The 17 Best Range Hoods For Kitchen 2020

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For this post, I have put together a collection of the best range hoods currently available.

UPDATED: March 31, 2020.

Help keep your kitchen free of fumes while providing a cleaner living environment. 

Common residential kitchen hoods can either extract the air directly outside, requiring the appropriate ducting to be installed, or the air can be recirculated back into the space using a “non-ducted” unit. Returning the air requires a filter (typically charcoal) to separate the accumulated grease, water vapor, and food odors.

The following range hoods use the latest innovative components so you can focus on cooking.

So here is my list of The 10 Best Range Hoods.

Enjoy!


1. Broan 413004 Stainless Steel Range Hood

Broan 413004 ADA Capable Non-Ducted Under-Cabinet Range Hood, 30-Inch, Stainless Steel
Broan

The Broan 413004 Stainless Steel Range Hood is part of the 41000 series of non-ducted under cabinet hoods providing effective filtration.

  • Comes in a variety of appliance matching colors and widths.

  • Includes a removable combination grease-charcoal filter for cleaner indoor exhaust recirculation.

  • Protective lamp lens that distributes light evenly over the cook-top.

  • Control switches for fan speed and light activation.

  • Installs as non-ducted only with charcoal filter.

  • Accepts up to 75W bulb (not included).

  • Offers the ability to work in an ADA-compliant application.


2. BV Stainless Steel 30" Range Hood

BV Stainless Steel 30" Under Cabinet High Airflow (800 CFM) Ducted Range Hood with LED Lights
BV
The BV Stainless Steel 30" Range Hood is a high airflow ducted unit with lights and stainless steel baffle filters. 
  • Designed for easy removal and cleaning of parts, without specialized tools.

  • Slanted housing provides effective, quiet airflow.

  • Provides full coverage of the entire cooking surface the fan sits over.

  • Up to 800 CFM while only outputting 3.6 sones at max fan speed.

  • Brushed stainless steel.

  • 3-speed electronic button control.


3. Chef 30” PS18 Range Hood

Chef 30” PS18 Under Cabinet Range Hood, Stainless Steel | PRO PERFORMANCE | Contemporary Modern Design w/860 CFM, Touch Screen w/Digital Clock, Dishwasher Safe Baffle Filters, LED Lamps, 3-Way Venting
Chef

The Chef 30” PS18 Range Hood will bring your kitchen to the next level. It provides 860 CFM to capture most grease and odor from the kitchen.

  • Stainless steel baffle filter is dishwasher safe, making extremely convenient to clean.

  • Delay auto shut-off function can eliminate the rest of unwanted steam, smoke and cooking odor before shutting off automatically.

  • Dimensions for under-cabinet install: 30" x 12". 6" round vertical duct.

  • 860 CFM with dual ultra quiet motors.

  • Display screen with clock.

  • 6 speed settings.


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4. FOTILE JQG7501 Range Hood

FOTILE JQG7501 30" Range Hood Under Cabinet Kitchen Stainless Steel Wall Mount with LED Light
FOTILE

The FOTILE JQG7501 Range Hood features a 45° tilt cavity with a metal impeller that prevents oil from contaminating the surface.

  • Light has a brightness of up to 500 lux to help illuminate the cooking area.

  • Oil filter is removable, allowing it to be cleaned quickly.

  • Oversized oil cup is designed with a larger accommodating space that requires cleaning less frequently.

  • Offers the ability to be mounted either under-cabinet or chimney.


5. Chef Range Hood C190 Range Hood

Chef Range Hood 30’ C190 | TASTEMAKER SERIES | Slim Under Cabinet Range Hood Design | 3 Speed Setting with 750 CFM | Top and Rear Venting Available | Includes Incandescent Lamps
Chef Kitch

The Chef Range Hood C190 Range Hood features modern stainless steel finishes and smart technology to allow this 30-inch range hood to work in a variety of settings. 

  • Slim under cabinet profile with dual quiet motors.

  • Features incandescent lighting to illuminate the cooking area.

  • Top and rear venting options for flexibility.

  • 3 adjustable speeds.

  • Made for either 6” round or 10” x 3-1/4” rectangular exhaust ducts.


