Indian cooking entails a lot of frying, which then leads to a considerable amount of oil spluttering. This in turn gives off fumes. And who wants to cook while they suffocate from all that smoke? This is where kitchen chimneys come into play.
Aside from sucking up all the fumes, kitchen chimneys also sop up grease droplets and any bad odors that can be unpleasant for us to inhale. It also helps to keep the kitchen devoid of any stains and residues, thereby leaving you with a fairly good ventilation.
You maybe wondering, aren’t exhaust fans good enough to do the aforementioned job? The answer unfortunately, is NO. Exhaust fans are mounted high up, close to the kitchen window. This makes it very difficult to clear off the smoke quickly. Kitchen chimneys on the other hand, are usually placed right above the gas stove. Hence, it absorbs all the oil fumes almost immediately, throwing it out by means of a piped duct.
If you weren’t convinced about getting a kitchen chimney earlier, we hope that you are by now.
In today’s article, we’ll tell you all the factors that you must keep in mind before making a purchase along with a summary of some of the excellent kitchen chimneys available out there.
Buying Guide –
1. Kitchen Size and Suction Power:
As the term suggests, suction power refers to the amount of air the chimney can extract in the kitchen. This is measured in cubic meter per hour. Usually, you’ll find that the chimneys’ suction power falls in the range of 400 to 1250 cubic meters per hour.
Though the suction power that you must get depends primarily on the size of your kitchen, you should also take factors like gas stove and distance from the vent into consideration. A general rule of thumb is to buy a kitchen chimney that can absorb ten times the volume of air in your kitchen space. Mathematically, you can calculate this by using the following formula –
Volume area of the kitchen = L X B X H.
Ideal Suction Power = Volume Area of Kitchen X 10 meters in an hour
For example, if the kitchen area is 50 cubic meters, then the required suction power would be – 50 x 10 = 500 cubic meters per hour.
2. Gas Stove and Chimney Size:
The size of your kitchen chimney will primarily depend upon the number of gas burners. What you need to remember is that you should avoid getting a chimney that is lesser in width compared to the size of your gas stove. Instead, you should get one that is either equal to or more than the gas stove size.
If you have a stove with 2-4 gas burners, you must opt for a chimney that is 60 centimeters in width and if you have anywhere between 3 to 5 gas burners, you should go for a chimney that is about 90 centimeters in width.
Additionally, keep in mind that the distance between your gas stove and chimney should ideally be between 26 to 30 inches. Anything less than that would risk the chimney to catch fire and anything more than that would hamper the suction power.
3. Chimney Type:
There are mainly 3 types of chimneys. These types are mostly categorized on basis of their design and how the chimneys are mounted.
i) Wall-Mounted – These chimneys are mounted against the wall. Its one of the most common type of kitchen chimney that you will come across in kitchens around the globe because the countertops are built adjoining the wall. And if your platform is built like this, you’re in luck because these type of chimneys are not only easily available but also cheaper to buy and easier to install.
You also get another alternative to regular wall-mounted kitchen chimneys. These are called straight-line chimneys. They are better suited for smaller spaces and are placed right above the gas stove, thereby sucking up the fumes instantly. This type of chimney has an edge of the regular wall-mounted chimney in that it has space above it to build a cabinet or shelf for extra storage.
ii) Island/Ceiling Chimneys – Island chimneys look very similar to wall-mounted chimneys. However, they are mounted to the ceiling and look like they’re hung out of nowhere.
These are best for open kitchen or unconventional kitchen designs where the countertops are built away from the kitchen walls. These chimneys require proper ducting but look great once they have been fixed. Its worth noting that if you have this type of a kitchen space, you must ensure that the chimney is a minimum 6 inches in width since there wouldn’t be any cabinets around to absorb any extra gases.
We don’t normally see this kind of design in Indian kitchens. Hence, they’re less common compared to wall-mounted chimneys.
iii) Built-in Chimneys – Want something super stylish? You can check out built-in chimneys. These type of kitchen chimneys are built-into the kitchen furniture and décor, thereby concealing them by a great deal. That said, it is still ultimately affixed with the support of a wall.
4. Ducted vs Ductless Chimneys:
The aforementioned chimneys can be either ductless or mounted along with a duct pipe. Ductless chimneys are available for those who give more importance to space-saving.
