Best Range Hoods

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 10, 2018
Excited about renovating your kitchen? Or just looking for an effective means of getting rid of cooking smells? No matter what it is, you're welcome to take a look at our selection of five of the best range hoods that you can find out there. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2018
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Operating mode
Mounting
Width
Max power
Noise level
Filters
Control
Conveniences
Warranty
 
PROS
The protective lamp lens dissipates light evenly over the cooking surface, providing extra comfort during cooking.
CONS
A carbon filter requires frequent replacement.
OUR VERDICT
This ductless range hood is an ideal choice for people whose kitchen isn't suitable for an air-pipe mount setting. Importantly, you can pick the device of the right size and color.
detailed parameters
Operating mode
Ductless
Mounting
Under-cabinet
Width

30"

Max power
~ 160 CFM
Noise level
~53.83 dB
Filters
Removable carbon filter
Control
2-level speed, Rocker-type control
Conveniences
Lighting (incandescent bulb), Protective lamp lens
Warranty
30-day warranty from seller
PROS

The model features ridiculous airflow capabilities of up to 900 CFM. The high CFM allows the appliance to vent out the air in a matter of seconds, so you will be able to enjoy nothing but fresh air in your kitchen. Every part of the range hood is easy to remove and clean without any specialized tools.

CONS

Produces a bit more noise than most exhaust hoods.

OUR VERDICT

The BV BV-RH-801 is easily one of the best range hoods for people who absolutely love cooking. We aren't talking about preparing a simple meal. We're talking about individuals who enjoy experimenting with their food and treating their family to all kinds of exotic but always hearty meals.

detailed parameters
Operating mode

Ducted

Mounting

Under-cabinet

Width

30"

Max power

900 CFM

Noise level

69 dB

Filters

Two stainless steel baffle filters

Control

4 fan speeds, electronic button control

Conveniences

2 x 3 W LED bulbs

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The durable and reusable aluminum mesh filters that come with the appliance work wonders in terms of trapping grease and oil. Plus, the 5-inch round duct that the filtration system uses for exhaust vent is equally effective and easy to clean.

CONS

The lights are located on the back of the hood, so they aren't as effective. 

OUR VERDICT

If you live in a relatively small apartment or a condo, you cannot go wrong with the Cosmo COS-5MU30. This range hood is as practical as they come and it features just about everything you would want out of an appliance like that. The minimalistic design and the overall simplicity make it great for everyday use.

detailed parameters
Operating mode

Ducted / Ductless

Mounting

Under-cabinet

Width

30"

Max power

200 CFM

Noise level

65 dB

Filters

Aluminum grease filters

Control

3 fan speeds, electronic button control

Conveniences

2 x 3 W LED bulbs

Warranty

5 years (limited)

PROS

The stunning European-Italian design will allow this range hood to become the centerpiece of even the chicest and the most stylish kitchen. The clear glass canopy part that is spanning its entire width further improves the chic visual appeal. You can purchase a carbon filter kit separately and use the range hood as a ductless type.

CONS

Requires a bit more effort and attention in terms of maintenance. 

OUR VERDICT

The Perfetto Kitchen PKB-RH0230 is easily one of the most stunning options on the market right now, especially if you take the affordable price tag into account. It is more than a capable appliance but if you want the looks to go with performance, this is a range hood for you.

detailed parameters
Operating mode

Ducted / Ductless

Mounting

Wall-mount

Width

30"

Max power

400 CFM

Noise level

65 dB

Filters

Two stainless steel mesh filters

Control

3 fan speeds, electronic button control

Conveniences

2 x 2W LED bulbs, 6" diameter duct pipe

Warranty

3 years (limited)

PROS

The range hood comes equipped with a protective lamp lens that evenly distributes light over the cooktop. The aluminum construction makes the grease filter just durable enough to withstand everyday cooking and everything that comes with it. Plus, the filter is dishwasher-safe.

CONS

The first speed setting will prove to be insufficient for most everyday tasks. 

