Appliance Travels: My Visit to Ventahood by Conal

Hey Appliance Fans,

If you’re on the east coast, I’m sure you’re sick of winter.  I know I am.  It’s like the polar vortex decided to sit right over my house and chill out (every pun intended) for a couple of months.  It got so bad that I decided to trade in my car for one of these:

Me heading to work.

Me heading to work.

But I’m not here to brag about my awesome new Taun Taun (I named her Buffy).  I’m here to brag about my trip to Dallas, Texas to visit the Ventahood’s headquarters.  To answer a few questions: Yes, I’m a Philadelphia Eagles Fan.  Yes, I felt dirty arriving in Cowboy Country.  No, I didn’t hunt down Tony Romo just to make fun of him, but I wanted to.

Ventahood HQ Plaque

Ventahood’s History

For those not in the know about Ventahood, they only manufacture range hoods and trust me when I say that they make awesomely delicious range hoods.   Since 1937, the Woodall family has operated Ventahood and I had a chance to meet brothers Skip and Blake Woodall during my visit.  Side note, can their names be any more “Texas”?  I don’t think so.  In 1961 the company setup shop in Richardson, Texas and they’re still located there today.  In 2005, they expanded their factory by over 50 percent to accommodate the demand for Ventahood products.  Don’t worry America lovers, all of Ventahood’s products are made in the U.S.A.

Here's a Ventahood advertisement from back in the day.  Here's a little trivia: one of the boys playing in the field is Blake Woodall.

Here’s a Ventahood advertisement from back in the day. A little trivia: one of the boys playing in the background is Blake Woodall.

Ventahood’s Style

Ventahood offers plenty of hood styles from professional models and chimney style units to hood inserts and made-to-order hoods.  These custom hoods are hand made by two craftsmen in their factory and come in a variety of finishes and colors.  Talk about exclusive.

Pictured above is one of Ventahood's original range hoods.

Pictured above is one of Ventahood’s original range hoods.

Examples of Ventahood's Designer Series Hoods.  These are super customizable.

Examples of Ventahood’s Designer Series Hoods. These are super customizable.

Under the “Hood” of a Ventahood (get it?).

Usually you see hood inserts encased in wood to match the surrounding cabinetry.  This insert is covered in plaster and I thought this was super cool.

Usually you see hood inserts encased in wood to match surrounding cabinetry. This insert is covered in plaster and I thought this was super cool and wanted to share it with you.

Ventahood’s Magic Lung

Setting style aside, the secret to Ventahood’s range hoods is the Magic Lung Blower System.  This exclusive design not only removes smoke and heat from the kitchen, it also liquefies a tremendous amount of grease trapped in the smoke.  Once liquefied, the grease collects in an easily removable, dishwasher safe tray positioned below the Magic Lung.  Don’t forget that the Magic Lung system is also one of the quietest blower systems on the market.  For more details about its functionality, check out this post I wrote about the Magic Lung.

Vent-A-Hood's exclusive Magic Lung.

Vent-A-Hood’s exclusive Magic Lung.

Ventahood University

I can go on and on about Ventahood, but it’s probably easier to check out this video they produced.  Hosted by my buddy Bob Seloff who just happens to be Ventahood’s Chief Engineer, Bob probably doesn’t realize he’s my buddy.  HEY BOB, we had lunch together so that makes us buddies.

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I really can’t complain about my trip at all.  I ate a little too much beef; I swear that’s all they have down there and I don’t think Texans know what a vegetable is (just kidding).  More importantly, I learned that the employees at Ventahood are real, they work hard, and they stand behind their range hoods.  As I walked through the production floor, I was amazed to see people crafting hoods as opposed to robots mass producing product.  It’s a concept that the Woodalls hold dear to their hearts and it comes across in every hood they make.  So from the Kieffer’s Guy to all of the hard working people at Ventahood, thank you for having me down to visit and look forward to coming back!

Until next time, America!

As always, don’t forget to visit the Kieffer’s website for all of your appliance needs in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington DC!

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