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Ventilation: Clean & Clear

Nov 27, 2023

IN A POST-COVID WORLD, air quality has become synonymous with wellness. In addition to removing odors, steam and grease from the kitchen, range hoods are increasingly expected to deal with germs, allergens and other undesirable products of living and cooking in a space.

To maintain an upper hand in the war for wellness, ventilation systems now bring to bear smart features to more effectively deal with impurities in the air, automatically sensing heat and smoke or steam, all while delivering ease of cleaning and maintenance.

Of course, hoods and ventilation are also required to either serve style or subtlety – whether as an eye-catching focal point in the kitchen or discreetly integrated into the cabinetry or even the counter.

Showcased in this article is just a small sampling of the latest products available to maintain air quality in the kitchen and bath. ▪

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Hauslane's Chef Series UC-PS18 Under Cabinet Range Hood features six speed settings, a quiet blower that provides suction up to 860 CFM and a dual-motor configuration for heavy-duty cooking needs. The touch-control panel with digital display is designed to be easy to clean, and the hoods feature a three-way venting system.

The Broan 110 CFM Voice Controlled Smart Exhaust Fan with Dimmable LED Light and Speakers from Broan-NuTone features Sensonic Voice technology with built-in Amazon Alexa – it also works with Google Home – to deliver users voice-enabled features without losing counter and outlet space. The fan's Roomside installation includes the EZDuct connector for fast installation

The new and improved Big Chill ventilation line features an upgraded whisper-quiet, internal ventilation system, notes the firm. The three-speed fan delivers up to 600 CFM and features a delayed stop to ensure superior heat and smoke removal and optimize grease capture, the company continues. A fourth Power Boost speed is included, as well as a multi-stage grease capture system, dimmable LED lighting and push-button control.

Wolf's Cooktop Wall Hood Ventilation features a stainless professional look with a lower-profile ‘hidden’ ventilation, and matches the stainless-steel construction and hand-finished hemmed edges of all Sub-Zero, Wolf and Cove products. It relies on a heat sentry that automatically turns on the blower or increases speed when exhaust temperatures exceed 200 degrees and minimizes the backward flow of cold air with backdraft transition.

Offered by Whirlpool, the 36″ Chimney Wall Mount Range Hood is a 400 CFM motor class hood that comes equipped with a 3-speed kitchen exhaust fan. The hood also includes a detachable grease filter for cleaning, LED range hood lights and a 65K BTU cooktop threshold.

Premier Copper Products offers a variety of artisan-crafted range hoods with multiple filter insert options. The hand-hammered products deliver one-of-a-kind design. Pictured here is the HV-TUCSON48 with dual-tone copper. Custom range hoods are available.

Built to seamlessly pair with compatible Dacor cooking products through integrated SmartThings technology, the company's range of ventilation hoods include Auto-On Heat Sensors that activate and modulate the intensity of the four-speed fan based on heat and smoke production. The LED strip lighting, fan speed and timer can be controlled from a smart device.

The JennAir Black Floating Glass Electric Downdraft Cooktop offers a sleek cooking surface with four radiant elements that offer responsive performance, says the company. The cooktop features a ventilation system developed and refined by JennAir with three speeds, using proximity ventilation that helps capture smoke, steam and odors at the cooking surface, whisking them down and out.

Zephyr's Lift Downdraft is a space-efficient ventilation solution that rises to vent cooking fumes with the touch of a button. Featuring Tri-Capture Zones and Four-Way Ducting, Lift is designed with a minimal profile that allows it to discreetly hide behind the cooktop, range top or range. Once powered on, Lift elevates to an 18″ rise and when off retracts out of sight.

Signature Kitchen Suite's 36″ and 48″ range hoods offer users the ability to monitor and control air movement, operate the dual-level LED lights and turn the hood on and off via a mobile device using the Signature Kitchen Suite app. Combined with one of the company's ranges, the hood and range can communicate with each other, so burners and fans are synchronized.

Viking Range's VWH536481 – 36″W. Wall Hood features a built-in heat sensor that activates the ventilator to full power if cooking temperatures become too high. The 18″-high hoods are available in various widths that fit all sizes of Viking cooking products. Other features include bright LED surface lighting and backlit LED knobs that extend and illuminate to control lighting level and fan speed, then fully retract when not in use.

The 36RH09 36″ Island Range Hood by EMPAVA provides noise-controlled kitchen ventilation through a 400 CFM airflow and 3-speed fan settings. Constructed of scratch-resistant stainless steel and sleek tempered glass with a handcrafted brushed satin finish, the hood is operated through a touch-screen control panel. Additional features include reusable, dishwasher-safe baffle filters and energy-efficient LED lighting mounted directly below the hood.

