Range Hoods - Everything You Need to Know

The range hood is the chief ventilation unit of a kitchen and consists of three main components:

  1. The Hood: Serves as canopy collecting all the smoke and fumes that emanate from the cooking surface.
  2. The Blower System: Sucks in the emissions of all kinds.
  3. Ducting: It exhausts the emissions out of your kitchen through a duct network.

It is important to understand that ducting is not always a part of the system, for more on this please refer to our page that discusses ductless range hoods. But irrespective of the type of installation you carry out, the range hood has two main functions: minimize cooking smells, condensation, and heat and the other important function is the prevention of grease build up all around your kitchen.

Let's Dive Right in - What Do You Seek?

Use the navigation below to read reviews, check out detailed and informative buying guides, general information on installation, calculators to help you determine the size of the range hood you need and a lot of helpful posts that will provide you with all the information you need to make an informed buying decision. I hope that I could help even in the smallest possible way. Good luck!

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Range Hood Reviews

Are you on the lookout for the perfect range hood for your kitchen? I’ve reviewed some of the most sought after under cabinet, wall mount and island mount hoods’ both ducted and recirculating.

Range Hood Buying Guide

Do you know the many options that lie before you? Many people buy something in haste only to later realize they had better options. I’d recommend that you understand exactly what you need. This guide will help.

CFM Calculator

How powerful must your range hood be? There are a lot of factors that need to be considered: dimensions of your kitchen, the length of your ducting, the bends in ducting and more. Use this free calculator to know what you need.

Installation Guide

There’s no one guide fits all when it comes to range hood installation. But there are quite a few common pointers that could help you no matter what kind of range hood you buy. This is the point of this installation guide.


Do you have a burning question in mind? You’re almost never the first. Before you decide to contact us or look around the web for specifics, why not take a look at our range hood FAQ? You may learn something you never thought about.

Installation Height Above Stove

Most people do not give this a second thought, but obeying your manufacturers recommended installation height is crucial for safety as well as optimum performance. Read this guide to understand more.



Do You Need a Backdraft Damper?

If you’ve got a range hood that is ducted, you’re probably going to want to have a backdraft damper to prevent the loss of heated or cooled air, and to also prevent insects from creeping in. You’re going to love this article.

Determine the Dimensions of the Range Hood I Need

Struggling to determine the right dimensions of your range hood? Every dimension has a role to play for the effective elimination of grease, smoke and other fumes from your kitchen. Check this out for details.