Many Americans who love cooking still tend to stay away from some foods because they are just too smelly or generate too much smoke. Even people who love food and cooking enough to put up with the smells would prefer not to have to deal with them. If you want to enjoy cooking and food without the associated bad smells, then you’re going to need a range hood.

While range hoods don’t get rid of 100 per cent of odors, they help considerably. Without a range hood, not only are you going to have to put up with a stinky kitchen and home but also smoke. To help you get the right extractor hood for your kitchen and stove, we have compiled the following buyer’s guide for you.

Key facts

  • Range hoods are made to get rid of odors and smoke in your kitchen while you cook. Most kitchens have one so that the house isn’t affected by cooking smells
  • There is a wide range of range hoods on the market. They are made both for kitchens in civilian homes as well as industrial use.
  • When you purchase your range hood there are certain features to keep in mind that will dictate how and why you buy something. You also need to factor in what you can afford or want to spend.

Ranking: The best range hoods on the U.S. market

Before buying anything it is important to familiarize yourself with the market and understand which model is best for you. Below we have compiled a list of five of the best range hoods currently on the U.S. market and included their most important features and characteristics. There is sure to be something on this list that is right for you and your kitchen.

No. 1: BV – 30″ Stainless Steel Range Hood

BV’s 30″ Stainless Steel Range Hood features a powerful 860CFM airflow that drastically cuts down on grease and smoke from cooking on your stovetop. It also comes with great lighting aids to help make prep work and cooking easier and safer. The simple-to-clean dishwasher-safe baffle filters are easy to remove and can go right into the dishwasher for fast, thorough cleaning. The 18″ stainless steel design is modern and high quality and looks great in any modern or classic kitchen.

When you buy this product you get BV’s 30-day money-back guarantee as well as a two-year warranty, so you can cook with confidence. This range weights 42.7 pounds and measures 29.8 x 22 x 8 inches and is high efficiency, helping you cut down on energy costs. Simple to install and easy to fit into a wide variety of spaces, this great kitchen product is a must-have for anyone who loves using their stovetop and oven on a daily or weekly basis.

No. 2: Chef – 30″ Under Cabinet Range Hood

Che’s 30″ Under Cabinet Range Hood features a sleek and modern design made for modern kitchens and classic ones alike. The completely stainless steel body is complemented by easy to read and clean digital screens that should be a must-have for any modern kitchen remodelling job. The LED lamps are a nice addition to this product because they help with your overall energy management and cost savings, which can quickly add up for people who cook a lot.

The vertical 6 inch round adapter and 10 x 3.25 inch rectangular adapter, in addition to the 10 x 3.25 inch rectangular rear vent adapter give you amazing ventilation and smoke reduction. This range hood is designed to be fitted onto cabinetry overhanging your stovetop and you get professional-quality looks and functionality out of something that is really affordably priced. The fan motor and blades are really heavy duty and designed to create as smokeless an environment as possible.

No. 3: Cosmo – 30″ Under Cabinet Range Hood

Cosmo’s 30″ Under Cabinet Range Hood is a good quality entry-level range hood that is made to be sleek and slim, taking up minimal space. This is a suitable range hood to put on the top or back venting and can also be installed against a wall. The 200CFM 3-speed motor is incredibly powerful while still being quiet. No need to yell across the kitchen to make yourself heard while you are cooking with this product. The aluminum mesh filters included with this range hood trap grease and oil with ease.

When you buy this product you get Cosmo’s 5-year limited warranty, and a customer service team based in the United States that responds professionally and rapidly. The 20-gauge brushed stainless steel is durable and high quality, so you can cook without worrying. The five-button controls and energy-efficient LED lighting give you a nice range of light and power settings that are easy to change based on what and how you are cooking.

No. 4: Broan – Stainless Steel Convertible Range Hood

Broan’s Stainless Steel Convertible Range Hood comes with a light and high-powered exhaust fan for under cabinet installation. It is ducted either vertically, horizontally, or non-ducted for your convenience. This is a standard-sized 30 inch range hood that goes underneath a cabinet. Weighing only 12 pounds and measuring 17.5 x 6 x 30 inches, this is a relatively small range hood that is ideal for smaller kitchens and cooking spaces.

