High-end range hoods have been eye-catching features of kitchen designs for years, now. Ever since the Italian manufacturer Faber introduced them to North America, chimney range hoods have had a certain star appeal in many kitchen designs.
These days, many of us are looking for ways to get the most out of our homes and we’re certainly more aware of the importance of air quality than ever. In this light, a high-functioning range hood is more than just a nice-to-have option.
These appliances do important work in the kitchen, keeping the air we breathe free of unhealthy air particles and protecting kitchen cabinetry from damaging grease and smoke. But not every range hood out there on the market does this work to the same degree.
Faber has been making high-impact range hoods in Italy since 1955. Just about any combination of tech specifications and needs can be met by one of Faber’s 44 hood designs. Their models include Undercabinet, Wall Chimney, Island, Built-in, Integrated, and Iconic Designer hoods in a variety of widths and depths — which probably explains why one out of two range hoods in Italy is a Faber.
With all those options, pinpointing which kind of hood will be just right for a specific kitchen layout takes some thought. Some basic factors (for example, the dimensions of your stove, the size of your kitchen, and whether there’s the option of venting outside) narrow things down a bit.
Once those matters sorted out, there are some very interesting design options to choose from.
Which Faber model will be best for your kitchen?
WALL CHIMNEY HOODS (AKA CANOPY HOODS)
These hoods have a lot of visual impact. They can be larger than under cabinet hoods — and that larger area does mean that they can clear the air in your kitchen more quickly.
That said, Faber also makes affordable 24” chimney hoods that work well in smaller kitchens and are easy to install with clips.
Things to keep in mind with this type of hood:
- Find out how wide your chimney cover is. You need that measurement to ensure that you get a model that lines up with your chimney duct.
- You also need to take your height into consideration. You want to be able to easily reach the hood controls — and you don’t want to bang your head while you cook! Most chimney hoods specify minimum and maximum height requirements for these reasons.
- Find out if the layout of your kitchen will allow for ducting. If not, choose a model that can recirculate air.