OUR VERDICT

The Broan 403023 is a practical and reliable range hood that will allow you to cook every single day all while keeping your kitchen neat and clean. It may not seem like the most impressive product out there but, considering the modest price, the model is well worth the money.

detailed parameters
Operating mode

Ducted

Mounting

Under-cabinet

Width

30"

Max power

160 CFM

Noise level

60 dB

Filters

Dishwasher-safe aluminum grease filter

Control

2 fan speeds, rocker switch control type

Conveniences

1 x 75 W light bulb (not included), protective lamp lens

Warranty

1 year

Broan 30 413004

Stylish Air Purification

While deciding on a range hood, you may face a challenge of finding a device that suits your interior. Since a lot of manufacturers produce range hoods from stainless steel, not every model will be a nice match exactly for your kitchen. However, Broan company provides you with the opportunity to choose the one to fit your furniture as this hood comes in a vast variety of colors and sizes. In addition, this very model is an under-cabinet device and doesn't require any additional connection to the ventilation, allowing for installation in any room beside a kitchen. What's more, the manufacturer has equipped the device with removable carbon filters which clean air from impurities and harmful substances. This technology ensures long life and trouble-free service of the appliance. This white model with its parameters and dimensions is a perfect pick for a built-in kitchen as well as a small kitchen in an office.

Review of Broan 30 413004 Non-Ducted Under-Cabinet Range Hood

Broan is a Reputable Company

You can find hundreds of manufacturers producing air duct systems. Nonetheless, while choosing a ventilation system or an individual system of HVAC equipment nearly 80 % of Americans give their preference to Broan company that always offers reliable and high-quality products. So far, Broan company is one of Broan-NuTone LLC. The company takes its origin in 1932 when Henry Broan developed and manufactured Motodor fan that was fancy to install for quiet and efficient kitchen ventilation. Now the company provides their customers with inimitable convenience. The priority of the company is to satisfy all the consumers' needs. The company is investing in the development of revolutionary products that improve the environment in the kitchen as well as maintain the interior.

Broan 30 413004 Non-Ducted Under-Cabinet Range Hood in the use

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Detailed review of Broan 30 413004 Non-Ducted Under-Cabinet Range Hood

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What customers say about this product

Key Specs

The operating noise is not excessive and we don't find it irritating to have it running.

Features

The light over the stove is fantastic. I used an LED bulb that uses less than 10W so I don't have to feel guilty about leaving it on as a night light.

Size & Weight

It was fairly simple to install, and connect to power.
 

BV BV-RH-801 30"

Cook to Your Heart's Content

Cooking is fun. And healthy. And a lot cheaper than eating out. But if you like experimenting with your food, you know very well that different kinds of ingredients leave all types of scents and aromas in the air, and that's not to mention smoke and steam. Of course, your run-of-the-mill hood will be able to handle most of it, but not if you're the aforementioned type who likes cooking and experimenting with the food. For you, there's the BV BV-RH-801.

A dual motor setup that the range hood comes equipped with provides the model's ridiculously high airflow of up to 900 CFM. With that kind of power under the proverbial hood, the appliance in question will be able to clean out the air in a matter of seconds or keep it clean for as long as you want while you continue with your cooking endeavors.

Of course, even if cooking is one of your most favorite and important hobbies, you won't be preparing all kinds of exotic meals every single day. Which is why the manufacturers made sure to incorporate a convenient set of buttons that will allow you to choose one of the 4 available speeds. So if you aren't doing anything fancier than mac and cheese, you can stick with the first speed and not waste the electricity for no reason. Plus, being one of the most powerful options on the market, it comes as no surprise that this range hood tends to produce quite a bit of noise when you crank up the speed, so you might want to keep it to a minimum unless there's a reason for it.

Review of BV BV-RH-801 30" Under Cabinet Ducted Kitchen Range Hood with LED Lights

Steel Seals the Deal

Aside from controlling the airflow, the said buttons will also allow you to turn a couple of high-intensity energy-saving LED lights. They provide solid illumination and help you cook.

