Best Range Hoods in 2020



Broan 413004 Stainless Steel Ductless Range Hood Insert with Light, Exhaust Fan, Under Cabinet, 30-Inches Review:


More like 4.5 stars. Simple, pretty, light, and fairly easy to install. We really wanted a nice ducted system, but I just lost gumption and didn't want to fork out $700 for a low-end ducted system. This is a great lazy, cost-conscious choice. We use it ductless. Relatively quiet. Almost wish the high setting were a little more powerful, but it's good for pulling most of the steam and smoke up. Make sure it's not much more than 24 inches above the stove. It doesn't come with a plug, so you either have to hardwire it (that's where installation could get tricky, especially if you had to re-route wires), or get a pigtail plug like I did. A pigtail is a like an extension cord with a three-pronged plug at one end and 3 wires at the other end to connect to the hood wires (black, white, and ground). Then you can just plug it into an outlet instead of hardwiring--which also means drilling a 1-inch hole into the shelf you're going to attach the hood to so that the wire can come through.

It needs a completely flat shelf/surface above it to screw into. Four short screws hold it in place. It's just a titch (1/8 inch) under 30 inches wide, so if you have exactly 30 inches to fit into, it'll go. The control panel comes out to 12 inches, flush with a standard 12-inch deep cabinet.



Cosmo QS75 30-in Under-Cabinet Range Hood 900-CFM | Ducted / Ductless Convertible Duct , Wireless Kitchen Stove Vent with LED Light , 3 Speed Exhaust , Fan Timer, Permanent Filter ( Stainless Steel ) Review:


Our over the range Microwave died and we decided to replace with a powerful range hood as we do a lot of stir fry cooking and large amount of smoke is generated. Having read the reviews both positive and negative here, I was in 2 minds to buy this product. After thinking it over for a long time, I finally made the purchase. The price was right and the product was promptly shipped. I inspected the box soon as it arrived and I did not see any significant damage to the box. I proceeded to open the box carefully. As I started taking the parts out, I noticed that the bag of fasteners was open and all the screws were scattered at the bottom. There are lots of screws provided with this range hood and you end up with lots of extras. I assume it is for different ways to mount this product. I went to Home Depot to look for the metal clamp to secure the flexible duct which comes with the unit to the range hood outlet. The clamps are not provided with the unit. Alternatively you could use 3M Metal tape to secure them.The outlet is 8" which at Home Depot I was told was unusual for homes and I was not able to find the clamps. I first plugged the range hood in and ran it at different settings to make sure there was no issue. It ran fine at all the settings and so I proceeded with the installation. I drew a template using cardboard so I could mark the corresponding mounting locations on the bottom of my cabinet and pre-drilled all the screw mounting holes. The 30" range hood is heavy. Installation is definitely a 2 person or 3 person job though depending on the mounting location and how much space you get around it to get a good hold. You may also need to employ a cabinet lift jack or a vehicle floor jack. We had to go through and try different ways to get it in there but finally we have been able to mount it. Some of the videos on Youtube will help. The manual which comes with the unit is woefully inadequate. It needs clearer pictures and a complete rewrite. The access to the screw holes is tricky. Also if space permits, it would be best to put the screws in first and then lining up the screw head with the large holes, lift the hood in and slide it back in place and then tighten the screws. If your home is not setup to vent outside and you are not too handy, you may need to use professional help.



Cosmo 5MU30 30-in Under-Cabinet Range Hood 200-CFM | Ducted/ Ductless Convertible Top/ Rear Duct, Slim Kitchen Stove Vent with LED Light, 3 Speed Exhaust Fan, Reusable Filter ( Stainless Steel ) Review:


Wanted a hood range with a European “look”to it to go with my new Samsung stove. After doing a lot of research I kept coming back to the cosmo. The price didn’t break my bank account and was exactly what I pictured for my kitchen. My husband is a professional handyman and skilled at installing appliances; I did have to assist him as it required more than one set of hands to install. We replaced a 33 year old hood range that was put in when our house was built; it was wired in, ... the cosmo hood range came with a standard plug in which required him to adapt the built in wire ends (in our house) and attach a standard house 2 plug socket. If you are not skilled at this sort of thing, you need to hire a professional. After we got it installed, it looked gorgeous and exceeded my expectations. Attached are pictures.



