Range Hood Reviews -
Top 5 Wall Mount Chimney
Range Hoods of 2018

If you're in the market for a new wall mount chimney range hood (installed against a wall) and are looking for range hood reviews, you've come to the right place. It's easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of chimney range hoods available, especially since they all look somewhat similar. Since most people don't know what to look for when buying a range hood and don't have the time and/or energy to dive into the world of range hoods, we've done the hard work for you. We have picked out the 5 best wall mount chimney range hoods of 2018 and wrote range hood reviews for all of them. Event though none of the wall mount chimney range hoods in our list will be a bad choice, you should get the one which fits your situation best. We hope this range hood reviews top 5 will prove useful to you.

5. FIREBIRD FBTK-S307H-75 (30")

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Range Hood Review - FIREBIRD FBTK-S307H-75 (30")

The number 3 spot on this list of range hood reviews is occupied by a 30 inch range hood by FIREBIRD. The first thing which stands out about this this wall mount range hood is that it's absolutely beautiful. The combined use of glass and stainless steel gives off a very modern and eye-catching feel. We're glad that Firebird opted for LED lighting, instead of halogen bulbs, as LED lighting is much more energy efficient and durable. The blue-ish tone of the tested model was a nice touch. It’s not just the outside of the range hood that’s impressive, as there’s a powerful 760 CFM motor hidden under the beautiful exterior.

An important part of range hood reviews are discussing possible flaws. While some websites might solely focus on the positive parts in order to sell more (at the cost of you, the consumer), here at Rangehoodguide.com we don't play that game. Let's talk about issues we came across.

Wall mount chimney range hoods are usually fully made out of stainless steel for a reason. Although the glass makes it look absolutely stunning, it also comes at a price: there's only room for 2 small mesh filters. Usually, almost the whole bottom part of a range hood should be made up of a range hood filter, because it’s where the air pollutants (resulting from cooking) will come in contact with the range hood. However, a big part of this range hood model is made up of glass, which results in a shortage of space for bigger (or more) filters. It seems that the manufacturer was aware of this and tried to compensate for it by putting in a more powerful fan, but that too comes at a price: more noise at the highest speed.

Another flaw is the installation of the range hood. A lot of people seem to have had trouble with the installation of the range hood. We must say that the instructions for the installation are very limited and installing the range hood requires at least 2 people. It’s also advisable to wear gloves while installing this range hood so as to not cut yourself, as the range hood contains some sharp edges.

  • Looks beautiful, especially with the tempered glass
  • Powerful fan
  • Looks very stylish. The blue LEDs are a nice touch.
  • Only 2 small mesh filters
  • Limited instructions for installment

Brand:

FIREBIRD

Model:

FBTK-S307H-75

Ducted/non-ducted:

Ducted (convertible to a non-ducted range hood through carbon filters, sold separately)

Installation type:

Chimney (wall mount)

Filter:

2x Mesh filter

CFM:

760 CFM

Loudness:

Less than 7 sones

Fan Type:

N/A

Duct Size:

6 Inch

Weight:

45.5 Pounds

Lights:

2 x 2W LED

Range Hood Size:

Width:

Depth:

Height:

30 Inch

32.1 Inch

18.5 Inch

22.8 - 37.8 Inch

Material:

Stainless steel, tempered glass

Color:

Stainless steel

Controls:

3 Speeds (buttons)

Warranty:

3 Years (parts warranty)

Certifications:

ETL Certification (North American Safety Standards)

Other:

Chimney fits 8 - 8.5 feet ceilings

4. AKDY AZ-63175S (30")

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Range Hood Review - AKDY AZ-63175S (30")

The number 4 spot on this list of range hood reviews is occupied by a 30 inch range hood by AKDY. This range hood looks like a straightforward, simple, but stylish addition to any kitchen. The stainless steel finish goes well with the blue tones of the LED lighting, which gives off a very modern feeling. To be honest, the range hood looks more expensive than it actually is. Out of all the wall mount chimney range hoods in this list, this is definitely one of the most beautiful ones. A great bonus is that the range hood is really light.

