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Last updated: 13 April 2021


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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. 

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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.

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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 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), retractable (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.

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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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      • 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
      • Shop ethical rating
      • 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)
      • Maximum installation mounting height (mm)
      • Fan number
      • Speed settings
      • Items supplied
      • Material
      • Warranty (years)
      • Origin
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