6. Broan F403004 Stainless Steel Range Hood

Broan F403004 Two-Speed Four-Way Convertible Range Hood, 30-Inch, Stainless Steel
Broan

The Broan F403004 Stainless Steel Range Hood provides installation flexibility with four-way convertibility. Designed for under cabinet use and installs as 3-1/4-Inch x 10-Inch ducted opening with vertical or horizontal ducting; or 7-Inch round vertical ducting or as non-ducted with air recirculation.

  • Protective lamp lens that distributes light evenly.

  • Control switches for fan speed and light activation.

  • 160 CFM, 6.5 Sones (3-1/4-Inch x 10-Inch discharge).

  • 190 CFM (7-Inch round discharge).

  • Dishwasher-safe aluminum grease filter.

  • Offers the ability to work in an ADA-compliant application.

  • Includes 3-1/4-Inch x 10-Inch damper/adapter and 7-Inch round adapter.


7. Winflo Glass and Stainless Steel Range Hood

Winflo New 30" Convertible Stainless Steel/Tempered Glass Wall Mount Range Hood with Aluminum Mesh filter, Ultra bright LED lights and Push Button 3 Speed Control
Winslyn Industries LLC

The 30" Winflo Range Hood is constructed of durable stainless steel and tempered glass. Complete with an aluminum mesh filter that removes smoke and grease from your cooking area and are dishwasher safe.

  • 400 CFM air flow.

  • Push button controls.

  • 3-level fan speed.

  • Can also be converted to a ductless option with carbon filters.

  • Air flow: 400 CFM.

  • Includes two ultra bright energy saver LED lights.

  • Noise Level: Less than 65db at High Speed Fan (quiet operation).


8. Cosmo Stainless Steel 200 CFM Range Hood

Cosmo Under Cabinet Range Hood in Stainless Steel with 200 CFM (30 inch)
Cosmo

The Cosmo Stainless Steel 200 CFM Range Hood has modern styling to provide an elegant kitchen feature.

  • Brushed stainless steel.

  • 200 CFM of suction removes smells and odors.

  • Two dishwasher-safe aluminum mesh filters collect unwanted grease and oil from the air.

  • Easy push button controls.

  • Built-in LED lighting helps with cooktop visibility.


9. Golden Vantage Stainless Steel Range Hood

Golden Vantage 30" Wall Mount Stainless Steel Black Touch Panel Kitchen Range Hood Cooking Fan
Golden Vantage

The Golden Vantage Stainless Steel Range Hood comes in a 30-inch width with an elegant touch panel.

  • Features handy sixty-minute timer and twelve-hour clock.

  • Three-speed fan that can reach up to 400 CFM.

  • Two aluminum mesh filters keep unwanted oil particles from leaving odors.

  • Filters can be easily cleaned in the dishwasher.

  • For ductless recirculating installation, a carbon filter kit is available.


10. Cosmo 250 CFM Ducted Range Hood

Cosmo 30 in. 250 CFM Ducted Under Cabinet Range Hood with Push Button Control Panel, Kitchen Vent Cooking Fan Range Hood with Aluminum Filters and LED Lighting
Cosmo

The Cosmo 250 CFM Ducted Range Hood features a slim profile and a design that complements a variety of kitchen designs.

  • Quickly and quietly remove odor with 250 CFM of suction.

  • Stainless steel body with electronic push controls.

  • Energy efficient lighting.

  • Three fan speeds available.

  • Set of mesh filters that can be quickly cleaned by hand.


I hope this list of the best range hoods was helpful.

If you think I left out one that is important or have a suggestion for a future article, let me know in the comments below.

Brandon Hubbard, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C

Tips for successful operation

Consider Ventilation First

Consider ventilation requirements first when designing the kitchen to simplify duct installation and application issues. Remember that ventilation removes the airborne particles to the outdoors. Recirculation filters catch some particles in the immediate cooking area, but vapors and moisture remain inside the house.

 

Observe and Address Cross-Currents

Cross-currents can affect range hood capture ability. Windows, patio doors, ceiling fans, forced heating registers and garage entry doors are prime sources of cross-currents. Design in features that block crosscurrents from moving directly over the cooking surface to improve range hood effectiveness.

