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Guide to buying the right Chimney or Kitchen Hood for your kitchen

Indian cooking involves lot of frying, grilling using lot of oil and masalas.  The sound of spluttering tadka though gives a lovely aroma and taste but it also leaves its impression on your kitchen tiles and ceiling.  Over a period of time grime collects on the cabinets and over-the-counter appliances. More than cooking, it’s cleaning the kitchen that is cumbersome and discourages many from cooking that sumptuous meal.

A chimney or a kitchen hood is a boon to many who love to cook but withdraw themselves with the thought of watery eyes, odour and grimy kitchen. Now you can cook to your hearts delight by embracing this wonderful appliance from MODA.

An electric chimney sucks the air inside the kitchen. The air then passes through the filters which absorbs the heat and traps the grease particles thereby removing fumes and odour and ventilates your kitchen keeping it fresh and odour free.

Difference between a Ducting chimney and Ductless chimney:


Ducting Chimney

Ductless Chimney


Goes slightly higher with ducting

Lesser than ducting


Uses Aluminium Mesh/SS baffle filters

Additional charcoal filter is needed


Industry tests say they are 30 % more effective as air goes out of kitchen

Less effective as the air is recirculated back in the kitchen

Maintenance and Care

Easier to clean

Charcoal filters need to be checked and changed at frequent intervals






Heat and humidity is extracted and ducted out, prevents condensation


It does not remove the heat from the kitchen


Re-ducting will be needed

Can be done easily as no ducting

Ducting vs Ductless Chimney


A filter is the heart of the Electric Chimney. It traps the oil particles and purifies the air.

Aluminium Mesh Filter: Layers of Aluminium mesh overlapping each other slightly offset. The mesh has very small holes. When the air passes through the filter, oil and grime adhere to the layers. The pores get clogged very soon and affects the performance of the chimney. Requires cleaning every fortnight.

Higher maintenance and frequent cleaning is needed for Indian kitchen because the masalas get coated onto the filter blocking the holes and thus the suction power gets reduced.

Maintenance: Soak the filter in warm soapy water/detergent. Can be cleaned in dishwasher too. The cleaning is easier than baffle filters.

Aluminium Filter

Baffle Filter: Layers of steel/aluminium are overlapped in a fashion which changes the direction of air flow. It uses the ‘cut and chop’ technology to separate oil and spices from the smoke. The suction power gets hardly affected even if the oil gets collected in the first layer. Perfect for Indian style of cooking.

Maintenance:Needs cleaning once in 5-6 months. Some models have easy removal others require technician. The filters need change in 4-5 yrs.

Baffle Filter Chimney

Charcoal Filters: They are primarily used for odour absorption. It has a block with charcoal granules. The absorption capacity depends upon the thickness of filter and size of charcoal granules. It is used in Ductless chimneys. It does not come in-built in always but available at an extra cost.

Maintenance:Needs periodical replacement 3-6 months depending upon the intensity of cooking. It cannot be washed or cleaned.  Some high end models have indicators for filter change.

Charcoal Filter Chimney

Points to understand before buying a chimney or kitchen hood:

> Suction Power: It is the capacity of the motor to suck oil particles and odour. It is measured in cubic meter per hour (m³ per hour). For Indian kitchen a chimney with higher air suction capacity is ideal. MODA has the range between 1000 m³/hr to 1450 m³/hr depending on the different models.

> Filters: If the filter does not function properly the suction becomes poor and can pose a health hazard. The choice of the right filter whether mesh or baffle improves the performance of the chimney. Timely cleaning of the filters is very important as well.

> Filter-less: Chimney models by MODA for people who can’t be bothered about cleaning their filters.

> Motor/Blower: The motor should be sealed so that dust and grime does not get into it. MODA has taken utmost care to ensure the motor is well protected. Metal blower and heavy motor saves you from agony of periodic servicing of internal parts.

> Auto Clean feature: Once you switch the chimney ON, the coil that cover the motor gets heated up for 15 to 20 mins. The oil gets liquidized and is let out to the oil collector. The chimney stops after auto cleaning itself.

> Gesture control system: This is relatively a new feature in the modern chimney. For all the people who care utmost about using their appliances with cleanliness, MODA brings to you gesture control system, with this you don’t need to worry if your hands are dirty while working around in the kitchen. Just a simple wave of the hand and the sensor will switch on, switch off, increase or decrease the fan speed as per your gesture.

> Detachable oil collector: The oil particles get collected in this and its easy to detach and clean thereby improving the efficiency of the filter.

> Size: The size depends on the size of the kitchen and the kind of cooking you plan on doing. A 3 feet stove (hob or cooktop) should ideally have a 3 feet chimney. Most standard chimneys come in 2 feet and 3 feet size.

> Maintenance and Care: It is advisable to go for a chimney which requires less maintenance. Install the chimney at low height (5-6 feet) so that cleaning is easy and it effectively removes the smoke and oil particles out.

> Budget: MODA Electric chimneys come in the price range of Rs 10000 to Rs 50000.

> Noise: The noise that is heard is that of the air circulation. You may like to consider this before buying your chimney. Some chimneys have a silent-kit installed which makes it silent or less noise.

> Speed: Entry level chimneys have single speed option but advanced ones have variable speeds to ventilate the kitchen faster.

> Aesthetics: Chimneys are available to suit every section and taste of the society ranging from modest rates to expensive ones. Depending on your budget, lifestyle and kitchen décor you may choose the best. Some brands have the option of customizing the looks to match your kitchen décor.

> Warranty and Service: MODA chimneys come with warranty of 12 months but come with lifetime service so that you cook in peace and leave the service worries to us.

Apart from its basic function of keeping the kitchen odour-free and fresh, the chimney adds style and elegance to the kitchen. Now no need to be scared of making tandoori dishes. You can cook those mouthwatering dishes without too much a hassle. You have a cool and welcoming kitchen all the time which you can flaunt with pride. For further research, you can compare specifications and find the best available features of the latest chimneys, hobs, cooktops, microwave, oven, dishwasher, refrigerator and many more built-in appliances on

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