We purchased this as part of an appliance overhaul of our kitchen. We wanted the hood to match our range (slate). We replaced an 18-year-old suite of GE appliances, including range hood (all still working fine). An instant rebate on fridge and range from Bestbuy covered the cost of this item. We basically got a cosmetic improvement. This range hood looks high-end for what it is, but performance is not really better than the one replaced. A weird design change has resulted in the fan being placed on one side of the vent. Although the hood looks like it will draw air symmetrically from the range top, it does not! It does a good job drawing from the left side of the range top, but very poorly from the right. As the one who does most of the cooking, all I can say is "aaarrrggghhh!" Also, our set-up vents externally, but this thing returns 20% of the air into the kitchen through the front vent despite the presence of an insert to redirect the air flow. The installation was easy, as it fit the old footprint exactly.