Range Hood Ducting

Start by selecting a termination point on the roof or wall and create the shortest possible duct path with fewest turns back to the hood location(s). Keep in mind bigger duct is better. Next determine what the largest duct size is without constriction. Now consider hoods with this size (or area) duct connection. Smaller ducting will sacrifice performance and increase sound levels. When planning termination at the hood note that some hoods allow duct attachment through the top or back of the hood.

To Achieve Peak Exhaust Rates at the Lowest Sound Levels 

  • Never make the size or area of the ductwork smaller than the size that originates at the hood.
  • Bigger ductwork is better. 
  • Keep duct length less than 50 linear feet. 
  • Minimize use of elbows and transitions (4 or less). 
  • Always separate 90° elbows with at least 2 feet of straight ductwork. 
  • When using a remote exterior blower, using one 90° elbow will reduce noise transmission into the hood
  • Place transitions at least 1 foot from the hood outlet or remote blower inlet.

Sizing the Range Hood

Use the following guidelines to help determine sizing:

Determine if the cooking equipment will be conventional (cooktop less than 60,000 BTU) or high performance (over 60,000 BTU)

To reach a starting point use the following formulas or use the cooktop manufacturer’s recommendation:

Under 60,000 BTU: 100 CFM per foot of cooktop width. Example: 36" wide wall application indicates a need for 300 CFM

Over 60,000 BTU: 1 CFM for each 100 BTU output of the cooktop. Example: 60,000 BTU indicates a need for 600 CFM

If there is a grill or griddle in the cooktop add 200 CFM to the estimate. Example: 60,000 BTU = 600 CFM + 200 CFM for grill = total 800 CFM

For island installation, more CFM is needed. For conventional cooktops use 150 CFM per foot of cooktop, and for high performance cooktops add 100 CFM to the estimate.

For the quietest possible operation, choose a model with the highest CFM, even if it is more than needed. This will allow the hood to be operated at lower normal speeds where sound can be 50% quieter with appropriate duct size.

 

Determining Adequate Capture Capability

The capture area of the range hood is typically defined by the outer most perimeter of the hood bottom. The “SUMP” is the inverted area of the hood bottom that acts like a container to hold the inrush of heat and smoke until the blower can drain it away, preventing smoke from spilling over the edge. If at all possible, select range hood designs that have at least a 1" deep sump. For high-performance cooktops select a model with an increased sump size. If that is not possible, increase the CFM.

 

Unit Dimensions Used Within This Web Site and Manufacturer's Catalogs

When designing aesthetic complements to your BEST range hood (custom cabinetry, tile, shelving, etc.) or aligning permanently affixed elements before the range hood is installed, be sure to have the product in hand first in order to double-check measurements and positioning. Unit dimensions for products within this web site and manufacturer's catalogs are subject to normal manufacturing tolerances.

BEST Rangehood Tips

A. Height: 24"–30" above the cooking surface is typical.

B. Width: Minimum hood width should match the width of the cooktop.

C. Depth: Minimum hood depth should cover

Installation Height

All range hoods have a recommended range of installation height over the cooking surface. The lowest level is the distance the hood was safety tested for by UL. The upper limit is a recommendation that will provide satisfactory capture. If the hood is installed below the lower limit it could cause damage to the hood and an inspector could force a reinstallation. Going above the upper limit is the installer’s choice and will have no effect on the hood, but may result in reduced capture of smoke. If the hood is above the upper limit, add 100 CFM for every 3" above the recommended height, and increase the width of the hood so it extends 6" beyond the cooktop.

Determining Range Hood Coverage

At a minimum, the range hood width should extend to the width of the cooktop, and cover 100% of the back burners and 50% of the front burners. Range hoods can be wider and deeper, and in some places it is code to have the width of the hood extend 6" greater than the cooking surface. For even better effective coverage, install the hood at the lowest recommended height.

Range Hood Filters

Filtration keeps more of the grease by-products out of the hood and duct system and in the filter, which can be removed and easily cleaned in the dishwasher. Baffle filters are good choices for grilling or frying, but must be operated at high speed to get the best filtering results. Mesh filters work well regardless of the hood speed, allowing effective, quiet operation. New baffle-style Evolution™ filters combine baffle and mesh features for the best of both worlds.

