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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 recirculating 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 recirculating rangehood test covers wall canopy, undermount (integrated) and retractable styles of rangehoods, in sizes from 53cm to 90cm. A recirculating rangehood is ideal if you're renting or living in an apartment, as it vents air back into the room and uses a carbon filter to clean the air. Are you looking for a rangehood to vent outside (better known as ducted mode)? See our ducted rangehood reviews.

Our expert testers give every rangehood a thorough workout in recirculating 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
  • have carbon filters that are easy to remove and replace.

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. If a rangehood's noise score is not up to scratch then it won't be recommended, even if its overall performance is good.

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

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

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

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