Island Hood that does not obstruct line of vision

sbconfusedMay 10, 2014

We are remodeling a kitchen and want to put an island hood in but are concerned that it will be annoying when we have company because it will obstruct my husband's line of vision (he is 5'11" and the cook and we have 8 ft ceilings). I know that we are supposed to have the hood a max distance from the induction cooktop but we don't care and want to mount it higher up. The problem is that the shortest one I can find hangs 28". Someone suggested I have the installer cut the duct part to make it shorter. Any advice is appreciated!

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Sophie Wheeler

Go visit some stores. 30'' above the cooking surface is just fine and doesn't obcure anyone's vision. Just make sure it's deeper and wider than the coking surface below, with additional CFM to compensate for the additional effluent drift that occurs with island venting that doesn't with perimeter venting.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2014 at 9:36AM
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I mounted mine 36" above my 4 burner range with griddle, and works fine. Out of head bumping and line of sight range, and I'm also 5'-11" ...

    Bookmark   May 10, 2014 at 8:29PM
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Since you are remodeling, you should consider putting your cooktop along the wall, not in the island. It is a frequent misunderstanding that the cooktop in the island allows you to interact with your family/guests better. Actually, cooking is only 10% of the time you spend in your kitchen. Prep is 70%. And anyway, while you are cooking you are looking down at your pans not at your family/guests. Also, when there is a cooktop in the island you have to make sure people sitting at the island are sitting far enough away not to get splattered.

Really, an island is so much better for prep. That way, you can have family members help you prep at the island if you want, and you can have people seated at the island without worrying about burns/splatter, and you don't have to figure out island ventilation. Keep in mind that not only is the ventilation going to obstruct your sight lines, but island hoods are more expensive to purchase and install. Also, your island hood will need to be more powerful than a wall hood, cause there are no walls or cabinets to help contain the smoke, so your hood will need extra cfms to make up for that.

The Kitchens Forum has a lot of people who enjoy helping with layout. If you wish to do away with your island cooktop layout, they can help you,

    Bookmark   May 11, 2014 at 10:53AM
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If you're looking for a hood that won't block line-of-sight, don't even bother with American brands (Vent-A-Hood, Viking, etc), they're too huge & boxy. Look at European designs - Miele 6290, Futuro Futuro Streamline, Elica Twin Optica, etc.

Miele 6290 hood

Futuro Streamline hood

Elica Twin hood

    Bookmark   May 15, 2014 at 9:56AM
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Care should be taken to not confuse poser kitchen hoods with functional hoods. (Functional here refers to capture and containment of cooking effluent; poser refers to a kitchen environment designed for style.) The most functional hoods are those that emulate commercial hoods; the least functional have inadequate flow, or inadequate capture area, but often look very nice and have lower visual bulk.

The Elica Twin hood above, for example, appears to have a tiny aperture, and thus would not have high capture efficiency for high temperature cooking plumes expanding from pans on the cooktop below.

The OP must decide what is important and proceed accordingly, keeping in mind that performance, affordability, and aesthetics are usually conflicting goals.


    Bookmark   May 15, 2014 at 11:17AM
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There are also units that are build into the counter or even the cook top itself. They look interesting but not sure how effective they really are. Some companies also have hoods that go into the ceiling. All of these options seem expensive, though.


    Bookmark   May 15, 2014 at 12:03PM
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