Find the best rangehood for your kitchen
Nobody likes leftovers - especially when it’s stale lingering odours, or grease all over the splashback from yesterday’s fish-fry. Worse if your ears are also still ringing from a noisy rangehood or triggered smoke alarm – all because you craved some snags for dinner.
As Australia’s leading silent rangehood brand, Schweigen has helped generations of homeowners address these frustrations in their kitchens. So, if you’re in the market for a better rangehood, let us help find you one that’s ideal for your kitchen design and lifestyle.
A rangehood (also known as a kitchen hood, exhaust hood or exhaust fan) is a device that is installed over stoves or cooktops, containing a motorised fan to extract cooking grease, smoke, steam and odours.
Rangehoods capture and extract airborne grease, smoke and oil particles, cooking steam and odours. These unwanted particles are captured in filters, before the exhaust is re-circulated or vented through the ducting to the outdoors. High quality filters help prevent the same from collecting on your cabinetry, walls and ceiling while you cook. When working effectively, rangehoods help keep your kitchen newer and fresher for longer.
If you struggle to converse over the sound of your rangehood as you cook, then this may bring music to your ears. Rangehoods CAN be silent. Installing the motor outside your home ensures silent extraction over your cooktop with your preferred rangehood style*.
Unlike conventional rangehoods which have motor and fan installed within the canopy or somewhere along the ducting, Schweigen silent rangehoods have their motors installed outside your home. Doing so means the externally-mounted fans extract cooking exhaust in one seamless energy-efficient pull, unlike conventional systems which need to pull exhaust in through the canopy, and then push it down the ducting to the outdoors, introducing different wind pressures, turbulence and noise as they do so.
The Schweigen silent rangehood revolution starts with a German-made EBM motor and fan called the Isodrive®. This motor is recognised as the quietest, most efficient and highest-powered domestic extraction unit available today. The Isodrive® units extract and expel air outside your home at the point of exhaust with long vaned, backward-curved centrifugal blades to minimise turbulence and noise within the ducting.
* Installed correctly and used at the lower speeds, Schweigen silent rangehoods cannot be heard over the ambient noise within the kitchen. At higher speeds, wind noise may be heard, depending on the distance of the motor from the rangehood and the type of filters selected.
A rangehood is in many ways, the crowning glory to your cooktop. Together, they influence the character of your cooking space, and define a huge part of your kitchen aesthetic. A carefully considered rangehood can look masterful, whilst the opposite can threaten the overall success of your kitchen design and functionality. With the array of styles and options available in the market, selecting the right rangehood can get very confusing. To help you along, here are rangehood categories that drive design decisions based on how they look and where they are installed:
Rangehoods should ideally be larger than the cooking zone underneath to ensure optimal capture efficiency. Most rangehood types are available in 60 and 90 cm width, covering the most common cooktop widths.
The minimum required installation distance between the top of a cooktop and the lowest part of the rangehood are as follows:
In general, undermount rangehoods should always be installed as close to the front of overhead cabinetry as possible. This helps to maximise the unit’s extraction coverage of the cooktop surface area beneath.
The information above is to be used as a guide only (drawings are not to scale and do not account for all circumstances.) The cooktop is centrally installed in the benchtop in all of the diagrams above.
Extraction power is measured in cubic metres per hour (m3/hr), and refers to the volume of air which can be extracted.
Schweigen’s externally motored range of kitchen exhaust fans are measured from the point of extraction, and rate across the range from 650m3/hr to 3200m3/hr. This means that whichever rangehood style you choose, Schweigen has the perfect energy-efficient motor with powerful silent extraction to suit your cooking type:
The terms ‘energy-efficient’ and ‘suction’, are often confused. Greater efficiency is often mistaken for greater extraction. This is both incorrect and misleading. Greater extraction can be easily achieved by applying more power. However, an increase in power invariably leads to higher energy consumption, thus making it less energy-efficient.
Ideally, an appliance that requires the least amount of energy to complete the task at hand, is the most efficient. This is where Schweigen excels. The patented Isodrive® comprising a German-made EBM motor and fan is not only the quietest extraction system available - it is also the most energy-efficient because it pulls air through the system rather than pushing. As a result, the Schweigen silent rangehood systems use less energy to achieve the same task as conventional rangehoods. For example, an Isodrive® 650 motor system paired with LED lighting runs on a mere 57 watts – 3 times more efficient than a conventional rangehood.
Yes, and more than most people realise. Poor duct designs and incorrect or ill-fitting ducting are the leading cause of venting inefficiencies in rangehoods. All the extraction power in the world isn’t really going to help if you have poor ducting design. Not to mention the pollutant build-up over time that may lead to costly maintenance and safety issues.
