The 7 Best Range Hoods to Buy in 2018

Keep your kitchen clear of smoke and linger smells with these top picks

Golden Vantage Stainless Steel
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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.

If you’re looking for the best range hoods to buy in 2017, you’ll need to factor in a unit’s CFM rating, ductless or vented exhaust options, installation options and lighting as well as aesthetics. The current configuration of your kitchen, as well as your cooking style and needs, may dictate the type of range hood that is best for...MORE you.

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.


  • Best Overall Under Cabinet: BV Stainless Steel High Airflow Ducted Range Hood

    For a powerful and efficient under cabinet range hood, our top pick is the BV High Airflow Ducted Range Hood. Thanks to a unique slanted design and high CFM, this ducted range can keep the air circulated even with heavy smoke or high heat.

    This BV range hood is capable of up to 800 CFM thanks to dual motors. It has three fan speeds, with simple push-button controls that make operation easy. The slanted housing of this model allows for better air flow over the entire cooking range. On the...MORE underside of the housing, you’ll find stainless-steel baffles and a removable oil filter that are easy to remove and clean.

    Overall, users love the solid construction and quality look of this powerful under-cabinet range hood. This makes a great choice for cooks looking for a high CFM unit that will fit under existing cabinetry without compromising performance.

  • Best Overall Wall-Mount: Kitchen Bath Collection Kitchen Range Hood

    If you’re looking for a wall-mounted kitchen range hood that will deliver ample power, high-end looks, and convertible venting options, look no further than this model by Kitchen Bath Collection.

    The sleek range hood delivers air speeds up to approximately 400 CFM and has bright LED lighting to illuminate your cooking range. The three-speed fan and lighting function are controlled by a digital touchscreen. One of the best things about this range is its convertible design. Whether your current...MORE configuration requires a vented or ductless exhaust system, this range hood is compatible — without the need to purchase an additional installation kit.

    Some users note that the fan is not ultra-quiet, but many agree that for an affordable price, the overall value of this range hood is still excellent. It is only available in a stainless-steel finish, which is the most common finish for wall-mounted range hoods. Choose this hood if you’re looking for a sleek and efficient unit that offers both ducted and ductless operation.

  • Best for a Kitchen Island: Golden Vantage Stainless Steel Euro Style Range Hood

    This Euro-Style range hood from Golden Vantage offers a high-end look that complements any kitchen island. The range hood is capable of up to 400 CFM, which is suitable for many everyday cooking tasks.

    The Golden Vantage Euro-Style Island Mount Range Hood has a three-speed fan, controlled by push buttons. The noise level is capped at 65 decibels, which is slightly noisier than some range hoods on our list. However, users find the noise level to be acceptable and not overly disturbing.

    Some users...MORE note that the hood is subject to receiving dents during shipping, but also expressed that the company was quick to replace or compensate. Overall, the value and affordable price point for a sleek, high-end looking island range hood earns this model a spot on our list.

  • Best with Auto-Clean: Tatsumaki 30" TA-400 Range Hood

    If your main mission is to find a range hood that will keep your kitchen clean and grease at bay, you’ll want to find a range hood equipped with an auto cleaning function. This 30” range hood from Tatsumaki is a unit that features a self-cleaning function and a wide range of fan speeds to suit your cooking needs.

    The TA-400 from Tatsumaki boasts a quick and efficient 38-second auto clean program that removes hidden grease and keeps the internal fan blades clean. The water reservoir is well-hidden...MORE and a quart of water is all that is needed to clear dust, grease, and other debris from the inner chamber. The water is flushed into the removable grease traps for disposal.

    Since a build-up of grease can affect the efficient operation of a range hood over time, this model makes a great choice for the home cook that wants peak efficiency from a vent fan – without the hassle of regular in-depth manual cleaning. Additionally, this range hood has six speeds of fan operation and is capable of up to 750 CFM. This is very robust operation and will suit the needs of many households. The unit is on the upper-end of the price range for an under cabinet range hood, but it’s features and capabilities still represent a tremendous value.

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  • Best Budget: Broan F403011 Two-Speed Four-Way Convertible Range Hood

    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...MORE (depending on installation option).

    While this is a lower end CFM capability, this range hood is a great budget buy and many users like that it does not require specialized or expensive light bulbs. Instead, the light operates using standard 75 watt bulbs.

  • Best Convertible: Broan QS1-Series Under Cabinet Hood

    For a convertible range hood with more power than a budget model, choose the Broan QS1 with 220 CFM. Available in five color options, including the stainless-steel range hood on our list, this unit is versatile and will meet the needs of many kitchen configurations.

    The QS1 has two fan speeds, and two different levels of lighting. Both are controlled by a rocker switch for straight-forward operation. Installing the Allure to be ventless, or horizontally or vertically vented is possible thanks to...MORE its four-way convertibility.

    This model of under-cabinet hood claims to be the quietest in its class of range hoods. Many users agree that the fan noise is moderate and not overly disruptive. An affordably priced model, the QS1 by Broan is a solid choice if you are looking for convertible installation and a CFM robust enough for many cooking applications.

  • Best High-Power Under Cabinet: XtremeAir Ultra Series UL10-U30

    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...MORE expectations.

    This made-in-the-USA unit is well-constructed and gives a professional-grade appearance. The company stands behind the integrity of the fan motor with a 10-year warranty. This unit is at a higher price point than under cabinet hoods with a lower CFM, but it is well-priced for professional-grade power.

  • Best High-Power Wall Mount: Cavaliere SV218B2-30 Wall Mount Range Hood

    For a wall-mounted range hood that looks great and offers high-power fan operation, the Cavaliere SV218B2-30 is hard to beat. This sleek stainless-steel range hood offers powerful operation and simple design elements compatible with the décor of many kitchens.

    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...MORE 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.

    The keypad is capacitive touch, which required a little bit of a learning curve users unfamiliar with the feel of capacitive buttons. Also, the keypad emits a blue light that is not dimmable. This additional glow is a non-issue for many happy Cavaliere users, but it is something to be aware of. This powerful unit has a mid-range price tag, which makes it a great buy if you’re looking for a high-CFM range hood.   

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