Although island range hoods look like they are free-standing above a cooktop, they are firmly anchored in and vented through ductwork in the ceiling.
The Cavaliere SV218D-I (Est. $849) is an island-mounted range hood that gets great reviews for its attractive Euro-design. The Cavaliere SV218D-I's tempered glass top gives the stainless-steel range hood a softer, less industrial look, consumer and professional reviewers say. Its telescopic chimney fits up to 9-foot ceilings.
With 900 cfm, it functions well in pulling out smoke, odors, grease and vapors. It has a six-setting fan and dimmable halogen lights. The fan has a timed-delay function that automatically turns off the fan after one to 15 minutes. Once set, the light, timer and blower speed settings remain the same the next time they are turned on.
Consumer-reviewers say they are especially pleased that the touch-sensitive controls (with blue LED lighting) are located on both sides of the hood. To make cleaning easy, a timer signals after 30 hours of use as a reminder to clean the dishwasher-safe aluminum grease filters.
Although the Cavaliere SV218D-I is designed to be vented, an optional recirculating (non-vented) kit is available that includes charcoal filters. The Cavaliere SV218D-I has a one-year warranty on parts.
The GE Monogram ZV1050FSS (Est. $3199) is quite a bit pricier, but it's also extremely powerful with 1,050 cfm. Expert reviewers say this high performance range hood is very effective in removing smoke and fumes. Its four-speed fan has a timer-delay shut-off. The range hood's four halogen lamps have six lighting levels. The GE Monogram ZV1050FSS also has a timer to remind users to clean the filters after 30 hours of use, and its filters are dishwasher-safe. The ZV1050FSS has a decorative duct cover that is standard for 8-foot ceilings, but duct covers can be ordered for 9- and 10-foot ceilings. For added convenience, the sides of the hood feature holder rods to hang and display cooking utensils. It has a limited one-year warranty on parts and labor.