Verona, NY, US
It's interesting that Paul proposed having the cooktop in the island, but the photo is of a kitchen with the stove on a wall. Paul's reason for having a cooktop in the island is a valid esthetic point. There's no doubt that it looks good, but there are a couple of significant downsides. The first is a practical concern: venting. To effectively vent an island cooktop, the hood has to be significantly larger and more powerful than if the range is on a wall. As a result, the hood becomes a dominant visual feature on its own. That means it must be more decorative than a wall hood. All this adds significantly to cost. The second problem is one of function. The size and dominance of the hood limits one's view from the cooktop, thus negating a good part of the reason for locating it there in the first place.
I was very surprised to see Rol-Air omitted. I've used the same unit for 30 years. Recently replaced a few parts and it's as good as new. That said, I bought a second because I particularly like the 100% duty life on the motor . . . and the fact that it's made by a U.S. company.
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