Cosmo 5MU36 36-in Under-Cabinet Range-Hood 200-CFM | Ducted / Ductless Convertible Top / Rear Duct , Slim Kitchen Stove Vent with LED Lights, 3 Exhaust Fan Speeds, Reusable Filters (Stainless Steel) Review:


Wanted a hood range with a European “look”to it to go with my new Samsung stove. After doing a lot of research I kept coming back to the cosmo. The price didn’t break my bank account and was exactly what I pictured for my kitchen. My husband is a professional handyman and skilled at installing appliances; I did have to assist him as it required more than one set of hands to install. We replaced a 33 year old hood range that was put in when our house was built; it was wired in, ... the cosmo hood range came with a standard plug in which required him to adapt the built in wire ends (in our house) and attach a standard house 2 plug socket. If you are not skilled at this sort of thing, you need to hire a professional. After we got it installed, it looked gorgeous and exceeded my expectations. Attached are pictures.



Broan Backsplash Range Hood Wall Shield for Kitchen, Reversible Stainless Steel, 24" x 30" Review:


I am writing this long review to use with each of these items. I love them all or I wouldn't take the time to tell others about them. I also love reading reviews before purchasing, so I am returning the favor.

The (Broan SP3604 Backsplash Range Hood Wall Shield, 24 by 36-Inch, Stainless Steel) sheet that I received is definitely ferromagnetic. Magnets stick very well to it. It was packaged excellent and arrived with no damage or flaws. I peeled the plastic from the 4 corners just past the holes, then installed it. Then peeled the plastic all the way off once project was done. This metal will show fingerprints very well, but then again it is not sold or advertised as smudge-proof. Just a beautiful piece of stainless steel metal with 4 holes drilled in the corners. The back side was just as pretty, but figured Broan went through the trouble of protecting one side, might as well use it.

The magnetic knife holder strip (https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LVP87VM/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) that you see holding up my new flat grill utensils is stuck to the backsplash by removing the mounting plate and just sticking the strip to the backsplash. I though about drilling and using the mounting plate and screws, but I want to be able to easily remove the strip for deep cleaning. The strip holds nicely to the backsplash, and holds the Hell's Handle utensils with ease (https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B001E1DOOS/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o07__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1). I am saving the metal mounting strip for when I need a good strong flat ruler like piece of metal. Or if I deiced to use the holder strip in a different spot. I did think about using the holder strip inside the speed rail and the magnet would work through the speed rail so that the flat top utensils would stick to the front of the speed rail, and it worked, but put the sharp edge of the utensils too close to the paper towel holder.

Also in the picture is the 22 inch speed rail (not ferromagnetic) (https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B0017YR9SO/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) that I ordered from here. The speed rail backsplash has about ¼ inch of metal bent over to finish the top. I used a flat prybar and gapped the bent over metal about a 1/8 inch and then was able to hook it on top of the Broan stainless steel sheet. I did drill one hole through the speed rail and Broan backsplash to be able to screw into a wall stud. I wish I could have gotten a shorter speed rail and one that was 3 inches deep or a little less, but this will make due and I am sure I can find more things to add to the empty spaces.

In the speed rail is two sets of glass dispensers (https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FQ9SN11/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) that I used a stencil to sandblasted the content names on each bottle. I love these dispensers, they work great, have a wide mouth to clean, and use a standard wine bottle cork size spout that goes into the wide mouth bottle adapter. They give you an extra spout that can be used in a wine bottle if one is inclined to do so. My only complaint with these dispensers is I wish they would have used oz and ml measurements on it. But then again, I don't really measure anything anyway.

