The 3 Types of Range Hoods—and How to Pick the Best One for Your Kitchen

The 3 Types of Range Hoods—and How to Pick the Best One for Your Kitchen

By Duncan Nielsen
For those who love to cook, the perfect range hood can make all the difference.

When it comes down to kitchen design, backsplashes, sinks, countertops, and appliances seem to get all the attention. The kitchen hood is an unsung hero, though, as it does an important job. From wall-mounted, downdraft, and under-cabinet hoods to those suited for kitchen islands, we’ve compiled an extensive guide to help you pick one that perfectly suits your space.

Island Range Hoods

More than any other type of hood, island range hoods have the "going pro" vibe. These hoods will command more attention than wall-mounted or under-cabinet hoods, as they’re designed to take center stage.

In this kitchen, the existing cabinets were updated with a coat of paint and topped with new Caesarstone countertops. The refrigerator, dishwasher, and mixer are from KitchenAid, and the cooktop is from GE.

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Zline 280 - 700 CFM 36 Inch Wide Island Range Hood
Features:  700 CFM blower can quickly clear the air from your kitchen Stainless steel baffle filter is easily cleaned to preserve grease removing capacity  LED lighting for illuminating your cooking surface  Push-button controls allow for easy control of lighting and fan  May be...
Cavaliere-Euro 900 CFM 36 Inch Wide Island Mounted Range Hood
Features: Island Mounted  Low Noise Dual Chamber Centrifugal Motor  Six Speed Touch Sensitive Controls with Blue LED Lighting  Constructed from High Quality 19 Gauge Stainless Steel  30 Hour Cleaning Reminder with Programmable Delayed Auto Shut Off (1-15 Minutes)  4x 35W...
Miseno 36 Inch Island Range Hood With Dual Halogen Lighting System
Key Features:  Dual Halogen Lamps: Halogen lighting provides bright point-source illumination to cast the optimal amount of light on your stove or range top.

Portland-based pastry chef Andrea Nicholas purchased a 1953 midcentury ranch whose 2,500 square feet needed "a lot of TLC." Nicholas hired architect Risa Boyer to design the renovation, which involved opening up the kitchen to the dining room and creating a contemporary open-plan living space.

Volt 678 bar stools by Pedrali line the island. The floors throughout are hand-troweled concrete.

Studio Block strives for their work to be "enduring and uncomplicated, modern yet warm, and embracing simple luxury with playful moments."

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Bosch 600 CFM 42 Inch Wide Island Range Hood With Audible Feedback
Features:  Absorb odors with charcoal replacement filters  Audible Feedback: A tone is produced each time a button is pressed on the control panel  Bulb Type: Halogen  Convenient timer built into control from 1-60 minutes  Duct extension accessory kit available for 9' to 11.
JennAir 600 CFM 36 Inch Wide Island Range Hood With Perimetric Extraction
Features:  Powerful 600 CFM blower quickly clears your kitchen of smoke, steam, and cooking odors  Metal mesh filters included to trap and remove grease and contaminants and are dishwasher safe for easy cleaningLED task lighting bathes your cooktop with clear, bright light, while...
Zline 280 - 700 CFM 36 Inch Wide Island Range Hood
Features:  700 CFM blower can quickly clear the air from your kitchen Stainless steel baffle filter is easily cleaned to preserve grease removing capacity  LED lighting for illuminating your cooking surface  Push-button controls allow for easy control of lighting and fan  May be...

Bright yellow cabinets in this kitchen add a playful, fun touch, while also maintaining a sleek, contemporary look. 

Wall-Mounted Range Hoods

From industrial-chic to streamlined and refined, the right wall-mounted hood can add a functional finishing touch to your kitchen.

This kitchen is outfitted with concrete counters and floors and off-grid-friendly low-energy appliances. The ceiling is paneled in reclaimed barn wood.

This kitchen features SieMatic cabinetry, Neolith countertops, and a faucet by Dornbracht. Mike Geno’s paintings of bread and cheese hang near a Lee Materazzi photograph.

