You can easily pay $1,000 upwards for a rangehood, but this doesn’t mean you can’t pick up an excellent example without spending over the odds. This counts double if you’re not the type that’s glued to your cooker seven days a week – you hardly need an industrial standard hood for occasional cooking. In any and all cases though, there are certain things you need to be on the lookout for to make sure you buy right. This applies to whether it’s slide out rangehoods you’re looking into or the regular type – exercise a little forethought and you’ll come out with a great investment for life.
With regular and slide out rangehoods alike, you need to be on the lookout for its external finish and styling – it needs to be as easy to clean as possible with no hidden nooks where dirt can build up. Look for something smooth and simple – extravagant artsy ones won’t hold onto their looks for long. You’ll also find yourself with a choice in terms of filter types – washable and otherwise. Some argue that the non-washable types are the most effective on the whole, but replacements mean ongoing expense, so it all depends on your budget. In terms of lighting, you’ll find both standard and slide out rangehoods with single and twin bulb configurations – in any and all cases you will get a much better view of what you’re cooking with the dual-bulb hood.
And finally, few take into account basic health and safety before taking home a rangehood, though it’s important to do so. Be aware of rough edges, sharp corners and anything that could cause a hazard – especially if the hood is to be fitted at around head-height. You don’t want to find out the hard way that you took home something that’s a danger to use.