Product Usage

BEST range hoods are designed for use with indoor residential cooking products, except when noted for outdoor use, but are not for use with charcoal grills of any kind.

Stainless Steel Types

BEST® range hoods utilize two stainless steel grades: Marine Grade stainless steel is recommended for protected outdoor applications, and installations along saltwater coastal areas. This type of stainless steel resists the effects of corrosive environments. Standard Grade stainless steel is suitable for all interior installations.

Performance Testing

The accuracy of CFM claims in the marketplace is most certainly questionable. BEST® is committed to providing accurate CFM ratings based on standardized testing. BEST® product is tested by Broan-NuTone® for airflow performance using the ANSI/AMCA 210 Standard which is equivalent to the Home Ventilating Institute HVI 916 - Procedure for Air Flow Testing. Our range hoods are also tested for sound performance using the ANSI S12.51 Standard, which is equivalent to the Home Ventilating Institute HVI 915 - Procedure for Loudness Rating of Residential Fan Products.

BEST® is a registered trademark of Broan-NuTone® a proud member, in good standing, of the Home Ventilating Institute Advancing the Value of Residential Ventilation for Healthier Living.

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Range hoods are important if you cook at home, especially with a gas cooktop or range. They help vent smoke and fumes that are harmful to your health to improve the air quality in the kitchen. Here we’ll look at how air pollutants affect you, and also check out some of the best range hoods currently available.

Indoor Air Pollutants and Range Hoods


Gas cooktops are preferred for their responsiveness; they’re much faster to heat up and cool down than electric coil elements. But they have some toxic downsides. 

Two byproducts of gas burners, carbon monoxide (CO) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2), are harmful to respiratory systems in large doses, leading to a higher risk of dyspnea, wheezing, and asthma attacks in children and the elderly. 

Without proper ventilation, the smoke and fumes produced by cooking will remain stuck inside your kitchen. The risk is greater in modern homes that are tightly insulated. 

A series of tests conducted by Brett Singer and his associates at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) showed that, during a typical winter week, CO and NO2 levels in a home with a gas range can exceed national and state ambient air quality limits.

One workaround is to open windows or run exhaust fans. Another is to buy an electric or induction stove, which will cut back on fume emissions but still produce smoke and consume much electricity.

The best option is to install a ventilation hood over the range. These hoods work similarly to exhaust fans but are focused on the cooking area. They help capture smoke and grease while ventilating the air around the cooktop.

Things to Know About Range Hood

There are a few things to keep in mind that should help you filter out the noise and find the one hood that suits you most:

Types

There are three main types of range hoods: ducted, non-ducted, and convertible. They are also categorized by their mounting methods: under-cabinet, wall-mount, and island-mount. 

1. Ducted

Ducted Range Hoods

Ducted range hoods work by extracting indoor air pollutants and releasing them outside. They need ventilation connecting the kitchen to the exterior of the house, and the outlet ducts usually run up through the ceiling or the back wall. 

Setting up ducts requires money, effort, and possibly a compartment in your upper cabinets; the hoods themselves are also more expensive than non-ducted (or ductless) hoods. However, venting the kitchen is the most effective way to remove harmful agents in the air.

2. Non-Ducted 

Non-ducted range hoods are hoods that work without ventilation, which means you won’t have to set up ducts or sacrifice cabinet space. They focus on air recirculation instead of extracting the air from the kitchen. They’re also recognizable by their use of charcoal filters.

Non-ducted Range Hoods

Non-ducted hoods suck in the fumes and smoke and run them through filters. The air is then released back into the room, so you should open as many doors and windows as you can to further improve the air quality in the kitchen. Ductless hoods are less effective than ducted ones, but they beat having no hood at all.

3. Convertible 

There are convertible range hoods that allow for both non-ducted and ducted setups. They have discharge outlets for ducting (one goes upwards and one goes through the back wall) but can be easily configured to use charcoal filters if your kitchen is not vented.

The ability to change from ducted to ductless can be useful in cold seasons because running a ducted hood replaces the inside air with outside air. Ductless hoods, however, keep the warmth indoors.  

4. Wall Mount

Wall-mount range hoods are ducted hoods with an (adjustable) chimney, making them quite large. These are great for pollutant extraction and preferred for big kitchens.

