- Kitchen Chimneys are a vital part of Indian Kitchens due to the heavy use of oil and spices in Indian delicacies.
- There are different kitchen chimney types that are suitable for different kitchen designs
- Baffle filters are best for Indian cooking due to their multiple curvature structures enabling suction of oil and grease with ease.
- Chimneys must be purchased based on size, kitchen area, filter type, mounting type, and suction capacity.
- Top Brands for kitchen chimneys are Faber, Glen, Kutchina and Hindware.
Quick Look at The Best Kitchen Chimney in India
A kitchen is without a doubt one of the most important parts of a home. Whether you’re in a basic one bedroom flat or a fancy bungalow, it’s not home unless you light a stove and prepare a satisfying home-cooked meal. But when there’s cooking involved, especially in a spice-loved country like India, there is also a lot of grease, oil, smoke and residue left behind. This is why an exhaust chimney for the kitchen is absolutely vital in Indian households.
The main functions of an electric chimney for the kitchen is to direct the smoke from the heating unit away from the house and to remove toxic and hazardous gases like carbon monoxide which arise from any heating source that uses fuel to burn - be it gas, oil, wood or coal. Another important function of a chimney is to provide sufficient air to the burner to ensure smooth and clean fire.
In this article, we're going to walk you through
- Various kitchen chimney types for you to understand which chimney is best for Indian kitchens,
- Things to consider when buying a chimney, and
- Some of the best kitchen chimney in Indian markets (with regard to price, availability and features).
So without further ado, here are some popular kitchen chimney types that are likely to fit right into your kitchen space.
Types of Kitchen chimneys
Kitchen chimneys types come in two main designs based on their appearance and functionality:
- Contemporary design
- Conventional design
Contemporary chimneys make perfect modular kitchen chimneys. These are designed with stainless steel, toughened glass or crystal and are typically available in red or white colors. An auto clean chimney for the kitchen is a good example of contemporary chimneys that offer great quality, style and require much less maintenance than conventional chimneys. Conventional chimneys are the best kitchen chimney in India as they are inexpensive, practical, and therefore, the most commonly bought chimney for small kitchens as well as larger ones. They fit kitchens of all sizes and serve the purpose. These are also built with stainless steel and commonly offer any one of the three types of chimney filters:
- Baffle chimney filter
- Cassette chimney filter, and
- Carbon chimney filter
- Filterless chimney
The Baffle chimney filter is best for Indian kitchens as it comes with multiple curvature structures that suck the oil and grease as you cook. Since the curvatures are wide, it is sufficient to clean it once a month as it is less likely to clog from heavy oil and grease residue. The Cassette chimney filter faces this challenge as it is made up of an aluminum mesh. This mesh tends to get clogged easily and is required to be cleaned at least once every week to maintain its suction power.
A Carbon chimney filter is typically used as an additional filter with the Baffle filter or the Cassette filter. It is made up of black charcoal and is ideally used to absorb odors from dried up oil and grease. A Carbon filter should be replaced every six months if your cooking involves heavy use of oils and spices. Filterless chimneys are the next generation technology where an electric chimney for kitchen consists of a clear path for smoke and air. In most cases filterless chimneys come with a removable oil collector that gathers the oil in a cup or a tray which you are supposed to drain once in a while.
Now that we have covered designs and types of filters, let's get to the kitchen chimney types based on placement and size:
- Wall mounted Chimneys
- Built-in Chimneys
- Island Chimneys
- Straight line Chimneys
- Inclined Chimneys
- Corner Chimneys
Wall mounted chimney for kitchen:
These chimneys are mounted or fixed on the wall right above the stove. This is the most popular type of chimney as it can be fixed wherever you prefer to keep your stove or your burner. It consists of a hood above a canopy or pyramid shaped chimney which covers the pipe that goes to the vent.
