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Rangehood reviews - ducted mode

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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List of brands we tested in this review.

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    Rangehood type

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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 score

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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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      Performance score

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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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      • Overall score
      • Mode tested
      • CHOICE Buy
      • Performance
      • Ease of use
      • Noise score
      • Noise - ducted mode, low/high (dBA)
      • Running cost for 100 hrs - ducted mode
      • Running cost for 100 hours - ducted mode - lights on
      • Running cost difference - lights on vs. no lights
      • Good points
      • Bad points
      • One way exhaust valve supplied
      • Availability
      • Price
      • Brand
      • Model
      • Rangehood type
      • Size (cm)
      • Dimensions (cm, HxWxD)
      • Control location
      • Number of light globes
      • Type of light
      • Filter type
      • Filter dishwashable
      • Ducting pipe diameter recommended (mm)
      • Min mounting height above stove (mm)
      • Height for testing above stove (mm)
      • Fan number
      • Speed settings
      • Items supplied
      • Material
      • Warranty (years)
      • Origin
      • Contact

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