Kitchen Chimney Buying Guide
A Kitchen chimney is a much-needed kitchen appliance that absorbs oily and spicy fumes rising from the kitchen and makes the kitchen clean and oil/smoke-free. Modern kitchen chimneys add style and decor to your modular kitchen.
We are providing a buying guide and tips to buy kitchen chimney to choose the best kitchen chimney.
Things to Consider Before Buying a Chimney
Whichever online kitchen chimney you have decided to buy, must first fit in your kitchen, have good suction power. Chimney filter type you buy should be compatible with your cooking habits and dietary preferences. We are sharing some of the tips that you must consider before purchasing the chimney online.
Types of Kitchen Chimney
- Chimney Suction Power
- Chimney Size
- Chimney Design
- Chimney Ducting
Types of Kitchen Chimney Filter
Chimney filter types are classified into three categories depending on the structure, material and filtering process.
- Cassette filter
- Baffle filter (best for Indian kitchen)
- Carbon filter
Cassette filter is made of aluminium mesh that is stocked on each other. The gaps between the mesh allow air through it. Grease and oil particles get caught in the mesh aluminum threads.
These grease, oil particles slowly clog the mesh and directly affects the suction power of the chimney.
That’s why cassette filters need to be washed and cleaned once a week for delivering better performance.
To clean the chimney, immerse cassette filter in a bucket of detergent water for some while, wash with cleaner water. If need you can scrub too.
Baffle Filter(best for Indian kitchens)
The baffle is a flow control panel. Baffle filter crafted in a multiple curve structure. When smoke and fumes pass through these curve heavy oil/grease and smoke particles are dragged down in baffle filter.
The Chimney’s suction power isn’t affected even though, baffle filter is filled with grease and oil.
Baffle filter chimneys are best with Indian Kitchens and food items cooked with spices.
It is an effortless task to find baffle chimney online, look for the product description and search for the word “baffle”. The baffle filter needs considerably less maintenance. Baffle filter needs to be washed once in 3 months — these filters have the capacity to run several years without being replaced.
The carbon filter is also known as the Charcoal filter because it is made up of black charcoal. The carbon filter is mainly used for absorbing odour. The carbon/Charcoal filter is an optional one for you.
In the case of recycling, a chimney carbon filter is used along with the baffle filter or cassette filter.
The oil and smoke particles get clogged inside the carbon filter and further reduces the suction power and performance of the chimney.
Depending upon the intensity of your cooking, these filters need to be replaced on a six-monthly basis.
Types of Kitchen Chimney
Buying decision on what type of kitchen chimney you want depends on the kitchen structure and its construction, location of the cooking platform, hob and stove.
You can choose them based on the possibilities where the chimney can easily fit. Kitchen chimney is divided into 3/4 categories.
- Wall-mounted chimney
- Island chimney
- Corner chimney (Rare in India)
- Built-in chimney (Integrated)
Wall Mounted Chimney
This Kitchen chimney is fitted against the wall and cooktop, hob is also located adjacent to the wall.
Kitchen chimney hangs from the ceiling above the cooking top/hob. The cooking platform, the hob is located at the center of the kitchen, away from the wall.
The Built-in chimneys are integrated inside the kitchen wood furniture work against the wall.
Corner chimney is normally fitted in the corner of the kitchen where the cooking top, hob located at corner against the wall.
For more details read:
Best Wall Mounted Chimney
- Elica Aqua Plus LTW 60
- Butterfly Rhino Kitchen Chimney
- Kaff Chimney – Ray 60
- Sunflame Innova SS BF Auto Clean Chimney
- Elica Glace LTW 60 Power IC Slim
Best Island Chimneys
- Carysil Rock Chimney
- IFB GL 90 Silver Island Chimney
- Glen (90 cm) 1250 m3/hr GL 1036 SS Island Chimney
- Glen GL 1688 SS Island Chimney
- Glen (90 cm) 1250 m3/hr GL 1000 Island SS Chimney
Size of Kitchen Chimney
As a thumb rule kitchen chimney size should be of greater size or exact than that of stove/hob. Kitchen chimney size could be of the size of stove/hob but never ever smaller than the stove/hob.
Auto Clean Chimney
As it names, auto cleaner chimney is capable of cleanly maintaining its parts. The air mostly contains oil particles. When this air passes through the auto clean chimney, its turbine blower forces air to move towards the chimney walls.
During this process, whatever oil is present in the air gets stuck to the container walls and is collected in an oil collecting bowl. This detachable oil collector has to be washed on a monthly basis.