Setting up a wall mount range hood typically involves removing a cabinet compartment. If your kitchen isn’t designed with one in mind, it may compromise the look and feel of the room. But there are hood covers you can get that hide the ducts and help the appliance blend into your kitchen better.

5. Island Mount

Island-mount hoods work best in spacious kitchens with an island counter. They are ducted hoods but their ventilation capacity is not as efficient as wall-mounts. Smoke and fumes have more freedom to spread since there aren’t any walls around the cooking area. The solution is to just get a bigger hood. 

Island mounts also put a lot of pressure on the ceiling since there are no walls to support their weight. That means you should pay more attention to the bracing and make sure that the installation is done correctly.

6. Under Cabinet

Under-cabinet (mount) kitchen hoods are installed under the upper cabinets, right above the cooking range. They are more compact compared with wall-mount and island-mount hoods, therefore more suitable for kitchens with limited space. 

Also, they often have a ductless design so their installation is straightforward and normally doesn’t call for professional help.

7. Downdraft

A Downdraft Range Hoods

downdraft exhaust system is a ducted system. It works by pulling the smoke and fumes downwards under the floor where the ducts run. Its effectiveness is limited because the mechanics go against the natural dynamics of hot air, making the system work harder than an overhead (or updraft) system.

They are usually flush-mounted into the counter, right behind the cooktop. It’s one of the very few ventilation options available for kitchen islands. You’ll also see them integrated with a gas cooktop or stove range every now and then.

Coverage

Range hoods for a home kitchen come in various sizes: 24, 30, 36, and 42 inches. When choosing one, your range hood should be at least as broad as your range. If you have the space, it’s always recommended to go for one size bigger. For example, if you have a 30-inch cooking top then you should get a 36-inch hood. 

The extra reach is especially crucial if you’re getting an island-mount hood. Since there isn’t going to be any wall around to limit the air distribution, the broad coverage helps ensure that all the smoke and fumes are captured 

Strength

The suction capacity of a range hood is typically measured in cubic feet per minute (CFM)— a measurement of airflow velocity. It’s often compared to the heating capacity of a gas cooking surface, which is measured in British Thermal Units (BTU).

A rule of thumb for range hoods is that for every 100 BTU you should have 1 CFM of venting power. So, for example, if you had a gas range totaling 40,000 BTU in cooking power, then you’d want a 400 CFM exhaust hood.

Note: You may need to set up a fresh-air intake system/vent if your place doesn’t have one already.

Filters 

All range hoods use mesh filters or baffle filters to trap grease. Mesh filters are cheaper in comparison with baffle filters and considerably effective, but it’s tougher to clean and doesn’t last as long. Baffle filters are easier to clean and can be reused for quite some time before you need to replace them.

Both types of filters are usually made of aluminum and advertised as dishwasher-safe (but it’s safer to wash them by hand). Baffle filters are sometimes stainless steel and can be found in more expensive models.

Non-ducted range hoods also use charcoal filters to clean the air before releasing them back to the room. They can’t be reused and should be replaced every 6 to 12 months, depending on how regularly you cook.

Reviews of the Best Range Hoods in 2020

After some time researching what’s available, we think these are some of the top choices for kitchen range hoods.

  1. Chef PS18 Under Cabinet Range Hood – Best to Buy in 2020
  2. Fotile JQG7501 Under Cabinet Range Hood – Best High-End Hood
  3. Z Line KB Wall Mount Range Hood – Best Wall Mount Hood
  4. Broan Non-Ducted Hood 41000 Series – Best Ductless Range Hood
  5. Z Line GL1i Island Mount Range Hood – Best Island Hood
  6. Broan Range Hood F40000 Series – Best Under Cabinet Hood
  7. Zuhne iChorus 36 Island Hood – Best Mid-Range Island Model

Here are our picks for the Best Range Hoods.

1. Chef PS18 Under Cabinet Range Hood – Best to Buy in 2020

The Chef PS18 is an under-cabinet, ducted range hood that offers a premium build and polished look, touch controls, and plenty of venting power.

