or knobs?

Featured Product: Cavaliere-Euro Wall Mount

feb. 19

We love the look of this wall-mounted Cavaliere 30-inch range hood. It’s made from high quality stainless steel featuring a brushed finish, and the baffle filter is dishwasher safe making clean up a breeze! Right now, the this CAV-X06 30″ wall mount range hood is on sale! Buy it now and save $530.99, plus shipping is free! 

Check out all the great features:

  • touch sensitive control panel
  • 860 CFM centrifugal blower
  • six-speed fan control
  • 30 hour cleaning reminder
  • 2 dimmable halogen lights
  • telescoping chimney
  • comes with duct or ductless option

Wondering what centrifugal blowers are all about? Get the answers here.

Here’s What You Need To Know About Stainless Steel Gauges

feb. 13

Stainless steel kitchen appliances – large and small – are still all the rage in kitchen design. Black or white aluminum have certainly made a come-back. But, as popular as those are, it’s not quite enough to supplant the popularity of stainless steel. That’s great news because it means that consumers have a lot of choice. We’re all more likely to be able to design our kitchens in whatever style and materials we like best.

Even as far as stainless steel is concerned, not all of it is created equal. Stainless steel is rated according to gauge. Not all gauges are appropriate for every type of purpose. So, when choosing a range hood, which gauge should you be looking for?

Stainless steel gauge refers to the thickness of the steel. A typical range hood should be made from either 22 or 16 gauge steel. In this case, the lower the number (16) is thicker than the higher number (22). Both of these gauges are appropriate for range hoods because they’re easy to cut, fold, and form according to the design of the hood. Both 16 and 22 gauge stainless steel can take a bit of a beating. They don’t dent or scratch easily. For that reason alone, they’re the perfect thickness for kitchen use.

Although you can certainly opt for a range hood made from steel that’s thicker than the standard 16 or 22, it’s not really necessary. Beyond ensuring that your range hood is made from one of those gauges, I would say that the next important consideration is whether the steel is stainless.

Other ingredients, like chromium, go into steel to make it stainless. But remember, stainless steel is rarely 100% stain proof. Instead, it’s excellent at resisting stains. So, if you happen to drop a spoonful of blueberry jam on stainless steel, you should still make sure that you wipe the drips away immediately.

Stainless steel is a very forgiving material to keep clean. Just wipe it down with a damp cloth, and you’re done!

Give us a call to find out which stainless steel range hood is best for your kitchen.

Benefits of Flush Mount Range Hoods

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Looking for a truly rare addition to your kitchen? How about a flush mount range hood?

Under-the-cabinet range hoods are typically installed flush against the bottom of the cabinet. But, there’s a new trend in range hood installation that might be perfect in a small kitchen. Island range hoods can be mounted flush against the ceiling. Talk about opening up sightlines!

Is a range hood mounted flush against the ceiling in your future?

Gorgeous Glass Range Hood Canopies

jan. 22

Range hoods come in a variety of shapes, styles, and installations. You can, for instance, opt for an under-the-cabinet range hood. This type is installed, as the name suggests, underneath the cabinets. The chimney portion of the range hood is hidden behind the cabinets.

Wall-mounted range hoods are just like under-the-cabinet hoods with one difference. The chimney isn’t hidden behind cabinets. It’s exposed and visible. For that reason, the chimney comes with a covering that matches the rest of the range hood, usually stainless steel.

Island range hoods hang from the ceiling directly over an island stovetop. They are typically positioned higher above the stove than either under-the-cabinet or wall-mounted range hoods.

It’s the island range hoods that feature the most variety in terms of style. One of those design features is the glass canopy.

Glass canopies are becoming very popular in kitchen design because they’re see-through. The smaller our kitchens become the more we want the illusion of space and grandeur. Glass range hoods don’t block sightlines. Sometimes steel, copper, or iron range hoods can seem heavy-looking. Glass solves that problem. Gorgeous and functional, give us a call to find out how a glass canopied range hood can work in your kitchen.

Touch Sensitive Controls Are The Next Big Thing

jan. 10

Touch control technology is here to stay. The idea that all we need to do is to simply touch something to make something happen has gone far beyond the capabilities offered by our smart phones. The technology has taken the kitchen by storm.

Enter touch control systems on the range hood.

Touch control technology makes using the range hood even easier than you might have thought it could be. All you need to do to activate the fan to whatever level is appropriate for what you’re cooking is to touch a button.

Touch control enhances accessibility, too. The technology makes using a range hood very easy for people with mobility or fine motor issues.

