(Closed) Kitchen range hoods: is yours vented or non-vented??

posted 4 years ago in Home
Post # 4
10571 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

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 # 6
9687 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

This is our range hood, it’s vented.  I love it! 



Post # 7
924 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

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
173 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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
1019 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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
3283 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

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
1032 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

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
1844 posts
Buzzing bee

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
1652 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
3082 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@boogiewoogies:  we have a microwave with a vent and it vents it outside. 

Post # 15
396 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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.

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