What Options Should I Look For When Buying a Range Hood?
Just like any other kitchen appliance, different types of range hoods will offer unique benefits depending on your culinary style. Here are some features and options to consider when selecting the best range hood for you:
Your range hood should match the width of the cooking surface below. Most ranges and most vent hoods come in 30", 36", 42" and 48" widths. Matching the size exactly will ensure that the hood fully covers all burners or elements and pulls in any smoke, odor or grease coming off of them.
Venting strength (CFMs)
Venting strength is measured in cubic feet per minute (CFM). Also called airflow capacity, CFMs indicate how much air a vent can suck up in the span of a minute: the higher the number the more powerful the ventilation. Most vent hoods have multiple fan speed settings. As you move up in speed, the CFMs go up as well.
If a vent hood has a BTU rating, it means it can be paired with a KitchenAid® double oven gas range that features burners with that BTU rating. BTUs (British Thermal Units) measure how hot, and often how high, a flame can get on a gas burner. While this typically only applies to high-BTU commercial-style ranges and hoods, you always want to make sure your vent hood can handle the heat as well as the smoke coming off of the cooking surface below. For instance, the KitchenAid® 48” Wall-Mount Commercial-Style Canopy Range Hood is rated for up to 90,000 BTUs.
A clear view of the cooktop or range is essential for monitoring your creations as they transform and flavor develops. Vent hoods provide a lot of light that illuminates the cooking surface below. Look for LED lighting options as well as varying brightness levels. Some models like the KitchenAid® 36" Low Profile Under-Cabinet Hood feature a night light setting to subtly accent the kitchen with a soft, inviting glow.
Automatic speed adjustment
When you’re immersed in creating and constructing your dish you may not always remember to turn your vent hood on. A premium and highly convenient feature in some types of range hoods will sense when something is in the making and turn on automatically. Some models even adjust the setting themselves, like the Auto Speed Setting by KitchenAid brand, which automatically adjusts the fan's speed depending on the heat being produced.
Need to install your new range hood in your kitchen? We have tips for how to mount your vent hood.