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How To Choose Between Brass And Copper Hoods

If there’s one thing that keeps your kitchen clean, it’s the range hood. Also known as an exhaust or oven hood, this stylish and value-based application filters air and extracts odor and heat from the kitchen. You don’t get to choose whether or not your kitchen needs it – it’s a must-have! But you do get the option to select the material of the hood.

Whether it’s stainless steel, wood, zinc, copper, or brass, you can get the one that best suits your budget and the aesthetics of your kitchen. But let’s focus on copper and brass hoods here and learn how to choose the best between the two.

Features to Look For While Choosing

beautiful kitchen with a custom brass hood

Here are the top six features of both the copper and brass hoods to consider while choosing the right one for your kitchen.

Adaptability

Kitchen hoods should blend with the kitchen aesthetics and not the other way round. In terms of its versatility, copper goes better with other materials of a kitchen. On the other hand, brass hoods may look a little off or outlandish in most kitchens. However, it works well with minimalistic monochrome settings, and if your kitchen is something of that kind, you can go with Brass. But as far as adaptability is concerned, copper is the winner.

Aesthetics

Copper hoods are all about elegance. It’s eye-catching, and its powerful function makes it better than brass hoods. Copper is sure to grab visitor’s attention and add a dash of grace to your kitchen. Not that brass hoods don’t do the job or add beauty to your kitchen; they may not add warmth as much as copper. Though it’s up to you to choose what best fits your kitchen, copper may be the first choice when it comes to choosing between the two.

Sheen over the years

As we know, copper undergoes oxidization over time; a copper hood doesn’t stay the same. But that’s the beauty of it. The hood is etched by the patina on the metal with time, giving it an antique look. The patina effect is when a metal reacts with the environment and provides a rustic look. The rich color makes your kitchen look more aesthetically pleasing. On the other hand, brass fades out and loses its sheen, giving it a dull look. It’s up to you to choose between ‘rich and rustic’ and ‘dull and drab.’

Affordability

Brass is more affordable than copper, but as always, money is proportional to quality. If you want a quality hood, you can go with copper. It may be a little pricey, but the maintenance and repair costs will be reduced significantly. It’s a good investment if you think in terms of the long-term.

Copper’s resale value is better than Brass, making copper a better option. However, if you’re tight on budget and feel Brass does the work for you, you can go with it – it all depends on your preferences.

Longevity

Both the metals are durable, and with regular maintenance, they can last long. Copper, due to its excellent properties, tends to stay long without scratches. Even if there are, it will not be visible as copper will form a build-up on its own as it ages.

On the other hand, Brass also has the same properties as copper, and they are both antibacterials when it comes to their durability; both function well.

Ease of cleaning 

This is another important aspect to keep in mind because certain materials may be really hard to clean or let the tough stains go. Both are metals that are super easy to clean and don’t require much effort to do so.

You just need a damp cloth to clean the surface and a dry cloth to wipe the surface. Their antibacterial properties make it easy to clean and maintain without the build-up of grease and dirt from time to time.

Final Thoughts

Both the metals have their own upsides and downsides and choosing the right hood should be based on the budget and aesthetics of your kitchen. Both come in a variety of styles to choose from too. Depending on their type, properties, and cost, you need to find the right one for your kitchen.

It generally comes down to a personal choice and there’s no right or wrong answer. If you aren’t sure which direction to go, get in touch with our team today and we’d be happy to discuss with you. We’ve been working in the industry for years and have plenty of experience and knowledge to back us.

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