From the 12th century, architectural ventilation to the modernized electricity-run chimneys, kitchen ventilation structures have come a long way. Kitchen chimneys are used to expel hot gases and odors from the kitchen to the outside.
The traditional ventilation was done with the concept of hot gases rising to the ceiling and moving out of the ventilators to let fresher air fill the kitchen space. The modern electric chimneys serve this purpose by sucking in the exhaust air from the kitchen along with grease and oil particles. The air passes out of the chimney, and the grease particles are separated by the filter that can be cleaned later. This method keeps your kitchen clean and odor-free.
Kitchen chimneys are best for cooks with sensitive eyes or breathing issues. The hot gases and particles pose as irritants for the eyes, nose, and throat. Kitchen chimneys help maintain the air quality of small kitchen in Indian homes and save the extra labor for kitchen maintenance.
Types of Kitchen Chimneys
Kitchen chimneys are of four types depending on the method they’re mounted and the ducting provided to the chimney. The duct is the passage through which the exhaust air (sucked by the chimney) passes out of the kitchen. Let’s have a look at the different kinds of chimneys-
- Wall Mounted Chimneys – This type of chimney is perfect for Indian households where the cooking stove is placed near one wall. The chimney is installed on the wall above the stove, and it hardly needs any ducting pipe to eliminate the exhaust. This type of chimney is customized for the traditional style of kitchens.
- Island Chimneys – These chimneys are installed in the middle of the kitchen or anywhere far from the wall. This chimney is suited for modern kitchens where the stove isn’t close to the wall, and the chimney needs to be mounted right above it. This chimney requires a lot of ducting pipes and is expensive.
- Built-in Chimneys – Perfectly suited for modern kitchens with intricate interior designs, this chimney is designed to hide the extra chimney parts. Extra wooden work is required for these chimneys, but they uplift and compliment the kitchen’s overall look. However, such a set-up is costly.
- Corner Chimneys – This design of chimneys is rare in India. This chimney is mounted on the kitchen corner, where the stove is placed against the wall.
Factors To Consider While Buying a Kitchen Chimney
Several factors go into choosing a perfect kitchen chimney that will serve your requirements, complement the aesthetics of your kitchen, and suit your budget. Here are some of the most important factors that you must consider before investing in a product.
- Filters – It’s important to consider your kitchen’s suction requirement and buy a product that fits your requirement. Suction power is the capacity of sucking oil, grease, and odor from the kitchen. It’s measured in cubic meters per hour (m3/ hr). The suction requirement depends on your kitchen’s size, and for frequent cooking, the general requirement is between 400 m3/ hr and 1000 m3/ hr. Long hose chimneys usually have more suction power.
- Filters – Filter of the chimney is essential to determine the suction of the chimney. Filters that do not function well can cause threats to people health who regularly visit the kitchen as it causes poor suction.
- Motor or Blower – The motor or blower should be sealed to prevent any dust from entering.
- Size – The chimney’s size determines its price, space requirement, and other features that need to be taken care of while choosing a product.
- Maintenance – It is advised that you place the chimney within 4 feet of the stove for easy cleaning. Cleaning of the chimney is essential so that grease, oil, and dust particles do not accumulate on it. This degrades the show of the chimney as well as harms its functionality.
- Budget – Chimneys are available for a price range of 3000 INR to 1 lakh INR. The choice depends on you, but while buying a chimney, you must keep in mind the interiors of your kitchen, your kitchen’s size, and choose one that suits all of the criteria.
These are the basic factors considering which would help you in picking the right kitchen chimney.
Top 10 Chimneys to Buy for Your Kitchen
This wall-mounted chimney by Faber has a size of 90 cm and is perfect for stoves with 3 to 5 burners. With a suction capacity of 1200 m3/ hr, this product is perfect for typical Indian kitchens due to its tolerance to heavy frying and grilling. You can go for this chimney with a kitchen size greater than 200 square feet. Some of the key features offered by this chimney are as follows.
- The chimney comes with a 3 Speed motion sensor with touch control.
