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Due to the wide variety of kitchen chimney available in the Indian marke, finding the right one could be a daunting task. However, if you’re interested in purchasing a chimney for your kitchen then you’ve come to the right place as we prepared this list after testing over 77 different models.

Besides reviewing and testing the chimney units, we actually consulted various people who work with manufacturing facilities to learn about the build quality and the types of products used by various brands and after doing all of the field work, we also visited a few houses and found them to be a lot cleaner than the ones which didn’t have them.

Indian food involves a lot of oil and spices and cooking most of them involve sautéing and frying which leaves the eyes watering. Occasional coughing and sneezing bouts are not ruled out when specific spices like dried red chili get fried. And inevitably a lot of grime as a by-product. That’s why having a good-quality chimney in a Indian kitchen is a must-have!

Besides causing cough, sneezes, and other irritations frying also releases smoke which also makes the nearby walls look dirty. In today’s fast-moving world, who has the time to clean the kitchen walls daily? That’s another reason to purchase a chimney for your kitchen.

Due to increased urbanization, apartment style housing, and increase in the disposable income, a lot of people now prefer getting a high-quality kitchen chimneys. Isn’t that one of the reasons why you’re getting one?

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Here’s the top picking’s for your help

1. Elica Auto Clean Chimney (WD HAC TOUCH BF 60) 

Elica Auto Clean Chimney
  • Model: WD60
  • Size: 60 cm 
  • Suction capacity: 1200 m3/hour 
  • Warranty: Motor (5 years), comprehensive (1 year) 
  • Cleaning: Auto-clean
  • Noise: Maximum noise level is less than 58 decibels
  • Control: Touch panel
  • Power consumption: 180 watts

Made of curved glass and black, this chimney from Elica combines good looks with toughness and high functionality. It’s easy to use touch control panel simplifies its operation. The heat auto clean technology eliminates cleaning hassles. 

The 1200 m3/hour suction capacity of the chimney keeps the kitchen fresh and smoke-free. This suction capacity is particularly suitable for heavy frying and grilling. The low noise level adds to cooking comfort. It is low on maintenance, and the energy consumption is also low. 

The chimney comes with 2 LED lamps that consume only three watts of power. But they ensure adequate light for cooking.

The baffle filters used in this chimney are particularly efficient in getting the oil and other residues collected in the filter. That allows only the air to move freely and quickly in the filter.

Its dimensions are just right for small to medium-sized kitchens with a two to the four-burner stove. It is wall-mounted directly on top of the stove/oven. That implies efficient space usage. 

It comes with a 5-year warranty for the motor. For the entire ensemble, the warranty is 1 year from the date of purchase. All electronic parts are covered under warranty, but not the glass. 

Pros

  • High suction capacity
  • Baffle filters ideal for Indian cooking
  • A convenient size for small to medium kitchens
  • Auto clean technology
  • Energy efficient

Cons

  • High installation charge
  • Some consumers find it too noisy

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2. Hindware Auto Clean Chimney

Hindware Auto Clean Chimney
  • Model: Nevio 90 Auto Clean
  • Size: 90 cm 
  • Suction capacity: 1200 m3/hour 
  • Warranty: motor – 5 years; comprehensive – 1 year 
  • Cleaning: Auto-clean
  • Noise: 58 decibels
  • Control: Touch panel
  • Power consumption: 180 watts

Made of curved glass, this chimney from Hindware comes with a sparkling stainless steel finish. It offers futuristic technology for a smoke-free cooking experience. 

The thermal auto clean technology cleans all the oil and other residues inside in one touch. A single touch panel for operations makes it easy to use and control. 

Its 1200 m3/hour suction capacity keeps the kitchen fresh and smokes free. This suction capacity is particularly suitable for heavy frying and grilling. It also has an oil collection cup to suit the cooking style across India.

A special feature of this chimney is an energy-efficient metallic blower with high suction capacity. It is known for its best in class performance with high endurance, low power consumption, and lesser noise levels.   

The chimney has two energy-efficient LED lamps attached with expansive lighting capacity. Lighting is never an issue during cooking, therefore.  

The baffle filters have high efficiency in getting the oil and other residues collected in the filter. Only the air moves freely in the filter as a result. But the baffle filters need cleaning once in six months.

At 90 cm, its dimensions are just right for a large kitchen with a three to five burner stove. It is wall-mounted directly on top of the stove/oven for efficient space usage. 

It comes with a 5-year warranty for the motor. For the entire ensemble, the warranty is 1 year from the date of purchase. All electronic parts are covered under warranty, but not the plastic and glass. 

