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Credit: Snaidero

The equally striking and efficient Snaidero "Way" Extractor Hood

Style and practicality co-exist with these have-it-all range hoods

The range hood is a key component of the everyday function of your kitchen. With cutting edge technology and huge advances in design, hoods can now be quieter, greener and more efficient. Contemporary styling gives these hoods a modern, arty feel. Some hoods retract and disappear altogether while others provide much needed ambient lighting.

 

1. Snaidero “Way” Extractor Hood

This asymmetrical extractor hood recycles and sanitizes the air. Its ionization technology makes it ideal for kitchen islands, as there is no need for outdoor ventilation. As an added bonus, this chic, black glass hood is great for your health and well-being; it uses atmospheric ions to eliminate bad kitchen smells and keep the air clean. Quoted as part of complete kitchen, Snaidero
 

2. Miele-DA5000D Island Hood

This sleek island hood has a motorized canopy that opens up when in use. It has four fan speeds, adjustable lighting and dishwasher-safe filters. $5,600, Midland Appliance
 

3. Native Trails Kitchen Range Hood

Hand-hammered copper is the key feature in this classic, wall-mounted hood. Shown here in brushed nickel, it comes in four sizes, complete with professional-grade ventilation and a light dimmer. From $6,700, Wolseley Kitchen & Bath Classics
 

4. Arclinea Hide Hood for Top

This hideaway design sits flush to your countertop until you need it. Fully constructed of glass, the Hide Hood has three heights and five speeds. Using either a venting system through the floor or a filtration system, the minimalist design keeps your space clean and clutter free. $9,278 (filters are an additional $720), Living Space

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5. KitchenAid Wall-Mount Canopy Vent Hood

This wall-mounted, clean-lined range hood has electronic touch-screen controls, halogen lighting and dishwasher-safe filters for easy cleaning. 30-inch hood, $1,550, Sears
 

6. Zephyr Verona Wall Hood

This straight-line, glass-topped wall hood has a built-in LED light display in cloud blue, deep blue, amber or a combination of all three. Its sound- and energy-reducing technology makes it one of the quietest and most eco-friendly hoods available. 30-inch hood, $1,960; 36-inch hood, $2,079, Trail Appliances
 

7. Best Intrigue Hood

The flue of this contemporary hood from the Sorpresa Collection can be painted to match your decor, emphasizing the curved stainless steel design. Its Heat Sentry technology automatically turns the blower to high speed when it detects excess cooking heat. $2,300, Colony Major Appliance & Mattress Warehouse

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Originally published in BC Home & Garden magazine. For regular updates, subscribe to our free Home and Garden e-newsletters, or purchase a subscription to the magazine.