Best of all, the touch controls are super easy to clean. You know that grime that can hide behind knobs? Well, it just won’t be there anymore. Touch controls are typically embedded into a panel that requires a simple wipe to clean.

Contact us to find out with range hoods come equipped with touch control.

Featured Product: Spagna Vetro Wall-Mounted Range Hood

Photo: rangehoodsinc.com

This week, our featured product is the Spagna Vetro wall-mounted range hood. This gorgeous range hood is constructed out of top quality stainless steel. It comes with a chimney, which gives you the option to install the range hood under the cabinet or against the wall.

It also features:

  • 860 CFM centrifugal blower
  • 6-speed electronic, touch sensitive control panel with LCD display
  • Programmable power auto shut off
  • 30 hour cleaning reminder
  • 4 dimmable 35W halogen lights
  • 0.7 sones on the lowest setting to 6.5 on the highest (ultra quiet)

This stainless steel range hood suits both modern and traditional kitchens. Contact our customer service experts if you’d like to know more!

Kitchen Organisation Tips That You Will Use Forever

Given its place at the heart of the home and it containing more equipment than any other room, it is extremely easy for kitchens to become incredibly cluttered. It’s easy to stock up several versions of the same pan or having all sorts of gadgets around that someone’s given but you’re never going to use. Here are some great pointers on how to turn your kitchen into a much more comfortable and organised space.

If you haven’t used it in a year – get rid of it

This is the simplest tip. Walk around your kitchen and look in all the draws and cupboards at everything you have for food preparation or service. If you’ve got anything in those spaces that you haven’t used at all in the past 12 months then get rid of it. Everyone will have gifts or random bits of clutter lying around so getting these out of your kitchen will dramatically increase the space available to store the items that you actually use.

Store sets together

Another fairly easy one. If you’ve bought things in sets then it’s very likely that they’re supposed to stay together and not be spread throughout the kitchen. If you can gather everything that is supposed to be together, together, it will be far easier to find a place for everything given the ability to easily place large quantities of ‘stuff’ in well organised groups.

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Photo: Brooke Lark

Freeze foods and label them

If you know you’re going to be busy during the week then it makes sense to have a bit of a cooking marathon on the weekend before and freeze the meals for easy access during the week. You can easily make 4 or 5 dishes on a Sunday evening to put into the freezer and heat up during the week for simple dinners with minimal fuss.

Use the walls

There are so many brilliant storage options that you can hang onto your kitchen walls without causing damage to them if you plan for just a simple screw or two. This can save huge amounts of cupboard space and gives the kitchen an extremely homely feel whilst also looking professional.

Photo: Caroline Attwood

Photo: Caroline Attwood

Cupboard doors

In the same vein as the use of the walls, the backs of cupboard doors are also spaces available for the hanging of devices to store things, increasing the amount of items you can store in any space. 

Author Bio

Sarah is a WAHM who lives in Norfolk with her husband and three children. When she is not chasing after her children, looking after the house and coordinating after-school activities. You can find her chatting about homes and gardens over at A Few Favourite Things or showcasing what her kids wore over on What the Kids Wore.

How To Install A Ductless Range Hood

Photo: Danny Four Square | YouTube.com

This one’s for all of you out there who love DIY projects. Although we always recommend that you hire the right professionals to do the work for you or to help you out, there’s no reason you can’t install a range hood yourself. You’re going to need to know your way around working with drywall and electrical wiring.

Check out this great video, and contact us if you have any questions!

Featured Product: Rangemaster RM51000 Wall Mount Hood

Broan Rangemaster RM1000 Wall Mount

Sometimes you just need your range hood to be so much more than a powerful cleaning machine. If you weren’t sure before why we bother to install a range hood in the kitchen, you need to know that the purpose of a range hood is to ensure pristine indoor air quality. It does that by drawing up all the smoke, grease, odor, and fumes that are produced every time we cook. For best results, remember to turn on the range hood fan about 15 minutes before you start cooking, and leave it running for about 15 minutes after you’ve finished cooking.

Beyond it’s ability to keep the air we breathe clean and healthy, a range hood acts as a beautiful focal point. This Broan Rangemaster RM1000 Wall Mount is no exception.

Check out its features:

  • 370 CFM, 7.0 Sones
  • 22 gauge stainless steel, #4 brushed construction with seamless corners
  • 3-speed slide control
  • 2, 20-watt halogen lamps
  • Dishwasher-safe aluminum filters with quick-release latch
  • Vertical or non-ducted options
  • Telescopic chimney for ceilings up to 10 feet tall
  • Sleek, graceful design

Want to know more? Contact us here.