- It offers a heat auto-clean feature and comes with a power requirement of 250, an Engine power of 180, and in a Single-phase.
- Available in the classic black color, this chimney is curved glass type and wall-mounted.
- Cleaning in dome through airflow angle instead of any separate filters.
- The control type is electronic touch, and the noise produced is 58db.
It comes with 5 years of warranty on the motor and 1 year of warranty on the product.
- This kitchen chimney comes with both gesture and touch control, which is convenient to be used in busy kitchens.
- You don’t have to involve yourself in researching the filter quality for this product cause there isn’t any! The filterless design saves on maintenance charges as well.
- It fits the requirements of a standard Indian kitchen.
- Most of the Indians households use the traditional 2 burner gas stove for cooking, whereas the recommended stove for this chimney is with 3 to 5 burners.
Another filterless kitchen chimney, this one by Elica, comes with both a touch and motion sensor. The brand also provides a free installation kit to add to all its features (discussed below). The elegant black color with its curved glass design would surely uplift the look and show off your kitchen. Its features include:
- Powerful suction capacity is ensured by filterless technology that draws out hot and unhealthy fumes, smoke, and oil particles to keep your kitchen clean and you healthy.
- The motion-sensing technology lets you control and operate the chimney with a simples weep of your hand.
- This product is a wall-mounted chimney with a curved glass pattern.
- The maximum sound produced would be of 58db, and a touch sensor is also available.
- This chimney comes with auto-clean technology.
- If you’re a busy millennial who’s frustrated with different controls for different gadgets, this chimney will relieve you with its motion sensor, which spares the horror of learning a whole new set of controls.
- 5 years of warranty is provided on the motor and 1 year of warranty for the actual product.
- It’s 1200 m3/ hr suction makes it perfect for heavy-duty kitchens.
- The recommended kitchen style isn’t mentioned with the product.
This kitchen chimney by Eurodomo is a curved glass kitchen chimney presented in a chic black color. Originating in China, this product is perfect for Indian households due to its compatibility with the cooking patterns of the Indian kitchen. Let’s have a look at some of its basic features.
- This chimney is of a wall mount design and is made of curved glass.
- An automatic cleaning chamber and an oil collector help keep the kitchen clean and hygienic.
- With a suction capacity of 1200 m3/ hr, the chimney is perfect for kitchens with more than 200 square feet of space and is capable of handling deep frying or heavy grilling.
- Available in a size of 60cm, this product is perfect for stoves with 2 to 4 burners.
- The chimney comes with a Baffle Filter of 52*30 square centimeters dimensions.
- It produces a maximum noise of 58db.
- The chimney comes with a touch control that is easy and convenient to use.
- It’s wall-mounted and perfect for gas stoves with 2 burners, which are used in most Indian households.
- The Heat Auto-Clean function with an oil collector and the high suction power makes it perfect for cooking your favorite spicy dishes without causing any damage to your kitchen aesthetics.
- Though perfect for a heavy-duty Indian kitchen with the Baffle Filter, the filter needs to be cleaned every 6 months for smooth performance and maximum functionality.
Brought to you by one of the trusted and popular Indian brands, Hindware offers to you this 60 cm sized kitchen chimney, which is ductless as well as filterless. The design of this chimney is customized to enhance the overall show of your kitchen. The brand would contact the customer for installation within 36 hours of purchase. Some of its key characteristics are as follows.
- The 60 cm size with 1200 m3/ hr suction capacity is perfect for the standard kitchen.
- This chimney is a wall mount type with a curved glass design.
- It comes with filterless technology, a motion sensor, and touch control.
- Thermal auto cleaning feature is also provided alongside the removal of ducts to recycle the kitchen exhaust air.
- This chimney is available in both inox and black colors.
- Another model of this chimney is available in the 90cm size.
- The ductless chimney suits beautifully in any kitchen, and the filterless design saves the effort, time, and money required for regular maintenance of filters.
- The size of this chimney is perfect for a standard Indian kitchen in traditional style.
- The product has 10 years of warranty on the inner motor of the chimney.