Pros

  • High suction capacity
  • Baffle filters ideal for Indian cooking
  • Good size for big kitchens
  • Auto clean technology
  • Energy efficient

Cons

  • High installation charge
  • An oil collection cup and exhaust pipe are of poor quality plastic

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3. Faber Filterless Auto Clean Chimney

Faber Filterless Auto Clean Chimney
Faber Filterless Chimney
  • Model: Hood Orient TC BK 60
  • Size: 60 cm 
  • Suction capacity: 1200 m3/hour 
  • Warranty: motor – 5 years; comprehensive – 1 year 
  • Cleaning: Auto-clean
  • Noise: 48 decibels
  • Control: Touch panel

This curved glass black chimney from Faber is a combination of elegant looks, high performance, and smart technology.

Its special feature is Filterless technology. This next-generation design places the motor in a manner that leaves a clear pathway for smoke and air to travel out. This considerably reduces maintenance costs and increases durability.

Touch control makes it easy to operate. The heat auto clean system allows everything to be cleaned in one touch. No filters imply no other cleaning. Two oil collection cups add to cleaning ease.

Its 1200 m3/hour suction capacity keeps the kitchen fresh and smoke-free, even when cooking involves a lot of frying and grilling.

Moreover, it is one of the quietest chimneys in the Indian market with its noise level limited to 48 decibels. That is a comforting complement to the cooking experience.

The two energy-efficient LED lamps attached to the chimney make adequate light available when cooking is in progress. However, no information is readily available on the wattage consumption of this product.

It has just the right dimensions for small to medium-sized kitchens with a two to the four-burner stove. Wall-mounted directly on top of the stove/oven facilitates efficient space usage. 

It comes with a 5-year warranty for the motor. For the entire ensemble, the warranty is 1 year from the date of purchase.

 Pros

  • High suction capacity
  • Filterless technology
  • Least noisy
  • Auto clean technology
  • Most consumers happy with professional installation service

Cons

  • Energy consumption information not available

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4. Seavy Auto Clean Chimney

Seavy Auto Clean Chimney
Seavy Auto Clean Chimney
  • Model: Ciaz Black Titanium 60
  • Size: 60 cm 
  • Suction capacity: 1200 m3/hour 
  • Warranty: motor – 5 years; comprehensive – 1 year 
  • Cleaning: Auto-clean
  • Noise: Maximum noise level is 55 decibels
  • Control: Touch panel
  • Power consumption: 180 watts

With black titanium steel finish in curved glass, this is a good looking chimney from Seavy.

Smooth touch panel operations and one-touch thermal auto clean are notable features of this product.

Its 1200 m3/hour suction capacity keeps the kitchen free of smoke even when heavy frying and grilling is involved. Its stainless steel body makes it durable and corrosion-resistant. 

Two energy-efficient LED lamps attached to the chimney ensure that adequate light is available during cooking. Its low noise level adds to cooking comfort. It is energy efficient and easily maintained.

Two stainless steel baffle filters in this chimney get oil and other residues collected in the filter efficiently. The air can thus move freely and quickly in the filter. Two stainless steel oil collection cups are of help also.

Its 60 cm size makes it suitable for small to medium-sized kitchens that use a stove with two to four burners. It gets wall-mounted directly above the stove, needing no additional floor space. 

It comes with a 5-year warranty for the motor. For the entire ensemble, the warranty is 1 year from the date of purchase. 

A remarkable feature of this Seavy chimney is that it comes with an installation kit complete with an aluminium duct pipe that can be expanded up to 10 feet, one-piece cowl cover, one you clamp for hanging the pipe and one aluminium tape.

Pros

  • High suction capacity
  • Baffle filters with stainless steel oil collection cups
  • Energy efficient with auto clean technology
  • Easy to operate touch control
  • Budget buy

Cons

  • Some consumers had poor installation experience
  • Many consumers find it too noisy

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5. Inalsa Kitchen Chimney (Enya 60 BKBF)

Inalsa Kitchen Chimney (Enya 60 BKBF)
Inalsa Enya 60 BKBF
  • Size: 60 cm 
  • Suction capacity: 900 m3/hour 
  • Warranty: 5 years for the motor and 1 year comprehensive 
  • Noise: 65 decibels
  • Control: Push-button
  • Cleaning: Manual

This pyramid-shaped kitchen chimney from Inalsa is good for small kitchens since it’s suction power is 900 m3/hr. It is good for medium-level frying and grilling. 

It has a rust-resistant black powder-coated body and hood with two levels of stainless steel baffle filters. It has push-button operations with three levels of speed control.