But what we liked most about this product is probably not its power or the convenient controls but the overall construction. The whole thing is made of seamless stainless steel with a satin finish. It looks good and it will last you for quite some time. Part of that construction is a couple of stainless steel baffle filters that are as effective as they are easy to remove and clean. Actually, the whole thing is designed in a way that allows you to easily remove and clean every part without a need for any specialized tools.

Other than that, there isn't much to say here about this metal appliance. So, to bring this review to a logical conclusion, we would like to rephrase our earlier point and say that the BV BV-RH-801 is easily the best range hood for people who absolutely love cooking. We aren't talking about preparing a simple meal. We're talking about individuals who enjoy experimenting with their food and treating their family to all kinds of exotic but always hearty meals.

BV BV-RH-801 30" Under Cabinet Ducted Kitchen Range Hood with LED Lights in the use

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Cosmo COS-5MU30

Save Some Space

There are some products out there where it is clearly evident that the manufacturers are fully aware of their limits and know exactly what they're doing. It's rarely some sort of top-of-the-line feature that seals the deal and makes the product worth the money. More often than not, it is a good balance of all parts and features that make the whole thing useful and practical.

Speaking of useful and practical, let's talk about the Cosmo COS-5MU30. The practical part mostly stems from the model's slim and space-saving design. And with 19.8 x 29.8 x 5.5 inches in overall dimensions and 16.5 pounds of weight, the slim profile of this appliance will definitely save you some space. A size like that makes this range hood particularly suitable for condos and smaller apartments. But, of course, it's not like you can't put it in a sizable house. Furthermore, the model can be used as a ductless hood with an optional carbon filter kit, though you will have to purchase it separately. The product itself is suitable for top or back venting. Though technically an under-cabinet model, you can install this appliance against a wall.

Now, before we move on to performance and other elements of this product, we would like to briefly talk about the overall construction. Well, mostly the 20-gauge brushed 430-grade stainless steel that gives the whole thing the sort of unparalleled quality you really wouldn't expect out of a seemingly average range hood.

Review of Cosmo COS-5MU30 30" Under Cabinet Range Hood

Simple Enough

Performance-wise, what we have here is more or less your run-of-the-mill exhaust hood. Capable of delivering up to 200 CFM of airflow, it will prove to be more than enough for your everyday cooking ventures. As per usual, you will have 3 speed options at your disposal, so you won't have to deal with the noise every time you prepare a simple meal. You'll be able to choose those speeds via your typical electronic button control located on the front of the panel. You have a button for each speed setting, a button to turn the appliance off, and a button to activate the LED lights. Though they are usually helpful, the lights are located on the back of the hood, so they aren't as effective as they could be.

Finally, there's an argument to be made that a range hood is only as good as its filtration system. And, in this case, the filtration system is definitely one of the model's strongest points. The durable and reusable aluminum mesh filters that come with the appliance work wonders in terms of trapping grease and oil. Plus, the 5-inch round duct that the filtration system uses for exhaust vent is equally effective and easy to clean.

All in all, if you live in a relatively small apartment or a condo, you cannot go wrong with the Cosmo COS-5MU30. This range hood is as practical as they come and it features just about everything you would want out of an appliance like that. The minimalistic design and the overall simplicity make it great for everyday use.

Cosmo COS-5MU30 30" Under Cabinet Range Hood in the use

Additional Info

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Perfetto Kitchen PKB-RH0230 30"

The Eurocentric Design

First things first, the model from Perfetto Kitchen is a wall-mount exhaust hood, so you will have to take that into consideration if you decide to go with this appliance. And if you do and this kind of mounting option fits the interior of your kitchen, there isn't too high of a chance that you will be disappointed with your purchase.

