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Shopping for the Best Range Hood [Buying Guide]

by Pam Silvia

If you’ve ever cooked dinner at home, then you are familiar with the grease-splattered aftermath that penetrates everything from your cooking station to your cabinets. Not only that, but smoke and odors also linger in your kitchen, resulting in poor air quality and unpleasant smells in the space where your family comes together. Luckily, installing a range hood above your stovetop can help draw in cooking grease, moisture, and heat to filter and recirculate it—or usher it out of your home altogether.

Now, you might be asking yourself, “What type of range hood is best?” The answer is in our buying guide! Read on to learn more about proper kitchen ventilation and check out our 3 best range hoods from a few of Colder’s top-rated kitchen brands.

woman controls settings on KitchenAid 36 inch under-cabinet range hood

The Best Range Hoods: Our Top Picks

Best Overall: KitchenAid 36” Black Wall Mount Hood (KVWB606DBS) “This 600-CFM KitchenAid range hood increases efficiency by pulling air from the edges of the hood and speeding up the movement of air at the center, allowing it to efficiently handle up to a 65K-BTU total output.”

Best Value: Amana 29.94” Black Under Cabinet Range Hood (UXT3030ADB)“Incandescent lighting on this Amana range hood helps you keep a close eye on food so that every dish turns out the way you want it to, and when a session of vigorous cooking introduces steam, grease, smoke, or odors into the surrounding air, the 190-CFM motor class takes care of it.”

Best Luxury: Whirlpool 36” Stainless Steel and Glass Island Hood (WVI75UC6DS) “Get a modern look and quiet, effective ventilation for all your cooking with this three-speed, 400-CFM glass island range hood from Whirlpool.”

Types of Range Hoods

Under-cabinet

An under-cabinet range hood is ducted through the cabinet above an exterior wall and sits directly above your stovetop, ideally spanning the length of the cooking surface so the hood can capture the heat and smoke while it rises and before it can make its way to your cabinets.

Wall-mounted

Appealing to modern kitchen design, wall-mounted range hoods are wider on the bottom with a narrow vent on top, typically replacing overhead cabinetry and spanning the full length of the stove so they can capture any steam or smoke that rises.

Island

Ideal for a professional-style kitchen setup, an island range hood is best used for cooking appliances that are located on a kitchen island. Instead of venting through ducts in the wall, it connects in the ceiling and vents out the smoke from above.

Insert

An insert range hood can be added to existing cabinetry without having to clear out any space—it is a flexible option that allows you to build a custom range hood cover to match your cabinet design, but after building and installation, it can be a pricey choice.

Downdraft

This hidden option is situated among the stovetop elements, popped up along the back of the range to reduce steam from a horizontal angle. A downdraft range hood pulls the fumes down beneath the floor and out of the house, posing an excellent option for those who don’t want a larger overhead hood taking up space in their kitchen.

Best Range Hood Brands

KitchenAid

Investing in a KitchenAid appliance means reaping the benefits of premium features—affording you a more comfortable lifestyle. KitchenAid range hoods include wall-mounted, island-mounted, commercial-style, and microwave-hood combos, boasting convenient features like the FIT system, auto turn on, dishwasher-safe grease filters, and perimeter ventilation.

Prices for KitchenAid vent hoods vary from $179 (for entry-level under-cabinet vents) to $2,199 (for commercial-style and island-mounted models).

Amana

This entry-level kitchen brand specializes in easy-to-use appliances that inspire you to get out of the kitchen and back to relaxing. Amana range hoods help reduce smoke and odors with efficient designs, including under-cabinet, wall-mounted, island-mounted, insert, and downdraft models. Top-rated features include bright halogen lights, noise-reduction technology, perimetric venting, and aluminum grease filters.

Amana prices range from around $120 (for entry-level under-cabinet hoods) to $850 (for higher-end wall-mounted models).

Whirlpool

Inspired by how you cater to your loved ones, the Whirlpool brand is synonymous with consistent, quality care. Whirlpool range hoods are no different. A purveyor of great value, Whirlpool offers a wide range of kitchen ventilation products at price points that won’t cause you to turn out your pockets. Low-profile microwave-hood combos, under-cabinet hoods, wall-mounted hoods, island hoods, and downdraft hoods form the brand’s lineup of ventilation products. Popular range hood features include the FIT system, perimetric venting, LED task lighting, and noise-reduction technology.

Whirlpool range hoods can cost anywhere between $110 (for entry-level under-cabinet models) and $1,199 (for higher-end island and downdraft models).

1. Best Overall: KitchenAid 36” Black Wall Mount Hood (KVWB606DBS)

KitchenAid 36 Inch Black Wall Mount Hood

Our pick for the best range hood goes to this wall-mounted model from KitchenAid. The power of this 36-inch range hood effectively vents most cooking surfaces—thanks to auto speed sensing, which adjusts the fan speed to help protect cabinets from the potentially harmful effects of steam, grease, and odors. Not only that, but this 600-CFM KitchenAid range hood increases efficiency by pulling air from the edges of the hood and speeding up the movement of air at the center, allowing it to efficiently handle up to a 65K-BTU total output. Meanwhile, LED task lights provide extra lighting over the cooking surface to increase the level of visibility in your cooking station when needed. If you’re partial to optics, the sharp, glass-touch display elevates your kitchen design while showcasing easy-to-use touch controls.

Check for best price: KitchenAid 36” Black Wall Mount Hood

2. Best Value: Amana 29.94” Black Under Cabinet Range Hood (UXT3030ADB)

Amana 30 Inch Black Under Cabinet Range Hood

If you’re looking for an affordably priced ventilation solution, then this Amana range hood is sure to please—and surpass expectations. Installing this under-cabinet hood is quick and easy, as Amana’s FIT system eliminates measuring, cutting, and filler strips for a smooth fit. Once installed, the hood vent kitchen fan operates at a gentle 56 dBA at its lowest of two fan speeds so that it won’t disturb post-dinner conversation. In addition, incandescent lighting helps you keep a close eye on food so that every dish turns out the way you want it to, and when a session of vigorous cooking introduces steam, grease, smoke, or odors into the surrounding air, a 190-CFM motor class takes care of it.

Check for best price: Amana 29.94” Black Under Cabinet Range Hood

3. Best Luxury: Whirlpool 36” Stainless Steel and Glass Island Hood (WVI75UC6DS)

Whirlpool 36 Inch Glass Island Hood

Get a modern look and quiet, effective ventilation for all your cooking with this three-speed, 400-CFM glass island range hood from Whirlpool. Noise reduction technology provides additional sound insulation and a special chimney design to deliver sound levels as low as 44 dBA at low speed. Perimetric venting technology quickly removes smoke and odors by concentrating hood suction to targeted zones on your stovetop. Plus, you will be able to easily see what you're cooking with efficient LED task lighting. Meanwhile, the glass-edge LED lighting senses when your kitchen lights dim and then automatically turns on to act as a nightlight.

Check for best price: Whirlpool 36” Stainless Steel and Glass Island Hood

Shop Kitchen Ventilation at Colder’s

Our dedicated and friendly staff are happy to help you find the best range hood for your kitchen. Check out our catalog or visit us at any of our four Southeastern Wisconsin locations. If you have any questions related to our inventory or delivery timelines, don’t hesitate to call us at 1-414-476-1574. More accessible than ever, we can also be reached via chat!