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.
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:
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.
List of brands we tested in this review.
This is the manufacturer's recommended retail price at the time of purchase.
enter value/s in increments of 1 between 180 and 2199
We recommend recirculating rangehoods that score 75% or more overall.
Unlock this by becoming a member.
Already a member? Log in now
This test score is for members only. Join now to unlock our expert results.
Already a member? Log in now
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.
enter value/s in increments of 1 between 0 and 0
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.
Wall canopy (a hood installed against the wall), retractable (has a pull-out element), or undermount (integrated into a kitchen cupboard).
Measured width of the rangehood. They should be larger than your cooktop area for maximum performance.
enter value/s in increments of 1 between 50 and 90
Based on operating the unit without the lights on for 50 hours on low and 50 hours on high at 30c/kW.
Based on operating the unit with the lights on for 50 hours on low and 50 hours on high at 30c/kW.
A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.
A one-way exhaust valve (or flap) inside a ducted rangehood can help keep hot air inside during winter or cold air inside during summer, instead of escaping through the duct to the outside. Some rangehoods have these built in, and some have them as optional extras.