Now, if you've already taken at least a single look at this appliance, then you wouldn't be surprised that the first thing we would like to address is the model's design. To be a bit more precise, that stunning European-Italian design that will allow this range hood to become the centerpiece of even the chicest and the most stylish kitchen. As the manufacturers have so eloquently put it, the model is undeniably eurocentric, especially the clear glass canopy part that is spanning its entire width. There's also the super-slim fanhood that does its job without infringing on the appliance's sleek design.

Having said all of that, the model is actually surprisingly easy to install. Along with the exhaust hood, you will receive a do-it-yourself installation kit. In addition to all of the necessary hardware, you'll get an instruction manual that will guide you through the installation process. The appliance also comes equipped with a 6-inch diameter duct pipe. And if your home doesn't have an outside vent, you can purchase a carbon filter kit separately and use the range hood as the ductless type.

Review of Perfetto Kitchen PKB-RH0230 30" Convertible Wall Mount Range Hood

The Performance to Boot

Design and installation aside, the model in question is actually no slouch in terms of performance and functionality. For instance, the appliance's 400 CFM of maximum power means that it is capable of moving a serious amount of air. Its powerful motor will easily vent away smoke, oils, grease, and moisture, so feel free to experiment with your diet and expand your cooking horizons as the range hood will be able to keep the air fresh and clean regardless of your actions.

Speaking of grease and oil, the model comes equipped with a couple of superior stainless steel mesh filters. Thanks to them, you won't have to worry about the aforementioned ingredients leaving the premises of your kitchen. By the way, the filters are dishwasher-safe, so the whole thing is easy to clean and easy to maintain. As it is often the case, you will have at your disposal 3 different speed settings that you'll be able to use via the electronic button control located on the front panel.

In conclusion, we've said just about everything we wanted to say about this product in the first part of the review. The Perfetto Kitchen PKB-RH0230 is easily one of the most stunning options on the market right now, especially if you take the affordable price tag into account. It is more than a capable appliance but if you want the looks to go with performance, this is a range hood for you.

Perfetto Kitchen PKB-RH0230 30" Convertible Wall Mount Range Hood in the use

 

Broan 403023 30 In

The Good Kind of Simple

At the end of the day, a range hood is a relatively simple appliance with a singular purpose. So there's really not much of a reason to overpay for an expensive model unless you're looking for some specific feature or you know that you need those precise specifications to meet your needs. Which is exactly why we have decided to add the Broan 403023 to our list.

There's really nothing particularly exceptional about it and that's not a bad thing. With the standard 30 inches in width, the model will fit most homes. It features about 160 CFM of maximum power, which isn't the most impressive number but it will be more than enough for your everyday use and the range hood should easily be able to vent smoke and moisture.

And as far as grease and oil are concerned, the model has you covered with an aluminum grease filter. The aluminum construction makes the filter just durable enough to withstand everyday cooking and everything that comes with it. Plus, the filter is dishwasher-safe, so cleaning it will be a breeze and you won't have to put in a ton of effort in terms of maintenance.

Though the appliance in question is not necessarily the most impressive option when it comes to performance, there's always an upside to it. With range hoods, the upside is a far quieter operation that will not annoy you as you cook or disturb your family members. Plus, the duct connector comes with a built-in damper, so that's another point to the model's performance.

Review of Broan 403023 30 In Ducted Range Hood

Let the Light Guide You

As far as aesthetics are concerned, this product is about as simple as they come. It will not embellish your kitchen's décor but it won't ruin it either. The neutral black color will either fit your kitchen or simply won't stand out enough for anyone to notice.

Now, we did mention earlier the model's performance, and in order to put that performance to good use, you will have to refer to the old-school rocker switch control on the front panel. There, you will find 2 speed settings and a light button.

We particularly liked the latter since the range hood comes equipped with a protective lamp lens that evenly distributes light over the cooktop. On the contrary, we weren't necessarily impressed with the former since 2 speed settings instead of the usual 3 sort of limits your options and the first one doesn't really cover a chunk of everyday cooking tasks.

