See All Range Hoods

Kenmore 5234

*Est. $145
Reviewed
February 2011
by ConsumerSearch
Kenmore 52340

Pros
  • Very good performance
  • Infinite fan speed adjustment
  • Fairly quiet
  • Easy to install
Cons
  • Blocky appearance
  • Incandescent lights
  • Limited features
Where to Buy
 

Kenmore offers a wide variety of range hoods, but the Kenmore 5234 stands out in reviews -- it receives better scores in formal testing and is less expensive than most models with similar cubic-feet-per-minute (CFM) ratings, which measure ventilation strength. As with most under-cabinet models, this range hood isn't particularly striking in appearance and it doesn't include a lot of extras. The lighting is incandescent rather than halogen, and the 5234 lacks the delayed shutoff included in more expensive models. On the other hand, it's not too loud and it draws a fairly powerful 360 CFM. The Kenmore 5234 can be adapted to run in a ductless kitchen, but experts recommend using outside ventilation wherever possible. If you really need a ductless range hood, the Broan Economy 413001 (*Est. $45) is much less expensive and is rated highly by owners. The Kenmore 5234 is 30 inches wide and comes in white, black, bisque and stainless-steel finishes. Kenmore makes similar range hoods in 36-inch and 42-inch widths.

The Kenmore 5234 is included in ConsumerReports.org's 2006 report on range hoods. This review is a few years old but remains useful because range hoods evolve slowly and specific models are rarely retired or replaced. Because Kenmore products are sold exclusively through Sears, the only user ratings we found for this model are at Sears.com.

image
Broan 413001 Economy 30-Inch Two-Speed Non-Ducted Range Hood, White
Buy from Amazon.com
from Amazon.com
New: $132.92 $35.00   
In Stock.
Average Customer Review:  
Where To Buy

Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

Editors at ConsumerReports.org test and rate about 35 range hoods, among them the Kenmore 5234. Each model is scored in several areas, including smoke removal, airflow, noise and lighting.

Review: Recommended Range Hoods, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Aug. 2006

2. Sears.com

The Kenmore 5234 and other range hoods in the same line receive about 15 reviews total at Sears.com, with an average score of 4 stars out of 5. These reviews are spread across several pages, one for each width and color. Most owners say the range hood is quiet, works well and is easier to install than most. We found no consistent complaints about this model.

Review: Kenmore Stainless Steel w/Black Trim 30-Inch Deluxe Range Hood 5234, Contributors to Sears.com

Range Hoods Runners Up:

GE Profile JV936DSS Est. $900

1 pick including: Amazon.com, HomeDepot.com…

GE Monogram ZV1050SFSS Est. $3199

1 pick including: ConsumerReports.org, AppliancesConnection.com…

Zephyr Hurricane AK-2500S Est. $479

1 pick including: AJMadison.com, ConsumerReports.org…

image
GE JV936DSS Profile 30" Stainless Steel Canopy Pro Style Wall Mount Range Hood
Buy from Amazon.com
from Amazon.com
New: $1,212.84 $1,006.99   
In Stock.
Average Customer Review:  
image
Zephyr AK2500S 695 CFM 30 Inch Wide Stainless Steel Under Cabinet Range Hood with Halogen Light, Stainless Steel
Buy from Amazon.com
from Amazon.com
New: $509.00 $469.00   
In Stock.
Average Customer Review:  

Back to top