Tatsumaki Chef PS18 Under Cabinet Range Hood Review
Pros
  • Ducted (Best Ventilation)
  • Modern Appearance
  • Touch Control
  • High Cfm (Peak At 860)
  • Dual Outlet
Cons
  • Requires Ducting

Modern Profile

It comes in 30 and 36 inches and is made of stainless steel, which has great impact absorption and corrosion resistance. When running at maximum capacity, the blowers can reach 860 CFM— enough to take care of 86,000 BTU. That’s stronger than four 20,000 BTU burners running at the same time.

The model uses stainless steel baffle filters. They are effective at trapping grease and very durable against chemical or physical damage. You can clean them by hand or you could just put them in the dishwasher.

Under-Cabinet but Vented

Since the hood is a ducted model, installation will involve setting up vents for the kitchen, which will cost you both time and money. However, if the kitchen is already vented, its under-cabinet design will be very easy to mount. Several owners have shared that it took them less than an hour to get the hood up and running.

The discharge configuration includes an upward and a rear outlet. The upward outlet will fit a round adapter that is 6 inches wide or a square adapter that is 3.25 by 10 inches. The rear outlet is only compatible with square adapters. 

Instead of physical pushbuttons, the model features a touch screen, with controls for a delay timer, overhead light, fan speed, and a clock. In a way, the touch screen completes the modern aesthetic of the hood.

Verdict

The Chef PS18 is a premium ducted range hood that offers everything from performance to appearance. With all things considered, it’s the most well-rounded hood that we could find.

The model is covered with a 2-year limited warranty.

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2. FOTILE JQG7501 30-Inch Range Hood – Best High-End Hood

The Fotile JQG7501 is a premium piece of appliance. It offers a new design, high-tech features, and a quality build.

FOTILE JQG7501 30" Range Hood Under Cabinet Kitchen Review
Pros
  • Ducted (best ventilation)
  • Futuristic design
  • High-tech features
  • Unique mechanics
  • Touch control
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Needs Ducting

Innovative Approach

The JQG7501 is a ducted, 30-inch under-cabinet range hood (also available in 36 inches) that’ll bring a certain futuristic feel to your kitchen. It has a peculiar design with a 45-degree slanted surface that guides smoke and steam to the inlet opening. The surface is made of tempered glass, which looks great and is easy to clean but doesn’t do well with physical impact.

The hood can operate at three different speeds: 220, 400, and 510 CFM. If the capacity of a burner is lower than 18,000 BTU, then the hood should be able to take care of two or three of them at once.

High-Tech Additions

The JQG7501 features a touch screen that controls lights, a delay shut-off function, and a screen-lock function. The screen lock allows you to clean the surface glass and the control panel screen without accidentally activating the settings. 

Additionally, its baffle filters are hidden behind a cover that prevents insects and the likes from entering. The cover is fully automatic, which unfolds by itself and reveals the opening once you turn on the exhaust hood.

If you don’t fancy the high-tech controls, there’s the Fotile JQG7502.G, which is geared with physical buttons, costs less, and has a filter cover that’s always open. 

Verdict

With all of its perks, the Fotile JQG7501 is among the priciest residential vent hoods. It’s not for everyone, but it’s a good unit for those seeking a high-end addition to their kitchen.

The model is covered with a 5-year limited warranty.

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3. Z Line KB Wall Mount Range Hood – Best Wall Mount Hood

ZLINE is a popular range hood brand that’s been featured on shows like Top Chef. For a wall mount vent hood, we like the ZLINE KB series.

Z Line KL2-48 Range Hood Review
Pros
  • Ducted (Best Ventilation)
  • Multiple Size Options
  • Extendable Chimney
  • Baffle Filters
Cons
  • Requires Ducting

Professional Fit

The series offers models ranging from 30 inches to 48 inches wide, which makes it suitable for both residential and commercial kitchens. The models are all made of stainless steel, from the hood to the chimney extension. 

The blower’s suction is adjustable, with speeds of 280, 400, 580, and 760 CFM. At the max setting of 760 CFM, the hood can handle up to 75,000 BTUs. That should be able to take care of five burners with 15,000 BTU each.

ZLINE recommends using speeds 1 and 2 for light frying or boiling, 3 for heavy frying or boiling, and 4 for grilling or intensive frying.

