Island Hoods for Low Ceilings

Ventilation Hoods

Island hoods, also known as island range hoods, are typically installed above kitchen islands, where they provide ventilation for cooking and help remove smoke, odors, and grease from the cooking area. However, if you have a low ceiling in your kitchen, you’ll need to consider specific factors when choosing an island hood to ensure it fits and functions properly. You will first need to consider any local legislation affecting commercial kitchen ceiling heights. Here are some non-legal considerations for island hoods in kitchens with low ceilings:

Ceiling Height

Measure the height of your ceiling to determine how much space you have available for the island hood. In kitchens with low ceilings, you’ll have less clearance between the island hood and the cooktop, which can limit your options.

Hood Size and Design

Look for island hoods specifically designed for low ceilings. These hoods are typically more compact and may have adjustable chimney extensions to accommodate different ceiling heights. Choose a hood with a design that complements your kitchen’s aesthetics.

Ducted vs. Ductless

Island hoods can be either ducted or ductless. Ducted hoods require proper ventilation to the outside, while ductless hoods recirculate filtered air back into the kitchen. In a low-ceiling kitchen, a ductless island hood may be a more practical choice if you have limited space for ductwork, however, remember to check legislation. Your commercial supplier should be able to advise here.

Installation Height

The minimum recommended height for installing an island hood over a gas cooktop is around 24-30 inches, depending on the manufacturer’s guidelines and local building codes. For an electric cooktop, the clearance can be somewhat less. Ensure that the island hood you choose can be installed at the appropriate height while accommodating your low ceiling.

Ventilation Power

Consider the hood’s ventilation power (measured in cubic feet per minute, CFM) to ensure it can effectively remove smoke and odors from your kitchen, especially if you have a powerful cooking range. A higher CFM rating may compensate for a lower hood height in some cases.


Island hoods often come with built-in lighting to illuminate the cooking area. Ensure that the lighting is adequate and suits your kitchen’s needs, as low ceilings may require more focused and adjustable lighting.

Noise Level

Check the noise level of the island hood’s fan, as it can be more noticeable in low-ceiling kitchens. Choose a model with quiet operation if noise is a concern.

Professional Installation

To ensure the island hood is properly installed in your low-ceiling kitchen, consider hiring a professional installer who can assess your specific situation and make any necessary adjustments.

Ultimately, it’s important to measure your available space, consider the clearance requirements, and select an island hood designed for low ceilings. Consulting with a kitchen design professional or a hood manufacturer’s representative can help you choose the right island hood that fits your kitchen and ventilation needs. Remember always to check local legislation first.