Range hood is important appliance in your kitchen which removes the lingering smell of food, especially after cooking the food. This is the common problem of your kitchen that every homeowners face. It also helps to remove smoke and fumes that is harmful for your health. along with this, it improves the air quality in the kitchen. Therefore, you need a ductless range hood in your kitchen that filter out the impurities in the air, capture smoke and grease, also removes food odors.
There are mainly two types of range hoods available in the market.
Ducted vs. Ductless Range Hoods
Ducted Range Hood
It extracts the indoor air pollutants and release them outside so we need proper ventilation connecting from kitchen to the exterior of the house. There is also an outlet duct that run up through the ceiling or the back wall. That is why it requires more money and effort to install this. ducted range hoods are more expensive than ductless range hood.
Non Ducted Range Hood
There is no requirement of space or cabinets for proper set up of ducts in your kitchen because it sucks fumes and smokes, and filter the air. You should focus on air recirculation instead of extracting the air from the kitchen. Overall ducted hoods are more effective than ductless.
Buying guide for ductless range hoods
Nowadays ductless range hoods are mostly used in your houses so you should keep these factors in mind before buying ductless range hood.
- Effective Area: You need a proper space to install the ductless range hoods. Professionals suggests that a hood should be one size bigger than the range so that it can capture all the extracts from the cooktop.
- Filters: Carbon filter are used in ductless hoods that purifies the air by sucking odors and invisible pollutants but you have to replace these filters two or three times in a year.
- Suction: Ductless range hoods have weak blowers as compared to ducted range hoods. The power rating of these hoods is 200 CFM. They have low suction due to recirculating air rather than extracting it completely so it required less power.
- Price: Ductless range hood has lower power ratings than ducted range hood. The price of range hood is more than $100 while convertible range hoods are around $400 with high end models.
- Filter type: A good filter is required in your kitchen for recirculating the air. Now a days mesh filters are mostly common in market. They are easily washable and clean.
- Ventilation power: CFM rating is an important factor to choose the best range hood. A preferable range is between 300 CFM- 600CFM for proper ventilation power.
- Size: Size is also an important factor to choose the best range hood that sync with your stove or cooktop size. Stovetops of more than 18 inches is required 30-inch ductless range hood.
- Noise: A range hood should generate less noise for making your cooking experience better. Many range hoods comes with less noise in these days.
Technical Differences between Top 10 Range Hoods
|Range Hood / Tech. Specs.||Dimensions||Weight||Control Console||Air Flow||Installation Type||Noise Level|
|Broan-NuTone 413004||17.5 x 6 x 30 inches||10 pounds||Rocker Switch Control||190 CFM||Under Cabinet||0 Sone|
|Cosmo 5MU30||19.75 x 29.75 x 5.5 inches||14 pounds||Push Button||200 CFM||Under Cabinet||56 dB|
|Broan-NuTone 413604||17.5 x 6 x 36 inches||1 pounds||Rocker Switch Control||0 CFM||Under Cabinet||0 Sones|
|BV Range Hood||29.75 x 22 x 8 inches||42.7 pounds||30-INCH||750 CFM||Under Cabinet||70 dB|
|CIARRA CAS75918B||29.76 x 19.68 x 3.94 inches||11.24 pounds||push button||200 CFM||Under Cabinet||13 Sones|
|Cosmo COS-668AS750||18.5 x 30 x 39.2 inches||42 pounds||touch control panel||380 CFM||Wall Mount||65 dB|
|KOBE RAX2130SQB||20 x 29.75 x 12.18 inches||33 pounds||push button||750 CFM||Under Cabinet||440 Sones|
|Kitchenexus Stainless||29.8 x 18 x 5 inches||21 pounds||Push button||300 CFM||Over range||65 dB|
|IKTCH Range Hood||27.75 x 11.8 x 11.4 inches||27.4 pounds||4 Speeds Touch Control LCD Display and Remote Control||900 CFM||Built-in or Insert||65 dB|
|SNDOAS Wall Mount Range Hood||29.5 x 18.3 x 36.3 inches||21 pounds||Full panel||450 CFM||Wall mount||55 dB|
Broan-NuTone 413004 Non-Ducted Ductless Range Hood
Broan-NuTone range hood is made of stainless steel that sucks smoke and odors and extract it after filtration. This compact range hood is best for small kitchens and it works best when you mount it above 18-20 inches from the cooking counter. It comes with aluminum mesh filters that filter the air and recirculate it after filtration. plus, it has 190 CFM suction power. It comes with Exhaust Fan and protective lamp for proper lighting above your stove. A replaceable charcoal filter captures optimum grease and keeps our kitchen fresh. It comes with one year warranty period.