A simple wall mounted chimney for the kitchen that is integrated and concealed with kitchen cabinets to match the rest of the kitchen. The wires, ducts and pipes that are usually visible in wall mounted chimneys are closed behind cabinets to give a clean, sophisticated, modular kitchen chimney look.
These chimneys are suitable for open kitchens that are large in area and have the stove/burner on the kitchen island and not on the counter like most houses. However, these chimneys require a lot of pipes and ducts to direct the smoke from the center of the kitchen to out the window. Needless to say, these kitchen chimney types are expensive.
Straight line Chimney for small kitchen:
These chimneys are straight in design and do not possess the hood or the canopy that most wall mounted chimneys for kitchens have. Owing to their compact design, straight line chimneys make great modular kitchen chimneys and are the suitable chimney for small kitchens.
Angular Electric Chimney for kitchen:
Inclined chimneys or an angular hooded chimney provides a designer look to your kitchen. Thanks to its slanted hood, these chimneys provide more headroom for individuals while they are cooking. For this reason, it is a commonly used chimney for small kitchens as well as medium sized kitchens or for people who are generally tall.
These are wall mounted chimneys for the kitchen that are meant for the corner. This means that they are designed to be installed at the corner with the pointed edge fitting right into a corner.
Things to consider when buying a chimney
Keep the following pointers in mind before buying or installing a new chimney in your kitchen:
- Kitchen area
- Design: Contemporary or Conventional
- Filter type
- Placement of the chimney
- Type of Chimney that fits and suits your kitchen space
- Size of the chimney
- Suction power
- Ducting or ductless chimneys
- Noise control
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List of the Best Kitchen Chimney in India
Now that we’ve covered which chimney is best for Indian kitchens, we’re going to list down the best kitchen chimney in India so you can make an informed decision on which chimney to bring home!
01Glen 90cm 1200 m3/h Heat Auto Clean chimney for Kitchen - 6063 SS
Glen is one of the leading chimney brands in India. The Glen 90 cm auto cleaning chimney boasts the classic hooded stainless steel exterior with baffle filters and a unique yet stylish curved glass finish. It also sports touch sensors and power saving LED lights to light up your stove for superior visibility. It provides a suction capacity of 1200 m3/hr which is perfect for heavy grilling or frying.
The best part about it though, is that it auto cleans and collects all excessive oil and grease in a drip tray. All you need to do is remove the drip tray once in a while (or after a day of intense indian cooking) and clean it. It is easy to maintain, elegant and will easily fit into any kitchen. The ideal size of a chimney for a small kitchen is 60cm, so the Glen 90 cm 6063 SS can easily handle a larger kitchen space.
- High suction capacity perfect for Indian cooking and frying.
- Removable drip tray
- 2 LED lights
- Stainless steel and stylish curved glass exterior
- Baffle filters
- Extremely easy to clean and maintain.
- Low noise
It's an amazing product. The suction power of the chimney is very good. Very useful & easy to handle..”
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02 Elica 60 cm 1200 m3/hr Filterless Auto Clean Chimney for Kitchen (WDFL 606 HAC MS NERO)
The Elica WDFL 606 HAC Nero chimney is an icon and a best-seller by itself. It sports a sleek black stain steel exterior with a curved glass hood. The most prominent features of this modular kitchen chimney are its filterless technology and its unique motion sensor technology. The filterless technology provides extraordinary suction power to keep your kitchen smoke-free even in the most intense cooking/grilling sessions. On the other hand, it is extremely easy to operate, thanks to its motion sensing technology that increases or decreases the speed of the chimney with a simple wave of the hand
The Elica 60cm WDFL 606 Nero is a silent chimney for the kitchen which comes with a rust-free body that makes it durable and long lasting. It also provides a stainless steel oil collector which makes it easy to clean. Overall, a crowd favorite!
- Motion sensor is an absolute delight to operate the chimney.
