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Range hoods that scored highest in our tests were best at containing and exhausting smoke and fumes and quickly exchanging air. Several were also notably quieter than others and better at delivering both high and low levels of lighting. And all we tested offer stainless steel. The Ratings list range hoods in performance order by type.
Convection and other added features help make over-the-range microwave ovens an enticing choice over space-stealing countertop models. But if you care about venting smoke and fumes, you're better off with a range hood, especially if you cook on a higher-powered stove.
None of the over-the-range microwave ovens we tested could match the smoke-capturing ability of a good range hood. If removing smoke and fumes is more important to you than the convenience of a microwave, you're better off with a hood.