When it comes to designing your dream kitchen, appliances play a vital role. Many of us focus first on big items like the refrigerator or dishwasher, and ventilation units often end up taking a back seat. As the appliance that often runs in the background of all your cooking activities, it deserves your attention! Today, I’m excited to give ventilation its due and talk about the importance and the positive benefits it can have on your cooking and overall kitchen aesthetic.
Creating the Best Cooking Environment
Chocolate chip pancakes, sautéed eggplant, slow-roasted chili – the list goes on. When you power up your cooktop or range, a host of culinary possibilities await. The cooktop provides an avenue to achieve tasty flavors and textures. But, did you know that your ventilation unit is an important companion to any cooking experience?
Ventilation units work hard to minimize steam, smoke or odors that result from cooking. No one wants to breathe those in, and ventilation also helps ensure your home doesn’t keep smelling like last night’s Thai curry sauce for days!
Maximizing Your Design Aesthetic
In addition to serving a direct cooking function, ventilation units make a design statement within your kitchen space, like our beautiful glass chimney hood. That’s why I recommend opting for a ventilation unit that also enhances the look of your kitchen. At Bosch, we understand that every homeowner or remodeler has a specific set of needs. Creating products that directly serve these needs is of the utmost importance, and our ventilation offerings are no exception.
For example, I’m a big fan of our Bosch downdraft vents, which are perfect for kitchens where the cooktop is installed in an island and you have a gorgeous view you want to look at while you’re creating a delicious meal. With this configuration, the downdraft vent retracts into the island when it’s not in use, and magically re-appears (with a push of a button, of course) to the surface when you’re ready to start cooking. Alternatively, Bosch offers a variety of installation options that perfectly integrate into a variety of kitchen layouts. When space is a consideration, a custom insert hood helps create a seamless look that blends with cabinetry. Or, one of our chimney hoods attracts attention while pairing beautifully with a cooktop or range.
Whether you have a kitchen remodel in mind, or simply want to better utilize your current ventilation unit, I hope you keep these ventilation insights in mind. What cooktop recipe are you trying next? After you turn on your Bosch ventilation unit, of course. Let me know in the comments below!