Many homeowners still prefer traditional decor. About 70 percent of customers want a traditional look when they come to Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery in Charlotte. A custom hood built by a cabinetmaker is often their choice.
A hood can be built to match the cabinets -- and the size of the range.
"Basically if you can draw it on a [computer-aided design] program, they can make it," said Liz Gant, Ferguson's appliance manager.
A custom hood will need a liner and an insert, which includes all of the innards that do the dirty work.
A decorative range hood is a second option. The single unit combines a hood and insert. These often have a more contemporary look.
Lighting is usually built into a ventilation system. Halogen, florescent and LED fixtures are common.
While design is important, customers want a model that works well above all. That means power without the howl.
"The No. 1 concern is consumers want something quiet," Gant said.
A family that cooks four times a week can produce about a gallon of grease and two gallons of water in the form of steam every year, says Byers. The blower in the kitchen's ventilation system is designed to remove both.
The best option is a blower that is vented to the outdoors. Range hoods that recirculate air through a filter generally don't perform as well.
The strength of the blower should be based on the size and features of the range.