All models in the KB series come with aluminum baffle filters that said to be dishwasher-safe but the general rule is don’t put aluminum wares in the dishwasher

Full-Metal Chimney

This is a ducted series, so you’ll have to vent your kitchen. There’s no rear outlet and the ducts will have to run up through the ceiling. There’s an included stainless steel chimney that will cover the pipe up. You’ll also get a backdraft damper that prevents outside air from entering through the ducts.

The models feature physical press buttons, a digital display, and LED lights. The power button can be used to activate the 3-minute delayed power-off function by simply pressing and holding the button until the display flashes three times.

Verdict

The ZLINE KB series is an appealing find. Their solid build and reliable performance should keep any owner happy for a long time.

The series is covered with a 3-year warranty on parts and a lifetime warranty on the motor.

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4. Broan Non-Ducted Hood 41000 Series – Best Ductless Range Hood

The economical yet well-made Broan 41000 is a non-ducted, under-cabinet range hood series that delivers consistent performance while costing very little.

Broan 41000 Series Range Hood Review
Pros
  • No Need For Ducting
  • Inexpensive
  • Multiple Size Options
  • Easy Installation
Cons
  • Not Good For Heavy Duty

Compact and Effective

They have many size options, from 24 inches to 42 inches. The suction of these units peaks between 160 and 190 CFM— which is quite low but enough for recirculation purposes. They work best when installed no lower than 18 inches or higher than 20 inches from the range top.

These ductless range hoods use aluminum mesh filters to trap grease and charcoal filters to remove odor and pollutants from the air before returning to the room. It’s not ideal compared with ducted extractor hoods, but it beats having fumes up in your face. Remember to open doors and windows if you can.

The mesh filters can be cleaned and reused but only for a limited number of times. You shouldn’t try to reuse the charcoal filters; they should be replaced at least once a year.

No Duct Needed

The series is all under-cabinet mounts so installation is quite simple. Many users have reported that since there was no need for ducting, they were able to set it up in about 40 minutes.

Verdict

For their price, models from the 41000 series by Broan are good bargains. The series is a suitable choice for small, non-ducted kitchens.

The series is covered with a 1-year limited warranty.

5. Z Line GL1i 36-Inch Island Mount Range Hood – Best Island Hood

We think the ZLINE GL1i is the best island range hood for the combination of value, craftsmanship, and utility.

ZLine GL1i Island Range Hood Review
Pros
  • Ducted (Best Ventilation)
  • Extendable Chimney
  • Baffle Filters
Cons
  • Requires Ducting

Over Islands

This is a 36-inch stainless steel ducted hood and it’s best for stovetops that are 30 inches or smaller. The extra coverage will help capture everything without the help of a back wall. For larger cooking ranges, ZLINE also has the GL2i, which comes in 42 inches and 48 inches

The hood can deliver 760 CFM at its maximum suction, sufficient to take care of 76,000 BTU— that’s about 5 regular gas burners and plenty of suction for most uses. You can choose from 4 speeds in total, with the other three yielding 280, 400, and 580 CFM of suction.

Other features of this model include aluminum baffle filters, a digital display, a chimney cover, a backdraft damper, and physical press buttons that control speeds and lights. You can use the 3-minute delayed auto shut-off by holding the power button for a few seconds until the display flashes. 

You can also reconfigure the hood to work in a ductless kitchen by inserting compatible charcoal filters from Zline. 

Verdict

The ZLINE GL1i is a solid pick for an island-mount range hood. It’ll bring functional features and an impressive build to the kitchen at a competitive price.

The model is covered with a 3-year warranty on parts and a lifetime warranty on the motor.

6. Broan Range Hood F40000 Series – Best Under Cabinet Hood

The Broan F40000 is a classic convertible series that still manages to offer relevant values in this modern market.

Broan F40000 Series Broan Range Hood Review
Pros
  • Convertible
  • Affordable
  • No need for ducting
  • Easy mounting
Cons
  • Low power

Simple in Specs

The F40000 comes in all sizes from 24 to 42 inches. They all have two speeds and max out at 160 CFM. In cooking capacity, that’s only about one 15,000 BTU burner or two 8,000 BTU simmering burners. You’ll find them suitable for occasional, light cooking only.

They use aluminum mesh filters and if you want to go for ductless, the charcoal filters are sold separately. The hood can be vented from the top, which takes both square (3.25 by 10 inches) and round (7 inches) ducts, or from the rear, which only takes a square duct.

