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Last updated: 26 February 2020


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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. 

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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 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. 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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    Performance score

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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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    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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      • Overall score
      • Mode tested
      • Running cost for 100 hours - lights on
      • Running cost for 100 hrs - recirculating mode
      • Running cost difference - lights on vs. no lights
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      • Performance
      • Ease of use
      • Noise score
      • Noise - recirculating mode, low/high (dBA)
      • Good points
      • Bad points
      • Price
      • Annual carbon filter price
      • Availability
      • One way exhaust valve supplied
      • Brand
      • Model
      • Rangehood type
      • Size (cm)
      • Dimensions (cm, HxWxD)
      • Material
      • Control location
      • Type of light
      • Number of light globes
      • Fan number
      • Speed settings
      • Filter type
      • Filter dishwashable
      • Carbon filters to be replaced every
      • Number of carbon filters needed
      • Model number for carbon filter
      • Min mounting height above stove (mm)
      • Maximum mounting height (mm)
      • Items supplied
      • Warranty (years)
      • Origin
      • Contact


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