But, other than that, the Broan 403023 is a practical and reliable range hood that will allow you to cook every single day all while keeping your kitchen neat and clean. It may not seem like the most impressive option on the market but, considering the modest price, the model is well worth the money.

Broan 403023 30 In Ducted Range Hood in the use

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What Is a Range Hood?

The kitchen is the heart of every home and it is likely to reflect owners' individuality. Obviously, a cooking process is followed by smoke, steam, and odors which affect the interior as well as people's health. With an eye to protecting yourself and your family from the harmful impact of health-hazardous formations, consider installing a range hood. This useful device will let you keep your kitchen clear of cooking smells allowing you to enjoy the cooking process. Equipped with special filters range hoods effectively remove odors making sure that the air in your room is clean and odor-free. Depending on what type of range hood you choose, the air can be ventilated either outside via a duct or cleaned through a filter.

For those who are looking for a range hood but haven't bought a cooktop yet, we advise paying attention to pressure cookers that will help you cook a lot of appetizing dishes with minimum effort and time.

What Features to Compare

When looking for a range hood, the first thing to pay attention to is its Operating mode. According to this feature, all modern range hoods can be divided into ducted/vented devices that exhaust air to the outside through the ventilation system and ductless/ventless appliances with special filters through which air is flown, cleaned and returned back to the kitchen. If there is no heavy workload in a kitchen, it's reasonable to decide on a ductless range hood since it hasn't a strong blast and works quieter than ducted devices. Moreover, ventless hoods are compact and don't require any additional accessories, for example, a pipe which is crucial for the air exhaust. However, if you cook frequently, you should choose a high-productive vented range hood that is more powerful and doesn't require frequent filter replacement unlike ventless ones.

You should also take a look at the Mounting type as it influences where the kitchen hood can be placed. There are island range hoods that can be mounted to the ceiling over a range anywhere in the kitchen. Also, the devices that must be mounted on a wall are in great request since they have various designs. People who have built-in kitchens should point out the appliances which are attached to a cabinet, have a flat construction and are called under-cabinet range hoods. Also, on the market, you can find downdraft range hoods which are hidden in the cooking surface and pop up when in use to pull the odors and steam horizontally across a cooker.

Another important feature is the Maximum Power of the device. It depends on the capability to move air while removing excess moisture, grease, odors and is counted in the number of cubic feet per minute (CFM) of the air it moves. The higher the rate, the more efficient the hood. As experience shows, a proper range hood for a 30” stove should have a minimum power of 300 CFMs. Also, the performance of a hood depends on its dimensions. So, if you install the hood that is smaller than the cooking surface, the range hood might not fully entrap the outgoing heat, steam and odors. Thus, it's recommended to choose a model with a little more width than your stove. Keep in mind that the more powerful device is, the higher noise level it has. The powerful range hoods can reach up to 100 dB, but the good news is that it's compensated by their high performance. 

One more significant characteristic is Сonveniences that facilitate the maintenance. We'd like to emphasize such important option as a backlight that ensures additional lighting in a kitchen. An LCD display is of no small importance either since you can see the operating programs of the hood or set the clock as well as select the optimal mode depending on the cooking intensity. Furthermore, if you are looking for a ventless range hood that requires filters to purify the air, you should pay attention to the models with dishwasher safe filters.

Sources:

1. Ines Hanl How to Choose the Right Hood Fan for Your Kitchen, Houzz. May 2, 2014.

2. Range Hood Buying Guide, Consumer Reports. May 2016.

3. Danny Lipford How to Choose a Range Hood for Your Kitchen, Today's Homeowner.

4. Carl Laron How to Buy a Range Hood, ConsumerSearch. February 5, 2016.

5. Rebecca O'Brien How to Choose a Range Hood, eHow.

6. How Do I Choose the Best Range Hood Filter? wiseGEEK.

7. How to Clean a Stainless Steel Range Hood, eHow.

8. Douglas Trattner How to Choose a Ventilation Hood, HGTV.

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