Also pictured is some magnetic hooks (https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01L9U4XTI/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00__o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1) that I used under the stainless steel work bench (ferromagnetic) (https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01C4OJHYO/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) to hang pot holders and also steam / cheese melting domes (https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01NAKZADQ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00__o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1). The nine inch dome is from here, and the 12 inch dome is a Cuisinart from BB&B. These domes work wonderful on our flat top grill (https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B076GCDJ1F/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1). I love this grill so much that I use it every day, sometimes 2 or 3 times a day. And the last thing in the picture is a toaster oven on the bottom shelf and we got it at Costco, but it is here as well (https://smile.amazon.com/Oster-TSSTTVFDDG-Digital-French-Stainless/dp/B014D9LBCY/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1549146312&sr=8-3&keywords=oster+french+door+oven+with+convection)



Broan Aluminum Power Pack Range Hood Insert, Exhaust Fan and Light Combo for Over Kitchen Stove, Silver, 8.0 Sones, 250 CFM Review:


This unit went up very easily. The liner protects the surrounding wood from not only splatters, but the possibility of grease fires. I wouldn't recommend an installation without it for the latter reason. Yes, it's noisy, but no more so than any range hood fan, which usually conks out within the first year of use. The difference is this one has a much much stronger fan and sucks the cooking odors out of the house very quickly. We've found the low setting is plenty. Someone mentioned the lights were placed at the back of the unit so only the back of the stove was lit. If that's the case, you've installed it backwards. It's easy to do and we almost did the same thing until realized it couldn't possibly be right. Don't use conventional 40 watt candelabra bulbs. Unless you only want a nightlight, they're useless. Spring for the LED candelabra ones. They provide incredible lighting with no added heat around the bulb area. I would definitely recommend this unit.



Cosmo 5U30 30-in Under-Cabinet Range Hood 250-CFM with Ducted/ Ductless Convertible Top/ Back Duct, Slim Kitchen Over Stove Vent LED Light, 3 Speed Exhaust Fan, Reusable Filter (Stainless Steel) Review:


Ok so I visited all the usual places looking for range hood. They were either ugly, expensive or both. I just didn't see anything that was cool. Then I found this and got it. Never heard of it, however it had lots of cool features and a reasonable price.
Wiring it up was easy for me as I already had exposed wires coming out of the wall from the last unit so I just had to connect these wires. No plug was needed.
It looked really cool just hanging there and then I turned on the dual LED lights. Now that is bada$$!!! As a guy, never thought I'd rave about a range hood but that is just way, way cool. It really adds a modern look to the kitchen.
The one "downside" is those LED lights really show how clean (or not) the stove top is. LOL!
The fan has 3 speeds and even on the highest one isn't that loud.
All in all, I really like it because it's like nothing I've seen in any of the stores , looks cool, has lots of features and works.



NuTone S97016565 Heating Element for Heater Review:


So we’re on the third replacement with ever shorter times between repairs. The heating element seems correct and genuine, and it’s not the wire that burns out. In all case did the 110C thermal fuse trip. It’s not resettable and the fuse alone is difficult to replace.

I’ve been reading some more and one blog explained that the burned fuse is a mere symptom rather than a root cause. It seems to make sense that if the blower motor degrades over time, the airflow reduces and ultimately the temperature observed y the fuse raises, too. This is especially logical since the time between repairs got shorter with every incident (from initial 6 years to finally 4 months after a total lifetime of about 9 years).

So I went ahead and replaced both heating element and the blower motor (Broan S99080558). Hopefully it will extend the time until the fuse blows back to the initial 6 years.

Replacement is rather easy since all you have to do is remove a few screws and unplug the fan/heater assembly (which is held by two hex nuts). The wires are all plugged in and the replacements come with matching plugs. The only real annoyance is a poor design choice of having low and behold four (4!) different fastener types involved. Be prepared to have a philips (PH2), a flat screw driver as well as an Allen wrench and a hex wrench handy. Seriously!?

(If you have kids in the household, make sure they don’t play with the switch that turns the heater on. The heater coil quickly warms up and if the motor can’t keep up with a trigger happy kid, it will also potentially blow the thermal fuse.)