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Jul 25, 2012 09:48 AM

Looking for best island-mount range hood

I'm building a new kitchen (one-story addition) and will be including a dual-fuel 30" range in the island. We need to pick a range hood SOON as the roof is being constructed within the next 10 days! Everything I look at seems to come with a litany of problems and complaints. What we need: excellent ventilation (we bake, saute, and stir-fry a lot), great lighting, stainless-steel (no curvy glass stuff), and something that's manageable in terms of cleaning and maintenance. It would be nice if it weren't super loud. Bit of backstory--my husband and I used to own a bakery, so we don't object to stuff looking like it belongs in a working kitchen, although our appliances will all be normal household level ones (stainless steel but not commercial).

I've looked at Jennair, Vent-A-Hood, Proline, and more, till my eyes are ready to cross. What really works and lasts? Suggestions?

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  1. We're in a similar situation (putting on a new roof and have a peninsula range with no hood) and lucked into a floor model Bosch that was on sale. Clean lines, and, I hope, as good quality as their dishwashers. It's stainless with a flat square glass bottom. I would prefer all stainless, but I think the styling on this looks sharp and, hopefully, will be unobtrusive:

    I don't really know about the quality of this product or how loud it is. Our Bosch dishwasher is great and pretty quiet, so I'm hoping the same will be true of the Bosch hood.

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    1. re: Rambutan2000

      Thanks, Rambutan! I have looked at the Bosch online. We love our Bosch dishwasher too, and if this hood were all stainless steel, I would probably go for it. I'm hesitant about the glass...sounds great visually, but I'm afraid in our house it would be in a constant state of needing-to-be-cleaned, which could be more obvious on a flat glass surface than on a stainless-steel hood. Can you keep me posted as to how it works? We're just at the framing stage with our project (walls going up today) so I have a little time. Thanks!

      1. re: Jmoorecoll

        Absolutely, I'll update with any relevant information. We're still deciding whether or not to go ahead with it. Putting on a new roof is expensive, and as much as I'd love to put a hood over my range, I'm not sure I can afford to do it now. Plus, I'm worried the install will be a little tricky; there is a recessed light that is above our range but off-center, and though our roofer could install the hood I'm not sure he can patch the drywall.

        Anyways, that's irrelevant for the thread. If we install it I'll post a follow up on how well it works.