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  1. Deni
    June 29, 2017 @ 10:18 am

    Moved into a house without a range hood and turns out we don’t need one. Our home doesn’t smell and we rarely cook anything with a lingering smell. Doesn’t create a mess, there isn’t even grease on anything except the range itself. Not sure how your homes are getting so smelly and filthy? Maybe clean more.. .

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    • Cyn
      May 28, 2018 @ 10:16 am

      How rude.

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  2. CHRISTINE LEWIS
    July 22, 2017 @ 6:10 pm

    Hello Victoria, depending on your cooking style, I would I vote in favor of a hood fan. Cleaning kitchens with no hood fans, I have found ocer time that upper walls, cabinetry and open shelving becomes sticky and caked with airborne grease and dust. The hood fan will help keep your kitchen cleaner can smelling fresher. Also, have you considered a temporary installation of a laundry tub outside your kitchen area for prep while you’re kitchen sink is out of commission in the kitchen remodel? I wonder if a tented outdoor temporary kitchen might be worth putting together, of course dependent on time of year for the remodel. Meanwhile, completely love your blog and send love and prayers to you and Paul that the home gets completed soon. So fun to see your progress!

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  3. Kristy
    July 23, 2017 @ 7:03 pm

    I have had vent hoods in previous (rented) places we’ve lived, and I almost never used them. The house we bought is older and has no hood above the stove, nor any room to put a hood. I’ve been told, though, that if we were to remodel, the building code supposedly DOES require a hood, so I have to either live with the kitchen as is or put one in. (I have no problem with the lack of hood. I don’t really fry anything, but steam just rises and dissipates. I haven’t noticed any strong food odors, but if you think food stinks that badly, I wonder what that person is eating, lol.)

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  4. Jennifer Rambo
    August 30, 2017 @ 12:58 pm

    I have a range hood and hate it so I do not use it. We live in the South so when possible we cook anything that would need frying or leave an odor on the grill. We sautéed shrimp kabobs with veggies last night. No smell inside. Quick cleanup. Beautiful kitchen.

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  5. Amy
    September 8, 2017 @ 10:28 am

    I love this post. I just found it while googling “do you need a vent over an electric stove”. I honestly didn’t even know you didn’t have to have one, but I love the idea of removing it. I actually have a hood vent, but its old and doesn’t work. I never have any food odor issues. I usually put a lit over pans to reduce splatter. I might just take it out tonight. Thanks, Amy

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  6. Gail Hockley
    September 8, 2017 @ 7:50 pm

    We are doing our kitchen over and we are NOT putting in a new range hood or havimg a down draft with the slide in stove. The range hood we had for 30 + years was not vented but had filters that we were to replace. I NEVER used it. Never any problems. Go with what you like and do not let the internet intimidate you.

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  7. Gail
    September 8, 2017 @ 7:54 pm

    We are doing our kitchen over and we are NOT putting in a new range hood or havimg a down draft with the slide in stove. The range hood we had for 30 + years was not vented but had filters that we were to replace. I NEVER used it. Never any problems. Go with what you like and do not let the internet intimidate you.

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  8. Jennifer Burchett
    September 18, 2017 @ 10:22 pm

    I LOVE reading your posts. You are so funny-and so talented!

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  9. Kathy
    September 27, 2017 @ 4:44 pm

    Just going through remodel ourselves, and have decided on no vent! We shall see, but we hardly use the one we have now and my range is on an island with a beautiful view.

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  10. Paul
    March 10, 2018 @ 9:33 pm

    We had an over the range microwave and my wife hated it, and had me remove it. She never used the fan. She does not want a range hood because it sticks out past the cabinets. I am thinking about mounting a 12” by 30” sheet of 1/4” thick stainless steel on the bottom of the cabinet to make it a little easier to clean and because of fire concerns.

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  11. Georgina
    March 15, 2018 @ 3:16 am

    Your awesome. I think we could be friends. Xx

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  12. Kari
    March 28, 2018 @ 2:32 pm

    Just found your blog and couldn’t stop laughing. I totally hate range hoods, and have used mine about once a year. I’m going to have it removed! Thanks for the beautiful hood-less examples and the fun read.

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  13. Madeline Ohenry
    April 5, 2018 @ 3:31 pm

    Love this blog. I have a 48″ dual fuel range with NO range hood. Our home doesn’t smell and our kitchen isn’t covered in grease. If I need to vent any cooking aromas I open a window. That’s what windows are for. Stick to your guns. Just say no to that ugly range hood.

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  14. Terri
    April 9, 2018 @ 7:49 pm

    Why can’t all blogs be so delightfully sensible? I have cooked almost every day for 10 years in my kitchen without a range hood. EE GAD! Doing a remodel and took down my upper cabinets today which were too close to the ceiling to get in the nooks and crannies for cleaning. Mild greasy dust only above the cabinets on either side of my stove. Barely anything. I’m thinking some of these people don’t clean often perhaps. I came across this article because of course with the remodel, the question of the range hood comes into question and I, like the author abhor the obstruction while cooking. So thank you! Thank you very, very much. I feel validated and will continue to live an unobstructed life while enjoying my new kitchen! xoxo

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  15. Reagan G.
    April 12, 2018 @ 8:05 pm

    BAHAHA! I LOVE this post! I’ve been so torn about whether or not to put a damn hood in my little cabin kitchen. My rich mother in law thinks it’s more than necessary, my modest mother says she uses hers daily, but…I’ve never had one and I think it would take over my small-ish kitchen. Still torn, but this sure helps me feel a whole lot better about that perfect wall light I found as an alternative ;0)

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  16. Charlene Kohlhagen
    May 12, 2018 @ 10:51 am

    Good for you!!! I have been stressing about this with my remodel and have not had a hood fan for two years. My kitchen is fine, my house does not stink, and tbe walls are fine, even the ceiling, (which if I had to can wipe down). You still have to clean the hood fan and change out the filters. If you cook something stinky open a window and run your ceiling or ventilation fan, it really has not been a problem. My mom never had one, neither did grandma and they cooked, did preserves, stc all tge time!