The hood itself is pretty simple to install, but the venting is usually not as easy. We recommend hiring certified help to do it.

Verdict

The Broan F40000 series is definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for something basic and affordable.

The series is covered with a 1-year limited warranty.

7. Zuhne iChorus 36-Inch Range Hood – Best Mid-Range Island Model

It was surprisingly tough to look for a quality, mid-priced island-mount hood. The Zuhne iChorus 36-inch is one of the few promising choices we could find.

Zuhne iChorus 36 inch Kitchen Island Ducted/Ductless Stainless Steel Range Hood Review
Pros
  • Convertible
  • High CFM (peak at 600)
  • Baffle filters
Cons
  • Needs ducting

Decent Updraft

This is a 36-inch, stainless steel, island-mount range hood. It can operate at three different speeds and yield 600 CFM at maximum capacity— meaning the hood can handle four 15,000 BTU burners simultaneously.

This hood features physical press buttons that control the speeds, lights, and an auto-shutoff feature that programs the hood to shut down after 5 minutes. There’s no power button; instead, you turn it on and off with the speed buttons.

The iChorus comes with a chimney duct cover and back-draft damper for your ducted setup. You can go ductless if you want with the charcoal filters that are also included.

Verdict

The Zuhne iChorus 36 is not terribly strong for its size but it is a solid hood that is built to last.

The hood is covered with a lifetime limited warranty.

Best Range Hoods Comparison Chart

ModelDuctedCFMStyleWarranty
Chef PS18
(Editor's Choice)
Yes860Under cabinet2 years
Fotile JQG7501Yes510Wall mount5 years
Z Line KBYes760Wall mount3 years
Broan 41000 SeriesNo160Under cabinet1 year
ZLine GL1iConvertible760Island mount3 years
Broan F40000 SeriesConvertible160Under cabinet1 year
Zuhne iChorusConvertible600Island mountLifetime

Best Range Hood Brands

There are quite a number of range hood brands because the market is quite competitive. While that doesn’t ease the process of picking one, it is the competition that works in your favor— the consumers— when it comes down to the bucks.

Here we’ve picked out the most promising companies out of dozens of them and given them a thorough check-up:

1. Broan-Nutone Llc

Broan is one of the oldest and biggest names in residential ventilation. Started in 1932, Broan has been considered the leading brand in fresh air facility for a long time. Their products range from whole-house air-quality systems to specific ventilation products like fans or vent hoods.

Range hoods are no doubt one of their most successful franchises. Their best products are ones with simple designs and offer few key features, placing them mainly in the low to the mid-price range.

2. Chef

Chef is a young brand who entered the industry about 15 years ago and their products boast major potential. Although it’s not popular, the brand is still one of the few favorites in local home improvement stores in South San Francisco.

Chef’s most known series is their Pro Under Cabinet Hoods. With its contemporary, eye-catching designs and abundant utilities, so far the series has had quite a good run since it was first available a few years ago.

3. Zline

Zline Kitchen and Bath is a family-owned company that is based in Ohio and Nevada, United States, founded by one Andy Zuko. Their products and reputation are built with honesty and commitment.

Zline exhaust hoods are known for their longevity and durability. Loved by home cooks and professional chefs alike, Zline products— wall mount and island mount vent hoods in particular— has appeared many times on Top Chef since 2016

4. Fotile

Fotile is a young global company that has been patiently building up its reputation with out-of-the-box thinking. It’s reflected most clearly in their Fotile V Range Hood series, with modern aesthetics and innovative mechanics.

The brand aims the top-end market with costly features in their range hoods. However, the quality of Fotile range hoods is vouched by their much-pleased customers.

5. Zuhne

Much better known for its sink, Zuhne is not exactly a new name in the kitchen and bath fixture industry. By practicing professional attitude in business, the brand reinforces the existing approval of consumers further and further day by day.

Though fairly new to the range hood scene, Zuhne chimney hoods have reaped a certain amount of success. The company managees to offer quality craftsmanship and attention to details in this unfamiliar appliance category.


I hope you find this article very informative nad helping for those who are looking for Best Hood Range Reviews in 2020. 


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