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ductless hood (VENT A HOOD?)

We have recently bought a house and in the new kitchen there is no duct hood unfortunately. Because I cook everyday at home, I look to solve the problem of oil and smoke in the air. The only feasible solution is to use a ductless hood. I've found one on the web from Vent-a-Hood.
Does anyone of you use the ductless model? What do you think of it? Do you have any suggestion for a good one? I can imagine it is not going to be perfect but it is my only possibility
Thanks
-Claudio

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  1. They are better than nothing. The one on the top right will probably do ya.

    http://www.sears.com/appliances-range...

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    1. You have other possibilities. You could rig a duct through your ceiling (or wall). I'm not certain how much it would cost (depends on if your house is faced with brick/stone or not).

      Since you're typing here, I assume you have reasonably valuable goods that you'd like to not see meet an untimely death by grease.

      I'd build a vent.

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      1. re: Chowrin

        I wish I could. Unfortunately is a condo and they don't allow
        I hope to find one that could help reduce the grease

      2. Ductless fans are quite common in Europe. Ikea in the USA sells them, or at least used to. We have one in Switzerland and have installed another in Sweden in my mother-in-law's place.

        They are fine except for pots putting out a lot of steam. Need one with a replaceable carbon filter, otherwise they do little to nothing.

        I glanced at the Vent a Hood line and don't see any reference to filtering. Frankly, it looks like a designer/marketing product of dubious value in a working kitchen.

        1. Ductless is close to worthless.

          Quote in NY Times calls them "forehead greasers" LOL.

          http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07...

          1. They suck (if only they actually did!) Marginally better than nothing I guess. A small desktop style fan om your counter and a box fan in the nearest open window would be more effective

            1. bzboston:

              Were you asking about Vent-h-hood's ARS models?

              If so, you might have a look at this thread on gardenweb which discussed them last year.

              http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/....

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              1. re: JWVideo

                thank you so much
                this is exactly the kind of inromation I was looking for!
                thanks again
                -Claudio

              2. I use the fan in my 1/2 bath that is very near to the kitchen, and open a window for good ventilation. Probably doesn't cut down on grease, but it definitely helps keep the smoke detectors from going off when using the broiler.