Explore three of the best range hoods of 2021. Our experts picked these three models because of their overall quality and performance. Range hoods are an important aspect of any kitchen, clearing the air of cooking odors, smoke, steam, and grease, so you want to choose one that will do the job effectively and look good in your kitchen. Take a look at your options here, which include an under cabinet hood, a downdraft hood, and a traditional chimney style hood.
Forté offers a great 30-in. under cabinet convertible range hood from its Lucca Series. This Italian-made hood has a heavy-duty blower with 600 CFM, and it is designed to sit underneath a kitchen cabinet, offering a unique, compact solution to clear the air of cooking fumes and odors. Change the fan speed and turn on and off the LED lights with soft touch push buttons at the front of the hood. A time delay shut-off feature will automatically stop hood operation for a set amount of time after cooking to effectively remove cooking contaminants from the air after you're finished working in the kitchen. An active charcoal filter traps grease and can easily be cleaned in your dishwasher. A light indicator lets you know when the filter needs cleaning. The durable stainless steel construction of the hood features welded seams, hand-finished edges, and is easy to install for a premium look in your kitchen.
This 36-in. convertible downdraft hood from Thermador's Masterpiece Series rises 15 in. from your countertop to capture the steam, grease, and cooking odors coming from your tallest pots and pans. This unit can be equipped with blowers up to 1,300 CFM (sold separately). When you are finished using the hood, a simple press of a button retracts the unit into your countertop, so it is out of sight. Flexible engineering allows you to choose whether you want to exhaust from the sides, front, or rear. Enjoy quiet operation thanks to the Powerfully Quiet® design, which ventilates your kitchen at low decibels. The Automatic Mode on this downdraft hood detects the air temperature and automatically adjusts fan speed to accommodate. You'll also like the Delay Off feature, which allows you to step away from the kitchen when you're finished cooking and leave the hood on for 10 minutes to clear the air. It will then shut off by itself. The high-quality mesh filters included with this hood are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning, and a reminder light lets you know when you should clean your filter. The front filter panel is removable and doubles as a splatter shield. A beautiful, brushed stainless steel finish matches your Thermador Masterpiece Series cooktop for a cohesive kitchen design.
This review of the best range hoods wouldn't be complete without this 36-in. wall mount convertible range hood from Faber's Classica Plus Series. The Variable Air Management system allows you to permanently adjust the CFM level to meet your local building codes. Running at a maximum of 600 CFM, this range hood ventilates your kitchen air effectively and powerfully. Backlit electronic controls allow you to adjust the fan speed and choose from two levels of energy-efficient LED lighting. You also get high-quality, dishwasher-safe mesh filters. The construction of this traditional chimney style range hood is built in one piece for a clean look with no sharp edges. An optional remote control makes this hood ADA compliant.
What is the best CFM for a range hood?
You typically need 100 CFM for every 10,000 BTUs your gas range generates. For electric cooktops, hoods should generally provide 100 CFM per 10 in. of stove width. That being said, the higher the CFM, the more air it moves.
How do I choose a range hood?
Measure the width of your cooktop and choose a range hood that is the same width or slightly larger. Decide whether you want a wall mounted hood, a ceiling mounted hood, or a downdraft hood, which pulls the exhaust to the side. Choose a CFM that will be powerful enough to ventilate your cooking area. You'll also want to look at the overall quality of the filters. You may want to choose a hood that has dishwasher-safe filters. Other factors to consider are the lighting beneath the hood, the overall hood design, and how quietly the hood operates.