Big Chill Kitchen Hood Buying Guide: Which Hood is Right for Your Kitchen?
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Big Chill Kitchen Hood Buying Guide: Which Hood is Right for Your Kitchen?


Big Chill Kitchen Hood Buying Guide: Which Hood is Right for Your Kitchen?

There are many beneficial reasons to install a hood in your kitchen. An installed hood is important to air quality as it effectively filters out smoke, grease, and carbon monoxide fumes. The hood also provides temperature control, keeping the person at the stove comfortable. As with most home appliances, there are choices to be made when considering a kitchen hood. What hood is right for my stove, and should the hood vent air outside, or should the air be recirculated?

External venting hoods either connect to an outside source of air or filter the air. When in use, venting hoods pull smoke, cooking fumes, and pollution molecules, either directly outside or through a filtration system. Recirculating hoods, work much the same except for one key difference. The air, instead of being forced outside or through a filter, is recirculated back into the kitchen.

Looking to purchase a hood for your kitchen? Big Chill hoods are available in three sizes to fit our collection of ranges and stoves.

Which Style of Hood is Right for Your Kitchen?

Big Chill Retro 30″ Stove

Big Chill Hood Range

Retro

Effective and stylish, Big Chill range hoods are designed to match our stoves in color and design. These hoods are made with stainless steel and have the largest filtered capture in the industry. Many vents on the market today make a lot of noise, but fail to efficiently capture steam and odor. Our Retro Hood Collection features two models, the Retro Hood and the Retro Bungalow Hood.

Retro Hood

A complement to our Retro line, the Retro Hood is available in both external and recirculating vent options.

Big Chill Retro 30″ Stove
Big Chill Retro 30″ Stove

Retro Hood

Big Chill Retro 30″ Stove

Retro Hood

Retro Bungalow Hood

A complement to our Retro line, the Bungalow Hood features a rounded design complete with handsome stainless steel trim.

Big Chill Retro 30″ Stove
Retro Bungalow Hood

Big Chill Retro 30″ Stove

Retro Bungalow Hood

Big Chill Retro 30″ Stove

Retro Bungalow Hood

 

Classic

The Classic line features Industrial grade 18 gauge 300 stainless steel materials that are welded together seamlessly for professional-level strength. A variable blower, dimmer control and dishwasher-safe baffle filters make it easy to operate at home. Artfully worn and textured metals offer a unique finish that make it a perfect addition to any industrial chic kitchen.

Big Chill Retro 30″ Stove
48″ Classic Hood

Big Chill Retro 30″ Stove

Classic Hood

Big Chill Retro 30″ Stove

Classic Hood

 

Pro

Big Chill Pro Hoods are the perfect complement to our Pro Ranges in style and performance. Designed to be of professional quality for the ever-busy chef, the Big Chill Pro line creates a heightened cooking experience with top-of-the-line aesthetics and performance.

The Pro Hood is available in both external and recirculating vent options.

Big Chill Retro 30″ Stove

Big Chill Retro 30″ Stove
Pro Hood

Kitchen Hood Venting: Should it Vent Outside or Recirculate Air?

Big Chill Retro 30″ Stove

Big Chill Hood Range

 

Recirculating Hoods

Recirculating hoods are essentially vent-less hoods. They recycle the air instead of directing it elsewhere, usually done with a fan that takes in air, circulates it through a charcoal filter, and then blows the air back into the home. Although effective, these hoods typically have a lower price range as they are sometimes less effective as external hoods in eliminating moisture and kitchen smells.

External Vented Hoods

Vented hoods are often considered the better choice for those who like to get rid of excessive heat and moisture in the kitchen. Those who live in very cold or warm climates know how important the temperature inside the house can be. Smaller appliances like a kitchen hood can impact the indoor temperature, and can impact other areas of the indoor atmosphere. Because external vents feed directly outside, they are better at keeping houses cool during the warmer months after cooking. An external hood is not always an option for those who are replacing a recirculating hood, because it has to have a vent that releases air outside. This option can have a heavier price tag but is recommended for those who frequently produce high volumes of smoke and heat in the kitchen.

Deciding what kind of kitchen hood to install in a kitchen can be tricky. Big Chill is here to answer your customer service needs.

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