Range hoods are often our most underappreciated kitchen appliances. Nevertheless, we can't do without them when cooking. They help purify the air, extracting unwanted strong odors and fumes. If you're in the market for a top-of-the-line range hood, you may want to consider a model by Italian-made luxury brand XO. To help you in your quest, we've put together an expert-picked list of the best XO range hoods of 2021.
This 24-in. chimney-style, wall mount unit from the XOB Series features a blower with an impressive 600 CFM of power, enough to ventilate average-sized kitchens. 3-speed electronic controls make it quick and easy to adjust settings, while the 15-minute delay off feature allows you to keep ventilating for a set time after you're done cooking, to make sure your air stays as fresh as possible.
This stainless steel unit adds a striking appearance to any kitchen, thanks to its unique Italian finish. In addition, two 50 W halogen bulbs add a warm glow to your cooking space while helping you keep a close eye on whatever's simmering on your cooktop.
Finally, this unit's aluminum mesh filters are dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.
This 30-in., under cabinet unit from the XOT18 Series comes with 600 CFM of blower power but can be adjusted to 395 CFM upon installation, for those in municipalities whose codes require it. It can also be converted for recirculation with a kit that is sold separately.
Electronic 3-speed controls make it a snap to choose just the right blower setting for your needs. This unit also comes with a power boost feature to allow you to temporarily up the blower power when smoke or fumes are particularly strong.
What's more, two high-efficiency 3,000K LED lights illuminate your cooktop to help you keep an eye on your food as it cooks, while also providing a warm glow for your kitchen space. And with the delay shutoff feature, you can allow ventilation to continue for five minutes after you're done cooking without having to return later to shut it down.
Last but not least, stainless steel PRO baffle filters keep your air extra fresh while being dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. All of these features together help land this unit on our list of the best XO range hoods of 2021.
This 30-in. under cabinet ducted hood from the XOC Series also comes with 600 CFM of blower power, along with the ability to be adapted for code compliance. This unit glides flush with your cabinets to reveal only a thin stainless steel band when closed. The blower and lighting, however, are fully functional even when the visor is shut, making this unit stand out from its rivals.
Thanks to this unit's 3-speed electronic controls, you can quickly and easily select the right blower power for your cooking needs. Similarly, this hood's aluminum mesh filters are dishwasher safe for quick and easy cleanup. In addition, two 3,000K LED lights illuminate your cooktop while keeping your power bill in check. Also adding to this unit's striking appearance is its stainless steel, handcrafted Italian finish.
Rounding out the list of this unit's handy features is the 5 minute delay off feature, which continues ventilation for a set time after you're done cooking before shutting down automatically.
What is the best CFM for a range hood?
For electric cooktops, look for 100 CFM per 10 in. of cooktop width. For gas, it is best to choose a hood providing 100 CFM for every 10,000 BTUs that your cooktop is capable of producing.
What should I look for when buying a range hood?
First, make sure that the width of your hood is at least equal to if not greater than your cooktop width. It's also important to keep in mind the type of cooktop you own, because gas needs more ventilation power than electric, due to the fumes produced.