At Kudos House, to help you out, we compiled a list of the best exhaust fans you can install in your kitchen. Your kitchen is the essential room in your house – the heart of your home. But over time, it can become a smokey, smelly, unpleasant space to be in. Because it is one of the most used places in your home, you should make it as efficient and comfortable as possible. Thus, it is vital to get the correct extraction fan that suits your kitchen’s layout and design.
The Best Exhaust Fans For Your Kitchen
The first thing that you need to think about is what style you want. Therefore, let’s have a look at the options:
- Kitchen Wall Exhaust Fan – You would usually mount these to the wall with a ducting going through the brickwork to the outdoors.
- Portable Kitchen Exhaust Fan – Although these are usually not designed for the kitchen, some can have great benefits.
- Kitchen Window Exhaust Fan – If you have a window, then you can fit a window extractor fan.
As you can see, there are three main varieties of kitchen exhaust fans. We are going to take a look at the benefits of each one.
Kitchen Wall Exhaust Fan
Kitchen wall exhaust fans are one of the most common that you see. They are the most difficult to install, but there is often a lot more design features on them, and they are made to better specifications so that they are quieter and higher airflow.
One of the best things about the fans is that they are much easier to manage than the other two types on this list. They are often controlled by a single switch wired into the mains, they are IP rated for use in a kitchen, and you do not have to store them. Through the wall, extractor fans, once installed, take up no room at all. The only thing that you may find is that you want a shelf where the fan is. However, that is an easy obstacle to overcome if you plan well.
Below is one of the best performing, through wall kitchen extractor fans on the market at the moment.
Portable Kitchen Exhaust Fan
As for portable kitchen exhaust fans, there is a lot of choices. Portable fans are just that, a portable fan. They are not usually explicitly designed for a kitchen, but they are easy to use in there. Many people will think that a regular stand up fan is going to be sufficient. However, that is not the case for kitchens. Although they will cool you on a hot day, they do not offer the movement of a large enough volume of air for extracting.
A portable extractor fan should be able to move a lot of air; otherwise, you are not going to get any benefit from it. The one pictured above is a superb example of such a fan. It is a relatively small fan that can move a massive amount of air over long distances if needed. To move the air over long distances, you will need to use 12 inches ducting, but if you buy the flexible style, you can store it all very well too.
These fans are small enough to keep in your shed, waiting for the times that you will need it, and they are powerful enough to use in a wide range of applications instead of just the kitchen.
Kitchen Window Exhaust Fan
As I pointed out earlier, if you have a window, you can install a kitchen window exhaust fan with ease. They often provide a high airflow, they have a minimal installation time, and once fitted, they do not take up any space in the room.
The fans are reversible so that you can suck the air out of a room, or blow it into it. The window fans do not have the same output as the other two on this list, but if you are in a scrape and you need something quick, then this might be the option for you.
A simple conclusion here for the best exhaust fans for your kitchen is: If you have the time and money to buy and install a fan, then I would highly suggest the Kitchen Wall Fan. They are designed for the job. They are quiet, have a large volume output, and are IP rated to be used in a kitchen.
If you have more money, but less ability to install a wall fan for whatever reason or you would like to be able to use the fan in other places, then I suggest the Portable extractor. If you are in a tight spot and need something quick and cheaper with much less hassle of installation, then the window fan has got to be your first choice.