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  17. Michele Bachelder
    May 22, 2018 @ 7:18 am

    Oh my goodness! I so love this! It made me laugh so hard, because it’s so like I feel about the comments people have on the internet AND because I too don’t give a da—about a hood! I came because my husband is in that category of people who think it’s necessary to have one and I’m trying to convince him otherwise! Lol 😂Just know this, for as many idiots there are out there who hate you because of your design choices (lol😂) there as many (if not more) who are rising up with you against this tyranny! I’m so happy because I have found the courage to also go against the massive crowds and go without (dare I say it?) a VENT HOOD! Bring it on people!

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  18. Cenepk10
    May 22, 2018 @ 2:17 pm

    My house had the circa 92 cooktop in the island with direct downdraft to the crawl space. I wanted a smooth surface island- so I put a slide in all in one oven/range where the wall oven was. So I have no vent hood. There isn’t grease all over because I don’t use grease for cooking- occasionally there is a need to vent- I open the window & doors. I also think the giant hoods are ridiculous & unnecessary. Oh well… Chocolate & Vanilla… which reminds me- Haagen Dazs Wjite Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Ice Cream in the freezer…. mmmmmm

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  19. Cyn
    May 28, 2018 @ 10:13 am

    I have a hood that vents to the outside. I like that it has a variable speed exhaust fans that are quiet, a cleanable filter, good light, and that its mounted higher than most so I don’t feel claustrophobic in front of the stove.

    Have a hood or don’t, it’s entirely up to you.

    There are 2 reasons I want one. First of all, it prevents the whole house from smelling like whatever you’re cooking at the time you’re cooking it and then lingering for days. The second reason is closely related to the first. It keeps your kitchen and house cleaner and fresher smelling in general. it keeps the steam and contents of that steam, including grease, from layering itself on the walls and ceilings and light fixtures, and everything else. Ugh.
    I do actually cook in my kitchen. Though its part of a larger space and I don’t like it to *look* utilitarian and antiseptic, it’s not just there to look pretty. It must be practical and functional. Such is the nature of a kitchen. For me.

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  20. Ali
    May 28, 2018 @ 12:24 pm

    We just did our kitchen ourselves we had two downdraft that did absolutely nothing to suck put any polluted air so when we took them out well we just left it without anything we have a whole house fan in the hallway that has the power to suck and filter the whole house in 30 seconds. I am glad we opted out of a ugly vent Hood it looks souch better!!

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  21. Sandy
    June 8, 2018 @ 9:50 pm

    HA! I’m anti hood too 🙂 And I think I read the same forum. Folks YELLING at that poor woman. How DARE she ask, “Can you have a stove/range without a hood vent?” The end of our galley is the ‘home’ of our range – right next to the back door. Smoke no problems. Throw the door open! Smells no problem – I don’t get the ‘smell’ argument anyway. My husband buys food scented candles/tarts -pancake, Christmas cookie, blueberry…I’m sure if there was a “fish fry” we would own that one too! LOL Anyhoooo – we have a through wall 1950’s kitchen fan – that still works! I rarely use it. Our 1950’s cupboards have not disintegrated from grease. Go figure!

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  22. Kyleigh
    June 21, 2018 @ 10:36 pm

    I cannot express to you in words how much I enjoyed this entire article. So funny! So well written and this subpar human has decided, Lord willing, to put an island I’m with a stove and no vent!

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  23. Sherry
    June 28, 2018 @ 12:43 pm

    I have a down draft … I cook steaks & other meats QUITE often in cast iron & the proof I need SOME kind of directed ventilation is the nasty, goopy, sloppy grease trap I have to clean out most every other month.
    It’s a complicated affair that requires paper towels & kitchen tongs. But it keeps my kitchen (somewhat) from being coated in grease from the smoke generated when I cook. My kitchen is 20’X20′ … am I REALLY going to wipe down the whole thing (cabinets, light fixtures, etc.) every time I cook a steak? Doubt it…..
    I don’t care for the down draft, but it’s done the job for 12 years.
    My Jenn Air cook top is old, has some issues & is (I think) ugly … but I’m not ready to pull the trigger on a new one … the gas ones are VERY expensive & they only have a few models (none of which I’m mad about) …. and putting a ventilation hood in my kitchen would be CRAZY expensive & ruin the openness of the room.

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  24. Navi Lee
    July 11, 2018 @ 10:04 am

    🤭 Oh dear lord, we can do that?! I am showing this to my husband. I don’t feel I need one either and have been trying to find ways to tell him. Thank you.

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