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The Rangehood Revolution

Removing airborne grease, smoke and steam from your kitchen space, your rangehood truly extends the longevity of your kitchen, as well as providing ample benefits for the health of you and your family. In this ultimate homeowner guide to all things rangehood related, Bethany Hayes speaks with co-owner of Schweigen, Anthony Fletcher, and seeks his advice on choosing the best rangehood for your bespoke kitchen.

Born and raised into a family-owned appliance business, Anthony Fletcher is no stranger to the wide world of appliances, today taking reign as co-owner of Schweigen. “Along the way, I’ve been fortunate enough to meet many strong, inspiring and whacky personalities who have helped Schweigen into what, and who we are today,” he says. Journey under the hood, as Melbourne Kitchen + Bathroom Design magazine unpacks the ins and outs of rangehood ownership.


While it’s common knowledge that bad air quality can definitely have “long-term detrimental effect on your health”, it’s perhaps lesser known that without a rangehood in your kitchen, the durability of your home could be severely compromised. “Without [a rangehood], pollutants and smells would stink up your kitchen for days – humidity could promote mould growth, airborne grease settles on surfaces, attracting pests and slowly ruining paint, structure and investments in your home,” details Fletcher. Having that clean, purified air will keep the cooking space fresh and healthy.

Now that we’re equipped with the knowledge of why a rangehood is essential for your home, let’s unpack the two main categories of rangehood, and which will best complement your needs and lifestyle. Fletcher explains that there are two broad categories of rangehood, which depend on if they are internally or externally motored. “Onboard rangehoods – also known as internally motored rangehoods – refer to models with motors and fans built into their canopies. Offboard rangehoods – or externally motored rangehoods – have their motor mounted outside of the rangehood, typically on the outside of the home,” says the Schweigen co-owner.

It’s important to note that both internally and externally motored rangehoods may be ducted to bring filtered cooking exhaust to the outdoors, or “simply recirculated back into the kitchen”. Next, when it comes to deciphering what size rangehood you require, Fletcher explains that to ensure optimal efficiency, “rangehoods should always be larger than the cooking zones beneath them”. While most rangehoods are available in 600 and 900-milimetre widths, Schweigen takes this to new heights, offering domestic models from 300 to 2000-milimetres. “[Schweigen] caters to the full cross-section of Australian kitchens, from simple pantries to high-end kitchens in luxury homes,” affirms Fletcher.


In an era where working from home is the new norm, noise can be a huge irritant within sealed and shared spaces within your dwelling. “The long-term impacts of noise can be devastating,” Fletcher says. “Exposure to excessive noise can lead to a range of health concerns, from poor concentration and stress to more severe conditions like hearing loss and cardiovascular disease.”

Rangehoods have long been associated with the noisy bustle that comes with cooking – and this is where Schweigen’s silent rangehoods become truly invaluable. “Schweigen started by sourcing the quietest and most powerful domestic extraction fan available and integrated the German-made, centrifungal fan technology into a Schweigen-patented motor system called the Isodrive®,” Fletcher says. These silent rangehoods have their Isodrive® motors installed outside of homes through the roof, wall or eave, with acoustically matched, flexible ducting for the very best results.


Your kitchen is your unique haven, and as such, your rangehood should be able to fit into the space’s existing aesthetic. Fletcher breaks down just some of the options available to you, the homeowner, and what each option affords:

Undermount Rangehoods: “These are installed discreetly into overhead cabinetry and are perfect for those desiring an integrated kitchen with sleek and modern lines.”

Wallmount Rangehoods: “Are conventionally positioned against the wall and directly over your cooktop area. They are renowned for performance, aided by the wall and surrounding cabinetry, which helps to direct steam, smoke and odours directly into the rangehood.”

Ceiling Cassettes: “[These are] integrated into the bulkhead or ceiling for a sleek profile and uninterrupted views across your kitchen – perfect for island or peninsula-style benchtops.”

Island Mount Rangehoods: “[These] are favoured in open-plan kitchens and typically hang over island benchtops. This central placement means no bulkhead is required and cooks can [also] be involved in conversations with family or friends around the island as they cook.”

Barbeque Alfresco Rangehoods: Feature weather-resistant stainless steel construction and powerful high-extraction motor systems. They are purpose-built to banish grease, smoke and odours from the undercover alfresco cooking spaces.”


Once you’ve had your rangehood start to work its magic within your home, it’s going to need some maintaining to ensure that it is running optimally. According to Fletcher, your rangehood should ideally be given a clean every three to six weeks of use, or every ten days for induction cooktops. To clean your rangehood, you’ll firstly need to disconnect from the power supply to prevent any shocks. “Next, spray a stainless-steel degreaser onto a wet microfibre cloth and wipe the surface in the direction of the grain,” explains Fletcher. If your rangehood filters are dishwasher safe, you can pop them in on a short program at low temperature, otherwise you can wash these via hand in hot, soapy water and with a non-abrasive brush. Being gentle is key!


For some homeowners, a completely custom kitchen means a completely custom rangehood is the way to go. And for Fletcher, this is something that Schweigen is passionate about for the future. “Custom rangehoods are the end goal for all that we design and develop in-house, including specialty components like the Isodrive® motor system, Bacteria Shield® coating for baffles and filters and Schweigen SteelFlex™ for high performance safety ducting.”

When it comes to making decisions about you and your family’s health and home, knowledge truly is power. With a great foundation of the importance of a quality rangehood and an expert in tow to assist along the way, you’re ensuring that your kitchen, but even more importantly, your family’s health, are in the best and cleanest possible hands.

Images courtesy of Schweigen

“A well designed rangehood constructed
of quality components and featuring
intelligent features is the best investment
you could make for your home.”
Image Credits: Schweigen