One of the things that we spent the most time shopping around was to find the best kitchen chimney.
In fact, we were still in the process of negotiating the offer to buy our new house and had no confirmation that we will be able to close the deal.
Yet, we had started shopping around for things for our new home.
One of the first things we did was to plan for our kitchen.
That question has an obvious answer. Isn’t it?
As a food blogger, I had to setup my new kitchen for my food blog. I also had plans of starting all over again with Youtube videos.
Hence it was important that my kitchen looked the way I wanted it to look.
After we had finalized on getting the entire kitchen done through Urban Ladder, we moved over to shop for some of the most essential kitchen appliances.
While everything else was pretty easy to pick, there were 2 things that we struggled with deciding – The Kitchen Hob and the Kitchen Chimney (this was the most difficult).
We weren’t really experienced with shopping around for these, especially Kitchen chimneys because we have never used it in the past. Hence deciding on what is the best kitchen chimney as per our requirements was a tough task.
We spent days understanding the different brands available in the market. Then came assessment of our needs. And finally shortlisting the brands and the models that fitted our requirements.
Trust me, this entire process can be a nightmare.
It is hence that we thought of putting out a post like this – Our pick of the best kitchen chimney in India and why we picked these. Hopefully this will help you with your buying decision.
Best Kitchen Chimney in India
The decision on which is the best kitchen chimney for your particular kitchen can be a difficult one, considering the fact that every kitchen has its own unique aesthetics, look and concept.
If you are wondering as to why I referred to aesthetics, look and concept, then let me clear the air.
A chimney is not only something that is a utility but is also a part of the interiors of your kitchen. It is hence important that the chimney that you install should talk to the design of your kitchen. There should be a continuity in how the design flows.
If you were to pick a chimney solely with the objective of utility, then any brand and model should be fine. But since there are other factors in consideration, it becomes important that you spend some time evaluating your options.
If there are so many factors to consider, then how did we pick on these chimneys as the best kitchen chimneys in India?
Here are the factors that we considered in our assessment –
- The Price Factor – All of these Chimney are mid-ranged chimneys which will not be heavy on your pocket and should be affordable for almost all middle class families.
- The Design Factor – All these chimneys have the curved glass design, which is considered as one of the most aesthetically pleasing designs and fits almost all kind of interiors
- The Form Factor – All these models are ducted chimneys because we strongly believe that they are the best for household uses
- The Utility Factor – Everything else including how efficient they are, how is the after sales support etc.
And based on these factors, here’s our pick of the top 5 best kitchen chimney in India.
KAFF LIZ DHC 90 Chimney
After all of the shopping around that we did, we finally ended up buying a Kaff Chimney. This model was the one we finalized but stock availability was a little delayed hence we went with the Kaff OPEC GX – 90. Both of them are priced at the same range and have pretty much the same features.
There were multiple reasons why we went with KAFF, but one of the most important ones was their good customer support.
We were thoroughly impressed with their customer support. When the Chimney was delivered to us, the baffle filters had a slight problem. One of them had a slight bend, but we noticed it a few days later when we opened the pack.
We called up the customer support team to complain and was actually expecting some runaround because of the delay in raising the complaint. But their support team was quick to address the issue without any fuss. And they got it replaced for us.
This Chimney has an elegant look with the curved glass and the touch screen panel and blends nicely with any kind of interior.
We were particularly concerned with the noise levels from Chimneys and wanted something which wasn’t very loud. At maximum noise levels of about 54 dBA (Soft radio music at home is usually at around 90dBA), this chimney isn’t very noisy.
The 90CM spread helps cover a larger area. So if you are using a 4-5 burner cooktop or, hob then this will help with the coverage area. In fact I recommend everybody to go for a 90CM always.
The airflow is at around 1150 Nm 3/h which is sufficient enough for most Indian kitchens where we use a lot of oil and hence the kitchen tends to be greasy.
Elica WD TBF HAC 90 MS NERO
Elica is another brand that we shopped around for. They too have some excellent models that are priced competitively.
In fact my brother-in-law ended up buying an Elica chimney after consulting with us. The model that he went for fit his budget and since there was an Elica showroom nearby our house, he was able to get a first hand look and feel of the chimney.
This Elica WD TBF HAC 90 MS NERO model has quite a few nice features. It is slightly bulkier than the KAFF model and could be a deterrent for people who wouldn’t like bulky designs.
