Choosing the Perfect Metal Range Hoods or Wood Range Hoods

Choosing the Perfect Metal Range Hoods or Wood Range Hoods

Range hood installation is one of the most common tasks when it comes to kitchen remodeling. As a result, it is important to know how to go about selecting the perfect metal range hoods or wooden range hoods for your kitchen. When you want to select the perfect wood or metal range hood, it is first and foremost important to have an idea of the various options and styles that are available for your kitchen.

The kitchen area is one of the most important rooms in your home. This is because most of us spend a significant amount of time in the kitchen preparing various types of meals for the family. Considering this fact, your kitchen should be very appealing and as comfortable as possible. One of the most effective ways you can enhance the overall appearance and functionality of your kitchen is by remodeling it. A good kitchen remodel will ensure that you are able to improve the general appearance of your kitchen and at the same time, improve the general functions performed in the kitchen.

While you will definitely want to have an idea of the styles of the range hoods available out there, it is equally important to ensure that you understand some of the technical aspects of the range hood.

In addition to showcasing some great design ideas, this blog will also guide you through some of the technical aspects you need to know when selecting the best product for your home.

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Diameter of the Range Hood Ductwork

One of the most important factors to consider while selecting a range hood is the diameter of your ductwork. This diameter will need to fit your unique kitchen installation needs. In most cases, the diameter of the ductwork is usually around 4 inches, and this implies that this diameter is considered ideal for typical installation tasks. Be that as it may, you can go for a diameter that is slightly smaller than the recommended 4 inches depending on the exact installation needs of your kitchen.

There are several recommendations for the diameter of a range hood, and these recommendations are meant to enable you to have a rough idea in terms of what should be the appropriate diameter for your ductwork. The ultimate diameter should be determined by the size of your vent hood CFM.

Length of the Ductwork

In addition to the diameter of the ductwork, another important aspect that you should consider when it comes to selecting the perfect range hood for your kitchen is the length of the ductwork. The overall length of the ductwork will to a large extent determine how effective the installation will be at getting rid of exhaust gases from the kitchen.

There are several general guidelines that should guide you on the length of your metal or wood range hoods.  First one being that shorter ductwork is better longer. This is because shorter ductwork is more effective when it comes to getting rid of exhaust gases from the kitchen. Second, straight ductwork is recommended.

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Type of Wood or Metal Used

An important thing to consider when it comes to selecting the best metal or wood range hoods is the type of material used in the overall construction of the structure. It is important to ensure that the material is indeed appealing enough since it is the most visible aspect of the installation. When it comes to wood range hoods, the best wood types to use include hard maple, red oak or cherry. These materials feature a classy look when subjected to the right finish, thus serving to enhance the aesthetic appeal of your kitchen area.

When it comes to metal range hoods, you might consider using appropriate metal types such as the zinc range hoods that are quite popular in the market. Furthermore, the overall appearance of your range hood can be enhanced by the color of the finish you choose to apply on the wooden or metallic surface.

Hood Designs

Finally, it is essential to have a good understanding of the range hood designs that are available for your kitchen. Getting the right design for the range hood is important since it will serve to improve the overall appearance of your kitchen.  Take some time to look at the many metallic and wooden range hood design ideas that we have featured.  Hopefully this will inspire your own remodel.

BIG RED

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Ward-Young Architecture & Planning

The red metal range hood just makes this rustic kitchen even more warm and welcoming.

COOL CUSTOM

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Studio 80 Interior Design

This custom metal range hood is just so unique (and big).

BLACK & SLEEK

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Dalia Kitchen Design

Clean and sleek and classic.  The hood and range are both LaCornue.

INDUSTRIAL PEWTER

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Austin Patterson Disston Architects

Definitely a focal point!  This cool hood is a patina zinc burnished to a pewter-like finish.

TERRIFIC TRANSITIONAL

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Jennifer Worts Design Inc.

Gorgeous transitional kitchen in Toronto.   This kitchen keeps the two-toned theme balanced with the crisp & clean two-toned wood range hood.

TROPICAL BLUE

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Village Architects AIA, Inc.

Soothing tropical feel to this kitchen.  Beautiful wood counters!

BEACHY

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Matthew Bolt Graphic Design

The custom wood range hood is just stunning.   Even with all the black–this kitchen is still bright and beachy.

ELEGANT

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Triad Real Estate Photography

Lots of elegant details on the wood range hood in this traditional kitchen.

BACKSPLASH COMPLEMENT

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Sebring Services

This metal range hood is perfect over this range–it looks good and still showcases the bright and unique backsplash tile.

COPPER

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Astoria Custom Homes

Everything in this kitchen is dark, rich & luxurious, and the range hood is no exception.

COPPER 2

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Erdreich Architecture, P.C.

This beautiful copper range hood adds a splash of warmth to this Birmingham kitchen.

SPARKLE & SHINE

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Dora Brigham Interiors

This metal range hood is so stunning–like a fine piece of jewelry. Love all the shiny chrome and how it ties in with the light fixture plus the cool backsplash!

TRADITIONALLY CRAFTED

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Sebring Services

Lots of space in this classy and warm traditional kitchen.

CUSTOM ALDER

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Legacy Design-Build

This warm and sunny kitchen hosts custom alder cabinets with matching Vent-A-Hood range hood over the expansive island.

MODERN FARMHOUSE

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Kate Lester Interiors

This designer used reclaimed oak paneling with a slight whitewash to create this custom range hood and it is perfect for this kitchen!

