• Kitchen Hood - Ducted vs Ductless chimney

Buying Kitchen Hood – should you get Ducted or Ductless ?

Kitchen hood is a mechanical device you will see in kitchens of many modern homes. The hood contains a canopy that covers area right above the stove and a fan or blower to remove/throw the steam, odor and heat caused by cooking. This feature of hood helps maintain kitchen environment while cooking and makes cleaning much easier. And therefore kitchen range hood is said to be one of the most important appliance in modern kitchens.

There are 2 type of range hoods- Ducted range hood and Ductless range Hood.

A Ducted range hood is a hood with duct that has a fan/blower hanging inside that throws out the odor and heat through the ducts installed with the hood. Here the odor, heat and steam is thrown out of the room through the ducts. Having a ducted hood is any day a better option because its performance is 100%.

But in some places like Mumbai city and other metro cities where there is already space issue, home owners can opt for ductless hoods. You can call them ductless or circulating or recycle hoods, they all mean the same.

Here in circulating range hood, the smoke, odor & heat is drawn up through some type of filtration system in the range hood. The filtration system may either have charcoal or carbon/similar type or even both. The filtration system will clean the odor, absorb heat and smoke before it is recirculated back in the room. The issue having this type of a range hood is that the filtration system/ filters need to be changes periodically, say every 6-8 months. Also with some company range hoods, the filters are not easily available. Moreover it has been observed that the performance of these ductless range hood reduces to almost 50% to the performance of range hoods with duct.

Therefore I suggest, if possible, every home owners should choose Ducted Range Hoods.

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Hi! This is Nitin, founder of ContractorBhai.com. We provide Affordable 3D Interior Design Service


  1. Peter 4 April 2016 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    Can you suggest some ductless hoods?

  2. Vishal 11 August 2016 at 11:03 pm - Reply

    Hello Nitin,

    I am planing to install a Ductless Hood Chimney. My Budget is 10-15k Want 750-1000 m3/hr suction power, 90cm size, life time warranty. which brand would you suggest… (Elica,Haber,Sunflame)…

    My kitchen space is small and do not have space to install ductable chimney.

    Any Suggestions will be much appreciated.

    • contractorbhai 13 August 2016 at 11:48 am - Reply

      Mr Vishal, Elica, Haber, Sunflame – all 3 companies make very good Chimneys, Elica if fits the bill, go with it. When you are comparing top branded models, go with better service in your area. Lifetime warranty ? I am not really sure about that, are these companies giving lifetime warranty ??? Also extremely important that you talk to Kitchen Designer or Chimney company representative before you decide model that will be perfect for your kitchen design.

  3. Loyela 12 December 2016 at 1:05 am - Reply

    I am looking for recycle ductless chimney 90 cm. Can you please advise the best manufacturer also after sales support in Goa.

  4. Biplab Kumar Dutta 14 December 2016 at 10:47 pm - Reply

    I am looking for ductless kitchen Chimney with carbon filters for my home at Kolkata.
    Please inform me provable suppliers with reliable after sales installation & service.

  5. Vishal gupta 9 July 2017 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    Dear sir,
    I am planing to go for chimney. My contractor says go for pipe model and don’t go for auto. What as u suggest. Is pipe model is beneficial and easy to clean., with life time warranty.

    • contractorbhai 10 July 2017 at 4:31 pm - Reply

      Sir if I understand correctly, you are talking about chimney with duct (pipe/vent to let air outside of the room). Ducted chimney if possible inside your room design then they are best solution to have. Newer chimneys come with clear instruction about to clean them. Chimney is just like any other electrical appliance. IT will come with warranty and needs to maintained over period of time.

  6. Prajakta Shirolkar 26 October 2017 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    Thank u so much ….Really great help to choose what to buy ………..

  7. Dimple 29 April 2018 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    I have a duct peigon brand chimney. It is occupying lot of space . Is it good??

  8. Nikhil 16 November 2018 at 12:49 am - Reply

    How’s Glen Chimney ? It’s comparatively less costlier than other brands.

  9. Pranita 15 April 2019 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    Hello, very good information. I have provision to install ducted chimney. But its visible from living room so want to use ductless chimney. Can I use ductless chimney and exhaust fan in combination to get same efficiency of ducted chimney?
    Thanks in advance.

    • contractorbhai 19 April 2019 at 5:09 pm - Reply

      chimneys usually do very good job, so unless you really want there is no need for exhaust fan. Chimney will suffice

  10. sajlam 1 May 2019 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    Can i install ductless chimney for a cafe? its has no open flame but there is single door oven, griller and a deep fryer.

    • contractorbhai 20 May 2019 at 11:19 am - Reply

      yes do it. even ductless chimney do good job. You definitely need to keep ambience good inside yoru cafe.

  11. Ashutosh 25 June 2019 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    Hi!,I am looking forward to installing an island (ceiling mounted) chimney with good suction. Please advice on;
    1. What are the main features I should remember to look for?
    2. Which are good brands in the budget of maximum Rs 20000

    I am located in Delhi.

    Thanks & regards, Ashutosh

    • contractorbhai 28 June 2019 at 12:55 pm - Reply

      any brand that provides good service in your area is best option. Local shop near your house will tell you which company gives good service.

  12. Sunny 22 July 2019 at 2:55 pm - Reply


    Could you please suggest some ductless chimneys?

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