When remodeling our kitchen or building a new home, we often dream about fancy new cooktops or refrigerators. But it's also important to think carefully about some of those less-famous appliances, such as the range hood. Without a quality range hood, we can easily end up with a kitchen full of unwanted fumes and odors.
If you're planning on buying a new range hood, one brand you'll want to consider is Thermador, a company known for focusing on luxury kitchen appliances. To help you consider your options, read on for our expert-picked list of the best Thermador range hoods of 2021.
This 36-in. downdraft unit from the Master Series features a 15-in. telescopic design, allowing you to capture and ventilate up to 1,300 CFM (with compatible blower) of smoke and steam rising from most standard pots. It is also convertible with induction or electric cooktops. (Conversion kit and blower are sold separately.)
With a flexible discharge design, this unit permits up to six different configurations, assuring that you use your space efficiently. In automatic mode, this Thermador range hood automatically adjusts fan speed based on the temperature that it detects, saving you from constantly having to monitor your pots and settings and wasting energy.
Similarly, with the delay off feature, you can allow the unit to continue ventilating for a set period before shutting off after you're done cooking, which frees you to move on to other things. Dishwasher safe filters also save you time and effort on cleaning, while the built-in filter reminder light helps make sure this occasional maintenance stays on your radar.
This 42-in. island hood from the Professional Series offers the latest in technological advances as well as up to 1,300 CFM of ventilation power (with compatible blower). For example, thanks to Home Connect™ and Wi-Fi capability, you can monitor and control this hood, as well as other smart Thermador appliances, from anywhere using your smartphone or tablet.
This hood's stainless steel baffle filters are impressively efficient at capturing grease and are also dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. The check filter reminder light will also help you keep on schedule in keeping your filters clean.
Speaking of lights, this unit's energy-efficient LED lighting helps keep your cooktop illuminated while you're cooking, while also saving on energy costs. Also of assistance as you cook is this hood's automatic mode, which detects the temperature of your cooktop and adjusts fan speed accordingly. You can also take advantage of the delay off feature to shut the unit down automatically later, while you go on enjoying your time doing other things.
You're also sure to enjoy this unit's impressively quiet operation. Thermador's Powerfully Quiet® system operates with integral, inline, and remote blowers (sold separately).
This 54-in. canopy smart ducted hood from the Pro Style Series rounds out our list of the best Thermador range hoods of 2021 and is another range hood with ventilation power up to 1,300 CFM (with compatible blower). It, too, boasts some awesome technology, including Home Connect™ and Wi-Fi capability to allow you to interact with the hood from anywhere.
One feature that particularly stands out on this unit are its infrared heat lamps, which keep your food warm until it's ready to be served. What's more, with four fan speeds, you can always select the one most appropriate for your needs. Or if you'd rather, you can let automatic mode do its thing by automatically adjusting fan speed based on the temperature that it detects.
10-minute delay shut off will continue venting after you're done cooking to efficiently eliminate grease, fumes, and odors. And it's easy to remove any grease buildup from this unit's dishwasher-safe baffle filters. The handy check filter light will also come on after 40 hours of operation to make sure you don't forget to check if they need to be cleaned.
What is the best CFM for a range hood?
For gas cooktops, aim for a hood that provides 100 CFM for every 10,000 BTUs that your cooktop is capable of producing. For electric, you'll want to find one that offers 100 CFM per 10 in. of cooktop width.
How do I choose a range hood?
First, you need to be sure that your hood's width is equal or greater than the width of your cooktop. In addition, keep in mind the type of cooktop that you own. Gas needs more ventilation power than electric, due to the fumes that it creates. Additionally, determine what installation type you desire, which can include wall mount, island, downdraft, and more.