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Last updated: 23 January 2019

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.

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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:

  • are best at removing steam from the air
  • are the least noisy, on both low and high fan settings
  • are easiest to use and clean
  • have sufficient overhead lighting.

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.


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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).

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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.

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Based on operating the unit with the lights on for 50 hours on low and 50 hours on high at 30c/kW.

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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.

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