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Why do I need a Rangehood? Rangehoods are exhaust fans for your kitchen, designed to remove excess smoke, steam, grease and fumes while you cook. A quality Rangehood will keep your kitchen and house clean fresh and free of grease build up on its surroundings.
What size Rangehood is suitable for my kitchen? Rangehoods come mostly standard in two sizes 600mm and 900mm and are very rarely found in 800mm. BBQ rangehoods can range from 900mm

The best way to find out what size rangehood is most suitable for your kitchen is to measure the length of your cook top as both the cook top and rangehood should be the same size or larger. The rangehood should cover the entire cooking area and sit roughly 650mm to 750mm above the cook top and these sizes can vary with different brands of rangehoods.
What types of Rangehoods are there?

There are generally 4 types of Rangehoods available from most major retailers?

  • Fixed: Fixed rangehoods cover the entire stove area and are mounted under the cardboard directly above the cook top.
  • Slide-out: Often referred to as retractable rangehoods, slide-outs extend out over the entire cooking area when in use. They can retract when not in use, saving space.
  • Canopy: Canopy rangehoods are more popular than ever in Australian homes. They look great and are mounted on the wall.
  • Concealed: Concealed rangehoods are hidden inside the cardboard keeping a very clean look to your kitchen.
How do I keep my Rangehood clean? If your rangehood is Stainless Steel then stainless steel cleaners work very affectively.  Simply by spraying your Stainless Steel cleaner on the surface and polishing the residue off, you will find it will leave a clean shimmery finish.  (Cleaners can be purchased from most large supermarkets.)

If your Rangehood is painted then simply wiping with warm water and soap will surface as many chemicals can ruin the paint causing challenges when heat is applied whilst cooking.
What can I do to my hood keeping my cooking experience at its best? You can begin by monthly soaking your aluminum mesh filters which are most common by placing and soaking in hot soapy water for 20 minutes depending on the amount of cooking and grease that is collected.  On average once a month is sufficient for 5 day a week cooking households.

Baffle filters, which are becoming common on high end Rangehoods are designed to handle more grease and can be replaced less frequent than the mesh filters.  These can be cleaned also soaking in water and wiping down with a cloth.
Do I get better performance with a Ducted or Non-Ducted Rangehood? The layout of your home can have an effect on how your rangehood vents the smoke and fumes from your kitchen, and with that in mind Rangehoods should be ducted outside.  Ducting is the most effective means of removing cooking vapors.  Keep the ducting as straight and short as possible, and never duct into the attic or another room.  

When you re-circulate (non-duct) it passes greasy air through a filter (usually made from carbon) before returning it back into the kitchen. Grease and oil particles are trapped in a filter which needs to be cleaned (or possibly replaced) regularly.
How do we get our Rangehood ducted? If you return to our Rangehood ducting style page your will notice the different scenarios played out for different housing and roofing types.  As there are many different scenarios which are affecting any ducting it would be best to speak to a professional to ascertain your best option.  Remember most common ducting sizes range from 125mm to 150mm around.  Ensure that all ducting used is fire-retarded and meets Australian Standards of Safety.
Can I duct into the ceiling cavity? Absolutely not. Cooking residue and grease particles should never enter into spaces any space or cavity which is confined within the house. Over time the build up of humidity and grease can impose large fire risks for anyone inside the house.

How far above my cook top should my Rangehood be?

All hoods must be measured  from the cook top to the bottom of the Rangehood.  Is is most common to have Rangehoods ranging from 650mm - 750mm


This distance should be outlined in your installation manual and some range hoods warranties depend on your Rangehood being installed at a minimum height above the cook top.