RECLAIMED BARN

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Tineke Triggs Artistic Designs For Living

This lovely range hood makes use of reclaimed wood from a barn.

BRIGHT & LIGHT

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Sebring Services

Simple but large enough metal range hood to cover the space over this incredible range.

RUSTIC IRON

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Terra Firma Custom Homes

Wonderful rich details in this rustic Denver kitchen.  This range hood in Rustic Iron Finish was designed and finished by Raw Urth Designs, Fort Collins, CO.

METALIZED

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Angela Otten – Inspire Kitchen Design Studio

This is actually a stone hood with a metalized stack.  The stone hood is by Materials Marketing and it is metalized by Liquid Metal Coatings LLC.

DOWNDRAFT

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Glenvale Kitchens

For those who like the hood to be less of a focal point–there’s the downdraft.

SUNSHINE BRIGHT

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Rafe Churchill

Wow! How can you not feel happy in this bright yellow kitchen?   This wood range hood is a custom made cabinet with an internal hood.

HIGH STANDARDS

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Sebring Services

There are so many features to love in this well-appointed kitchen.

CHERRY ON TOP

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Southcoast Kitchen Designs

Gorgeous cherry wood range hood.

TRADITIONAL DISPLAY

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Lasley Brahaney Architecture + Construction

This range hood is concealed within custom recessed cabinetry and white bead board layered surfaces.   The feature shelf is great for displaying special kitchen bakeware.

LET’S GET TOGETHER

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Sebring Services

This kitchen looks like a great place to host some wonderful parties for family and friends.   The metal and glass range hood adds some modern flair and helps keep the space open.

CLASSIC

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Sebring Services

Probably something we are more accustomed to seeing.  Still a great clean classic look.

BIG BLUE

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Alvarez Homes

This mansion in Tampa showcases a ginormous blue hood.  It was custom built and most likely painted with automotive paint. Interesting note–the backsplash was faux painted by Splat Paint of Tampa to match the real granite on the island. They also did the metal strapping and rivets on the hood.

CA CONTEMPORARY

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Neumann Mendro Andrulaitis Architects LLP

Handsome streamlined space with a Boffi integrated hood featured.

MODERN ISLAND

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Sebring Services

The rectangular shape of this metal hood vent works great with the square pulls and ultra modern feel of this kitchen.

HEAVY METAL

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Seal Tex

Definitely makes a statement, like your favorite heavy metal band.

TRADITIONAL LIGHT

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Sebring Services

A great traditional look with white cabinetry and details.

TRADITIONAL DARK

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Sebring Services

A great traditional look with warm wood cabinetry and details.

WARM & INVITING

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Luis Jauregui

Love the deep rich color of this vent hood.  This space does a great job of mixing dark and light elements–warm and inviting for sure.

CHARMED

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Erika Bonnell Interiors

The light blue hood is a pretty and tranquil infusion of color in this charming kitchen.

WOOD ENCLOSURE

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Santarossa Mosaic & Tile Co, Inc.

The expansive area above the range beautifully encases the vent in this stunning kitchen.

SKYLIGHT TRADITIONAL

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Aidan Design

This hood is custom built and contains an insert that vents to the exterior.

OPEN & AIRY

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Sebring Services

This metal range hood is a perfect choice for this bright and airy kitchen.

PERIMETRIC

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Sebring Services

Honestly had to look at this a few times–never seen this type of range hood before.  Unfortunately it may not be available anymore, but here is some information regarding perimeter ventilation.   This unit is a Jenn-Air 32” Wall Mount Perimetric Range Hood, Model #JXP5032W, (600cfm).  It is definitely unique and looks really cool.

Choosing the Perfect Metal Range Hoods or Wood Range Hoods

To sum it all up–first and foremost, don’t forget to identify the most appropriate diameter and length for your ductwork so that it functions properly. Next, take into consideration the type of material used for the hood. There are several wood types and metal types that are ideal for ensuring that the installation is indeed aesthetically appealing and serves to improve the appearance of the kitchen. Finally, it is equally important to ensure that you can select the best design that will serve to compliment the general appearance of your kitchen.

A good metal or wooden hood is one of the most vital items that you must consider when it comes to a typical kitchen remodel. The range hood plays a vital role of guiding exhaust gases out of your kitchen. In addition to that, the hood also serves to improve the general appearance of your kitchen.

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5 Comments

  1. Bobby Saint October 23, 2017 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    I specifically like the Dalia Kitchen Design with the black range hood. It has a very sleek and classic design. I am actually planning to install one in my kitchen, and I would definitely consider patterning it to this. Thanks for sharing.

  2. David Wanner January 25, 2018 at 2:35 am - Reply

    It’s really great information to about the best range hood, including how to install one. Thank you for shear a great information.

  3. Keith Chan February 20, 2018 at 12:39 am - Reply

    Hey Bryan,

    Great sharing. I had a chuckle when you mentioned “This diameter will need to fit your unique kitchen installation needs” you’ll be surprised how often we have clients coming to us who disregard the importance of measuring their given kitchen space.

  4. Malia Davis August 22, 2018 at 10:39 am - Reply

    I completely agree that it’s important to choose a material that is appealing since that is what will be the most visible in the range hood. I really love the look of wood range hoods, but I also want to make sure it’s durable and will last long, so I might go with a stylish metal option. Stainless steel looks great, so maybe that’s what we’ll go with! Thanks for all of the information on which materials are best for range hoods—it’s really helpful in my search.

  5. Nathan Martin September 5, 2018 at 1:24 am - Reply

    Thank you for this article because it’s really informative and very entertaining.

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