Its stainless steel baffle filters can absorb oil and smoke to increase cooking comfort. They are easily removable for manual cleaning. 

It comes with two incandescent lamps of 25 watts. You can cook with enough light even if the rest of your kitchen is dark. 

This Inalsa product is extremely pocket-friendly. If you have a budget issue, this is the one you should go for. But be prepared to deal with the noisy cooking experience.

This is a wall-mounted electric chimney, good on space-saving in a small kitchen.

Pros

  • Rust-resistant body and hood
  • Sufficient suction power for medium-level frying and grilling
  • Easy to clean removable baffle filters
  • Two incandescent lamps
  • Super pocket-friendly

Cons

  • Noisy
  • Requires manual cleaning

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The Best Kitchen Chimney Brands in India – 2020

We studied Amazon and several rating and review sites to pick up the leading brands of kitchen chimneys in the Indian market. We followed that up with our research to crosscheck claims. 

We have taken care to keep different spend abilities in mind also. We have been equally mindful of varying family sizes.

We are confident, therefore, of our recommendations. You can trust us: we won’t get a commission if you choose any of these brands. This isn’t sponsored writing.

  • Elisa
  • Hindware
  • Faber
  • Seavy 
  • Inalsa

The Buying Guide

We do hope that you’ll find our reviews useful. Even then, we believe in enabling you to make an informed choice when you want to buy a chimney for your kitchen. Here’s a kind of buying guide to assist you in your decision making.

1. Why Chimneys At All?

Not too long ago, Indian women had to cough and sneeze with watering eyes as they cooked over an open wood fire. The entire cooking area would be full of smoke. 

The situation for urban women was marginally better. They had earthen ovens with coal as fuel. Once ignited, the smoke volume in these ovens reduced. 

Though not eliminated from the Indian map, these cooking gears have certainly faded from the urban Indian middle class’s memory. With that fading has come a new understanding of indoor pollution.

We now know that kitchens need to have good ventilation to avoid indoor pollution from cooking. In addition, the Indian style of cooking releases smoke, oil fumes, and aromas. 

The aroma is fine – as enjoyable as the smell of freshly brewed coffee. But grease settles in fine film over the walls, cabinets, containers that are not inside a cabinet and so on.  

Apart from how grimy that can make a kitchen look, there are associated health hazards. Kitchen smoke and accumulated grime can cause respiratory problems.

Even the smell of cooking is an issue. It is pleasurable indeed to inhale some mouth-watering aroma as something is being cooked. But it is an irritant to have that stale smell hung in the house well after cooking is over, and so is eating.  

Hence the need to have the smoke, oil fumes and the smell of cooking absorbed and expelled outside the house. Or, have the air recycled after the smoke, grease and other particles are sucked out of it. 

That is why we need a chimney in the kitchen. Especially in contemporary urban households where apartment-style living often means that it is difficult for the air to escape the building without some help. 

2. Why Not an Exhaust Fan?

This is a valid question. An exhaust fan in the kitchen and a chimney above your stove – both ventilate the kitchen. But they function differently. 

An exhaust fan in the kitchen circulates the air constantly and replaces stale air with fresh air in the process. The circulating power of an exhaust fan is also measured cubic meter per hour, just like the suction power of a kitchen chimney. 

Exhaust fans can drive out carbon, odor, and smoke. But they can’t suck out oil particles from the air. Chimneys do. 

An exhaust fan will make your kitchen healthier than one with not even an exhaust fan. But it will not keep your kitchen walls and appliances free from that thin oily film on them.

A kitchen chimney, on the other hand, has the mechanism to eliminate oil and grease from the air. The air that circulates in this free of them. 

A kitchen chimney is a necessity in an Indian kitchen. With the kind of oil and spice usage we have in an average Indian home anywhere in the country, an exhaust fan is not capable enough to deal with the grime that is generated. 

If you want your kitchen to remain free from yellowish stains and a greasy feel, go for a kitchen chimney.

3. How Do Kitchen Chimneys Work?

Just for the record, we are talking about electric kitchen chimneys here. Not the ones attached to the fireplace in a grand old colonial house that billowed smoke out on the terrace. 

These chimneys suck the smoke and the air in the kitchen. The air passes through filters that absorb the oil particles and other residues so that the kitchen air remains fresh.

The kitchen chimneys have three major components.

  1. Effluent plume: A skirt or capture panel that contains the smoke and the vapor that cooking generates.
  2. The second component is the filter. There may be one or more of them, except in filterless chimneys.
  3. The third part is a fan or a blower which forces ventilation to happen in the kitchen.

