Ok, admittedly I never got the hood for aesthetics reasons… but still, the hood has gotta be one of the least ‘streamlined’ models around.
The main reasons why we got the particular hood brand/model?
- Oil absorption ability: the particular model we chose was at 88%, highest among the recycling range.
- Noise level: lower noise level than the other model we considered.
- Place of manufacture: apparently made in Japan, vs the other made in China model.
Perhaps the ‘oil absorption ability’ needs some explanation.
You see, after reading about various hoods and considering technical stuff like suction power, types of filter, recycling or venting (HDB only allows recycling), maintenance & cleaning, noisiness, cost, etc, I sort of settled on a Fujioh hood cos they seem to target oily heavy cooking styles that we Asians tend to do. Fujioh is also currently the only one that has tested for oil absorption performance. Suction power doesn’t tell me how well they absorb oil/fumes. Possible that other hoods actually perform better, but then again no technical data to back them up.
The obsession with absorption ability is due to the open concept kitchen of course. With no way to isolate the cooking smell, the only way we could think of to prevent the house from smelling oily/greasy (short of simply not doing any cooking) is to get a really powerful hood.
So Fujioh it is, and then the next decision was on which model?
The one that most people seem to get is the FX900. Price aside, in terms of design it is sleeker than the older models. “Sleek” being a relative description of course. Fujioh hoods really protrude out a lot more than other models…
And why did we not choose the FX900? Mainly cos of reasons 1, 2 and 3. The 800MK2 is supposed to absorb more oil (88% vs FX900’s 83%), is a little quieter (slightly less than 10db per setting) based on what we heard from 2 demo models in a store we went to, and is supposed to be made in Japan (vs FX900’s made in China model).
Ok, so time for some pics, and then below are the links to download the Fujioh hoods brochure (it lists the specs for all the models) and the 800MK2 technical specs. In case you would like to read more about the FX900, you may like to click HERE to read a real-life user review.
Update: Here is my completed kitchen: Kitchen