This product has been on the market since 2006 and has been one of Amazon’s top sellers for affordable and entry-level range hoods. For such a small appliance is has remarkably versatile controls and settings that you can tailor to suit your cooking needs/style. Designed to suck up and get rid of odors and vapors with ease, while being quiet about it, this is a great little range hood if you are unsure about investing in one of the models you are likely to find in a big box store.

No. 5: Broan Nu-Tone – Ducted Range Hood

Broan Nu-Tone’s Ducted Range Hood is a 30″ simple range hood that is no-frills, but does what it advertises. Providing both an exhaust fan and a great LED overhead light for your stove, this range hood makes cooking and sucking up smoke and odors dead easy. The light is great because it makes working on the stovetop and doing prep work much easier. Cooking and preparing food in the dark is not only unsafe, but it is hard to do well.

The two speed fan is quiet and powerful, so a little bit of smoke is no longer anything to worry about. This is an under cabinet fan designed to be fitted on cabinetry over your stovetop. Many people are unaware, but your kitchen is the main source of poor indoor air quality, and Broan Nu-Tone’s Ducted Range Hood makes all the difference in the world in that respect. As one of the most affordable range hoods on the market that still gives great value for money, this is a product any chef can love.

Shopping Guide: Everything you should know about range hoods

By know you know, more or less, what to look for in a range hood. Keep reading to find out more about some of the most popular models out there. We will also provide the answers to some of the most commonly asked consumer questions so you get a better of idea of what to look for and get a product that works with your space and suits your needs.

A range hood is a kitchen appliance that goes above the stove to suck up smoke and odor.
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What is a range hood exactly?

An extractor hood is an appliance that has a fan inside it. It is placed either on or above your stovetop to suck up smoke and unpleasant odors, as well as dust and grease. There are a wide variety of models out there and each does something slightly different. When you purchase your range hood, it is important you are getting something that suits your needs.

What types of extractor hood are there?

As previously noted, there are various different kinds of range hood on the market. All of them are slightly different based on functionality and how it is installed. You need to know these differences so you can make the best purchasing decision possible. Here are some things to look out for when buying an extractor hood:

  • Recirculation: Range hoods come with carbon filters that clean the smoke and fumes that rise up and allow clean air to come out. It doesn’t necessarily need a conduit to expel the air. It is a great model for kitchens that aren’t connected to the outside. It is not as good at filtering air as some of the other available models.
  • Suction: Suction introduces fumes and odours inside the appliance. Then, the extractor hood expels them to the outside by means of a conduit. This model works amazingly well and leaves barely any odor or smoke left behind.
  • Roof: These usually go on the roof and come with easy-to-use controls to make them simple to use.
  • For island: When the stoves are placed on a kitchen island, a different bell is needed. Some extractor hoods have these bells and work best for kitchen islands.
  • Wall: These range hoods go on the wall and come in a variety of shapes. They are common and provide excellent suction power.
  • Integrated wall: These are installed into kitchen cabinetry. They are the most contemporary option and the best-looking one too. When not in use these sleek appliances are barely visible and can be uninstalled easily.
  • Countertop: This is a great way to modernize almost any kitchen space. It is installed directly into the countertop and is usually hidden when not in use.

How do range hoods work?

Now that you know the basic functions of a range hood, we are going to present you with some specific information on how they work. You should know how and why they do what they do so you don’t end up with something inappropriate for your needs. There are basically two kinds of appliance: extractor and recirculation range hoods.

Type How it works
By extraction They suck out the smoke and odour, which pass through an anti-grease filter. Then these substances are expelled through a conduit connected to the outside. They also feature an anti-return valve which stops them returning to the kitchen.
By recirculation Good to use when there is no way for smoke to escape the kitchen and works through recirculation. the range hood absorbs the smoke or odors, which are then filtered, and come out as clean air.

How should you clean and maintain a range hood?

If you want to get the most value and life out of your range hood, like anything, you need to take care of it. Every time you use it the filters are absorbing smoke and grease and over time that residue builds up. If you don’t properly clean the filters regularly, they will eventually stop working.