- As the ductless design recirculates the air, kitchen odors aren’t fully removed from the kitchen space.
Available in Steel and Gray color, this chimney of 60 cm is a filtered wall mount chimney. Brought to you by the trusted Indian brand Hindware, this kitchen chimney comes with a curved glass design. The hanging clamp, duct pipe, and fixing material are provided with the product. Some of its key features are discussed below.
- The product provides a suction power of 1200 m3/ hour and is available in the 60 cm.
- The product comes with a Baffle filter and uses panels to separate spice and oil for easy cleaning. The filter needs to be cleaned once in 6 months.
- The product comes with touch control.
- It also has a Thermal Auto Clean feature.
- The wattage of this product is 180 watts.
- The maximum sound level produced by this chimney is 58db.
- The product has 5 years of warranty on the motor and 1 year of warranty on the actual product.
- The high suction capacity helps keep the traditional and busy Indian kitchens oil-free, odor-free, and hygienic.
- Separate panels for grease and spice aids in the maintenance of the chimney.
- The kitchen chimney has a baffle filter, and it needs half-yearly cleaning, which will cost the user money or effort.
This wall mount type curved glass black color chimney is brought to you by Eurodomo in size 90 cm. Originating in China, this chimney comes with a warranty of 5 years on the motor and 1 year on the product. The product comes with a Baffle filter that makes it perfect for heavy-duty use in Indian kitchens. Key features for this product are as given below.
- The chimney comes with an auto-clean chamber and is made of black material.
- It has a 1200 m3/ hr suction capacity and a size of 90 cm, which is recommended for gas stoves with 3 to 5 burners.
- This chimney is perfect for a kitchen with more than 200 square feet of space and can handle heavy frying or grilling.
- The Baffle filter is of dimensions 78*30 centimeters square.
- It has a power requirement of 250, an engine power of 180, and maximum noise of 58db.
- A touch sensor is provided for easy and quick controls.
- An auto clean feature is provided along with an oil collector to maintain the cooking unit’s cleanliness and hygiene.
- The suction power is perfect for the regular cooking practices of a traditional Indian household. It can handle all the oily cooking and keep your kitchen area fresh.
- The touch control eases its functionality.
- The auto-clean feature saves the cost of maintenance and your efforts in cleaning the whole unit.
- Though the product comes with the auto-clean feature, the baffle filter needs to be cleaned every 6 months to maintain the chimney’s smooth operation.
Hereby, Faber presents to you this 60 sm Auto-clean curved glass kitchen chimney that originates in China. The look and feel of this chimney are both heavy-duty and elegant. This chimney is devoid of filters and has a wall mount design. The brand will contact the customer regarding the installation of this chimney within 36 hours of purchase. Let’s get into the details of this product.
- It has a size of 60 cm, which makes it perfect for stoves with 2 to 4 burners (the standard stove in Indian households).
- With a suction capacity of 1200 m3/ hr, this is perfect for kitchens that are more than 200 square feet and is perfectly suited for heavy grilling and frying activities.
- The filterless design cleans the air with an airflow angle that saves on maintaining a filter.
- It comes with touch control and auto-cleaning technology.
- 5 years of warranty is provided on the motor, and a 1-year warranty is on the product.
- The size of this chimney is perfect for the regular gas stove with two burners.
- The heavy-duty Indian kitchens are oil-free and hygienic in the presence of this chimney.
- The filterless design helps to save your energy for cleaning the Baffle filter.
- This product’s noise level is 68db, which is higher than other wall mount chimneys in this category of products.
Brought to you by Faber, this curved glass wall mount chimney is available in a classy black color to give a sophisticated and elegant look to your kitchen. This particular chimney is customized for big kitchens, which are continuously used for spicy and oily cooking. The 1500 m3/ hour suction power helps to keep your kitchen fresh and clean maintaining its aesthetics. Some of its essential elements are as follows.
- The 60 cm size of this wall mount chimney suits stoves with 2 to 4 burners.
- The suction capacity of 1500 m3/ hr serves a kitchen that is more than 200 square feet and can perform equally well during heavy grilling or oil frying.
