In another post, I mentioned that i installed a Viking Badged Vent A Hood (48" - 2 x 600 cfm) in my old house about 20 years ago. I spoke to the guy I sold the house to last year. The hood is still working great. He keeps up with it by doing the proper cleaning on a regular basis. Vent A Hood is a great product IMO. I'm going with a BlusStar 42 inch Pyramid with a 1200 cfm internal blower in my latest kitchen, over a 36" RNB. This is what my salesman recco'd, and i liked him. He knew his stuff. I wanted Vent A Hood, but he talked me into the Blue Star. I'll post a pic back here in 6 weeks. I hope he was right. He handles all the fancy shmancy builders around these parts. Our house is not a fancy shmancy one, LOL. The kitchen will be nice though. Good luck
First my back story.
I bought a 48" Viking "commercial" about 20 years ago. It was black with red knobs. I had 6 burners and a 12" griddle. I also bought a Viking badged hood which was then made by Vent A Hood. I cooked on the Viking for about 4 years prior to selling that house. Here's my take. i had nothing but problems with the right oven door. It was lopsided and never closed properly. The range itself was far from "commercial" and more like "flimsy" Multiple service calls and new oven doors and they never got it right. Even the distributor came out a few times. Obviously, this unit was either improperly built or terribly mishandled in transit. Either way, I had to live with it until we moved. The upside is, I only paid for 75% of it. I put 75% down when ordering and never paid for the rest, because they never made it right. They threatened to sue me and I was courteous enough to give them my lawyer's name and number. Needless to say, they never did. Based on that experience, which was a long time ago, I'd never buy another Viking product again. That's just how I am.