The basic difference is in the way the two filter the smoke and give way to cleaner air. But there are other minor differences too. Let’s take a look at those differences in detail –
|Soak up soot and smoke and filter the air by means of mesh and baffle filters and throw out the filthy air via a duct pipe (vent)||Absorb all the fumes and circulate the filtered air by means of charcoal or carbon filters (no vent).|
|Expensive||Very economical due to easy installation|
|Far more efficient in terms of performance||30% less efficient|
|Greater suction power||Lower suction power|
|Easy maintenance||Need higher number of replacements.|
5. Filter Type:
Filters do the job of taking in the gases, odors, soot, and grime and replacing it with clean air. If you don’t get a suitable filter in your chimney, it may have a huge impact on the suction power.
There are chiefly 3 types of filters, namely, mesh, baffle, and carbon.
Mesh filters, aka cassette filters, are mostly used for smaller kitchens in ducted chimneys. They’re made up of layers from either aluminum or stainless steel which entrap the grease and grime while letting out the gases. That said, mesh filters require regular maintenance as they can get clogged very easily. Unfortunately, you cannot always unclog them yourself and may have to call an expert to do so.
Baffle filters are one of the widely used filters in Indian kitchen as they are easier to maintain. These filters consist of a curved panel with slits to allow the smoke to escape while enmeshing the solid particles. Baffle filters are said to be 30% more efficient compared to mesh filters as the chances of clogging is much lesser. Moreover, they can be cleaned very easily (once in 4 months) without the help of an expert.
Carbon/Charcoal filters can be used in both, ductless and ducted chimneys. These filters take in the odors, fumes, and grease and let out the same air, but, filtered. The solid particles stick to the filter. Sadly, carbon filters don’t last for more than 6 months and therefore, will need to be replaced entirely.
Some of the most common features in a kitchen chimney include buzzers (let’s you know when cleaning or replacement is due), touch controls, LED light indicator, push buttons, auto-heat sensor, and a detachable oil collector (for easier cleaning of solid particles).
Some of the latest kitchen chimney models also come with an auto-clean feature.
Needless to say, more the number of useful features, the better, but also more expensive.
Cleaning your kitchen chimney regularly increases its life. If you have an auto-clean chimney, you wouldn’t need to do much because the chimney will clean itself. However, if you own a regular chimney, you’ll have to do the cleaning by yourself. But don’t worry! These days, kitchen chimneys come with detachable filters so calling a professional is not necessary.
8. Noise Levels:
Whenever you cook anything that requires frying or grilling, you will be having the kitchen chimney turned on. And that could be on for quite some time. Having a chimney that makes too much noise would make the cooking experience a bit too unpleasant. Therefore, its important that you opt for a chimney that makes minimal noise.
Ideally, your chimney’s noise levels must be in the 51 to 61 decibel range. The perfect noise level should be at 58 decibels.
Our List of the Best Kitchen Chimneys Available in India:
After a thorough research based on factors like price, online reviews, size, features, technologies, filters, ease of installation, and customer service, we were able to boil down on … superior kitchen chimneys. Have a look:
1. Eurodomo Classy HC TC 90 cm 1200 M3/Hour Chimney –
The Eurodomo classy HC TC 90 model is a wall-mounted chimney that is ideal for those with 3-5 gas burners. This 1200 m3/hour (suction power) model is suitable for kitchen sizes with an area of up to 200 square feet. The chimney comes with a stainless steel baffle filter and is super easy to maintain. All you need to do is clean it twice a year. You also get features such as touch controls, auto-clean, 2 LED light indicators, and an elegant design. The best part? The noise levels in this chimney go to a maximum of 58 decibels. As far as the warranty is concerned, you get 1 year on the product and 5 years on the motor.
What a lot of users have reported is that Eurodomo is pretty prompt when it comes to the installation process or addressing any issue. This is an extremely important factor to consider.
A similar model of the same size and suction power is the Faber Hood Crest HC SC BK 90 cm 1200 m3/hour Chimney. This model is also worth checking out as it has a gesture control and an oil collector additionally. Note that it is slightly more expensive compared to the one by Eurodomo.
2. Faber Tratto Plus BK LTW 60 cm 1000 M3/hour Chimney –
The Tratto Plus from the house of Faber, is one of the best selling chimneys (wall-mounted) out there. This particular model is ideal for 2-4 stove size and has a suction capacity of 1000 m3/h, which is the most suitable for an area of up to 200 sq. ft. As with the models listed above, you get a baffle filter that needs to be cleaned once in 6 months. You get push button controls, LED lights, great customer service, and low noise levels (max. 58 db). Furthermore, you get a lifetime warranty on the motor (up to 12 years), and a years’ warranty on the product.
