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Featured Product: Cavaliere Wall-Mounted Stainless Steel Range Hood

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Guess what? This beautiful Cavaliere Wall-Mounted Stainless Steel Range Hood is on sale!

Check out the features:

  • 860 CFM centrifugal blower
  • Soft-touch push button control panel
  • Dishwasher-friendly grease filter
  • Brushed stainless steel
  • Telescopic chimney perfect for 8 foot to 9 foot ceilings and higher
  • Tempered glass canopy

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?

Stainless Steel Range Hoods Are Not All The Same

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Stainless steel remains a popular choice for kitchen appliances, including the range hoods because it’s easy to care for. It’s modern, and it’s clean and bright. We carry many stainless steel range hoods that come in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles.

It’s really important to note that not all stainless steel is equal. Some stainless steel will rust. In a kitchen environment where you create steam through the act of cooking, the last thing you want to deal with is a range hood that corrodes and needs to be replaced after a short time.

Our range hoods are made with 19 gauge stainless steel, and that’s key. That level of quality steel will never rust. It will remain looking as new as the day you bought it. Better quality stainless steel is also really easy to clean! And for such a key component of the kitchen, you really want to make sure you invest in a high quality range hood.

Give our Support Team a call if you have any other questions. We’re happy to help you out!

Monthly Pick – Range Hood Finishes – Glass

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Modern range hoods are amazing because they come in a variety of styles, and are made from a variety of materials. It’s really easy to find one that fits your kitchen design and budget.

Today, I wanted to look at glass range hoods. That description is a bit of a misnomer because typically range hoods aren’t made entirely of glass. The chimney is still made from stainless steel. Stainless steel is naturally corrosion-free, easy to clean, and beautiful to look at. I’m pretty sure that the whole stainless steel trend isn’t going anywhere fast. It’s a material that’s proven to be both functional and gorgeous.

Glass is used on range hoods as an accent piece. Usually it’s the hood part that can be made from glass. The options abound there, too. You don’t have to stick with clear glass. White glass, or glass of other colors, is often used. It gives the range hood, and the kitchen, an artsy look. Like regular see-through glass or stainless steel, colored glass can complement a traditionally designed kitchen as much as a modern one.

Cleaning glass is really no more complicated than cleaning stainless steel. Periodically wipe it down using a natural citrus-based cleaner. Glass, colored or clear, gives the kitchen a light feel. Clear glass obviously doesn’t obstruct any sight lines from the kitchen to another room, for instance. But colored glass, because it just has a lighter feel than metal or wood, also makes the kitchen feel larger and more airy.

Over to you: Which range hood material would you like in your dream kitchen?

Tips To Help You Choose The Right Range Hood

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Isn’t the range hood in the picture gorgeous? I love the clean lines, and the fact that it looks anything but like a typical range hood. Not all kitchens can accommodate this open design, though.

Renovating my own kitchen revealed some nasty truths about the range hood that I’d been faithfully using. First, that beautiful copper hood was actually paint. Second, the fan was just too small for the standard range that sat beneath it, and third, the venting system hadn’t even been hooked up! All that time (about a year!) of turning on that old, loud fan, it was doing absolutely nothing to dissipate the steam!

I suppose I should have expected that. The kitchen in my 60 year old house had never been updated. I wanted to take the whole room and put it in a museum. Sure, retro is in … but not quite to that degree.

Anyway, there I was in the market for a brand new range hood. Never having had to buy one before, I had no idea what to consider. So, after talking to a number of experts on the subject, I decided to compile what I learned and let you in on a few important tips.

It’s (Not) All About Style

One of the first things anyone sees when they walk into a kitchen is the range hood. Everyone wants to own the most stylish hood because it adds to the overall beauty of the kitchen. But, step back a bit. The first consideration should not be the look. It should be what the range hood offers you in practical function. Find out what each hood hood in your budget and style preference does, and whether it meets the way you use your kitchen and range.

The Over-The-Range Microwave

Given that my kitchen is fairly small, and I use my microwave enough for it to merit its own space, I was completely bent on buying an over-the-range microwave. A tool that serves two functions instead of one is a great option, right? Apparently not. The general consensus, I learned, is that the microwave-come-range hood works in very limited circumstances. If you find yourself cooking very little, and hence producing little smoke and steam, then this will be one handy appliance for you. If you’re cooking for a family, or just doing a lot of creative cooking, the over-the-range microwave just can’t handle the amount of steam and smoke typically produced. In the end, although this is a great product under certain circumstances, nothing beats the power of a good range hood.

Vented or Ductless?

The duct free range hood option is certainly attractive. The less ductwork anyone has to look at the easier, and perhaps more beautiful, the kitchen will be. But ducts do serve an important purpose. They can also either be hidden behind cupboards or designed to look more stylish. The original range hood in my pre-reno kitchen was ductless. The fan sucked up all the steam and smoke only to deposit it inside the cupboard space, which I then had to regularly scrub down. Not fun. Of course, not only was that old range hood not properly installed, it was also missing the necessary filters that would soak up all that dirty stuff. So, if you’re seriously considering a duct-free range hood, I’d recommend talking to a lot of experts to make sure that it is, indeed, the right choice for your kitchen and lifestyle.

Size Matters

If you’ve decided to splurge on an extra large range, you need to think about the fact that you may have to rip out some wall cabinets as well. The rule of thumb is that the range hood must be at least as wide as the cooking surface, if not an inch or two wider. The extra width ensures proper ventilation throughout the cooking process.

Over to you: How did you choose your range hood? What other tips can you offer?