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Last updated: 24 January 2018

Rangehoods come in various styles but which are best at clearing the air? We lab test and review the latest rangehoods in ducted mode to help you find the best model for you. 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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Noise is measured at each fan setting using a noise level meter 500mm from the front edge of the hood.

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Made up of performance (60%), noise (30%) and ease of use (10%).

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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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