My range hood is fundamentally a light- if we were to have an outside vent super-sucking hood, we would have to shift the kitchen 90 degrees. Still, there are some dishes I want to fry in deep fat, and would prefer that my kitchen wasn't coated in a light film of far-flung oil spatter. I need to control the grease.
My parents had many wars, and one was over the spatter screen my Dad gave Mom for a birthday(!). It was never used (duh!), so I have no experience with it. I know they are not expensive, but I don't want to spend without knowing if it is truly a utile item and one worth storage.
Do spatter screens really work? Do you like yours? Are they heavy maintenance, cleaning the grease? Shall I go spend (gasp!) five buck and get one?