Darchelle Meunier Range Hood January 31, 2019 06:49:53
A range hood is an important part of any kitchen configuration, and cooks of all capacities appreciate the part it plays in removing smoke and odors from the kitchen. The range hoods that made our list as best buys this year range from efficient, entry-level options to more robust, professional-grade units. Read on to find the range hood that will fit your kitchen and your cooking needs, without compromising on value.
For a range hood on a budget, the Broan F403011 Two-Speed Convertible Range hood is a solid choice. The unit offers a variety of installation options and efficient operation that will meet basic kitchen needs. The F403011 offers convertible installation option – meaning it can be installed to vent horizontally or vertically, or can be installed to operate without ductwork. It offers a straightforward toggle switch to operate the fan at low or high speeds. It produces max CFM of 160 or 190 (depending on installation option).
The SV218B2-30 has a six-speed fan, which is more speed options than many competitors. At top speed, it has airflow speeds of 900 CFM. This is top capacity for residential range hoods available on the market today. Other standout capabilities include a timer function, a 15-minute auto-shutoff option and a reminder to clean the unit after every 30 hours of use. The dual-chamber motor also is designed to dampen noise and keeps fan noise between 25dB and 56dB. The under-hood lighting is halogen, and located to the rear of the hood. It doesn’t offer as much illumination on the cooking surface as some range hoods.
For an under cabinet range hood with extreme power, look to the XtremeAir Ultra Series Range Hood. This stainless-steel range hood packs up to 900 CFM and can handle even heavy smoke and odors. Home cooks that do a lot of high-heat searing and find themselves battling smoke will appreciate the extraction capabilities of this fan, but even more routine cooking tasks benefit from the low and medium-power fan settings. The noise level for each fan is not noted as being within range of normal expectations.
The Broan F40000 series of range hoods provide your indoor environment with fresh air circulation. The F403011 Convertible Range Hood belongs to that series. It is specifically designed to offer installation flexibility with 4-way convertibility. The range hood sets up as 3-1/4-inch by 10-inch ducted opening with either horizontal or vertical ducting. It can also install as 7-inch round vertical ducting or even as non-ducted with air re-circulation. As with other Broan hoods, the F403011 is fitted with a high-quality two-speed fan that will serve you for years without replacement.
The first considerations when looking for the best range hood to buy are its shape, size, and mounting type. These features have a large bearing on how well the unit will install in your kitchen. The new hood you buy should be as wide as your cooktop or range and about 3-inches longer on both sides. The commonest range hood widths are 30 inches and 36 inches. As a general rule, the new hood you buy should be installed about 20 to 24 inches away from the gas cooktop. Ensure you look at the height dimensions in order to dictate proper mounting.