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Futuro Futuro Moon Crystal vs Faber Tratto...any owners?

prushata
16 years ago

Hi Gardenweb!

I'm trying to decide between 2 similarly styled wall hoods that will be ducted:

(1) Faber Tratto $1200

http://www.faberonline.com/tratto.html

(2) Futuro Futuro Moon Crystal $1400

http://www.futurofuturo.com/wall_mounted_Moon%20Crystal_57.html

Three main differences that matter to me are:

1) Filter Type: baffle (faber) vs mesh (futuro)

2) Capacity: 600cfm (faber) vs 900cfm (futuro)

3) Noise Level: 3.5-6.5 sones (faber) vs 0.5-3.2 sones (futuro)


So "on paper" who wouldn't go with the Futuro Futuro? But, my problem is that I've done lots of research and found that there is no real standard for testing any of these numbers.

Example, 900cfm may be achieved if measured out of a 2ft of ducting with no elbows along the way. But if you have 8ft of ducting and 2 turns it can reduce the amount of air extracted. Furthermore, there's no indication of whether or not these numbers are measured with the filters in place or not.

My question, is if owners can speak about their experiences with either of these brands and/or the 3-points listed above.

Thanks!

Side note...both companies have european counterparts:

Faber's European site is:

http://www.faberspa.com/faber/en/homePage/catalogoprodotti/indicearredo.html?springaction=modello-dettaglio&serie=185

Futuro appears to be made by European brand "Falmec":

http://www.falmec.com/eng/design.html (look for Astra Glass)

I was told by a local appliance sales rep that in Europe there is a standard for measuring capacity & noise for hoods so you can compare different hoods more readily.

So in Europe, "on paper", the Faber capacity is higher than the Falmec (or Futuro Futuro). Although the noise level is lower on the Falmec.

Comments (3)

  • timbarns
    16 years ago

    hey prushata.. I was stuck on the same question as you a few months ago. My local appliance showroom rep convinced me that Futuro Futuro was the better choice (more powerful, more popular in USA etc..) and I can now see why. They are quiet because the motor of the unit is attached to an acoustic chamber that they designed to reduce noise level. On top of that, the controls are electronic (4 speeds, auto-shut off, wash reminder etc..)while faber's controls are mechanical. I have the galaxy model and i'm very happy with it.

    Here is a link that might be useful: futuro futuro galaxy range hood

  • jayav
    16 years ago

    Hi folks, I am thinking of futuro futuro as well.

    Any other futuro futuro users? I am considering the 36" wall mounted "connecticut" or "fairy" models. Am curious to see installations of these as well as know if the " Steel painted white" middle section can be painted over with a faux finish.

    Here is a link that might be useful: Futuro Futuro Wall Mounted

  • sybilbrook
    16 years ago

    I have the "mystic" model range hood and I'm very happy with it. There is no question about it's power - I only use 1st and 2nd speed (very rarely 3rd) and that's more than enough power for me. I looked around all over the web before making my choice and saw that a lot of people here seem to be very happy with their Futuro hood so I decided to go with them as well. Their range hood selection is very big..

    Here is a link that might be useful: Futuro Futuro Mystic Hood