Cosmo 5MU30 30 in. Under Cabinet Range Hood
Cosmo is an affordable range hood that keeps your kitchen neat and clean, and protect your health. This stainless steel range hood comes with Led lighting, push button controls, and reusable filters. It is suitable for top or back venting. This convertible range hood can be used as ducted or non ducted hood. It comes with 3-speed motor which generates 56db noise that makes it quiet. Its durable aluminum mesh filter has multi layers that removes grease and oil. They also provides customer support team. You need HVAC tape for installation. There is also a 5 inch round duct available for exhaust vent.
Broan-NuTone 413604 Non-Ducted Ductless Range Hood
This budget friendly range hood is versatile and come with charcoal filter, and protective lamp. A high quality model provides effective filtration that removes excessive moisture, smoke, and grease. It comes with 2 fan speed with push button controls. A protective lamp that distributes light evenly over the cooktop.
BV Range Hood – 30 Inch Range Hoods
BV range hood comes with dual motors with high air flow up to 750 CFM that filters the indoor air and take away most of the cooking smoke and grease. It comes with 3 watts energy saver LED lights with extra lighting aids. It has stainless steel baffle filters that are easy to remove and clean. This modern design cooktop is made of 18 gauge stainless steel. They provides 2 year warranty on this product with 30 days money back guarantee. Plus 1 year limited product warrant with technical support.
CIARRA CAS75918B Ductless Range Hood
CIARRA stove hood comes with top and rear vent that is great for condos and apartments. It has 3 speed exhaust fan with powerful motor and great suction. It is simple and easy to operate with push button control. There are 2 energy efficient LED lights available that brighten up your kitchen. This ultra quiet range hood makes your cooking experience better.
Cosmo 668AS750 30-in Wall-Mount Range Hood 380-CFM
Cosmo range hood is suitable for modern kitchen. Cosmo range hood comes with 380 CFM that removes cooking smells and odors and make your kitchen fresh. This range hood generate less noise with 65 dmax. The important feature of this range hood is stainless steel permanent filter and you don’t have to replace the filter every year and it saves your money. It has many features such as easy to clean brushed filter, touch control panel, 3-speed motor, and energy efficient LED lightning.
KOBE RAX2130SQB 30-inch Under Cabinet Range Hood
KOBE is a commercial grade stainless steel range hood that comes with unique design and easy to clean areas with smooth hood surface. Its thin body makes it suitable for taller cabinets where you can insert motor. Its dimensions are 29.75” L x 20” W x 12.18” H and thickness of this hood is 2.37”. This hood comes with 3- speed mechanical push button with quiet, low and high mode. This is slimmest cabinet range hood for longer cabinets. It is easy to install for mounting brackets.
Kitchenexus Stainless Steel 30 inch Range Hood
Kitchenexus is modern and sleek range hood that is perfect for your kitchen. It comes with new hybrid baffle filter that removes unwanted steam, cooking odors, smoke and grease and makes your kitchen fresh and clean. This durable stainless steel filter is easy to install and remove. Its bright LED lights illuminates the cooktop. This high quality range hood is easy to clean and use through the push button control. This ultra slim model can also fit in small kitchens.
IKTCH 30 inch Built-in/Insert Range Hood
IKTCH stainless steel range hood comes with remote control. Its 900 CFM powerful airflow removes maximum amount of smoke and cooking odors. It is made from stainless steel with sensing function. It performs quietly, even with 4- speed settings to play the suction. Its 3W ,adjustable LED lights illuminates the cooktop according to your cooking need and saves the energy. It also includes 2 matching dishwasher.
SNDOAS Wall Mount Range Hood 30 inches
Wall mount range hood is perfect for modern European kitchen. It is made of stainless steel that includes two adjustable chimney covers. It is made of premium 430 grade stainless steel with black painted body that makes it elegant. It comes with 5 layer filters that are easy to remove and clean. This convertible range hood comes with 6.5 ft aluminium exhaust pipe and 6” round top vent. It has 450 CFM powerful airflow with 3-speed push button controls that is low, medium, and high and it makes less noise even in high speed setting. Its LED lamp provide extra light according to your need.
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