Looking for the best kitchen hood is not easy. It could range from hood size, CFM, and ductwork depending on your cooking habits and personal preferences. Being on top of what you want lets you find the best hood.

As your home repair partner, we wrapped up ways for you to consider when looking for the best kitchen hood.


Kitchen Space

The type of kitchen hood depends entirely on where you want it to be installed. There are several options to choose from. If your range is against a wall, you’ll want a wall mount range hood. If it’s under the cabinet then you might fancy an under cabinet range hood. For popular designs along the kitchen island then you’ll probably need an island range hood. If you have custom cabinetry or a custom hood over your range, you’ll want a hood insert. Lastly, if your kitchen range is outside, you’ll want an outdoor range hood.

You also have professional hoods and artisan hoods. Professional hoods are kitchen fans that move 900 or more CFM, while artisan hoods are custom-built for your kitchen. Most custom and professional models are wall and island hoods.


Height of the Ceiling 

Getting the perfect kitchen hood can vary depending on the height of your ceiling. You may need a range hood that comes with chimney extensions. A chimney extension is an additional accessory for your hood that covers your ductwork. 

Most wall and island hoods come with chimneys made for standard 8’ and 9’ ceilings. But if you have a taller ceiling then you will most likely need a chimney extension.


Space for the hood

The common practice is to mount your indoor hood between 28 and 36 inches away from the cooker. Make sure you have enough space in your kitchen to fit this requirement.

For an outdoor kitchen, you need the room to mount your hood between 36” and 42” away from the surface of your cooker. This will ensure that your hood can vent the heavy grease and smoke coming from your grill effectively.


Exhaust type

There are two ways to set up the ventilation system on your range hood; a vented, or ducted system and a non-vented, or ductless system. The vented system uses ducting to channel the air away from the kitchen and out of the home.While vented range hood 

You can either vent the hood horizontally or vertically. Island hoods have to be vented vertically. But, wall and under cabinet hoods on the other hand can be vented horizontally through a wall or vertically through the ceiling.

Unlike a vented system, non-vented systems use no ductwork. The hood takes in  air through charcoal filters and then recirculates it back into your home for fresh air. You can use a recirculating kit or charcoal filters for this type of hood, depending on the specific model.

Ductless or recirculating hoods aren’t as effective at removing fumes and smells from your home, but can be a great option if you live in an apartment where you can’t install ductwork.


Ventilation is very important in every household. That’s why finding the best kitchen hood can help your home feel fresh and airy.