- The chimney comes with not one but 2 baffle filters making it perfect for Indian cooking. Each filter has 52* 30-centimeter squares as surface area.
- It has a maximum noise level of 58db and has touch control.
- The chimney comes with an LED Lamp of 2* 1.5W.
- The product comes with thermal auto clean technology and an oil collector.
- 5 years of warranty is provided on the motor, and 1 year of warranty is on the product.
- This kitchen chimney is one of the most heavy-duty chimneys within the affordable category as it comes with a suction power of 1500 m3/ hour and 2 baffle filters.
- Despite being heavy-duty, it’s suitable for 2 to 4 burner stoves, common in almost all traditional Indian households.
- It comes with a high power lamp that illuminates the kitchen and increases visibility during cooking.
- Double filters require double the effort to clean. Both the baffle filters have to be cleaned once every six months for the chimney’s smooth functioning.
Complete Buying Guide for Kitchen Chimneys
Let’s make your shopping even simpler! The number of options available for the modern Indian kitchen is just too many. They provide you variety along with confusion, and you tend to pick up a product with way more features than what you would require.
Your choice of a chimney should primarily depend on these few factors-
- Size of your kitchen.
- Type of food being cooked in your kitchen.
- Style of your kitchen- modern or traditional.
- Your daily routine.
- Your budget (of course!)
A typical Indian household generally has a lot to do with spices, oil, ghee, butter, etc. These enrich the taste of indigenous dishes but prove detrimental to the aesthetics and hygiene of a kitchen. There have been significant lifestyle changes of the contemporary Indian youth. The shift from traditional to dietary restricted and healthy food has changed the cooking patterns, the modern kitchen designs, and the entire approach towards this section of the Indin household.
As mentioned earlier, there are several factors that you need to consider before investing in any of the products.
The mounting style of your chimney is essential for its uses and aesthetics. Let’s talk about the two most common styles of chimneys used in India.
If you own a conventional kitchen with the gas stove near or against a wall, you would need a wall mount chimney fitted right above your stove. This chimney requires less ducting and pipes and falls under the economical category.
On the other hand, if your kitchen has a lovely modern plan with the stove at the center or anywhere away from the wall, you would have to invest in a ceiling-mounted or island chimney. This chimney is fitted right above the stove, but as it’s far from the exit-way of the exhaust, there is a substantial requirement of ducting and piping.
The In-built and Corner chimneys are also available in India but are rarely used.
These are some popular features meant to ease your life in the kitchen.
Auto-clean Technology –
Chimneys save you the trouble of cleaning your entire kitchen daily after cooking. However, this chimney needs to be cleaned periodically, and that’s a nightmare for busy professionals. It can be equally messy and disgusting to clean the chimney and cost you some money if you opt for professional cleaning. Hence, some chimneys come with auto-clean technology. In this feature, when the chimney is working, the coil covering the motor gets heated up for 15 to 20 minutes. This heat liquefies the oil, which is let out, and the chimney stops auto-cleaning itself. This technology is a blessing for people who are also short of time. Cleaning the oil and grease collected in the oil collector for months is surely not a pleasant activity.
Ductless Chimneys –
Ducts in chimneys work to conduct the exhaust air, odors, and heat to the outside after sucking it from the kitchen space. A ductless chimney has a fan (a blower or a motor) and a charcoal filter. The chimney sucks up the kitchen exhaust and oil, grease particles, smoke, and smells. The grease and oil are filtered out, and the air is recirculated. After removing the smoke and smells, it releases the air back into the kitchen. A lot of modern kitchens are made, keeping in mind the lack of space. If you do not have any exit vent from the kitchen, then this type of chimney is the best for you.
Popular Chimney Designs –
A kitchen isn’t just a place for cooking; it’s the place for experiments, creativity, expressing and developing culinary skills, and so on. The aesthetics of the kitchen room serves as a motivation and encouragement for your inner chef. Here the kitchen chimney not only serves to keep your interiors clean and hygienic but also adds to the look of your kitchen. The chimney is available in several sizes and designs. They are listed below.
