Restaurant-style ranges are still a popular request when it comes time to outfit the kitchen. Cooktops worthy of professional kitchens—complete with wok burners that rival the flames of hell—aren’t going away any time soon. You know the drill, and you’ve probably even spent more than your share of time explaining CFMs to clients. All of which is to say that an efficient vent remains more essential than ever. But a vent also presents a design opportunity, because the hood that conceals it can be as beautiful as the blower is utilitarian. In other words, the vent has to suck, but the hood sure doesn’t need to. For some inspired examples of beautiful hoods, check out the slideshow.

Amy Albert is a senior editor at Builder.