Range Hood Sizes: Find The Right Fit for Your Kitchen
Range hoods help clear away the grease, smoke and odors that linger in the air as culinary creations come to life, reducing cooking odors. Finding the right range hood height and depth for your kitchen helps smoke, odors and grease work their way into the vent and out of your home.
What are Standard Range Hood Dimensions?
Range hood dimensions most often measure 24”, 30” or 36” in width, but can span anywhere from 24” to 60” wide. It’s best to install a hood that measures the same size as your cooktop to most effectively capture the grease, odors and smoke coming from any burner or element below.
Types of Range Hoods to Choose From
Range hoods come in a variety of configurations, so you’re likely to find one that suits your kitchen and empowers your greatest creations. Any hood you consider will either be ducted, sending captured air through a duct to the outside of your home, or recirculating, pulling air through a filter and pushing it back into the kitchen. Learn more about the six different range hood styles below to help you decide which hood would best complement your kitchen's style and cooking habits.
Island range hoods are uniquely designed for cooktops located on the island counter of the kitchen. These hoods are likely to draw the eye of house guests and often act as a focal point in the kitchen, so they can come in a wide variety of styles, shapes and sizes to choose from. Island range hoods are always mounted to the ceiling above the cooktop, and can range in size from 30” to 60” wide. Take a look at KitchenAid® island range hoods with enhanced technology and powerful performance features, including the following models.
RANGE HOOD INSERTS
Range hood inserts, also known as range hood liners, provide the ultimate aesthetic flexibility for your kitchen. These kitchen exhaust fans are tucked away within your own custom cabinetry or cover, and usually span in size from 28” to 60” wide. Browse KitchenAid® range hood inserts to find a vent that accommodates your kitchen’s style and cooking routines.
Under cabinet range hoods are ideal if you have cabinets above your cooktop and aren’t interested in interrupting existing design elements. Though they can be mounted on the wall behind the range, they’re most often mounted to the underside of the cabinets above, and typically range in size from 20” to 60” in width. Discover under cabinet range hoods from KitchenAid like the models below to create a discreet aesthetic for your cooking space.
Retractable downdraft range hoods are installed directly into the countertop behind the cooktop and can provide a sleek aesthetic if you're looking for more subtle ventilation options. These hoods can retract out of sight when they're not in use, typically span from 26” to 48” in width and feature powerful ventilation that gets the job done. Shop retractable downdraft range hoods from KitchenAid that can be out of sight and out of mind.
MICROWAVE HOOD COMBINATIONS
Microwave range hoods, or over-the-range microwaves, are perfect for you if you're looking to get the most out of your kitchen space. The microwave hood combination makes it possible to cook food and ventilate kitchen air from one condensed unit mounted below the cabinets and above the cooktop. These hoods span the width of the microwave, and are roughly 30” wide. Browse microwave range hoods from KitchenAid including the following models with premium cooking features and effective ventilation options.
What Size Range Hood Do I Need?
The best range hood size for your kitchen depends on the dimensions of your cooktop and the available space above your cooktop for installing your hood. The ideal range hood for your space should match the width of the cooking surface to make sure it effectively catches smoke and odors from the dishes cooking below. Most ranges and vent hoods are available in 30", 36", 42" and 48" widths.
Choosing the right range hood for your kitchen also means taking CFM and BTU ratings into account. CFMs, or cubic feet per minute, measure the venting strength of your range hood and tell you how much air your vent can suck up in one minute. The higher the CFM rating, the more powerful the vent. BTUs, or British Thermal Units, let you know how hot and high of a flame your vent can handle coming from a gas burner below. For proper venting, be sure to find a range hood with a BTU rating that matches or exceeds the BTU output from your range.
How Do I Measure Range Hood Height and Depth?
Finding the right fit for your range hood requires jotting down a few important dimensions. To get an idea of the space you have to work with, start by measuring the cooking surface, then move on to measuring the area between the cabinets, the height above the cooking surface and the depth of the cooking surface. Work your way through the steps below to gather exact measurements for your range hood.
Step 1: Measure the Width of Your Cooking Surface
Using a measuring tape, find the width of your cooking surface by starting from one side of the cooktop and running the measuring tape straight across to the opposite side of the cooktop. Be sure the tape is running parallel to the cooktop’s front edge to get the most precise measurement.
Step 2: Measure the Width of the Area between the Cabinets
Measure the available space between cabinets by securing the measuring tape on one side of the cabinet cavity above the cooktop, then extend the measuring tape straight across to the opposite side, being sure to keep it parallel to the cooktop surface.
Step 3: Measure the Height of the Space Above the Cooking Surface
Measure the available space above the cooking surface by securing the measuring tape at the base of the cabinets or ceiling above the cooktop, then extend the measuring tape straight down until it reaches the cooktop surface. Keep in mind that, once installed, there should be anywhere from 24 to 36 inches of space between the bottom of the range hood and the cooktop surface.
Step 4: Measure the Depth of the Cooking Surface
To measure the depth of the cooking surface, secure one end of the measuring tape at the back end of the cooktop, excluding the control panel and trim, then extend the measuring tape to the outside edge of the cooktop surface.
How Much Space Should There Be Between My Range Hood and Cooktop?
Every range hood is different, and the installation manual for your hood should specify a minimum and maximum distance for installation. Some typical clearances suggest a minimum of 24 inches of clearance above an electric range or cooktop, and 27 inches above a gas range or cooktop.
How Do I Determine if My Current Range Hood Vent Size is Too Small or Too Large?
Well-suited range hood vents can clear the right amount of grease, smoke and odors from your kitchen. The ideal hood vent for your space should be the same width as your cooktop and deep enough to sufficiently cover both back and front burners.