Experiments in the kitchen can go from fun to disastrous in a blink of an eye. The very least you can do is protect your kitchen and yourself from harmful smoke and fumes, especially if you have a gas stove. In today’s guide, we’re looking at five of the best wall mount range hoods that the market offers. Keep indoor pollutants out of the kitchen with a range hood mounted over your stove!
Top 5 Best Wall Mount Range Hoods
CAVALIERE 30” Range Hood
The first range hood on our list is the convertible, 30-inch range hood by CAVALIERE (technical model number SV218B2-30-LED-WM). Rated at 860 CFM, the CAVALIERE is designed to handle the roughest and toughest experiments you can cook up in the kitchen. It should be enough suction power to work properly over most, if not all, residential stovetops.
The CAVALIERE comes with a telescoping flue, allowing the range hood to be installed on ceilings of up to nine feet high. Inside of the box is a six-inch exhaust duct where, if you choose to do so, heat and foul smells are vented to keep your kitchen as comfortable as possible.
Cosmo 63190 36-in Wall-Mount Range Hood
The Cosmo 63190 is another convertible range hood that measures in at 36 inches wide to promote maximum ventilation over most five- and six-burner stovetop models. Even though it produces less airflow compared to the CAVALIERE (“only” 760 CFM), it should be more than sufficient to remove excess heat and moisture from the kitchen with its exhaust duct installed.
The telescoping flue is compatible with kitchens up to 8.5 feet high, and its stainless-steel baffle filters are dishwasher-safe. With three different speed options, users have full control over how loud or quiet the fans run (between 60 and 65 dB) while also being highly energy-efficient.
Winflo New 30″ Convertible Stainless Steel Wall Mount Range Hood
The Winflo is yet another convertible range hood that measures 30 inches across. Despite being the same size as the CAVALIER, it only produces a maximum of 400 CFM of airflow at any given time. Whether this is sufficient or not depends entirely on how many burners your stove has and how often they run simultaneously.
Everything else about this Cosmo model is identical to the previous two in almost every regard. It has three different fan speeds that generate only 65 dB of noise at max. However, its mesh filters are made of aluminum, not stainless steel, but they’re also safe to place inside of a dishwasher.
Cosmo 63175 30-in Wall-Mount Range Hood
Next up, we have another one of Cosmo’s beautiful creations: the 63175 convertible range hood. Similar to the previous models, the 63175 can be installed safely in kitchens wiling 8.5-foot high ceilings without extensions. Inside of the unit are two permanent, stainless-steel filters that are—once again—safe to wash in a dishwasher.
Being 30 inches wide and delivering up to 760 CFM, it’s pretty safe to say that the 36175 would be an excellent fit for most homes and apartments. It also comes with an optional carbon filter if you decide to go the ductless route.
Cosmo COS-668ICS750 30-in Island Range Hood
Last but not least is another one of Cosmo’s range hoods: the COS-668ICS750, a(nother) convertible range hood. However, the biggest difference between this and the rest is that this is an island-mount range hood that doesn’t need to be installed flush against a wall. If you’re looking for additional style points, this is the range hood for you.
This island-mount unit is also the most powerful range hood on our list with a CFM rating of 900 and noise output of only 65 dB. In addition, the control panel on this model doesn’t use buttons but has a touchscreen LCD.
A Quick Buyer’s Guide to Wall Mount Range Hoods
Range hoods may seem like simple enough products, but take it from us: a TON of research is needed before making the best purchase for your kitchen.
Types: Ducted vs. Ductless vs. Convertible
The three types of range hoods are ducted, ductless, and convertible.
Ducted range hoods use an exhaust duct to shoot odors and humidity out of the kitchen and into an adjacent room or even outdoors. It can be expensive to properly install, but for hardcore home cooks, it’s definitely worth the investment.
Ductless range hoods are almost the polar opposite of ducted units. They don’t have exhaust ducts but instead trap mainly odor molecules while circulating filtered air back into the kitchen. Humidity is a big issue with ductless range hoods, but this is the most cost-effective type.
Convertible range hoods, such as every model on our top-5 list, combine the best of both worlds: the effectiveness of ducted units and the convenience of ductless models. However, you can only choose one or the other, but it does allow you to use the same model if you decide to renovate.
Sub-Types: Wall vs. Island vs. Under-Cabinet vs. Downdraft
There is a wide selection to choose from and not enough time to go into great detail about each option.
Wall range hoods are mounted onto a wall with fasteners. Moving them can be a pain, but it’s possible if the need arises.
Island models are immobile. They attach to the ceiling and hover above island cooktops. They are absolutely beautiful in appearance and a central piece of your kitchen layout.
Under-cabinet range hoods are those that are mounted onto a wall, directly above the cooktop, and beneath kitchen cabinets.
Finally, there are downdraft range hoods that use a ducted system to remove heat, odors, and humidity from the cooktop. They are usually installed flush on the counter, and their ducts run through the floor.
Suction Capacity and Coverage
Range hood suction capacities are measured in CFM (cubic feet per minute) and, as a rule of thumb, should deliver at least 1 CFM for every 100 BTUs of your cooktop’s output. The width of the range hood should be at least as wide as your cooking range for enhanced coverage.
1. What is the best CFM for range hood?
Ideally, you’ll want a range hood that produces at least 1 CFM of ventilation for every 100 BTU for those of you with high-output gas stoves and cooktops. To simplify matters for you, let’s say you have a burner that outputs 35,000 BTUs—an appropriate range hood should provide at least 350 CFM to effectively and efficiently clear the air.
2. What type of range hood do I need?
Between ducted, ductless, and convertible range hoods, the type you need depends heavily on what sort of cooking you do. For instance, ductless range hoods work best at removing foul odors but will do nothing to eliminate steam. If you don’t know which you need or if you prepare a wide range of dishes regularly, go with a convertible-style model (all products on our list are convertible range hoods).
3. Are ductless range hoods effective?
Ductless range hoods are good mainly for one thing: removing odors. You can’t rely on a ductless range hood to do much else for you. Air is recirculated into the kitchen leading to a buildup of humidity, making kitchen work uncomfortable, to say the least.
4. Can a range hood be vented through the roof?
Indeed, it can. The only thing stopping you from doing so is drilling a hole from the kitchen to the attic and the roof to pass the exhaust duct. It is one of the only guaranteed ways to ensure muggy air doesn’t get recirculated back into your home. If you have the means and the tools to do so, be our guest!
And that concludes our guide on finding the best wall mount range hood. Hopefully, we taught you a thing or two about range hoods and how to find the best model for your buck. If you’ve jumped straight to the end, the main thing to take away from this entire guide is that the Cosmo COS-668ICS750 Island Mount Range Hood is arguably the best and most stylish range hood you’ll ever find.
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