The professional performance and appearance of Viking range hoods appeals to cooks all over the world. Viking engineers its hoods to quietly and powerfully remove cooking odors, steam, and smoke from cooking areas, no matter if you choose a ducted wall mount hood, a downdraft hood, or a convertible wall mount hood. All the options on our list of the best Viking range hoods offer you easy operation, easy cleaning, and long-lasting performance. Keep reading to learn more about the individual features of these range hoods from Viking's 5 Series.
This 36-in. Pro-Style convertible downdraft hood has an 18-in. high chimney rise and is capable of removing or recirculating up to 1,500 CFM of odors and fumes. This industry-leading downdraft hood is ideal for large pots and pans, and the fan speed is variable to give you efficient operation for whatever you are cooking. A heat sensor automatically increases power if temperatures get too high. Operation is simple with easy touch controls located at the front and top of the hood, and bright LED lights provide customized lighting while you cook. An indicator light lets you know when the filter needs cleaning, which is quick and easy because the stainless steel filters are dishwasher safe. This hood can be ducted, or it can be adapted for recirculation. The thin profile and compact design of this hood give you extra space in your kitchen cabinetry and allows it to unobtrusively recede into your countertop.
If you prefer a wall mount ducted range hood, check out this 36-in. chimney style model. Capable of 1,200 CFM, this heavy-duty hood is quiet, efficient, and maintenance free. A heat sensor automatically increases the ventilator's power if temperatures get too uncomfortable, and bright LED lighting enhances your cooking experience. This model also includes backlit LED knobs, which extend when you need them to control fan speed and lighting, and fully retract when you don't need them. The fan speed is variable, so you can adjust it to the precise amount of ventilation that you need. Stainless steel filters are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. Need to keep food warm while you finish cooking a meal? Set it under the convenient heat lamp until everything is ready for the table. The seamless design of this range hood adds refinement to your overall kitchen appearance.
As we complete our review of best Viking range hoods, let's take a closer look at this 36-in. Pro-Style wall mount convertible hood. It has a 460 CFM internal blower for quiet smoke and odor removal from your cooktop area. Like the other two Viking models, this hood includes a heat sensor to increase ventilation power when temperatures get too hot. The variable fan speed control sets the fan to whatever speed you need, and the LED lighting is also dimmable for the perfect amount of illumination on your cooking surface. The backlit LED control knobs extend when you need them and retract when you don't. This hood also uses dishwasher-safe stainless steel filters for easy cleaning. Your range hood will look great in your kitchen thanks to its smooth, virtually seamless design.
Is higher or lower CFM better for range hood?
Generally, the higher the CFM, the more air the hood vents from your kitchen; hence, it is crucial to have at least 100 CFM for every 10,000 BTUs of your gas cooktop. For electric cooktops, hoods should generally provide 100 CFM per 10-in. of stove width.
How do I choose a range hood?
Look for a hood that is the width of your cooktop, or slightly larger. Consider whether you want to mount the hood on your wall or ceiling. You may opt for a downdraft hood, which can be installed into your countertop and pulls the exhaust to the side. The more CFM the blower has, the more ventilation power it will have. Also consider the range hood's filters. Are they durable and easy to clean? Does the design of the range hood fit into your kitchen's design scheme? Consider the lighting. LED lights provide bright, energy-efficient illumination. Finally, look for a hood that operates quietly.