WALL MOUNT SERIES
Also popularly referred to as chimney hoods, wall mounted range hoods add class to any kitchen. They are not just elements of style. They are pieces of sophistication adding a lot of value to your kitchen. For instance, they protect your surrounding furniture and appliances from oil and grease buildup. Moreover, they also enhance air circulation and purify the air in your kitchen.
Chimney hoods have a canopy (or hood) above the range with an internal fan to catch fumes, steam, and smells which are then pumped up a flue (chimney) to the ceiling and into a vent. Chimney hoods can be either wall-mounted above a range where there are no cabinets, or else installed freestanding above a kitchen island. They can be ducted or ductless.
In the absence of kitchen cabinets, wall chimney hoods mount with exposed vent stacks on the wall. Island chimney hoods mount to and vent through ductwork in the ceiling. It's particularly important for island hoods to buy one that is at least six inches wider than the cooktop, due to the fact that there are no wall cabinets alongside the hood to help funnel fumes. If you have extra high ceilings, you may have to order a custom chimney hood to account for the extra space.
Major Brands includes Broan, GE, Kenmore, NuTone, Viking, Whirlpool, Vent-a-Hood, Wolf, and Zephyr.
Cons: Requires more space; usually more expensive than under-cabinet models, professional installation recommended.
It is best to get yourself a wall mounted kitchen hood only if you fulfill these two important criteria:
1. Your Range is backed up against a wall.
2. You have no cabinets above the cooktop