Some internet sites recommend the use of rigid ducting over flexible ducting, and this may be the case for conventional internally-motored rangehoods. The Schweigen Isodrive® system, however, is externally-mounted, and works by pulling air through acoustically-matched flexible ducting. This results in high-flow extraction that is virtually silent at the rangehood. The use of a rigid ducting system here would have an organ piping effect - similar to a didgeridoo, where noise produced at one end of a hollow rigid pipe is amplified out the other.
This is why Schweigen rangehoods are provided with flexible, right-sized cylindrical ducting at no extra cost.
The most common ducted rangehood filters are baffles or mesh filters. Baffles are made from folded metal slats that force grease-laden air through sharp turns as they pass through the filter. Because the heavier pollutants cannot change direction quickly, they end up condensing on the metal blades. Mesh filters work similarly, with the heavier particles left on the stacked layers. By virtue of its design and construction, baffles have greater longevity and commercial aesthetics. Mesh filters trap finer particles and are typically quieter. Both options have pros and cons, and the good news is that whichever you prefer - they are available, easy-to-remove, dishwasher-safe and come with lifetime replacement guarantees across all Schweigen models.
Along withAustralia’s increasing demand for all-season outdoor entertaining areas, we’ve witnessed the rise of alfresco kitchens and outdoor dining areas. These however lose their appeal when guests struggle to hear themselves, the music or enjoy the experience because of excessive smoke, odours and grease from the grill or barbecue.
Enter Schweigen’s silent BBQ Alfresco rangehoods - featuring powerful high-extraction motor systems mounted outside the home, for silent extraction in your cooking environment. These make a bold design statement with clean, modern lines and are constructed with high-grade weather-resistant stainless-steel to withstand the harsh Australian environment. Complete with easy push button controls, variable speed levels, dishwasher-safe filters and wide-angle LED lighting - you’ll become the shining light of patio parties in your neighbourhood for years to come.
Now that you’ve chosen your rangehood, and which motor best suits your cooking needs - it’s time for that exciting install! For a new kitchen, your architect or builder can recommend the right rangehood and placement for your layout. For an existing kitchen area, motors are most commonly installed on the roof or wall.
Schweigen Isodrive® motor units may be installed on the roof, eave, wall or in-wall (Endline only). In most cases, Schweigen silent rangehoods incur the same cost as the installation of any standard rangehood. To get yours up and running in no time, please contact your nearest Schweigen Recommended Installer for a quote.
If you’re handy and up to a DIY installation, please refer to our installation video and guides. And if you have any installation questions at all, please feel free to contact our friendly team at 1300 881 693 or email@example.com.
Cleaning your rangehood ensures your investment looks and performs at its best. Here are some simple tips to ensure they remain in tiptop condition.
It’s good news when the baffles or mesh filters in your rangehood get greasy – because that’s how you know they’re doing their job! That said, make sure to give them a clean every 3-6 weeks of use (or every 10 days for induction cooktops), as they become increasingly ineffective when blocked. Cleaning your Schweigen baffles and mesh filters is easy:
There is a whole slew of options available for you when it comes to specific ideas on what you want in your rangehood.
Construction & Finishes
Your rangehood can be built with a variety of materials and finishes to suit your taste, including stainless steel, aluminium, glass and enamel. With sleek designs and extreme durability, Schweigen products combine the best of Euro styling with solid Aussie durability to stand the test of time.
These refer to rangehoods with motors externally-mounted outside the home, thus reducing motor/fan noise over cooktops within the home. Schweigen’s Isodrive® motor system is recognised as the quietest, most efficient and highest-powered domestic extraction unit available today. Placing the motor externally outside your home ensures silent extraction over your cooktop with any rangehood style.
Perimeter Aspiration (P.A.)
A design element that uses an additional panel of glass or stainless steel to force rising airborne particles to the outer perimeter of the canopy. This creates a 'Venturi' effect where intake becomes restricted and airflow velocity is resultantly increased. The quicker the particles are captured, the less ‘leakage’ there is into the surrounding cooking zone. This is particularly effective with the high-extraction power of the Schweigen silent Isodrive® motors. Perimeter Aspiration system panels are easy to clean and open for easy access to the filters beneath for washing.
Balanced Aspiration (B.A.)
A filter system that comprises of an inner plate with perforated and strategically spaced holes to spread air intake evenly across the filtration zone before it is extracted through the filter. This is available exclusively on Schweigen IN. rangehood models, and is particularly effective with the high-extraction power of the Schweigen silent Isodrive® motors.
