Installing a custom range hood over your stove top is an excellent investment for your home.

Not only will it look snazzy in your kitchen area, it'll also keep the smell of Mama's fried chicken from seeping into every nook and cranny in your home. The filter you install can also help prevent the spread of grease, flames, and smoke if that blackened salmon you're cooking gets a little too blackened.

When it comes to which type of filter to choose, anyone undertaking this home improvement task may find themselves scratching their heads and wondering: baffle or mesh, which is best?

Here is some info to help you make that choice:

Baffle Filters

Though similar in purpose, baffle and mesh filters are very different. Baffle filters are typically manufactured from aluminum, stainless steel, or mild steel. They function by forcing grease-saturated air to quickly and repeatedly change direction as it rises through the filter. Because the grease droplets cannot change direction as rapidly as the air carrying them, they end up condensing to the metal blades and then subsequently draining into the filter tray.This method drastically reduces the risk of spreading flames should a fire break out on the cooking surface below. Additionally, because grease is filtered into a tray, there is no buildup which would hinder airflow and function over time.


baffle filter

-Improved airflow

-All metal design makes them more durable

-Dishwasher safe

-Grease trap helps stifle flames from spreading in the event of a fire

-Low maintenance


-Some can be quite large and unable to fit in the dishwasher

-The frame will require cleaning at least every few months

-Can be more expensive than their mesh counterparts.


Mesh Filters

Mesh filters typically consist of layers of fine metal mesh stacked on top of each other. Fumes are forced through and gradually screened by the mesh. The grease is channeled away into drain holes and deposited into a grease trap to avoid buildup on the mesh itself. Mesh Filter

However, due to the nature of the mesh, grease will still cause buildups if not cleaned weekly. 


-Dishwasher safe.

-Can be less expensive than baffle filters.


-Must be cleaned regularly to function properly.

-If not cleaned properly, can hold grease at their surface and increase the risk of fire.

-More noisy than baffle type filters.


So, which is superior?  Both options have pros and cons, and the choice is really up to your personal preference!

If you feel inspired to install your own range hood and would like to know more, or have any questions regarding range hoods and filters, please contact us to help you find the perfect choice.