Range Hoods & Downdraft Ventilation
Find your perfect range hood.
Breathe easy in your kitchen.
Here’s why you need a range hood.
How to choose a range hood.
Best Buy carries a wide range of range hood styles with an even greater range of features. Here are some things to keep in mind while shopping:
- Vented hood installations move kitchen exhaust to the outside of the home. Non-vented (or ductless) installations recirculate air back into the kitchen, typically passing through a charcoal filter that absorbs smoke and odors. A vented range hood is typically considered more effective at clearing the kitchen air.
- Your kitchen size and configuration can help to sort your priorities when choosing a hood type. If your room is large and you cook often, choose a hood with a stronger blower and more speeds to take care of excess odors.
- Take advantage of new technology: some models feature Wi-Fi or Bluetooth capability and others come with remote controls. Check out heat-sensing range hoods that can adjust the fan speed to the temperature of the stovetop, or models with a timer.
Selecting a range hood.
Which vent is right for you?
Range hood considerations.
First and foremost, you’ll need a range hood that’s designed for the exhaust opening in your kitchen. Some range hoods are made for mounting on the wall or under a cabinet, while others are made to stand alone as an island range hood.
Next, think carefully about the maximum air flow you’ll need from your range hood. Range hoods with an air flow below 300 cubic feet per minute (CFM) are sufficient for most home cooking on a moderately sized electric cooktop, which produces less heat. Gas ranges generally require range hoods with at least 300 CFM of airflow. If you have a high-output range and you often find yourself cooking on all burners, you’re going to need a range hood that pumps out 600 to 700 or more cubic feet per minute.
Finally, think about finish and features. Depending on the other appliances in your kitchen, you can choose silver, white, black and stainless range hoods. Beyond that, ask yourself whether you want features like integrated lights, a removable grease filter, variable ducting, a temperature sensor, delayed shutoff, or remote control on your range hood.