Under-cabinet range hoods are used in kitchens where cabinets are located directly over the cooktop. This is a perfect place for a non-vented range hood because the hood can attach directly to the cabinets. For vented range hoods, the hood's ductwork can be routed through the cabinet, where it is out of sight.
Professional and consumer-reviewers say the Broan 413623 (Est. $44) is a great choice for a basic, under-cabinet range hood. It has a fan and a light, and, since it requires no venting, it's very easy to install.
Because it's ductless, this range hood comes at a very economical price, which makes it a particularly good choice for anyone who needs to replace an existing, no-frills range hood, according to professional and consumer-reviewers. It performs well at cleaning the kitchen air of smoke, steam, grease and odors with a two-setting fan that is relatively quiet, users say.
The range hood's light -- an incandescent bulb up to 75 watts -- illuminates evenly over the cooktop. Cleaning is easy; a user needs to simply wipe down the hood using a mild detergent. The hood's charcoal filters are not washable; they must be replaced every 12 months with normal use, according to the Broan website.
Consumer-reviewers describe the Broan 413623's look as sleek and unobtrusive. It comes in different widths and a variety of appliance-matching colors, including black, stainless steel and white. Consumers looking for a simple, affordable range hood give the Broan 413623 high marks.
Of course, not everyone wants a basic range hood. Those looking for a high-end, under-counter range hood need look no further than the Zephyr Hurricane AK-2500S (Est. $479) . Its price is heftier, but it's also vented, which tends to remove smoke and odors rather than just recirculate the air. Reviewers say it effectively pulls out smoke, odors, steam and heat, but that all that power translates into a bit of noise with its three-setting fan. Its halogen lights have on-dim-off settings, and some users say the lights get very hot. A self-cleaning feature makes cleaning easy. It also has timed settings to turn the fans off. While the Broan has a one-year limited warranty, the Zephyr has a one-year service repair warranty and a long 10-year parts/lifetime motor warranty.
For most kitchen needs, the Broan 413623 will fill the bill nicely, without taking a bite out of the budget.