Yet another excellent product from Faber is the Hood Primus Energy TC HC BK 60 model. This is the same size as the Tratto Plus model. However, it has a suction power of 1500 m3/h, which is more suitable for a bigger kitchen. So if your space is bigger than 200 square feet, this maybe more ideal for you. The only downside is that instead of 12 years, you get 5 years’ warranty on the motor; but that’s really not an issue.
3. Seavy Zeroun Plus SS 60 cm 1200 M3/Hour Chimney:
The Seavy Zeroun Plus is a well-rated kitchen chimney that is perfect for 2-4 gas burners. Its 1200 m3/h suction power is best suited for kitchens with 200 sq. ft. area or less. This chimney comes with 2 detachable baffle filters, 50 decibels noise level (max), touch control, LED lights, and an auto-clean feature. What’s more? You also get a free installation kit including tape, clamp, cowl cover, and an aluminum pipe.
What we love the most about this chimney is that it comes with a motion sensor technology that allows you to simply wave your hand in different directions to operate the chimney.
As far as warranty goes, you get 1 year on the product, and 5 years on the motor.
A few users have had issues with regards to the exhaust pipe size. Make sure that you cross check the size of your vent with the size of the exhaust pipe before you purchase this product.
4. Hindware Nevio 60 cm 1200 M3/Hour Chimney:
Hindware is mostly known for making sanitary ware in India. However, they also make good quality kitchen chimneys. The Nevio 60 model is one of their popular products that is suitable for 2-4 burner stoves. This chimney has a suction capacity of 1200 m3/h, perfect for kitchens with a space of about 200 sq. ft.
Much like the majority of the chimneys listed above, this one too, sports a baffle filter that requires cleaning once in every 6 months. With this model, you get installation materials, and a 1-year warranty on the product (+ 5 years’ warranty on motor).
Note that a lot of users have reported problems pertaining to installation of the chimney. Hindware’s technicians aren’t exactly professional or reliable. Having said that, the product itself is brilliant.
5. Kaff Eden DHC 60 cm 1180 M3/Hour Chimney:
Kaff is quite a reputable brand when it comes to kitchen chimneys. The Eden DHC model is 60 cm in size, great for those who have a 2-4 burner gas stove. It has an air flow capacity of 1180 m3/h, steel filters, and a front panel with black glass that looks classy.
You get features like a 3-speed touch control panel, LED light indicators, and an oil collector. The warranty offered is 7 years on the motor, and 2 years on other parts including the rotor, switch/touch buttons, and PCB.
All the good stuff aside, this model has two drawbacks – i) A noise level of 62 dbA (max), which is more than all the others listed here. ii) A poor after sales service.
Alternatively, you can also take a look at the Sunflame Regal 60 cm 1100 m3/hour Chimney. This is quite similar to Kaff Eden in that it also is 60 cm in size and has a suction capacity of 1100 m3/h. Even the noise levels and features are the same. The difference is primarily in their design.
6. Elica WD HAC TOUCH BF 60 cm 1200 M3/Hour Chimney:
Elica is another company that is known for making high quality kitchen chimneys. This model is a super sleek one, featuring curved glass and a touch control panel. It boasts of a suction power of 1200 m3/h which as you know, is ideal for kitchen spaces less than 200 sq. ft. Since it is 60 cm in size, it is perfect if you have a gas stove with 2-4 burners. Some of the features included are a free installation kit, auto-clean, an oil collector, and LED lamps.
As far as the power consumption goes, this chimney is quite power efficient, running at just 180 Watts.
All the good stuff aside, we found that there are two problems with this product. i) Neither the installation, nor the hardware does not come for free. Moreover, the technicians seem to be a little inexperienced. ii) You may find that even on the lowest settings, the chimney seems to be slightly noisier compared to the other products.
7. Eurodomo Sapphire 60 cm 850 M3/Hour Chimney:
If you have a really small kitchen space 100 to 200 sq. ft.) with 2 to 4 gas burners, then this model of Eurodomo can be the ideal chimney for you. The Sapphire model by Eurodomo offers a suction capacity of 850 m3/h along with features like mesh filters which are highly economical, stainless steel body, easy to reach push button controls, bright LED bulbs, and more.
You also get a warranty of 1 year on the product and 5 years on the motor. The best part? The installation is done absolutely free of cost!
Speaking of installation, the service team has a reputation of being highly efficient and cooperative. If you have a stringent budget, and still want a well-built, well-performing product, then this is definitely worth your attention.
We hope that you’re able to choose the most suitable kitchen chimney for yourself with the help of our article. Kitchen chimneys indeed make cooking, a more pleasant experience. Please do let us know which one you like the best in the comment section down below. In case of any questions, we would be happy to help!