Rangehoods come in various styles but which is best at clearing the air? We lab test and review the latest rangehoods in ducted mode to help you find the best model for your kitchen.
Our rangehood buying guide will help you decide which type of rangehood you need, and how we test explains what goes on in our CHOICE labs.
Our ducted rangehood test covers wall canopy, undermount (integrated) and retractable styles of rangehoods, in sizes from around 60cm to 90cm. A ducted rangehood requires a vent to extract smells outside. Are you looking for a rangehood to vent air back in the room (better known as recirculating mode)? See our recirculating rangehood reviews.
Our expert testers give every rangehood a thorough workout in ducted mode to help find models that:
Our interactive comparison tool helps you easily sort the style and size you need, and which brands scored the highest for key areas such as noise and performance. Our Recommended list will help you see quickly which models come out on top.
List of brands we tested in this review.
This is the manufacturer's recommended retail price at the time of purchase.
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We recommend rangehoods that score 70% or more overall.
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Wall canopy (a hood installed against the wall), retractable (has a pull-out element), or undermount (integrated into a kitchen cupboard).
Noise is measured at each fan setting using a noise level meter 500mm from the front edge of the hood.
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Our tester installs rangehoods, ensuring instructions are followed. She tests steam removal in both ducted and recirculating modes by boiling 1L of water in two saucepans, and leaving them to simmer. She assesses how much steam is collected in low and high fan settings and how much escapes from the front and sides. The test is repeated with four pans (which is usually where you see a difference in performance between rangehoods). She also records a video to ensure her assessments are correct.
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Based on operating the unit without the lights on for 50 hours on low and 50 hours on high at 30c/kW.
Based on operating the unit with the lights on for 50 hours on low and 50 hours on high at 30c/kW.
A one-way exhaust valve (or flap) inside a ducted rangehood can help keep hot air inside during winter or cold air inside during summer, instead of escaping through the duct to the outside. Some rangehoods have these built in, and some have them as optional extras.
A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.