4. How Does A Filterless Chimney Work?

Filterless chimneys use centrifugal action inside the chamber of the motor for retaining the oil and other residual elements. The coated chamber retains these elements that collect on the oil collector when the auto clean button gets pressed. Auto clean is thus an essential feature of chimneys that do not use filters.

Types of Kitchen Chimney

  • Wall Mounted
  • Straight Line
  • Auto Cleaning

Things to check in a Kitchen Chimney

  • Suction Power
  • Ease of Cleaning
  • Low Maintenance Chimneys
  • Mount Type
  • Size
  • Chimney Design
  • Noise Factor
  • Speed Options

Some Kitchen Chimney Precautionary Notes

The kitchen chimneys we’ve been talking about are all electrical appliances. They need some degree of care and caution to keep functioning efficiently. 

Nothing extraordinary. Similar to the basic care we take about all things electrical. Here is what you need to keep in mind:

  • Whichever type of chimney you use, wall-mounted, built-in or ceiling mounted, be careful of the distance between your stove and the chimney. It should be between 25 inches and 30 inches. Not less than 25 inches, not more than 30 inches.
  • Make sure that your house has proper earthing before you install a chimney. 
  • It is best to use a three-phase voltage for your chimney to perform well, not a two-phase one.
  • If you use a ducted chimney, do not connect that duct to other smoke expulsion pipes you may have. The chimney duct must remain on its own.
  • A minimum duct height of 10 feet works best for Indian kitchens. 
  • The less bends your duct has, the better will be the performance of your chimney.
  • Do not leave the gas burner on and unattended while your chimney is also on. Most filters in kitchen chimneys are inflammable. Avoid a potential risk by being careful.
  • The same applies to an unattended frying pan on the burner with oil or ghee. It will burn if it gets overheated and the chimney may catch fire also. 

Some Common Problems and their Solutions Kitchen Chimney

The noise suddenly increasing: This is the most prevalent problem with electric chimneys. Most often, it is an indication that your chimney needs cleaning. 

If your chimney has an auto-clean function, use it. If not, get in touch with the service center to have it cleaned by professionals.

Anything is possible in India, however. In the course of our research for this article, we came across this anecdote. A lady called the service people as her duct chimney was suddenly making weird noises. 

The cleaning agent discovered a family of mice happily nesting in the duct. It was also full of dried leaves, dried petals, scrap paper and a host of other similar objects that the little rodents had collected to burrow in.

This is real, and it happened in a metro city in the country. So, any variation in the usual noise of your chimney – take action.  

Suction not working properly: Ducted or ductless, your chimney sucks all the smoke, oil and other residues from your kitchen. It filters the kitchen fumes and circulates the air back in or releases it to the atmosphere.

If you think the suction is underperforming, then the key function of your chimney is affected. It mostly indicates some problem with the motor. Get in touch with your technician, urgently.

Slow fan speed: If the fan inside is rotating slower than it is supposed to, it will adversely affect the suction efficiency. You need to call the service center. 

It could mean that the capacitor (also called the condenser) needs to be changed. Or it could be that the motor needs to be lubricated. It could also mean the ball bearing is damaged and needs to be replaced. 

Chimney stops functioning: This is rare, but it may happen. You switch on the power, but your chimney does not function. 

First, you need to check the source of power. Connect some other electrical appliances to see if all is okay with the source. It could be some fault there.

If it is not, if the other appliance you test with runs fine, but your chimney does not function – disconnect it from the power source. It would most likely be a short circuit inside. Call the technician. 

Kitchen Chimney FAQs

We want to make sure that by the time you end up reading this article, you will be ready to submit a dissertation on kitchen chimneys in India. So, here are a few frequently asked questions with their answers.

1. How often should the grease filters be cleaned?

The product manual will most likely give you the brand and model-specific answer for this one. On general principles, if you have an auto-clean chimney, use that function once every two weeks.

The oil collector in thermal auto-clean chimneys usually needs to be cleaned once every six months. However, if your kitchen has been used longer than usual with cooking more greasy and spicy than is the routine – clean it earlier.

The same applies to auto clean. If your chimney needs manual cleaning, go by the specification of the manufacturer. 

2. How much energy does an average kitchen chimney consume?

Different models consume different wattage, but most electric chimneys in the Indian market are fairly energy efficient.

3. What does m3/hr mean?

It stands for cubic meters per hour. That is the measure of the airflow capacity of your chimney. It tells you how much air your chimney can extract in an hour.  

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