Post # 1
We’re looking at range hoods and we have no idea what to buy! So far, we know the difference between vented and non-vented is that the vented kind has a duct that takes everything outside and non-vented filters the air and puts it back in the room. What else do we need to know? What do you have?
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Post # 4
I’m not familiar with the non-vented ones. In the apartment there was no hood though, just a fan. It sucked, I don’t want all the humidity when cooking pasta or something. It’s worse if you’ve burned something or cooked something smelly.
I don’t know how well the filter would take care of odours.
Post # 5
@Payless: Thanks, it answered a lot of questions for me…but I’m still getting mixed feelings from family members…some people swear by their non-vented hoods and we’re trying to save on costs so it sounds so nice but others say we HAVE to get one that blows the exhaust outside …ugh, if only we were rich lol.
@AB Bride: At the moment we don’t have anything, not even a fan. All we have is a ton of windows, lol. The humidity when cooking is just awful.
Post # 6
This is our range hood, it’s vented. I love it!
Post # 7
If I could start from scratch, I would have vented to outside, but we have a filtered hood through our microwave and it works just fine. it can be quite expensive to install a vented hood, depending on your home materials and layout
Post # 8
I don’t think we would ever get non vented. It seems strange that you’d want to put the air back into your house!
Post # 9
Yech….our rentals either had no hood fan at all, or the non-venting ones attached to the OTR microwave. Those places would need at least once a year scrub downs with heavy degreasers on the cabinets and walls around the stove. Even the inside of one cabinet we had would sweat and we’d have dried yellow-orange beads of grease dried and stuck on. Bleh!
I honestly think non-venting hoods are waste of space glorified $1 fans from the dollar store with a “filter”. They’re useless. Really. They just sort of barely move the air around.
If you can vent it to the outdoors, I strongly reccommend it!
Post # 10
Ugh, a vented hood is my dream. I used to house-sit for some professors of mine with two ovens and an incredible vented hood, and cooking was like… the most fun part of my day times 10.
Post # 11
Ours is vented to the outside. Ideally it’s a better option but it’s much more expensive to install if you don’t already have an existing vented fan.
Post # 12
Mine is not vented and it is aweful. The pros to a non vented hood are they they are cheaper to install and generally less expensive over all. Cons, if you burn something or are boiling something for a while every speck of smell/humidity stays in your kitchen forever.
If you can go for vented I would do it for sure, they even have the kind that look exactly like the low profile non-vented ones and the stack goes up through a cupboard.
Post # 13
I remember when I was young all my mother wanted in all our homes was a vented hood. Makes sense – her Asian food has really strong smells that a non-vented hood that just can’t contain!
Post # 14
@boogiewoogies: we have a microwave with a vent and it vents it outside.
Post # 15
I think this is one of those things worth the extra money. It just doesn’t seem like a non-vented fan does any good. I actually was unaware that there was such a thing as a non vented hood, I thought that some people just never bothered to hook it up.
When you’re running around trying to get the fire alarm to stop going off because you cooked something that makes a lot of smoke, I think you’d wish you had the vented fan.
Post # 16
Thanks everyone! It is possible for us to install the vented hood, which is what we’re going to do thanks to all the feedback. It’s not going to be too outrageously expensive, it’s just that we’re still in the process of building our house so every little thing adds up and that’s what we were so afraid of.
@melonseeds: Lol I’m half Filipina so it seems that my house always smells like food!
@Sunfire: Can I just have your whole kitchen?! Please and thank you.