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Top 10 Range Hoods 2015

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Range hoods come in a number of formats: chimney, island, professional, and built-in. No matter which style you choose, you should keep in mind certain factors that ensure quality performance:

1. Adequate air flow for the cooktop and length of duct
2. Variable fan speeds
3. Relatively low sones, or noise
4. Straightforward installation instructions for you or a professional
5. Removable, washable filters
6. Attractive design
7. Ample light for the range
8. Multiple ducting/non-ducting options

42-inch Under Cabinet
Ducted
600 CFM
Stainless Steel

If you’re looking for an under the cabinet range hood with smooth curves instead of sharp angles, you’ll be pleased with this Broan 42-inch model…
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Stainless Steel
Island range hood
Ductless/non-ducted
870 CFM
29.5” x 23.6”

For a modern European-style range hood for a reasonable price, this Akdy 30-inch model mounts over a kitchen island…
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Zephyr AK1136  8.5/10

Under cabinet hood
Ducted/non-ducted
250 CFM
Internal blower
36” x 20.5” x 5.5”

A Zephyr under cabinet range hood that vents smoke and odors efficiently, this 36-inch model has a simple, pleasing design…
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Broan RM503004  8.5/10

Stainless Steel
Chimney range hood
Ducted/non-ducted
270 CFM
30 inches wide

An attractive chimney range hood in stainless steel, this $450.24 Broan model does a great job of trapping…
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Broan QS330SS  8.5/10

Undercabinet Range Hood
430 CFM
7-inch diameter vent exhaust
30 inches

This is a very basic, yet functional range hood from Broan. This 30-inch wall mounted model doesn’t have the sleek look some of the others on the list have, but the high-quality stainless steel…Read More


Akdy AZ668A75   8.5/10

Stainless Steel
Wall-mounted hood
Ducted
760 CFM
30” x 18.7”

This Akdy wall mount range hood has a sleek, attractive European design, with brushed stainless steel and tempered glass…
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Stainless Steel
Ducted/non-ducted
Under cabinet design
200 CFM
30” x 6” x 18.5”

For an affordable under cabinet range hood, this Air King 30-inch model has a pleasant stainless steel design and adequate 200…
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Broan 413004  8/10

Stainless Steel
Under cabinet hood
Non-ducted
Charcoal filter
30” x 17.5” x 6”

If a ducted range hood isn’t an option for you, then this Broan economy range hood is a viable alternative…
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Broan PM390   7.5/10

Color: Silver
390 CFM
Ducted/non-ducted
Centrifugal fan
20 inches

A silver range hood insert that fits within a hood liner, this Broan model is fairly quiet at its lowest speed setting but…
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Broan F403023  7/10

Black
Under cabinet hood
Ducted/non-ducted
Aluminum filter
Can be ducted 3.25” x 10” or 7” round
30 inches

You can’t find many decent range hoods for under $100, but this Broan 30-inch black hood does the trick considering…
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Range Hoods Buying Guide

How Much CFM is Necessary for My Range Hood?

Range hoods measure their air flow with a unit called CFM, or cubic feet per minute. CFM determines how much air is exhausted by the range hood. If you’re wondering why non-ducted range hoods don’t specify their CFM levels, it’s because those hoods recirculate, not exhaust, the vapors.

So if you’re looking for a ducted hood, how do you know what CFM level is best for your stove, and is it always best to have the highest CFM? Really, the answer lies with the type of cooktop you have, the size of your kitchen, and the length of your duct.

As a general rule, though, you can determine the appropriate CFM for your cooktop based on whether it’s gas or electric:

  • Electric ranges don’t produce as much vapor and smoke as their gas counterparts, so your range hood doesn’t need as high a CFM. A hood with more than 475 CFM is not necessary for an electric range.
  • Gas ranges need a ducted range hood with 1 CFM per 100 BTUs. Therefore, a gas range with 50,000 BTUs requires at least a 500 CFM hood.

While a higher CFM results in greater air ventilation, it also increases the sones, or noise level, of the range hood. Keep in mind while you’re shopping around that 1 sone is equivalent to the noise of a refrigerator, and normal conversation runs at about 4 sones.

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