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What's behind our range hood Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 22 models in range hoods to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
  • Overall score
    Overall score is based mainly on smoke removal.
  • Smoke
    Smoke is how well hoods contain and exhaust fumes.
  • Volume
    Volume is how quickly models exchange air.
  • Noise
    Noise is based mainly on the low-speed fan setting.
  • Light
    Light is based mainly on how well the hood light(s) provided appropriate and uniform task lighting.



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Recommended range hoods

Recommended range hoods are standout choices with high scores. They include CR Best Buys, which offer exceptional value. When narrowing your choices, weigh features, price, and attributes that matter to you.
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Over-the-range hoods have become as stylish as they are practical. Most now offer the commercial look of stainless steel—and you needn't pay a pro-style price to get a pro-style hood. The best hoods we tested excelled at containing and exhausting smoke and fumes and exchanging air. If you're looking for information about range hoods, Consumer Reports is your best resource. Consumer Reports’ range hood reviews will give you honest buying advice that you can trust. Use our range hood buying guide to discover which features are most important to consider. We also provide unbiased Ratings and range hood reviews to help you choose the best range hood for your needs.

Range hood buying guide

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. Note that we longer test and rate range hoods, but this buying guide can help you when shopping.

None of the over-the-range microwave ovens we tested in the past 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.

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