But otherwise, the design is elegant and the curved glass looks really beautiful. This one blends nicely into all kind of interiors.
The biggest positive with this model is the suction power. The airflow is at around 1425 m3/hr which is excellent even for a large kitchen and that too if you do a lot of frying and grilling.
The noise levels of this chimney is a tad higher than the KAFF model at 58 dBA but that isn’t too loud to be a dampner if you are planning to purchase this model.
The touch and motion controls are an excellent addition, though we weren’t too keen on going with so many sophisticated features (call us a little old-fashioned.. lol).
Faber Hood Crest Plus HC SC BK 90
Faber is a well known brand, when it comes to chimneys. We found 2 excellent models that fitted our budget and requirements.
But the one issue that we found with Faber was the availability of service centers. So if you are planning to buy one of their models, you might want to check how their service availability in your area is, before you make that decision.
The Faber Crest Plus HC is a very feature rich model. The design is elegant and aesthetically pleasing just like the rest of the chimneys mentioned here. Hence it should go well with your Kitchen interiors.
This model is a little bulkier than the KAFF model but then again, that doesn’t go against the design, look and feel of the chimney.
With a suction capacity of 1200 m3/hr, it should be good enough for a medium Indian kitchen where we fry and grill a lot.
The best feature about this Chimney is that it is a filterless chimney and hence saves you the hassles of cleaning your baffle filters. It comes with an Oil-collector tray that is also a welcome feature, though how much of a utility that is, is something that is questionable.
Prestige AKH 900 MS DLX
When we are doing a post on best kitchen chimney in India, there is no way we could have left out an Indian brand from it.
For anybody who prefers an Indian brand to all of the other multinational brands, Prestige is the first preference. Their products are of top quality, their customer support is decent and their products have all those features to compete with the Fabers and Kaffs.
The Prestige AKH has all of the bells and whistles that the other brands have, which we will get into a little later.
But first about their customer service. My youngest brother-in-law is a fan of everything Prestige and hence decided to go with their Chimneys. He bought it as a combo with the Hob.
After about an year and a half of use, there was a slight rumbling noise in the chimney. He reached out to their customer support who raised a service request and said that the complaint will be attended within 48hrs.
To his and our surprise, the technician called within 4hrs and visited the very next day. They detected a faulty part and replaced it immediately.
Such fast customer service isn’t really expected these days, so the entire experience came as shocking though it was pleasant.
So, their biggest strength is their customer support and their widespread dealer and service network.
The AKH 900 is an auto clean chimney and comes with a baffle filter and an oil collector to help in all of that greasy and oily cooking conditions.
It has a 1200 m3/hr Suction Power which is good enough for a medium kitchen that cooks a lot of oily and greasy food.
Just like most other chimneys, this one is also a little bulkier in its design. In fact, all of Prestige’s models are a little bulky in size but it doesn’t impact the overall proportions in the design of the chimney.
The biggest drawback with Prestige is their noise levels which they don’t seem to have been able to find a solution for. The AKH 900 also has a slightly loud noise at around 72dBA which is on the higher side in comparison to the other Chimneys reviewed here.
Glen Melissa 90 cm
Glen is another brand that we had shortlisted. But in the final choice it lost out to KAFF. Call it a personal choice. But otherwise their chimneys are very similar to that of KAFF and we really liked some of their models.
If you are going for a Glen, you might want to check on how their service network in your area is.
But aside from their coverage, there isn’t really anything bad about Glen and their chimneys.
The design of the GLEN Melissa is sleek and beautiful just like KAFF and it too blends really well with any kind of interiors. It is very elegant and you will fall in love with it when you see it.
At a suction power of 1200 m3/hr, this chimney is ideal for a medium kitchen that cooks a lot of greasy and oily food.
This is an auto clean chimney that comes with stainless steel baffle filters and an oil collector to take care of all of that oil that is released during your cooking.
At a 58 dBA, this chimney is a quiet one in comparison to that of Prestige and hence a preferred one amongst consumers.
Conclusion – Which one is Your Favorite?
Which of these do you think is the best Kitchen Chimney in India?
If you are shopping around for a chimney, then we hope that this post on our picks for the best kitchen chimney in India will help you decide on which one to go for.
If you have any questions, feel free to write to me or, comment below and I will answer. Since we shopped around quite a bit and surveyed a lot of models, we will be able to answer some of your questions at least.
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