Kitchen hoods and venting might not seem like the most exciting part of a kitchen upgrade. On the contrary, Homedit was very enthused by all the new designs shown at EuroCucina in Milan.
We found traditional-style vented hoods, low-profile wall-mounted models and ductless varieties that look more like a lamp than a vent.
The bottom line is that many stylish options exist for making sure your cooktop or range is properly vented.
Downdraft hood ventilation systems have been around for a while. Most often they are typically built in as part of the cooktop.
Now, you can choose from traditional downdraft vents or those that can be automatically raised up and out of the counter when needed. When not in use, they retract into the counter, leaving a flat surface. Some also come with light included.
Built-In Kitchen Hood
Hoods That Look Like Lamps
One of the coolest trends is that of ductless kitchen hoods that look like lamps. This is a very stylish option if you can’t or don’t want to have a traditionally vented kitchen hood.
Elica has been producing stylish kitchen hoods since the 1970’s and offers options of ductless lamp-style hoods in all sorts of designs and configurations. The options pictured here include the Star model on the right, whose hundred of glass prisms enclose a 300 CFM blower.
Big and Glossy
Wide and Shallow
Design Focal Point
Built-in Air Purifier
Flush Mount Kitchen Hoods
A kitchen that is tight on space, or that has a lower ceiling that will not accommodate a large vented kitchen hood is the perfect setting for a flush-mount hood. It’s important top remember that a flush-mounted hood still need to be located properly to actually vent the cooking space.
While wall-mounted hoods are the most common standard style, new designs — both vented and ductless — are sleeker and more low profile than the older types. Square, round, angular or colorful, these kitchen hoods take up less space but are no less dramatic.
Super Low Profile
An Industrial Look
Modern and metallic, kitchen hoods with an industrial feel were shown in modern, contemporary as well as more traditional settings. No matter the style of decor, the edgy feel of these kitchen hoods mixes well to make an interesting kitchen design.
New features on traditional kitchen hood shapes
Brands have upgraded the traditional shape of kitchen hoods with new technology, materials and design elements. No matter what your kitchen style preference, there’s a new range hood that will provide not only function but fashion to your home.
This range hood model from Complex is more traditional. However, it includes new lighting that illuminates the entire hood area, which is offset from the vent, situated at one end of the unit.
This allows the range hood vent to be located right above the cooktop, while the remainder of the unit is extra useful thanks to the extended lighting.
For the traditionalist, La Cornue is a great choice. Of course, these beautiful kitchen range hoods are made in the classic style by a company that has more than a century of craftsmanship history.
Extra Long Styles
This modern style might seem like a surprise from the traditionalist lines of La Cornue, however, it is still made with their solid craftsmanship. From the La Cornue W Collection, the minimalist range hood is made from tempered glass and lacquered sheet metal.
Invisible kitchen hoods
Kitchen ventilation is a must for any cooking area, but that doesn’t mean that every homeowner likes to look at large kitchen hoods. For these people, there are new options for kitchen ventilation that is nearly invisible.
The only indication that this is more than just a cabinet is the small glass touch control pad that extends minimally from the unit. Best Range Hoods demonstrated this under-cabinet kitchen hood that is practically invisible.
Faber also presented a range hood that is for all intents and purposes invisible. With the touch of a finger, the glass panel slides out automatically, opening up the ventilation unit. Moreover, when not in use, it slides back into place.
The range of kitchen hood designs presented in Milan was overwhelming. Design and technology for these often-overlooked kitchen appliances has evolved to the point where they are just as stylish (and integral) as any other kitchen element.