No kitchen is complete without a range hood to keep its air pure and fresh. Whether you go with a downdraft unit or vented, a range hood can make all the difference when it comes to removing unwanted cooking odors, grease, and fumes. If you're upgrading your kitchen and looking to install a new range hood that will last you for years to come, read on. We've put together this expert-picked list of the most durable range hoods of 2021.
First up on our list of the most durable range hoods of 2021 is this Miele 36-in. chimney style hood, handcrafted in Germany. It's an island mount, convertible unit, which provides 625 CFM of ventilation power, sufficient for somewhat larger kitchens.
10-ply dishwasher-safe Active AirClean filters capture grease at the source and are quick and easy to clean, saving you time and effort. Moreover, LED ClearView Lighting uses four LED lightbulbs to illuminate the cooktop with a warm, natural, and even light while consuming minimal energy.
Finally, this unit's handy booster setting temporarily increases your ventilation power when you have extra strong odors or fumes to deal with. You can set the booster setting to turn off automatically after five minutes to save energy.
This Bertazzoni Professional Series 36-in. canopy style unit provides 400 CFM of ventilation power, enough for a standard-sized kitchen. It can be converted to be used with or without ducts and installed on the wall or under a cabinet for maximum flexibility.
With three speed settings, it's easy to select just the right ventilation speed for your cooking needs. What's more, dishwasher safe aluminum mesh filters capture grease to keep your air fresh with no cleaning hassle. Just throw them in the dishwasher, and let it do its thing. Finally, two LED lights illuminate your cooking space without adding excessively to your energy costs.
This unit's stainless steel finish helps add a sleek, modern touch to your kitchen and integrates seamlessly with other Italian-made Bertazzoni Professional Series appliances. Choose from an optional narrow or full-width duct cover to complete the look.
This 36-in. downdraft unit from the Thermador Masterpiece Series features a 15-in. telescopic design, so you can ventilate up to 1,300 CFM (blower sold separately) from most pots of standard height. The unit is also convertible with induction or electric cooktops. (Conversion kit and blower are sold separately.)
Thanks to the delay off feature, you can let this unit keep ventilating for a set amount of time before it turns off after you've finished cooking, which allows you to do other things. Dishwasher safe filters also make cleaning them simple, while the built-in filter reminder light helps make sure this occasional maintenance is not forgotten.
What's more, with this unit's flexible discharge design, you can choose from up to six different configurations for maximum efficiency in the use of your kitchen space. In automatic mode, this unit automatically adjusts fan speed based on the temperature that it detects, giving you one less thing to worry about when you're focused on cooking.
How many CFM is good for a range hood?
For gas cooktops or ranges, you should aim for a minimum ventilation level of 100 CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute) per 10,000 BTUs. For electric, you should have 100 CFM for every 10 in. of cooktop width.
Do I really need a range hood?
Yes, you need a range hood to keep the air in your kitchen fresh and healthy. Range hoods filter out not just odors but grease, fumes, and other particles as well. Range hoods are essential for you and your family's health.