Most rangehoods come with either mesh filters or baffles. Schweigen understands that consumers have different needs and preferences. That is why we offer both easy-to-remove, dishwasher-safe options with our rangehoods. Best of all, both come with a lifetime replacement guarantee across all Schweigen models (terms and conditions apply).
Many rangehoods come with lighting fixtures and options for bulbs, including incandescent, fluorescent, LED and halogen. Schweigen rangehoods come with either innovative wide-angle LED or halogen lighting to illuminate your cooktop. Best of all, the energy-efficient GU10 LED globes come with a lifetime replacement guarantee (terms and conditions apply).
Schweigen makes purchasing a rangehood easy. Every rangehood package includes a custom acoustically matched ducting kit, comprising quality, fire-resistant materials.
Delay Timer Control
A function that automatically switches the rangehood off after a set number of minutes. This is especially handy for cooks who want to leave their rangehood on while the food is cooling.
A hand-held accessory that allows you complete electronic control of rangehood functions from a distance.
Variable Fan Speeds
Choice of extraction speeds to match your cooking needs at any given time.
Schweigen’s Isodrive® motors are fitted with a patented water intrusion system where rain is funnelled away from the housing and down the roof. Our motors have an IPX4 waterproof rating and are approved for use outside.
An optional back-draught stopper/fin connects to the motor, and prevents external air from entering the Isodrive® motor system when not in use. This helps to reduce household energy costs all year round by limiting the amount of cold air that can enter, and warm air from escaping your home in winter. During summer, the reverse is true – cooler air is prevented from escaping up the chimney, just as warm air is prevented from entering the home.
Schweigen silent rangehoods come with a 10-year warranty on the German-made motor (on all Isodrive® motor systems), and a 3-year warranty on the canopy. In addition, included baffles, mesh filters and GU10 LED globes come with a lifetime replacement guarantee for peace of mind. Please check the warranty card provided with your unit for the exact terms and conditions that apply.
Schweigen products are supported locally by an Australia-based Customer Support Team, and we have qualified servicemen located throughoutAustralia. For spare parts, please contact the Schweigen Service Department on 1300 829 066.
Schweigen silent rangehoods are sold in more than 600 stores throughout Australia. Consult our Store Locator here to find the store nearest you. To request a demo or to book an appointment at one of our showrooms nation-wide, please click here.
Schweigen rangehoods are sold Australia-wide. Working with customers from all walks of life, we have come to appreciate that whatever your kitchen layout, cooking needs and concerns are – our product range has you covered.
So, if you’re still lost about what to look for in a rangehood – perhaps these stories and images can help provide some kitchen inspiration:
Jane and her partner recently ended their house-hunt with the purchase of their inner-city home. Sure, it needed some TLC - but they were pleased as punch to have bought into their neighbourhood of choice. Their first priority was to refresh the kitchen, which had tired sagging cabinetry and outdated appliances. To unclutter the space, they gutted it entirely and installed a silent undermount rangehood, integrated right into brand new cabinetry over an induction cooktop. Finally, their vision for a bright modern kitchen with clean lines is a sparkling reality.
As a builder himself, Greg had always been particular about quality construction and finishes. When the time came for him to renovate his own investment property, he wanted to complement the wood cabinetry and subway-tiled kitchen aesthetics with the proudly exposed stainless-steel canopy of the ever-reliable silent wallmount rangehood. Now, all that remains is for his new tenants to discover the joys of silent cooking in their classic new kitchen.
The kitchen has always been the heart of the home for the Lees. As the matriarch of a multi-generational family, Mary frequently holds court around the cooktop at family celebrations and get-togethers. When it came to choosing a rangehood - it had to be powerful to cope with her high-spice cooking, and most importantly, to operate quietly so she could continue to have conversations with family whilst cooking up a storm. The Lees chose a silent island mount rangehood for their kitchen, and Mary has never been happier.
Eyes light up whenever people hear that Bill’s hosting the next pool party – because that always means a good time in their neighbour’s brand-new alfresco dining area. Making a bold design statement outdoors is his choice of a silent BBQ alfresco rangehood which makes short work of anything thrown on the barbie. Best part is, guests can converse while the grill is going full-on, cry from laughing (not the smoke), and enjoy the music without congregating around the hedge speakers.
When the time came to design his forever home, Donnie took a sabbatical from his architectural practice to make sure not a single design element got left to chance. His attention to detail resulted in an awe-inspiring space of clean lines, sculpted shapes and textures that showcased the greenery just beyond the walls. Taking pride of place and mirroring his island bench is a silent ceiling cassette rangehood integrated right into a bulkhead for unblocked views of the great outdoors.
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