Range hoods under cabinet Vent a hood vs Kobe

SarinaDecember 2, 2013

Hi I am looking now to do the vent hood over my GE Cafe dual fuel range I just ordered. I am looking at Kobe I like the looks a lot and the price. I have read though they are hard to install . We would hire someone but this is a small area so I hope the installer would know how to do the Kobe. They talk about on build.com about having to drill new holes in the stainless as it does not like up and other pain in the butt issues with the install. My other choice is Vent a Hood . I had a vent a hood over a Wolf cooktop in last house that was a liner inside wood hood. What a pain it was to clean. Not so much the first part but the squirel cage part was very hard to get up there and degrease that . I did like how it worked though . I must also say I think I let it go a tad to long between cleanings. I do like the Kobe has led lights and the Vent a hood does not . The price is about two hundred more for the Vent a hood.Does anyone have a Kobe ? If so do you like it ?

Here is a link that might be useful: Link to the Kobe I like has , steel baffles that come out to clean.

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I don't think any installers will have much experience with either hood choice. They install mostly Broan and other builder grand hoods and if they work in a high end area maybe Best by Broan , Wolf, and Viking.

Anything other than the most common brands they will need to read the instructions. My poor kitchen guy had to read the instructions a couple of times over for every appliance in my kitchen.

Google gardenweb kobe. There are plenty of owners here.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2013 at 2:37PM
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@sarina: I have had the Kobe RA02 for about 8 months now. Being an engineer, I did the install myself, although the chimney cover is still not in place, as I need to redo the crown molding behind it (procrastination is the name of this game).

Overall I like it, but that doesn't say much, as my previous ventilation was just a fan-in-a-ceiling-hole. The quiet setting is quiet, but the other two are noisy; without previous experience, the "sones" numbers don't translate well into actual noise levels. Otherwise, on High, the hood is pulling out all the smoke and airborne grease steaks in a cast-iron skillet produce. You will have to open a window or install a MUA to help it pull all that air volume.

The baffles need scrubbing every month or so, but that's a very small price to pay for not having cabinetry and walls smeared in grease.

The model you're looking at is a little more elaborate, as it has some sort of electronic control. The RA02 is bare-bones, just two rotary switches.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2013 at 5:05PM
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Thanks for the input! Really I have to do Make up air ? I thought that was for very heavy duty hoods?

    Bookmark   December 3, 2013 at 2:33PM
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