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KitchenAid 30'' Wall-Mount, 3-Speed Canopy Hood
Perimeter ventilation pulls air from the edges of the hood. This allows the 400 CFM motor to provide effective ventilation over cooking surfaces with burners that can reach a maximum output of 65K BTUs.
Cavaliere-Euro 900 CFM 30 Inch Wide Stainless Steel Wall Mounted Range Hood
Product Features:  Powerful 900 CFM dual squirrel cage centrifugal blower with ultra quiet dual chamber motor  Two dimmable 35 watt halogen lamps ensuring you always have a clear view of your cook top  Six speed front mounted touch sensitive controls featuring programmable timer and...
Whirlpool 36" Modern Glass Wall Mount Range Hood
Features:  3 Speed 400 CFM Fan: Quickly remove smoke, steam, and odors from the cookspace with this multi-speed blower  LED Task Lighting: Efficient LED lights illuminate the cooktop making it easy to see what you are cooking  Glass Edge LED Lighting: In addition providing a stylish...

Tile from Bedrosians Tile and Stone makes up this backsplash, which plays against the dark, masculine countertops.

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Zline 280 - 700 CFM 30 Inch Wide Wall Mounted Range Hood
Features:  700 CFM blower can quickly clear the air from your kitchen  Stainless steel baffle filter is easily cleaned to preserve grease removing capacity  LED lighting for illuminating your cooking surface  Push-button controls allow for easy control of lighting and fan ...
Dacor Professional Pro Range Wall Hood
Powerful, yet quiet internal blowers draw air into the ventilation system to dissipate cooking odors, even when all burners are lit.
Whirlpool 36" Contemporary Stainless Steel Wall Mount Range Hood
Product Features:  Includes a powerful 400 CFM in-line motor, ideal for quickly clearing your kitchen of unwanted air pollution  Aluminum meshfilters effectively trap and filters unwanted contaminants such as smoke, odors, and grease  Mesh filters are dishwasher safe for more...

To complement the white-washed custom cabinetry in her kitchen, architect Julie Salles Schaffer has designed a tile backsplash to resemble "melting butter in a white pan." Daltile arranged her two-color AutoCAD design—white and off-white—onto a mesh backing for a small fee. To soften the edges of the cabinets’ drawers and doors, Schaffer requested radial edging.

The owners of this updated Tudor-style abode in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Eagle Rock, Amanda and William Hunter, are the design duo behind the William Hunter Collective, which rehabs homes. Handmade tile, soapstone counters, walnut wood, and steel make up the artfully styled kitchen.


Under-Cabinet Range Hoods

These range hoods tuck snugly under cabinets and above a wall-backed stovetop or range. They’re perfect for smaller kitchens where space is at a premium.

Waterfall island in Pietra Cardosa

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Broan 120 - 400 CFM 30 Inch Wide Under Cabinet Range Hood With LED Lighting
Features: Features a powerful 400 CFM blower to quickly clear residual heat and unwanted air pollution  Dishwasher safe and easy to replace mesh filters trap and remove unwanted contaminants such as grease and food residue  Included LED lighting helps illuminate your cooktop with three...
Zephyr Pyramid Under-Cabinet Range Hood
Classic, architectural lines meet at an apex to energize the familiar look of the chimney style under-cabinet hood. This expressive yet utilitarian design also features an adjustable back-panel utensil bar that accommodates a variety of cabinet depths to put cooking utensils within easy reach.
Windster RA-30 Under Cabinet Range Hood With Halogen Lighting
Features: Includes a powerful 500 CFM built-in blower, ideal for quickly clearing your kitchen of unwanted air pollution Easy to clean dishwasher safe baffle filters trap and remove unwanted contaminants such as grease and odors  Bathe your cook top in the warm glow of 2 halogen bulbs ...

Hatchet Design Build took a contemporary approach with this kitchen while still drawing from the a traditional palette. The grain-matched walnut cabinets echo the walnut pocket doors elsewhere.

In this kitchen, three globe pendants with brass details and burgundy cords match the hood tube hanging above the kitchen island.

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Whirlpool 30 Inch Vented Under Cabinet Range Hood
Features:  This quiet range hood only produces 4.5 sones at the highest fan speed with a recirculating option  The seamless appearance of this hidden vent matches almost every modern or traditional kitchen  Incandescent lighting illuminates the cooktop making it easy to see what you...
Miseno 30 Inch Under Cabinet Range With Baffle Filters and Dual Halogen Lighting System
Key Features:  Dual Halogen Lamps: Halogen lighting provides bright point-source illumination to cast the optimal amount of light on your stove or range top.
Broan Ductless Under-Cabinet Range Hood With Light
The 41000 series of non-ducted under cabinet hoods are made to exacting Broan standards, providing effective filtration, high quality and value.

This open kitchen pairs gray cabinetry with marble counters and sleek metallic accents.

Modern cabinet finger pulls in bright and shiny chrome dot the drawers in this sleek kitchen in Venice, California.

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