- LED lamps for good visibility
- Touch control panels
- Filterless technology
- Removable oil collector for easy cleaning
- Auto cleaning
- Low noise compared to other chimneys
- Also available in a 90cm body for larger kitchens
“Product is as good as it looks. The motion sensor is very cool. My wife loves the feature! She is also very happy with the fact that we don’t have to clean it.”
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If you’re a newbie at chimneys, the wide variety of chimneys and brands can easily overwhelm you. With a powerful motor, minimalist design, and a trusted brand name - The Bosch DWB068D501 is a perfect match for your kitchen. It is a budget friendly silent chimney for kitchen that provides a 800 m3/hr suction power with a three layered baffle filter that conveniently gets rid of unpleasant odors and toxic gases. It also comes with a copper winding in the chimney motor and is corrosion resistant to ensure durability. This Bosch chimney is the perfect chimney for small kitchens.
- Three layered baffle filter
- Low noise level that goes as low as 55 DB
- Corrosion resistant
- 2 LED lights
- Chrome push buttons for simple operation
- Brushed stainless steel exterior
- No auto cleaning option
- 800 m3/hr suction capacity may be low for heavy cooking/grilling
“Quality product that carries 5 year warranty on motor, free installation. The buttons make using the chimney very easy. The exterior looks very clean and nice!”
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04Faber 60 cm 1200 m3/hr Hood Everest SC TC HC BK 60
One of the best kitchen chimney in India today, the Faber Hood Everest SC TC HC BK 60 is an auto cleaning, wall mounted chimney for kitchen, that boasts a filterless technology along with the world’s first 6 way suction technology that gives you upto 25% high suction and upto 15% grease reduction in kitchens. It is also one of the best silent chimneys for the kitchen, thanks to its powerful triangular noiseless suction technology that even eliminates the smoke that escapes the filter and removes pollutants that are toxic such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen monoxide and carbon dioxide from your kitchen.
Additionally, it has a motion sensor to help you operate the chimney with a wave of the hand. To make things simple, it also offers a touch panel option for effortless and easy use. It is filterless, auto cleaning, and performance packed. All you have to do is buy, install and start cooking!
- World’s first 6 way suction
- Powerful 1250 m3/h suction capacity for heavy cooking, grilling or frying.
- Silent suction technology for low noise levels
- Touch panel and motion sensor
- Thermal auto cleaning feature with oil collecting tray
- Filterless technology for hassle less cleaning
- Sleek black tempered glass exterior
- Poor quality exhaust chimney pipe.
- Size is not sufficient for a 4 burner gas stove.
“ Today I got my chimney installed and it is looking very great and impressive. Black color is really very cool. I am very happy and satisfied with the chimney. The motion detection works beautifully and is an excellent idea. The suction is great for our kitchen that is around 1500 sq ft. There is no noise at all and it works quietly and efficiently.”
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05 Hindware Nevio Plus 90 Auto Clean Chimney for Kitchen
Hindware is yet another leading home appliance company and the Nevio plus 90 cm electric chimney for kitchen is a must have on this list. The chimney is available in both 60 cm and 90 cm sizes. It sports a shiny stainless steel exterior with a curved glass hood that comprises the touch control panel. It has impressive features like thermal auto clean with a removable oil cup that collects the oil and grease deposits. Additionally it also offers a metallic blower and a baffle filter system that makes it the perfect modular kitchen chimney for Indian kitchens.
- Voted best kitchen chimney in India from Hindware in 2022
- 3 different speeds for different intensity of cooking
- Thermal auto clean
- Metallic blower and copper motor make it a gread exhaust chimney for the kitchen.
- Not a silent chimney for kitchen; can be loud and noisy
- Oil collector is made up of plastic and is likely to break if you are not careful with it.
- Suction power may be poor compared to other chimneys in this price range.
“This is really good. Beauty is that it has two hand gestures to stop and start.”
