The Zephyr Hurricane AK-2500S is a powerful range hood that effectively pulls out smoke, odors, steam and heat through its ducted system. Consumer-reviewers say all that power translates into a bit of noise. The fan has three settings, and its halogen lights have on-dim-off settings. Once a timed-delay switch is activated, the fan and lights turn off automatically five minutes later. A self-cleaning feature makes cleaning easy.
Powerful hurricane. The Zephyr Hurricane AK-2500S is powerful enough to pull out cooking smells so the house doesn't stink for days, as one consumer-reviewer states. Customers say the Zephyr can be a bit noisy at a maximum 5.5 sones. The three-speed 695-cfm blowers pull steam, heat, smoke and odors out of the ducted system while also pulling fresh air into the home, rather than just recirculating the air. The lights have on-dim-off settings with two halogen 35-watt bulbs. Consumer-reviewers say the lights get very hot, adding to the heat by the stove.
Self-cleaning feature. Not only is the Zephyr Hurricane AK-2500S easy to operate, it also has a self-cleaning feature. You simply turn the fan on low speed, spray grease-cutting detergent through the filterless safety grille directly onto the fan blades and let them self-clean for five minutes. Then you turn the fan off, remove the cleaning cup and wash it in the dishwasher.
The AK-2500S has a delay-off switch that programs the fan and lights to shut down five minutes after the switch is activated. Consumer reviews on the ease of installing the range hood are mixed.
Attractive, sleek design. The Zephyr Hurricane AK-2500S has an attractive, sleek, modern design. It comes in black, white and stainless-steel finishes as well as 30-inch and 36-inch widths. It has four electronic-touch controls. The on/off power button regulates the fan; if the lights are on when this button is pressed, the lights go off too. The AK-2500S also has a cycle-speed selection for the fan's three speed levels, a delay-off setting and a light switch for on-dim-off settings.
The AK-2500S has a one-year service repair warranty and a 10-year parts/lifetime motor warranty, according to Zephyr's use-care-installation guide.
ConsumerReports.org includes the Zephyr Hurricane AK-2500S in its range hood ratings. It tests range hoods on multiple criteria, such as containing and exhausting smoke and fumes and quickly exchanging air. They also are rated on noise and light levels.
Review: Range Hoods, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not dated
Abt.com consumer-reviewers give 4 out of 5 stars to the Zephyr AK2500S based on a handful of reviews. They say the range hood's fan is powerful and pulls out odors and heat. They also say it is noisy. The AK2500S has a sleek look with simple and clear controls, reviewers say.
Review: Zephyr 30" Hurricane Under Cabinet Stainless Steel Range Hood - AK2500S, Contributors to Abt.com, As of August 2013
AJMadison.com consumer-reviewers give the Zephyr AK2500S a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars based on fewer than 10 reviews. They say the AK2500S "does the job," is powerful, looks good and is easy to clean. But they add it is a little difficult to install and a bit noisy.
Review: Zephyr Power Hurricane Series AK2500S, Contributors to AJMadison.com, As of August 2013