- Curved Glass
- Straight Glass
- Pyramid Shaped
The different designs suit different types of kitchen. While the straight-line and angular chimneys might be perfect for a modern modular kitchen, the Straight glass, Curved glass, Pyramid, and Box-type chimneys are perfect for a traditional kitchen and fit into the modern kitchen designs.
Burners and Kitchen Styles- While choosing a chimney, it’s important to keep in mind the size of your gas stove and your kitchen and check for a perfectly fitted chimney. A lot of chimneys are customized for large kitchens that have heavy cooking done in them. Such chimneys might be perfect for joint families, but the investment in a big chimney is useless for busy professionals and nuclear households. Also, many chimneys provide lucrative features, but you might not need those features for your kitchen, and purchasing such a chimney would be a waste of money.
In India, kitchen chimneys are available with specifications regarding the number of burners that it can handle. Generally, chimneys are in the following categories of burners.
- 2 to 4 Burners (Majority of the Indian households use a gas stove with 2 burners)
- 3 to 5 Burners
- 4 to 6 Burners
The Indian kitchens are of three kinds- Small, Normal, and Large Kitchens. Kitchen chimneys in India are available for these three types.
Filter Types –
Though many filterless chimneys are available in the market, the filtered chimneys are preferred by many due to their suitability with the Indian cooking style. Filter chimneys need to be cleaned regularly to maintain their proper functioning. Kitchen chimneys have the following three kinds of filters.
- Mesh/ Cassette Filter – In this filter, layers of aluminum mesh overlap each other as the air passes through the filter, oil and grease stick to the mesh layers. This clogs the pores real quick and affects the performance of the chimney. This type of filter requires cleaning every 14 days. The filter can be cleaned with warm soapy water and detergent. You can clean the filter in a dishwasher, and the cleaning process is easier than cleaning Baffle chimneys.
- Baffle Filter – The majority of the Indian chimneys have this type of filter. This is, in fact, a development on the mesh filter with aluminum wires. The Baffle filters are proven to be 30% more effective than aluminum mesh ones. Several layers of aluminum or steel are overlapped over each other to change the direction of the airflow. ‘Cut and Chop’ technology is used to separate oil and grease from the smoke. Multiple curves allow the smoke to escape and retain the grease. Thus the suction power is hardly affected even if the oil is collected in the first mesh layer. This is perfect for the Indian style of cooking that involves the extensive use of oils and spices. These filters need to be cleaned once in 6 months. It can get rusted over time and needs replacement once in 4 to 5 years. The removal of the rusted filter requires a technician for some models. Several recent kitchen chimneys come with a detachable filter that can be cleaned by the user without any technical help.
- Charcoal Filters – These filters are primarily used in ductless chimneys where the exhaust is re-circulated after removing oil and grease instead of being vented out of the kitchen. In such chimneys, the kitchen odors may persist in the air after re-cycling, for which a charcoal filter is used. This filter has a block of charcoal granules that absorbs the kitchen odors. The absorption capacity depends upon the thickness of the filter and the size of granules. These filters need periodic replacements, once in 3 to 6 months, and it’s impossible to wash this. Some duct chimneys also have this type of filter for better odor absorption.
Advanced Features in Chimneys –
Some kitchen chimneys come with an Auto-heat sensor, which automatically switches on and off after detecting heat and oil particles in the exhaust. Some chimneys also have indicator lamps or buzzers to remind the users about cleaning or replacing the filter. This feature is beneficial for the work-occupied Millenials who need not keep track of servicing dates.
Some Other Specifications – An aluminum non-stick motor/ blower saves you from the headache of periodic servicing of motors. A sealed motor prevents the entry of dust or grime particles in the motor.
An appropriate size of the chimney to suit the stove is necessary. A 3ft stove should be paired with a 3ft chimney. Usually, the Indian chimneys are between 2ft and 3ft in size.
Most chimneys produce a slight noise during air re-direction or re-circulation. Some chimneys in India come with a pre-installed silent-kit to make the process silent or less noisy.
You should also check for the best sales service and warranty while buying a chimney.