7 Best Kitchen Chimneys In India – Reviews & Buying Guide

Kitchen chimney guides talk about sizes, types of filter, suction power, ducting etcetera. Those things get me really confused about understanding such terms and keeping them in mind while selecting one for me. But this guide, well read it and judge me.

Before moving on to the buying guide, below are my recommendations for the Best Kitchen Chimneys For Indian Kitchen.

Best Kitchen Chimney In India

Hindware Clarissa Blk 60 Wall Mounted Chimney  (Black 700 CMH/m3/h)

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It is a traditional Chimney for small kitchen probably under 100 sq ft

Pretty good deal under 5000 having power of 700 cubic meters

Cassette filter for fine cleaning and removing odor.

1-year warranty.

Hindware Sabina BLK 60 Wall Mounted Chimney  (Black 1100 CMH/ m3/h)

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Another traditional Chimney for medium size kitchen above 200 sq ft.

Under 10,000 with power 1100 cubic centimeters.

It has a baffle filter which is quite effective in removing odor and cleaning.

1-year warranty.

Hindware Nevio BLK 60 Auto Clean Auto Clean Wall Mounted Chimney  (Black 1200 CMH/m3/h)

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Autoclean chimney suitable for kitchens of size 200 sq ft and heavy cooking/frying.

Baffle filters with low noise make is unique.

Suitable for 3-4 burner gas stove.

1-year warranty.

Touch control for easy operation and LED lights are added features.

Hindware Nevio 90 Auto Clean Auto Clean Wall Mounted Chimney  (Brush Silver 1200 CMH/m3/h)

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90 cm chimney neck size enhances the kitchen interior.

Autoclean chimney suitable for kitchens of size 200 sq ft and heavy cooking/frying.

Baffle filters operate on low noise.

Suitable for 4-5 burner gas stove.

1-year warranty.

Touch control for easy operation and LED lights.

Hindware Kyra 60 Wall Mounted Chimney  (Black 1000 m3/h/ CMH)

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The modern style and affordability of this chimney made me add it.

1000 power and suitable for medium size kitchen.

Cassette filter traps grease.

LED lights, Touch control, and low noise adds more to this.

An oil collector and Toughened glass are present too.

1-year warranty.

Faber 90 cm 1200 m3/hr Heat Auto Clean Chimney (HOOD CREST HC SC BK 90, Filterless, Touch & Gesture Control, Black)

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Powerful Faber motor with Autoclean technology.

Optimum noise level and Oil collector.

Gesture and Touch control.

Filterless technology is a special feature of this chimney.

1-year warranty.

Elica 60 cm 1200 m3/hr Auto Clean Chimney with Free Installation Kit (WD HAC TOUCH BF 60, 2 Baffle Filters, Touch Control, Black)

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This is the most loved chimney on the internet because of its features.

2 Baffle Filters with Autoclean technology – I should stop right here as this beats all.

Free installation kit – Free.

5-year warranty.

Modern style of curved glass with touch control panel.

Power 1200 cubic centimeter suitable for medium-sized kitchen.

Buying Guide

If you are reading a selection guide then that should guide you along the way, right?. This kitchen chimneys buying guide asks you to think about your kitchen and the place in your kitchen where you are willing to install your chimney.

Types Of Kitchen Chimney

Based on the Installation Area 

Now First step is to know that there are three types of chimneys available

Wall mount Chimney – The chimney is fitted against the wall where your gas stove is to be placed. There is a little ducting or piping required at installation.

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Island chimney/Ceiling Chimney – This Chimney is fitted in the middle of the kitchen where the gas stove is at the center like an island in the middle of an ocean. Piping and wiring is required.

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Corner chimney – It is very rare in India, where the chimney is in the corner and they are not easy to install. Generally suitable for a larger kitchen.

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Based on Technology

Auto clean VS Traditional

Auto clean Chimney – Cleans themselves automatically by collecting oils, moisture, and grease. They store collected elements in a separate baffle filter as time passes those collected elements get liquidized(melted than evaporated).

Traditional chimney – They are not as popular now as they were supposed to be before the launch of auto clean chimneys. No worries, they are still good to consider for a budget. They have the same features as auto clean chimneys except for auto-clean option which adds more features to the chimney.

Ductless VS Duct

Ductless – They do not require wiring for installation hence kitchen interior is not disturbed. These also recirculate air back into the kitchen after charcoal filtering collected smoke, heat.

They are best suited when no exit ventilation(when you don’t have provision to have a hole in your wall) is present. Examples of this would be the homes/flats in metro cities like NCR, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad and so on…

The major disadvantage is that sometimes the smell of food is recirculated back into the kitchen.

Duct – Cost more than the ductless but performance is better. Chimney with duct requires more maintenance but the suction power is more.

In all its a tie between the two. But what is recommended? Totaly dependent on the situation(shh Ducted is better).

Choose ductless when no ventilation hole is present otherwise always go for Ducted chimney having more suction and better performance. 


