Broan 413623
Broan 413623

Best under-cabinet range hood

The Broan 413623 is a simple range hood with a fan and light, which is all most kitchens need. This under-cabinet range hood is easy to install because no ductwork is needed. It performs well, looks good and is relatively quiet. It comes in a variety of widths and colors, including black, white and stainless steel.
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Cavaliere SV218B2
Cavaliere SV218B2

Best wall-mounted range hood

Consumer-reviewers say the Cavaliere SV218B2 wall-mounted range hood is a great value because it includes a six-setting fan with 900 cfm for less than $500. The SV218B2 also has a delayed digital timer that turns off the fan. Another timer reminds users to clean the grease filters. It has dimmable lights and touchpad controls with LED lights.
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Est. $449 Estimated Price
Cavaliere SV218D-I
Cavaliere SV218D-I

Best island range hood

The Cavaliere SV218D-I is praised as an attractive island range hood with an attractive Euro-design. Its glass top with stainless steel gives it a less industrial look than most range hoods. With 900 cfm, it functions well in pulling out smoke, odors, grease and vapors. It has a six-setting fan and dimmable halogen lights.
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Range hoods are a necessity in the kitchen

Virtually every kitchen has a range hood, even though you may not even notice yours. Range hoods come in a variety of shapes, sizes, materials and colors. Most kitchens have a simple, built-in range hood that acts much as a fan, just helping to recirculate the air to disperse smoke. Other units vent to the outside, effectively moving smoke, odors and grease out of the kitchen altogether. Some high-style units are made to complement -- or even be the center of -- the décor. They also illuminate the cooktop.

There are two basic types of range hoods: ducted and non-ducted. Ducted range hoods pull smoke and vapors outdoors through vents. Non-ducted hoods recirculate the air back into the kitchen after pulling it through charcoal filters for cleaning.

Under-cabinet range hoods are installed by attaching them to the underside of kitchen cabinets. They can be ducted through the cabinets or non-ducted.

A wall-mounted range hood has a visible vent stack along the kitchen wall where there are no cabinets above the cooktop. Also called chimney hoods, these units can be very stylish.

Island range hoods look like they are free-standing above a cooktop, but they are firmly anchored in and vented through ductwork in the ceiling.

When choosing the size of a range hood, it needs to be at least the same width as the cooktop. Island range hoods should be at least six inches wider than the cooktop to help funnel fumes because there are no wall cabinets to help with the funneling.

CFM denotes power in the world of range hoods. The letters stand for cubic feet per minute and CFM is a measure of the rate of speed in replacing air. The higher the CFM, the louder the fan in the range hood as it moves more air. The volume is measured in sones.

Some range hoods have timer-delayed settings to turn the fan and lights off automatically. Others have a timer that lets the user know when it is time to clean the grease filters.

Range hood prices vary widely -- from less than $50 for a basic, non-vented range hood to thousands of dollars for vented hoods that can be made from a variety of stylish materials.

ConsumerSearch has analyzed expert reviews and hundreds of owner reviews to evaluate the performance, ease of use and appearance of under-cabinet range hoods, wall-mounted range hoods and island range hoods. It results in our picks for the best range hoods on the market.

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