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06Eurodromo 60cm Auto Clean Curved Glass Kitchen Chimney
Another great choice for an Indian kitchen chimney, the Eurodromo 60cm auto clean chimney for kitchen is a delight to operate and cook with. It has an elegant body with a stainless steel body and baffle filters. The black sleek design will fit beautifully as a modular kitchen chimney. The touch control panel is highly responsive and cleaning the chimney is a breeze with its heat auto clean feature. With a touch of a button, the chimney generates heat to gather all the residue into the oil collector. A simple clean up once in six months is sufficient to keep the chimney sparkly fresh and clean.
- Beautiful design with black finish and tempered glass
- Thermal auto clean function
- Energy efficient LED lights
- Poor customer support
- A little noisy
“Absolutely love the finishing on the chimney. Looks so classy in my kitchen. I don't even have to worry about constantly cleaning it.”
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07Glen Straight Line Chimney 6001 SS 60cm 1000 m3/h Baffle filters
The Glen 6001 SS exhaust chimney for the kitchen is a straight line chimney which is great for smaller kitchens or a 2-3 burner gas stove. It has a push button control panel and a shiny stainless steel body with baffle filters. The suction capacity is just 1000 m3/h which is why it is not suitable for bigger kitchens or more burners. It has 3 speed stages that can be used for different cooking styles. A great advantage in this chimney is its Thermal Overload protector that switches off the motor in case of excessive heat.
- Great design and compact body
- Value for money
- Strong suction power
- Flame Retardant Plastic and 100% copper wires for utmost safety and long life.
- Thermal overload protector
“Highly powerful, economical, simple maintenance, it is far far better than the expensive chimneys. Suction power is superb. It keeps my kitchen smoke free and cool. Best part is it is very simple to maintain. I am simply in love with it . Highly recommended.”
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08Kutchina EVO 600 M/Hr, 3Rd Generation Auto Clean 60 Cm Straight Line Kitchen Hood Chimney
Kutchina was the first to come up with the Auto clean chimney for kitchens. The Kutchina evo chimney boasts the 3rd Gen dry heat Auto clean technology that enables chimney cleaning with just a touch and heats up the appliance to remove the oil particles that stick inside the chimney. It is then collected in the oil collector placed right below! It is a filterless exhaust chimney for kitchen with a high suction power suitable for a small kitchen or a double gas burner stove. A filter-less straight line chimney at such a low cost, makes it one of the best kitchen chimneys in India at an affordable price!
- Low cost
- Power saving incandescent lamp over the hob
- Filterless chimney at low cost
- Oil collector cup
- User friendly push buttons
- Intelligent Aut3rd Generation Auto Clean
- Not suitable for larger kitchens
- Not available in 90 cm
“The product is excellent. Has great suction power and is very easy to maintain.”
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Comparison Table between the Best Kitchen Chimneys in India
|Chimney Name||Chimney Type||Filter Type||Price|
|Glen 90cm 1200 m3/h Heat Auto Clean chimney for Kitchen - 6063 SS||Hooded chimney||Baffle Filter||14,790 INR|
|Elica 60 cm 1200 m3/hr Filterless Auto Clean Chimney for Kitchen (WDFL 606 HAC MS NERO)||Wall mounted hood||Filterless||11,990 INR|
|Bosch DWB068D501||Wall mounted hood||3 layer Baffle filter||25,499 INR|
|TP-Link Wireless Indoor Security 360°||Wall mounted hood||6 way filterless technology||12,290 INR|
|Hindware Nevio Plus 90 Auto Clean Chimney for Kitchen||Wall mounted||Baffle filter||16,500 INR|
|Eurodromo 60cm Auto Clean Curved Glass Kitchen Chimney||Wall mounted||Baffle filter||8,900 INR|
|Glen Straight Line Chimney 6001 SS 60cm 1000 m3/h Baffle filters||Straight line||Baffle filter||9,999 INR|
|Kutchina EVO 600 M/Hr, 3Rd Generation Auto Clean 60 Cm Straight Line Kitchen Hood Chimney||Straight line||Filterless||8,900 INR|
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