When you use a powerful range hood, it can often be necessary to replenish air in the kitchen that the hood extracts from the room. That's where range hoods offering make-up air can be important. If you need a powerful range hood that allows you to still breathe easy, check out this expert-picked list of the best range hoods for make-up air of 2021.
This 36-in. wall mount, chimney style hood from Faber's Classica Plus Series offers 600 CFM of ventilation power, along with one-piece body construction that eliminates sharp edges. As a convertible unit, it can be used for recirculation or connected to a duct. The hood's Variable Air Management system allows you to adjust the CFM to levels of 295 or 395 to meet the requirements of local building codes.
Backlit electronic controls with a white LED light indicate fan speed, and energy-efficient LED bulbs illuminate your cooking without wasting energy. Choose from four different fan speeds to ventilate your space at just the right power for your needs. You can even control the hood without getting up using an optional remote control (sold separately).
When it's time to clean the dishwasher-safe mesh filters, throw them in the dishwasher, and you'll be good to go in no time with absolutely no hassle.
This XOQ Series wall mount hood by XO adds an elegant touch to any kitchen, thanks to its stylish fusion of glass and Italian stainless steel. This unit offers 395 CFM of ventilation power and meets standards required for range hoods whose exhaust rates exceed certain limits.
Illuminated electronic controls allow you to easily adjust settings and dim or brighten the lights illuminating your cooktop. Two 20 W halogen lights make it easy to keep an eye on your dishes as they cook. Choose from three speed settings to ventilate at just the right power for whatever you're cooking.
Thanks to this unit's delay off feature, you can continue ventilating your kitchen for 15 minutes once you've completed meal preparations before the hood shuts off automatically. And finally, this unit's aluminum mesh filters are dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.
Last on our list of the best range hoods for make-up air of 2021 is this 30-in. smart cabinet insert hood from GE. This unit is convertible for use with or without ducts and offers 610 CFM of blower power. It can also be adjusted to 370 or 290 maximum CFM to accommodate different local codes.
Thanks to its WiFi connectivity, this unit can be controlled from anywhere simply by using your smartphone or programmed to respond to your voice. You can also make adjustments with the handy remote control. Electronic backlit controls make it quick and easy to change settings, which include four fan speeds. Moreover, triple LED dimmable lighting allows you to see your dishes clearly without driving up energy costs.
Chef Connect automatically adjusts the lights and fan speed by syncing with a compatible GE range or cooktop. And dishwasher-safe baffle filters are easy to clean.
What CFM do I need?
In general, for a gas range or cooktop, you need at least 100 CFM for every 10,000 BTUs. For electric stoves, the rule of thumb is you should have 100 CFM for every 10 in. of your cooktop’s width.
Do I really need makeup air?
Makeup air is often necessary to replenish air displaced by certain types of appliances, such as dryers, range hoods, and bathroom air vents. If your range hood removes more air than is being replaced, the results can damage your appliance's performance. Excessive grease and smoke can also accumulate in the hood.