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Should Your Range Hood the Touch Cabinets (Answered)

If you're just installing your hood, you're probably wondering if you can install it flush against your cabinets. If so, this is the post for you.

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Range hoods are an absolute necessity in any kitchen. They are frequently installed near kitchen cabinets to help control cooking odors. But should your hood be flush with the cabinets? Or should there be some space between the hood and the cabinet?

In this post, we will cover what range hoods are, how wide they should be, and whether or not they should touch your cabinet, so you don’t make any mistakes when installing yours.

Image of a kitchen with wooden cabinets a range hood a table and three chairs. Source: max, vakhtbovych pexels
Image of a kitchen with wooden cabinets a range hood a table and three chairs. Source: Max, Vakhtbovych Pexels

Allow about an inch between the hood and the cabinet. It will be much easier to clean and maintain your range hood if it does not touch the cabinets. The crevices will collect dirt and grease, making cleaning more difficult.

How high should a range hood be above a stove? 

Gas and electric ranges often have range hoods installed between 28 and 36 inches above the cooktop. The minimum installation height is 28 inches. The hood may be destroyed if it were any closer. Also, if your hood is more than 36 inches from your stove top, it won’t be able to vent the air effectively. This applies to all range hoods.

How deep should a range hood be?

For maximum effectiveness, ensure that your range hood is deep enough to cover the full depth of your cooktop. The ideal depth range is between two and three inches short of the depth of your stovetop. At the very least, it would cover the rear two burners.

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How wide should a range hood be?

Make sure it’s at least as wide or three inches wide as the edge of your range. This is necessary to collect smoke effectively.

Should the range hood be wide enough to touch your cabinets?

I don’t recommend it. Keep your range hood away from the cabinets. The confined crevices will collect dirt and grease, making cleaning more difficult. It will be much easier to clean and maintain your range hood if it does not touch the cabinets.

However, I strongly recommend installing your range hood visually flush with the cabinets. Not necessarily touching, but the eyeliner is leveled with the cabinets. This gives the appearance of tidiness and order.

Image of a kitchen with a range hood, a fridge, and gray countertop. Source: max vakhtbovych, pexels
Image of a kitchen with a range hood, a fridge, and a gray countertop. Source: max vakhtbovych, pexels

Should a range hood match the style of the cabinets?

A range hood cabinet is an excellent way to conceal an unsightly kitchen appliance while maintaining a consistent aesthetic in your kitchen. After all, you want to highlight the beauty and craftsmanship of your cabinetry while avoiding visual clutter in your space.

Some people prefer to match their overhead cabinets’ style, color, and aesthetic to create a continuous visual flow between the cabinets and the range hood. If you prefer this route, incorporate the same design elements into your range hood cabinets.

Others want to make their range the center of attention in the kitchen, so they pair their cabinets with a different range hood cover. Using a contrasting color or material, you can draw attention to your range hood. However, the style should be consistent with the rest of your kitchen’s decor.

If you want even more tips and insights, watch this video called “Wall Mount Range Hood Installation” from the Xtreme AIR: Range Hood and Range YouTube Channel.

A video called “Wall Mount Range Hood Installation” from the Xtreme AIR: Range Hood and Range YouTube Channel.
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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Do you still have questions? Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about the range hood and its distance from cabinets.

What is a range hood?

A range hood is a home appliance that aids in the reduction of airborne dirt, dust, and grease in your home. Additionally, by using a range hood, you can avoid asthma symptoms.

Is it necessary for a range hood to touch the ceiling?

It’s not necessary, but it looks pretty cool. A range hood that extends from the ceiling creates the illusion of extra height in a kitchen by drawing the eye upward.

How much space is required for a range hood?

Most installations necessitate a space of 28″ to 36″ between the bottom of the hood and the cooking surface.

Conclusion

Finally, you can use the range hood to improve the freshness and hygiene of your kitchen. Just ensure it’s a model that doesn’t overheat due to its proximity to the cabinetry.

This article covered range hoods, how wide they should be, and whether or not they should touch your cabinet so you don’t make any silly mistakes when installing yours. Here are some key takeaways:

Key takeaways

  • Range hoods that are 36 to 42 inches wide are considered standard.
  • Gas and electric ranges often have range hoods installed between 28 and 36 inches above the cooktop.
  • The minimum installation height is 28 inches.
  • Allow about an inch between the hood and the cabinet.
  • The crevices will collect dirt and grease, making cleaning more difficult.
  • The cooktop is a range or oven-heating surface that gives off heat through electric coils.
  • The ventilation draws air from the kitchen and moves it to the ceiling through a ductwork system.

So, have you checked if your range hood touches the cabinets in your kitchen? And did I cover everything you wanted to know? Let me know in the comments section below (I read and reply to every comment). If you found this article helpful, check out my full blog for more tips and tricks in your kitchen. Thanks for reading, and stay safe.

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Author avatar - Roger Harris
Written By Roger Harris
Hey there! My name is Roger, and I've been selling range hoods for over six years. I now run this blog all about range hoods and kitchen ventilation! If you're looking for a new range hood for your kitchen, this is the place for you.

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