What should I do? Why?
Turn on the filter Always start the range hood as soon as you begin cooking. This absorbs heat from the stove and prevents overcooking.
External cleaning Use only gentle cleaning agents on the exterior. The best is to use a cloth with water and a little soap, then wipe over with water. Then try it well.
Clean the filters You need to clean the filters once a month. Some can be placed in the dishwasher. For the others, handwashing with warm water and dish soap is enough.
Change the filters With re-changeable filters, make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Turn off the range hood It is not a good idea to turn your range hood off immediately following cooking. Let it continue to run for a few minutes to clear out any residual smoke and odor. You can turn it off after this.

How big is a range hood?

When you get your range hood one of your primary concerns should be whether it’s the right size or not. It should be at least the same size as your cooking plate. There are generally two common sizes for cooking plates: 23.6 and 35.4 inches. Make sure you get the right size range hood or it will be counterproductive.

What are the best kind of motors for range hoods?

When you get your range hood check and see if it has an iron-armored engine. If it has a plastic engine, it will be a magnet for dust and grease and be much harder to keep clean. It should also come with a non-return valve that ensures whatever smell and smoke have been collected doesn’t accidentally make its way back into your home. You should also look for a decent suction capacity on the fans.

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How much noise should hoods make?

Older models of range hood used to create a lot of noise and people in other parts of the house always knew when someone was cooking. Modern ones are much less invasive. Most range hoods produce sound at a maximum of 70 to 80 decibels. Some models, however, are as quiet as 60 decibels.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of extractor hoods?

By now is should be abundantly clear why a range hood is non-negotiable in your kitchen. You have also examined the various models and know how to look after them. Before considering the major shopping criteria, take a look at the below breakdown of pros and cons.

Advantages
  • Gets rid of cooking odors
  • Eliminates smoke around the house after cooking
  • Traps grease and dust
Disadvantages
  • Are sometimes noisy
  • Require regular maintenance and cleaning
  • Some models require smoke outlets

Shopping criteria

Now that we are reaching the end of this article and guide, there are some fundamental buying criteria you have to keep in mind when making your purchase. If you want to get a product that best suits your needs then apply the following criteria to your decision.

  • Smoke output
  • Cleaning
  • Filters
  • Aesthetics
  • Extraction capacity

Smoke output

When getting a range hood you want to make doubly sure your kitchen has a necessary vent. While most do, some do not. If you don’t have a vent in your kitchen, then you’re going to need a recirculation model of range hood. It doesn’t have the same suction power, but it is really the only one that works in a ventless kitchen.

You need to know about what the different models offer so you can purchase the right one.
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Cleaning

Just like most other appliances, regular cleaning is a normal part of general upkeep. When choosing a range hood, take note of how easy it is to clean. Consider the materials and how simple it would be to dismantle the appliance if need be. A clean kitchen is a happy home.

Filters

With the above considerations in mind, the filters in your range hood are of the utmost importance. Make sure the filters can be easily removed and are dishwasher friendly. Since they will require regular replacing, you also investigate how much replacement filters will run you.

Aesthetics

Range hoods almost always draw your attention in a kitchen. While it needs to be good at its job, it should also look good with your kitchen style and theme. There are many great-looking, affordable models out there. You can even go as far as matching it with the overall theme of your house in general.

The best range hoods are those with iron-plated motors because they are easier to take care of.
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Extraction capacity

To calculate the extraction capacity that your extractor needs to have, you need to use a mathematical formula. You can get ones that work via recirculation (i.e. don’t extract the smoke) or with smoke output. The surface refers to the square feet of your kitchen. The formulas used to calculate this are:

  • Recirculation bells. The extraction capacity (cubic feet / h) = surface x height x 20
  • Extraction hoods. The extraction capacity = surface x height x 10

For example, if you have a kitchen of 172 square feet with a height of 7.4 feet and have a smoke vent, the formula is: 127 x 7.4 x 10 = 9398 cubic feet/h.

Summary

Range hoods are necessary kitchen appliances in any home. They help keep smoke out of your kitchen and home. There are two main types of range hood: extraction (which expels air to the outside of your home) and recirculation (which filters the dirty air and returns it clean).

When you buy your range hood you need to factor in suction capacity, size, design, appearance, and how loud they are. There are models all over the price spectrum, so always consider value for money. Lastly, consider how easy and expensive it’s going to be to buy replacement filters.

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