Island Hood: Miele, Viking or ?

gothamlMay 30, 2013

Longtime lurker, first time poster.

Appliances have been relatively easy for me to choose so far for our brownstone kitchen Reno, but I am stuck on the hood! We have an narrow L shaped kitchen with an induction cooktop in the island, this opens up to the dining area. So the hood ends up being a big visual part of that floor.

The cooktop is Miele and our architect likes to keep brands the same if possible, but I like the look of the 36" Viking island hood (the optional pot rail is so pretty *sigh*) also I like that the Viking has baffles instead of mesh screens. Or should I be looking at something else?!?

I am a little more clean lines traditional and our architect leans modern.

Thanks in advance!

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cookncarpenter

I had a similar decision to make, as our range sits on the end of peninsula which faces the dining area. We previously had a downdraft, so I struggled with the thought of this big thing hanging from the ceiling becoming an obvious focal point. After building a plywood mock-up based on my basic style and design preferences, I narrowed it down to Modern-Aire and Prizer. Ended up with the Prizer, even though it was a bit more expensive, the fit and finish sold me. It really is beautiful. Oh, and Prizer had offered to add a pot rail at no charge, but I didn't want things hanging in my face above the work area.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2013 at 5:19PM
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gothaml

Thank you, may I ask what style you went with? I agree with you on hanging things from the potrail, I just like the look, I feel like it is a nice accent on an otherwise simple item.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2013 at 5:44PM
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cookncarpenter

- Here is a pic of it the day I installed it. Cabinets weren't done yet, but you can see the style. It is beautifully made, seamless construction, with no sharp edges. Baffle filters, 3 speed 1000cfm remote blower on the roof with 8"duct. Two halogen lights on a low/high switch.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2013 at 8:13PM
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gothaml

That is a beautiful hood! How easy is it to remove the baffles to clean them?

    Bookmark   June 1, 2013 at 10:19AM
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cookncarpenter

It is very easy to remove the baffles on mine. Holding the two handles, push slightly up towards the center rail, and the bottom edge comes out of the channel it sits in. Just the reverse to put them back in...

    Bookmark   June 1, 2013 at 4:34PM
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gothaml

Wow, that is a great design!

    Bookmark   June 1, 2013 at 5:58PM
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tkey4871

How high above the range is your hood? We have a similar design and I'm trying not to block the view.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2013 at 7:25PM
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cookncarpenter

Bottom of hood is 36" above top of burner grates, which makes it 73" above finished floor.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2013 at 11:33PM
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gothaml

I'm tall and my husband is 6'2" so we are going to mount whatever hood we get at 36" above the range.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2013 at 8:22AM
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