Auto clean chimney converts the time-consuming and cumbersome cleaning process into a secure and productive cleaning process. Auto clean chimney avoids sticking of oil and grease particles, improves the chimney suction power and increases the lifetime of the chimney.
The oil and grease particles are deposited in the oil tray/bowl. Once it is filled, the user has to take out and empty the container and fit back into place. However, auto-clean features collect all the oil and grease. The small amount of oil and grease gets stuck in baffle filter too as years progress.
Overall, the auto clean chimney also needs manually cleaning, but that too infrequently. If you bother about chimney cleaning, then auto clean chimney is a perfect choice. I’m sure you would like a short video on how auto clean chimney works and how they differ from other chimneys.
|Feature||Auto clean chimney||Normal chimney|
|Cleaning frequency||Does not require frequent cleaning.||Needs to be cleaned often and at regular intervals|
|Cleaning process||Overall cleaning of the filters is much easier as oil is collected in separate oil collector, hence oil does not clog the filter.||Oil clogs the filters, so cleaning is much difficult|
Best Auto Clean Chimneys in India
- Kutchina Auto Clean Opul chimney
- Sunflame Innova Auto Clean Chimney (60 Cm)
- Hindware Cleo Auto Clean Hood Chimney (60 Cm)
- Elica ESCG-BF-Nero Auto Clean Hood Chimney (60 Cm)
- Sunflame Regal Dry Auto Clean Hood Chimney(60 Cm)
Ductless Kitchen Chimney
Ductless Kitchen chimney ducting is nothing but extracted smoke air which is exhausted out of the kitchen atmosphere without ducting or recycling. The method uses carbon filter oil. Smoke particles that are captured and clean air is released again back into the kitchen.
Chimney with duct is instrumental in removing heat from the kitchen. Usually, Chimneys with duct are more effective, but its ducting, pipes disturb the kitchen’s aesthetic sense. However, chimneys with duct are inexpensive but if you need a lengthy ducting then it includes the additional cost on your pocket.
Whereas, chimney without duct effectively filters the air, removes the odour and releases the air back into the home. A chimney without not disturbs any kitchen interior, but it has the overhead of regular replacement cost of the carbon filter.
Designs of Kitchen Chimney
There are 2 types of kitchen chimney designs available depending on the factor of how they look.
Convectional Kitchen Chimneys
Convectional kitchen chimneys made for full practical use, are found in most of the kitchens. Conventional chimneys are made of stainless steel and in the straight-line model. Conventional chimneys are inexpensive. Conventional chimneys are available with the ducted mode as well without duct/recycling. These type chimneys are focused on the performance.
Contemporary Kitchen Chimney
Contemporary kitchen chimney is designers choice and is mostly used in modular kitchens for aesthetics, style as well as a status symbol. These Contemporary kitchen chimneys are made of stainless steel with glass, crystal and come in a variety of colours
Kitchen Chimney Suction Power
Chimney suction power totally depends on the size of your kitchen and home. For a house with 1 to 3 rooms, 500 m3/hr to 650 m3/hr suction power chimney is sufficient. Home with bigger kitchen chooses 650 m3/hr to 1000 m3/hr suction power chimney.
If you are still confusied, please followt he thumb rule for chimney suction power is kitchen should able to changes the air ten times/hour.
It calculates the air volume in your kitchen by simply calculating the volume of the kitchen then multiply kitchen chimney volume by 10.
Kitchen Chimney Brands
You can decorate the kitchen aesthetically with beautiful hobs too. Many kitchen chimney brands are available online. All you need to do is check chimney price online
- Bright Flame
Buying Chimney Online
One of the major player in selling a huge range of chimneys in India is Snapdeal. However, depending on the chimney type and filter type you have to work hard to shortlist chimneys on Snapdeal too. Amazon is next in the queue. Flipkart has fewer numbers of chimney models.
Kitchen Chimney Price
Kitchen chimney price range starts from Rs.4000 in India. Branded straight line chimney price may vary from Rs.4000-5000.
Kitchen chimney prices greatly vary depending on the size. The price range of 60cm size chimney starts from Rs.6000 onwards. Whereas, 90cm size s price starts from Rs.12000 in India.
Most of the chimney manufacturers provide free installation feasibility — so you need not worry yourself about the installation charges.
However, if you are thinking to mount chimney outside exhaust point or very far from the wall, it needs additional ducting/piping which skyrockets the total cost.