The Miele 30″ downdraft ventilation hood with optional external or internal blower offers a booster setting and a 15-minute automatic blower run-on. The hood can be vented or recirculating, and features dishwasher-safe grease filters concealed by a stainless-steel panel, as well as a disposable active charcoal filter.

Fittings Metal Collection offers two styles of U.S.-made, handcrafted metal range hoods, the Modern and the Classic, both available in 48 sizes. Metal finishes include matte black, white, gold, nickel, gunmetal and urbane bronze. The hoods are also available in three shagreen finishes (recycled leather) for the base.

Dama, the first introduction of Falmec's Circle.Tech collection in North America, is designed to look like an elegant oversized pendant light. The hood features LED ambient lighting, a metallic grease filter that is removable and washable and perimeter suction with a tempered glass panel. The unit is available in a Copper finish and has an optional remote-control feature.

Castlewood by AMS offers its Epicurean Chimney Range Hood in Clear Alder, Rustic Alder (shown), Cherry, Hickory, Maple, Red Oak and Paint Grade. These range hoods are designed to accommodate the Ascension line of kitchen ventilation products, which feature stainless steel finish, push-button controls, LED lighting, baffle-style filters and internal blower motors.

The 24″ A-900 Modern Tubular Island Hood by ROBAM is constructed of handmade stainless steel that is hand polished for more than 48 hours. With only 1,000 units manufactured per year, this exclusive hood comes equipped with turbo mode and a motor that delivers 350 max static pressure to capture fumes.

BlueStar's newest 36″-high hood, Ridgeline, fits with 9′ ceilings without requiring an additional duct cover. Incorporating three exhaust settings and a boost feature, the hood includes push-button controls, dimmable LED lighting, a multi-stage grease capture system and stainless steel baffle filters that are dishwasher safe.

New from Fotile is the 42″ Island Range Hood, which is engineered to cover a larger cooking surface. It features capture shields on both sides and can open up to a 55-degree angle, and includes a powerful DC motor and Auto Turbo System. Its Intelligent Air Management system automatically detects noxious organic gasses and vents them out of the home. Ambient lighting shines through the crystal panel, creating four atmospheric …

Lofra Italy has partnered with EuroChef USA as its exclusive U.S. importer for its Italian kitchen appliances. The Dolcevita Collection features dual-fuel and induction options in 30″ and 36″, as well as 48″ and 60″ ranges. The appliances are available in stainless steel, matte black, white and lavender with brass and chrome trim options.

Bertazzoni is further expanding its portfolio with the new 36″ XT induction built-in cooktop with integrated hood. Designed with precision touch controls and digitally-timed cooking functions, this new cooktop features nearly instant heating and cooling through the latest induction technology and offers seamless style with its integrated down-draft hood.

Imperial Kitchen Ventilation has been handcrafting range hoods in California for over 60 years, and models include inserts, island, wall, under cabinet and UL-approved outdoor hoods. All hoods are made with 304 marine grade stainless steel and include motors and LED lights. Custom sizes, remote wiring and non-vent options are available. Choices include stainless, Matte Black, Matte White and RAL finishes.

Constructed of 18-gauge commercial grade stainless steel in a satin finish, the CH22 SQB6-XX series of undercabinet hoods from KOBE Range Hoods is available in 30″ and 36″ sizes. The hoods feature a flame and temperature sensor feature, which turns on instantly when it senses the flame from a gas range cooktop and adjusts its speed level automatically when temperatures change.

Gaggenau's Vario Downdraft Ventilation 400 Series delivers advanced noise reduction and optimized air flow, the company reports, with an air-quality sensor that detects odor and reacts automatically with the appropriate power level. The exclusive engineered metal ducting system allows for the placement of one of the blowers in the toe kick for added storage beneath the cooktop. The dishwasher-safe, seven-layer composite filter is designed for easy removal.

Stanisci Design offers both standard and custom range hoods in 13 species of wood. Hoods can be purchased with the company's in-stock ventilation, and standard, stainless mesh, stainless baffle and stainless baffle base are immediately available. Ventilation ranges from 300 to 1200 CFM. Pictured is the ESS series range hood.

Available in outside vent or recirculating models, Northstar range hoods by Elmira Stove Works feature powerful but quiet multi-speed operation and easy-clean removable stainless steel baffle filters, notes the company. Color matched or complementary colored splashbacks can be added to visually tie together the range and hood.

The new Classic Range hoods from Fisher & Paykel – available across the Classic Category colors of Red, Black, White and Stainless Steel – debut in 30″ and 36″ models with three fan speeds. The chimney hoods deliver 600 CFM maximum airflow offering edge-to-edge extraction, and include energy-efficient LED lighting for illumination of the cooking surface.

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