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Ventilation Hoods vs. Downdraft Hoods

Not many people know a lot about ventilation hoods, and purchasing one needs some information gathering. It gets a little confusing when you find out there are two kinds of vent system. They both are made to remove fumes, smoke, steam, and heat and just keep the air fresh in general, but it’s not common for everyone to know the difference between a downdraft hood and a vent hood. It’s not like they teach this stuff in school. We're here to help you understand the differences between a downdraft and vent hood, that way you can figure out which one works better in your home.  

Ventilation Hoods

You may notice people using various names for these hoods such as kitchen hood, range hood etc. and these are usually paired with a range. Although it’s not uncommon to see them hanging above a cooktop. This is why they are almost essential for the kitchen.

First of all, a range hood is much larger than a downdraft hood which means it has the power to cover a larger area and significantly reduce smoke in your kitchen. Another perk of having a vent hood is that it provides better kitchen lighting. A simple switch or touch of a button allows light to shine down on where you are cooking. Vent hoods also have a knack for hiding in plain sight, and instead of looking bulky, they will add luxury to your kitchen.

Downdraft Hoods

If you feel that a ventilation hood is not suitable for your kitchen, there are downdraft hoods that have the power to hide. In this case, some downdraft vents will rise from your cooktop no more than 10 inches with just the touch of a button. This high-tech appliance not only works well sucking fumes down and out of a duct, but it also looks very modern and gives your kitchen a high-end futuristic look.

Choosing between a vent and downdraft hood is definitely not an easy task. To be able to make the right decision, make sure you include all the factors of your own kitchen and see what’s best for you. In case you need any assistance our expert team in Customer Service will provide their professional opinion to help you make the best purchase. Also, feel free to take a look at our kitchen range hoods for sale.