5 Main Types of Range Hoods: Some Useful Information For You

From using a range hood, it is clear that they are very helpful in removing heat, contaminants, and odor from the kitchen. A hood’s role is to provide an effective and powerful way of dealing with these issues. To be able to do this well, you should understand the different types of range hoods.

Why Should You Buy a Range Hood?

A range hood collects the smoke, grease, oils, and odors produced while cooking in order to keep the air clean and fresh in your home. Without a range hood, all of these pollutants would circulate throughout your entire house, leaving a pervasive smell that no candle or air freshener can mask. Range hoods are also very helpful at keeping kitchen surfaces free from greasy residue, so it will be easier to wipe down after cooking.

While a ventilation system can improve air quality in your home, it can also preserve the beauty and structure of your walls, backsplash, or kitchen cabinets. The structure of your kitchen, your preferences, and the size of the range or cooktop will all play a part in how your hood should be vented.

Kinds of Range Hoods

Range hoods, also known as kitchen exhaust fans, are an essential part of any kitchen design. Different types of range hoods are used based on the application and where they are being installed. Before you move forward with purchasing a hood, learn about the kinds of range hoods available today so you can pick the right model for your kitchen.

Wall Mount Range Hoods


Wall mount range hoods are probably the most common type of range hood on the market. They are popular because they are easy to install above a stove or cooktop and don’t take up extra space in the kitchen. They can work with an over-the-range microwave oven or stand alone as an exhaust fan and light fixture. They come in a variety of finishes to match or complement existing kitchen decor and appliances.

Island Range Hoods


Island models are designed for kitchens with center islands that have stoves or cooktops built into them. They are used where there is no cabinet structure at the top. These specialty units hang from the ceiling above the island and provide ventilation and lighting to your cooking area.

The advantage of these range hoods is that they do not occupy any space in the kitchen; however, they do require extra wiring as they need their own circuit for the power supply.

Range Hood Inserts


Range hood inserts are installed directly into your under-cabinet space or into an existing cabinet. The hood insert sits flush with the cabinet or countertop, making it the ideal choice if you want to avoid creating a bulky, unattractive focal point above your cooking area.

They’re installed directly into your kitchen cabinets, which allows them to be more powerful than stand-alone hoods.

The downside is that you need a good amount of space in your cabinets to accommodate it. Range hood inserts use charcoal filters, which will need to be replaced periodically.

Under Cabinet Range Hoods


Under-cabinet range hoods are the most common type of kitchen range hood. As the name implies, they mount under your cabinets or between two cabinets next to a cooktop or above the range.

This style is ideal for kitchens where venting through the roof or directly through an exterior wall is impossible. Under-cabinet units can be easily vented through an adjacent exterior wall. This style of range hood comes in a variety of materials and finishes to match your kitchen cabinetry and decor.

Downdraft Range Hood


A downdraft ventilation fan hood is a less common type of ventilation. This exhaust product is hidden in the cooking space until you need it. It is located at the back of the range and can be turned on when you are ready to use it. This is a great option for small kitchens. This can be used for stoves located against the wall or on an island. These types of ventilation products are very discreet and can be used to complement any style in your home.

Main Features of Range Hood

There are a variety of features that can be included with a range hood. Some products may not include the features you are looking for, or they may include features you don’t need.

Temperature Sensor

Some models have a temperature sensor that automatically turns on the fan when the temperature drops below the hood. This feature is only available for microwaves that are above the range. The thermostat’s primary purpose is to prevent microwave electronics from being damaged by high temperatures.

The exhaust fan turns on if the microwave temperature is too high. It draws out hot air from the oven and brings in cool air from the kitchen. We don’t recommend this feature for range hoods. If you cook with oil and your pan catches fire, the exhaust fan will turn on. This will draw more air to the fire and fan it.

Auto Shut Off Timer

Some range hoods offer an automatic shut-off feature. This feature allows the range hood to automatically shut off after a certain amount of time has passed, usually between five to ten minutes. This is useful if you become distracted while cooking and forget to turn the range hood off after use. The automatic shut-off feature also helps to prevent wasting energy because the unit will automatically shut itself off after it is no longer needed.

Fan Speed

Many range hoods offer fan speed control. The fastest speed will be used when cooking foods that produce more smoke or steam, such as frying meats or boiling water. A slower fan speed is appropriate for most cooking tasks and will help to prevent noise from being an issue in your kitchen.


Range hoods are available in different sizes and fan speeds to accommodate different styles of cooking and venting needs. The higher the cubic feet per minute (CFM) rating, the stronger the fan and the greater its ability to clear smoke and odors from your cooking area.

CFMs vary from 100 to 1,000 depending on the size of your range and how you cook. Range hoods with a higher CFM are usually louder than those with lower CFM ratings because they need a stronger fan motor to pull air through the ductwork.


There are three main types of range hood filters: baffle, mesh, and charcoal.

Baffle filters are the most common and are often sold with high-end range hoods. They’re made of metal screens with a honeycomb pattern and are designed to trap grease while still allowing air to flow through.

Mesh filters are also metal screens, but their pattern is more like a net than a honeycomb. Mesh filters are often cheaper than baffle, but they tend to be less efficient at trapping grease. Some mesh filters have an added layer of aluminum that makes them more effective.

Charcoal filters do not filter grease. Instead, the charcoal absorbs odors from cooking fumes and smoke. Charcoal can only absorb so much before it needs to be replaced, usually every six months or so. Some range hoods require you to use charcoal in addition to baffle or mesh filters; others may have charcoal as the only option.

In addition, you can check out the video buyer’s guide below, which gives you a closer look at the various types of range hoods on the market.

Staff Writer At Saved By The Max

Matt Cowan is a bartender at Saved By The Max. He graduated from Arizona State University and has been bartending for about 20 years now, starting when he was just thirteen!

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