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Wall-mounted range hoods offer a stylish look

Wall-mounted range hoods, sometimes called chimney hoods, can give a kitchen a very stylish look. The range hood has a visible vent stack along the kitchen wall when there are no cabinets above the cooktop.

The Cavaliere SV218B2 (Est. $449) is a wall-mounted range hood that is praised by consumers as a great value because it includes a powerful six-setting fan with 900 cfm for less than $500. The stainless-steel range hood gets rave reviews for its ability to remove smoke, odors, grease and vapors from a kitchen. Its control panel, which is touch-sensitive with blue LED lighting, regulates the fan's six settings and dimmable halogen lights.

The SV218B2 also has a delayed digital timer that turns off the fan. Another timer reminds users to clean the grease filters after 30 hours of use.

Although the SV218B2 is designed to be ducted outside through a roof or wall, a recirculating (non-vented) kit is available for an additional cost.

The sleek, European design of the Cavaliere is considered very stylish, with one consumer reviewer calling it the "final piece of bling" in a kitchen remodel. This range hood's telescopic chimney fits ceilings up to 9 feet tall. Higher ceilings need an optional extension. The SV218B2 comes in 30- and 36-inch sizes. It has a one-year parts warranty.

The Cavaliere SV218B2 wall-mounted range hood is a very attractive choice at a reasonable price, consumers say.

The runner up GE Profile JV936DSS (Est. $900) also has contemporary, sleek good looks, according to consumer-reviewers, who say it looks like it's a pricier unit that it actually is. It has a fairly quiet blower, though it is loud at its highest setting of 590 cfm. Its four-speed fan works well to pull out smoke, vapors, odors and grease, consumer-reviewers say. The dual halogen cooktop lighting has three settings, including high and nightlight. Its gets high marks for its ease of cleaning, although it was not possible to get clarification from GE as to whether or not the filters are dishwasher-safe.

For value, performance and ease of use, the Cavaliere SV218B2 is a top choice.

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