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Rangehood reviews – ducted mode

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Last updated: 23 February 2024


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Rangehoods come in various styles but which is best at clearing the air? Our experts lab test and review the latest rangehoods in ducted mode to help you find the best model for your kitchen.

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 the easiest to use and clean
  • have sufficient overhead lighting.

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.

Looking for a rangehood to vent air back in the room (better known as recirculating mode)? Check out our recirculating rangehood reviews.

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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 quickly see which models come out on top.

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    Rangehood type

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    Wall canopy (a hood installed against the wall), retracting (has a pull-out element), or undermount (integrated into a kitchen cupboard).

      Size (cm)

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      Measured width of the rangehood. They should be larger than your cooktop area for maximum performance.

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      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. We don't recommend wall canopies with a noise score below 55% and undermount/retractable with a noise score below 46%.

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      Performance score

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      How well the rangehoods extract steam in both low and high fan settings, and how much escapes from the front and sides. Water is boiled using two then four saucepans, and the more steam that escapes, the lower the steam removal score.

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        • Overall score
        • Mode tested
        • Performance
        • Ease of use
        • Noise score
        • Noise, low/high (dBA)
        • Running cost per 100 hours with lights off
        • Running cost per 100 hours with lights on
        • Running cost difference – lights on vs lights off
        • Good points
        • Bad points
        • One-way exhaust valve supplied
        • Shop Ethical rating
        • Price
        • 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)
        • Minimum installation mounting height above stove (mm)
        • Maximum installation mounting height (mm)
        • Number of fans
        • Speed settings
        • Items supplied
        • Material
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