Under Cabinet Range Hood Reviews

As the name suggests, and as is obvious to most people, under cabinet range hoods are meant for homes where you’ve got a cabinet installed directly above your cooktop. Quite a few people who opt for the under cabinet ventilation option are of the notion that these are mainly ductless hoods. That can’t be further from the truth.

Most of these models come with ducts, with the option to be ductless, but ducting is the norm. Depending on the setup of the model, you could have your ducting directly above the hood, through your cabinet or directly behind the unit exiting through an exterior wall. Make sure you check venting options and duct sizes before you buy.

Let me stop talking for a while and let you check out a comparison of the most sought after under cabinet range hoods followed by a list and a short description of all the models that I've thoroughly researched and reviewed. Below the list of products, you will find some more general information that could be of help.

Top 5 Under Cabinet Range Hoods Compared

Range Hood Model
  • Dimensions
  • Minimum Height above Cooktop
  • CFM
  • Operating speeds
  • Lighting
  • Controls
  • Sound
  • Vent
  • Grease Filters
  • Charcoal Filters
  • Electrical Connection
  • Delay Shut Off
  • Manufactured in
  • Buy on Amazon
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    • 29 3/4" × 17.5" × 6"
    • Minimum 18" up to 24"
    • Roughly 160 CFM (Manufacturer doesn't state CFM’s for ductless models)
    • Two speeds
    • On-Off, dissipative bulb covering, weak holder, bulb not included
    • Rocker type
    • Not measured in sones, but silent
    • Only Recirculating
    • Combination Grease-Charcoal filter
    • See above
    • Hardwire
    • Absent
    • United States
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    • 29.75" × 22" × 6.75"
    • Between 24" and 30" for electric stoves and 30" for gas stoves.
    • 860 CFM
    • Six speeds
    • 2 × 2700K LED bulbs at the back of the hood
    • Touch controls
    • Max of 63.8dB
    • Two top venting options: 6” circular or 10” × 3.25” rectangular or a rear rectangular venting of the same dimensions
    • Stainless steel baffle filters, dishwasher friendly
    • Only ducted, no charcoal filters
    • 3 Prong Plug
    • Between 1 and 15 minutes
    • China
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    • 29.8" × 20.8" × 7.9"
    • 24" to 32"
    • 250 - 850 CFM, can be capped at 390 or 290 CFM too
    • Six speeds up to 850 CFM, but three speeds up to 390 CFM and two up to 290 CFM
    • Two halogen light bulbs, 35W each. Dual level lighting. Can be replaced with GU10 LED bulbs
    • Capacitive touch controls
    • 0.9 sones at 250 CFM, 5 at 850, 2.5 at 390 and 1.5 at 290
    • Top ducting: 7" round or 3-1/4" × 10" rectangular. Rear ducting: rectangular 3-1/4" × 10"
    • Absent: Self cleaning centrifugal blower
    • Only ducted installation
    • Hardwire
    • 5 minutes
    • China
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    • 29.5" × 19.5" × 6"
    • Between 24" and 32" with a recommended installation height between 27" and 30".
    • 900 CFM
    • Four speeds
    • 2 × 3W LED bulbs in the front of the hood
    • Push button controls
    • Max of 7.5 sones
    • Top circular vent of 6"
    • Stainless steel baffle filters, dishwasher friendly
    • Only ducted, no charcoal filters
    • 3 Prong Plug
    • Absent
    • China
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Air King DS1308

Also available in White, Biscuit and Almond, this 200 CFM Under Cabinet Range Hood by Air King is quite the appliance. It has the capacity to hold a 60W light, adjustable at two levels of brightness. Unfortunately you only get a 1 year parts only warranty with this product. It is manufactured in the U.S. and not imported from China though. It’s got an infinite speed motor control, which means you get to pick a sped within its limits through a mechanical knob. The maximum being a speed which gives you an output of 200 CFM.  

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Broan 413004

Also available in White, Black, Bisque, Biscuit and Almond and is the best-selling range hood on Amazon for the past couple of years – consistently. It cannot be ducted and is intended only for recirculating use. The weird thing about this range hood is the fact that it has dashes on the product box under CFM. It does displace air through its filters at 2 speeds, so it should in theory have a CFM, but I guess the manufactures deem it unnecessary. Provision for a bulb up to 75W is included. It has rocker type mechanical controls.

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Broan F403004

Also available in stainless steel, off white, white and silver this under cabinet range hood can be ducted vertically, horizontally or be left ventless. It’s got a 2 speed fan and provisions for a bulb up to 75W. It includes an aluminum filter but charcoal filters for ductless operation need to be purchased separately. A backdraft damper is included in the package. Two models are available: 160CFM, 6.5-Sones (3-1/4-Inch by 10-Inch discharge) or 190 CFM (7-Inch round discharge). So when buying make sure that you get the right size.

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Broan QS130SS

Also available in Black, White, Ivory, and Bisque this range hood by Broan is quite popular due to its ultra-quiet operation and modern looks – just 1.5 sones under normal speed due to its unique axial blade technology. It’s got a 2 speed fan and provisions for a halogen bulb with two brightness levels. A backdraft damper is included. It’s got a fully enclosed design so that there’s no dust that clogs the system and the aluminum grease filters are easy to remove and are also dishwasher friendly. Therefore maintenance is a breeze.

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Eureka EU-2930

Quite a popular hood, probably because it is an under cabinet with a CFM of 900, not that easy to find overall good under cabinets with high CFM’s. It’s got a 4 speed electronic control panel which makes operating the hood a walk in the park. It does use stainless steel baffle filters which are also dishwasher friendly. It comes with a 3 year limited factory warranty. However, finding this product online is not easy as it doesn’t seem to be manufactured in bulk. As soon as it’s out on the market it gets sold out. Good luck finding it if this is what you want.

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Golden Vantage GV-R01-75

Probably one of the best under cabinet range hoods if you’re looking for a powerful CFM (900). However, there’s been a lot of complains after a year of use with the control system going all haywire and the sensor turning on in the middle of the night. However, this problem can be solved and a free replacement can be sent on contacting customer service. If you’re willing to go through this trouble every year, it’s definitely a good buy; personally I would go for it if these were my requirements. No range hood out there is guaranteed to be problem free.

From my research, and I would definitely recommend that you do your own research before you buy, I have realized that the Broan under cabinet range hoods are some of the most sought after. Their hoods perform as promised (as far as I have seen) and this has been testified by thousands of people online, on stores such as Amazon for instance. Moreover, these under cabinet hoods are known to last not for years, but decades. That’s definitely something I would want if I were to invest in a range hood today.

If you do cook a lot, I would recommend something a bit more powerful such as the Cosmo or the Zephyr under cabinet hoods. I still need to do my research on the other popular brands such as GE and Bosh to name a few. But, I’ve seen a lot of praise for both Cosmo and Zephyr in terms of functionality and service. Moreover, these hoods are the most popular reads on Kitease.

Before you set your mind on a particular model, I highly recommend that you use our free kitchen hood CFM calculator to determine a rough estimate of your CFM requirements. While you’re at it, you should definitely give our range hood buyers guide a read. I wish you luck, and don’t forget to get yourself some warranty (inclusive of service) on higher-end products!