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Best Looking 30 Inch Chimney/Pyramid/European Hoods

by Neil Katz

Chimney hoods are triangular shaped, European inspired vents. They are considered the most attractive hood option and often are the focal point of the kitchen.

There are two considerations for any vent. The primary function function of the hood is to remove steam, grease, smoke and odors that can stain walls and damage cabinets. 4 gallons of grease can accumulate in a poorly vented kitchen per year. Venting is about the right size hood, good blower speed or CFM as well as good ducting to push the smoke and heat. We cover all that in the Yale Ventilation Buyers Guide.

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Topics: Jenn-Air, Ventilation, Zephyr, Broan, Yale Hoods, Best

Kitchen Ventilation

by Steve Sheinkopf

As kitchens have become larger, venting options have become more complicated. The best way to vent is straight up through the top, but with the advent of kitchen islands this has become difficult.

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Topics: Jenn-Air, Best by Broan, Ventilation, Zephyr

Ventilation - New Styles and Function

by Steve Sheinkopf

Last week, we talked about the different types of ventilation. Today it's about style and function. 

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Topics: Miele, Ventilation, Zephyr, Faber, Range Hoods

Small Spaces For Less

by Steve Sheinkopf

Meet Dave Kiley. Dave serves many purposes. He is (the best) part friend and part customer. Dave is also my next door neighbor and is a nut about home improvement, especially lighting and appliances.

He is also extraordinarily talented and perhaps the best contemporary renovator in Boston. Look what he does in a small space.

Samsung French door refrigerator, Miele dishwasher, Bosch cooktop, Thermador wall oven and Best hood.

Dave is a style conscious, upscale guy. In a $4500 per month rental, it is somewhat expected...but lets spend less and still have a great look.

By replacing the Thermador with a Bosch oven, Zephyr for Best, Bosch(or GE Monogram) for the Miele and LG for Samsung, we can save about $3500.

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Topics: Thermador, Miele, Bosch, Dishwashers, Washers, Lighting, GE Monogram, Wall Ovens, Ventilation, GE, French Door Refrigerators, Zephyr, Range Hoods, Cooktops, LG Electronics

The Best of Kitchen and Bath 2008

by Steve Sheinkopf

I was pleasantly surprised by the level of innovation at this years show:

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Topics: Thermador, Gas Cooking, Slide-In Ranges, GE Profile, Ventilation, Bertazzoni, Induction Ranges, Zephyr

Dennis MacDonald and Range Hoods

by Steve Sheinkopf

Dennis Macdonald became the sales manager of the store, effectively replacing me, sometime 1 or 2 years ago. He is actually a great guy, good with staff and customers (which means I will have to fire him in a rage of jealousy)...

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Topics: Miele, GE Monogram, Ventilation, Ranges, GE, Zephyr, Faber, Franke

5 Considerations to Buying Appliances

by Steve Sheinkopf

1. Cooking should be first. Dimensionally, dishwashers and to a certain extent refrigerators have similar specification. The biggest decision will always be cooking. Wall ovens and cooktop versus range changes the complexion of your kitchen more than any other appliance.

2. Consider a shallow depth refrigerator. Shallow refrigerators do not extrude into the kitchen for a more linear, customized look. You do not have to spend a ton of dough on a SubZero or other professional style products. Look at KitchenAid, LG and Frigidaire for decent, more affordable products.

3. Rebates. Most manufacturers have had price increases over the past 18 months. However, the battle for market share is so fierce that rebates could total 20-25% of the total product. Often times, the rebates are geometric, meaning the rebates are increased when you buy more from the same manufacturer.

4. Buy a front loader. The cost savings are too large to ignore. Read some of the earlier blog entries. Buying older technology will cost at least $2,000 plus over the lifetime of the machine

5.Vent properly especially if you cook. It does not cost a fortune for a decent hood. Look at Zephyr and Best. You do not want smoke and grease inside your house
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Topics: Dishwashers, Frigidaire, Washers, Sub-Zero, Refrigerators, Counter Depth Refrigerators, KitchenAid, Wall Ovens, Ventilation, Ranges, Zephyr, Range Hoods, Cooktops, LG Electronics

The Newest, Latest and Greatest...Ventilation

by Steve Sheinkopf

There were some interesting vents from Zephyr, Viking and Franke(the new owner of Faber)


Zephyr hood....Very nice

The Shade by Zephyr....It is actually customizeable


Franke hood....Yes they are a sink company, but they recently purchased Faber


More Franke....


Even more Franke
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Topics: Ventilation, Zephyr, Faber, Range Hoods, Franke

Ventilation Types

by Steve Sheinkopf

There are a ton of venting options for your kitchens. We will discuss styles and a few issues to assist in your decisions. You can trust us. We are non commissioned.

The first consideration of ventilation is the output and the usage stove or range. As discussed in the previous post, the vent has to be sized properly. Lets pick a vent:

The most common type is the straight vent or power unit. These hoods vary in price from $60 to $700 depending on style and CFM. Broan has some decent units at lower prices,
but Zephyr has units with higher CFM, and really attractive styling.
Another popular consideration is from Best, which has one unit with variety of separate blower options
Best K210

A downdraft is decent option in an island design. This vent is commonly placed behind a cooktop, and can be activated or raised when needed. The motor is either housed in the cabinet or on an outside wall. Think of it as a reverse hood, instead of venting up and through the roof, the venting is placed underneath the floor. Although a downdraft is a stylish option, it does not have capture area for professional style products
Thermador Downdraft

The canopy range hood is the most popular style of hood for professional and higher output burners. The canopy tends to be a slightly bulkier hood and blowers are usually sold separately at all different CFM levels. Although Wolf, Viking, Vent A Hood and Thermador market decent canopy hoods, look at the Best K260. It is beautifully styled and relatively inexpensive.
Best K260

The most interesting hood is the pyramid or trinagular shaped hood. This is the consummate statement piece in a kitchen. They can be purchased in different shapes and styles. Although most of them are available at higher CFMs, only one has enough capture area to handle a pro range, The Best k42
Best K42

The last option is the microwave hood combination. It is likeable, because the cooking products(range and microwave) are in one area, but it has average CFM and capture area, so it should not be placed over a pro range
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Topics: Wolf, Microwaves, Ventilation, Ranges, Zephyr, Range Hoods, Cooktops

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