Power Of Chimney

Second is to know the power the chimney will consume to suck up the air from your kitchen and how many gas stoves/burner are present.

Note: These are standard recommendations, however, if you have a small kitchen but a larger number of burners (4-6 burner), please choose accordingly.
  1. Higher the suction power the better is your chimney
  2. If your kitchen is small or has 2-4 stove go for 60cm and maximum 900 cubic meters per hour
  3. Medium-sized kitchen or 3-5 stove go for 90cm and maximum 1200 cubic meter per hour 
  4. Large-sized kitchen(4-6 burner) which are rare in India can go for 90cm and 1200+ cubic meter per hour

The same principle applies to your cooking style 

If you use a lesser amount of oil then a maximum 800 cubic meter per hour is optimal.

For Indian cooking maximum of 1000 cubic meters per hour is ideal.

For Punjabi people who make dishes like sandwiches, chicken, parantha etc frequently 1200 cubic meter per hour is efficient. 


Style/Design

The third is the style or design of your chimney which is considered obvious as a chimney is a big piece to be installed in your beautiful kitchen adding a bold style statement and also reflect your choice to the visitors.

Curved-Glass-Kitchen-Chimney
Curved Glass Chimney

Box-Type-Kitchen-Chimney
Box Type Chimney

Straight-line-Chimney
Straight-line Chimney

Pyramid-Kitchen-Chimney
Pyramid Chimney

Straight-Glass-Kitchen-Chimney
Straight Glass Chimney

Angular-Kitchen-Chimney
Angular Chimney


Filter Type

Filter Type really does not matter when it comes to buying chimney for an Indian kitchen. But for the sake of mentioning, although baffle filter is the best choice I would not stress on it that much.

All you need to know is that the Baffle filter is best in the long run. If you do not want to get in any hassle, go for Baffle filter always as the charcoal filter needs to be changed every 4 months. 

Baffle Filter

It needs cleaning twice in the whole year. 

Need to be changed in 5 years max.

Easy on the pocket, easy to maintain so this is the best choice.

Mesh Filter

Easily cleaned by pouring the filter in detergent water

Have layers of aluminum over each other with small pores. 

So oil and grease blocks in pores hence affecting the performance of the chimney.

Charcoal Filter

It is mainly used in ductless chimney.

It needs to be replaced frequently depending on use.

Replacement recommendation is once in 6 months.

BAFFLE FILTER MESH FILTER CHARCOAL FILTER
Clean twice a yearClean once a monthCannot be cleaned
Have to replace in 5 years maxClean filter in detergent water
Have to Replace once in 6 months
Easy on the pocketLittle costlyBudget friendly
Dishwasher safeHard to washNot dishwasher Safe
Best for Indian KitchensNot suitable for Indian KitchensUsed in Ductless Chimneys

Maintenance of Chimney

Maintaining chimney is not hard to do task as now Brands are manufacturing ones with the feature to auto-clean and easy to clean.

Since we install chimneys to our kitchens for the sake of interior but we use it quite rarely, In that case, it is fine even if you clean it after every two years …you know what I am trying to say.

You only need to clean your filter when you notice any grease collecting over it and over the long tube of the chimney.

Next for the filter, clean it only when you see it is necessary (easy task).

Take some baking soda or simple detergent powder and let it soak for some time. Keep a check and clean it with clear water whenever you notice a shining metal filter.

Auto-cleaning chimneys require the least cleaning but their filter needs to be changed depending upon the usage.


Parameters considered while evaluation

  1. Type of Chimney based on placement and technology 
  2. Size and Motor Power
  3. Style Of Chimney
  4. Filter Recommendation
  5. Performance and Efficiency

Some Common Confusions

Are auto clean chimneys better?

  • They clean themselves and saves your time.
  • It has a separate option named Oil Collector to collect oil. 
  • Lifespan is greater and maintenance is less required like cleaning up the clogged filter. 
  • No clogging gives more suction power to automatic chimneys.
  • Little expensive than traditional chimney but costs less in the long run as repair and maintenance cost is less.

So, I have to say, Yes! Auto-cleaning chimneys are better.

Why 60 cm chimney size?

Simple answer to the popularity of 60 cm chimneys is because Indian kitchens are made according to the standard sizing in which 60cm chimneys fit perfectly.

They look nice and easily fits in with the kitchen size or interior. The same is the reason for the popularity of wall-mounted chimney. 1200CMH or we can say 1200 is the power of the chimney which is best suited for most Indian kitchens.

Note: Always check your requirements. The above recommendations are based on the standard size of the kitchens in India. If you have a bigger kitchen or have a kitchen with custom dimensions, I would ask you to consider all the points of this guide and choose one from the list of my recommendations given above.

Best Chimney Brands In India 2020 – Best Sellers

Hindware

Elica

Faber

Glen 

Sunflame

Wrap Up

I hope I have been pretty clear about everything that you should know while buying a chimney. 

However, if you have any question feel free to ask them via comment section.

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