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Kobe CH2236SQ Kitchen Hood Reviews
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Kobe CH2236SQ Kitchen Hood

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Beautiful and broken.

Jul 11, 2009
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Pros:Sleek and stylish, high venting power, strong lights.

Cons:Vulnerable control panel, unsightly support braces, lights get very hot.

The Bottom Line: Gorgous, strong but not robust.


Kobe makes some of the most stylish hoods available. With sleak styling,  easy to clean grease traps, venting strong enough to clear a kitchen fullof smoke in seconds, strong lights and easily accessible but neatly hidden buttons on the underside of the hood, they are irresistable.

When this hood worked, it was as good as it gets. It doesn't work.

Four manual buttons underneath the front lip of the hood turn the fan and lights on, regulate the fan and turn them off.

At some point someone must have reached up and turned on the light with someting on his finger, and that something got itself lodged in the button assembly, preventing the light button from going on. Attempts to free it with a warm sponge worked initially, but at one pont the buttons began to function arbitrarily - all turning on the light, all turning on the fan, or none doing anything.

The chic little buttons are apparently pretty fragile.

Obviously they are shorting out. The answer is probably to replace the assembly, and a replacement would probably be available, if there were a way to get to it. Unfortunately the sleek look prevents this. The lights need to be accessed from the rear, which means uninstalling the entire unit. that's a repair bill which may amount to more than the price of the unit.

Annother issue is the heat produced by the Halogen lights. Leaving them on for a while makes the entire front hood extremley  hot to the touch.

I think the front end of this unit is poorly engineered and vulnerable to damage of the  control assembly. I would not buy it again.

The unit is installed with fairly unsightlyl braces. Installing it on a tiled surface will require removing and replacing tile.


Recommend this product? No


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