As with almost all range hoods, there are some minor flaws. Partly due to the blue tones of these particular LED lights, they seem to come off as somewhat dim. They don’t seem to give off as much light as the LED lights in other range hood models. What doesn’t help either is that they’re located at the back, instead of the (more common) front. Another topic we have to highlight in our range hood reviews is the amount of noise the range hoods produce. The AKDY 30" AZ-63175S seems quite noisy. 
Even on the lowest setting, it seems to give off more noise than other range hood models. Speaking of sound, even the LED touch panel control is really loud (smoke alarm intensity) and every touch or command gives off this loud beep. Lastly, the installation is quite tricky. To somewhat counter this flaw, make sure to have at least two extra hands to help with the installation.

If you can overlook these flaws, this range hood is a great choice, especially if you’re looking for a great price/quality ratio.

  • Looks more expensive than it actually is
  • Light weight
  • Great bang for your buck
  • Light are quite dim (blue toned, positioned at the back)
  • Installing the range hood can be pretty tricky
  • Relatively loud
  • Touch control is loud

Brand:

AKDY

Model:

AZ-63175S

Ducted/non-ducted:

Ducted

Installation type:

Chimney (wall mount)

Filter:

2x Aluminum mesh filter (dishwasher safe)

CFM:

400 CFM

Loudness:

Less than 7 sones

Fan Type:

N/A

Duct Size:

6 Inch

Weight:

21.6 Pounds

Lights:

2 x 2W LED

Range Hood Size:

Width:

Depth:

Height:

30 Inch

29.5 Inch

18.9 Inch

41.7 Inch (max)

Material:

Stainless steel

Color:

Stainless steel

Controls:

3 Speeds LED touch panel control

Warranty:

3 Year warranty (parts)

Certifications:

ETL Certification (North American Safety Standards)

Other:

Telescopic chimney fits 8-8.5 feet ceilings.
Clock runs on military time only (24 hour clock)

3. CAVALIERE SV218B2-30- LED (30")

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Range Hood Review - CAVALIERE SV218B2-30 LED (30")

The number 3 spot on this list of range hood reviews is occupied by a 30 inch range hood by CAVALIERE. This range hood, with its brushed steel finish, is very stylish and will fit perfectly in any modern kitchen. It's powerful 900 CFM centrifugal motor will be a great aid in capturing all the smells, fumes and oil. However, some might find it a bit noisy on the higher speeds. But as we all know, it's always a trade-off. The more powerful the range hood, the noisier it will be.

Please note that the description on Amazon might not be totally accurate. The manual clearly states that it includes halogen lights (instead of LEDs), aluminum mesh filters (instead of baffle filters) and has 6 fan speeds (instead of 4 speeds). The model we've tested matched the description in the manual.

  • Beautiful design
  • Powerful 900 CFM fan
  • Touch screen control
  • 10 Year warranty
  • Might have halogen lights, which don’t provide a lot of light
  • Plastic filter handles might melt off
  • Noisy on higher speeds

Brand:

CAVALIERE

Model:

SV218B2-30- LED

Ducted/non-ducted:

Ducted (option to convert to ductless range hood through the use of a ‘Recirculating Kit,’ which contains a set of charcoal filters and an air-diverter)

Installation type:

Chimney (wall mount)

Filter:

2x baffle filter (dishwasher safe)

Note: the manual states that it comes with aluminum mesh filters instead of baffle filters.

CFM:

900 CFM

Loudness:

0.3 to 7.0 sones (lowest to highest speed)

Fan Type:

Centrifugal

Duct Size:

6 Inch (round exhaust duct vent)

Weight:

42 Pounds

Lights:

2x dimmable LED

Note: the manual states that it comes with 2x 35W halogen lights instead of LEDs

Range Hood Size:

Width:

Depth:

Height:

30 inch

29.5 inch

19 inch

42 inch (max)

Material:

Brushed stainless steel

Color:

Brushed stainless steel

Controls:

4 Speed LCD touch screen

30-Hour cleaning reminder

1-15-Minute programmable delayed power auto shut-off

Note: the manual states that it comes with 6 speeds instead of 4

Warranty:

10 Years (on major components)

Certifications:

N/A

Other:

50 Ft. recommended maximum linear duct run

10+ Ft. ceilings need an optional extension 

2. Kitchen Bath Collection
STL75-LED (30")

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Range Hood Review - Kitchen Bath Collection STL75-LED (30")

The number 2 spot on this list of range hood reviews is occupied by a 30 inch range hood by Kitchen Bath Collection. First of all, this range hood is beautiful. It has a sleek and modern stainless steel design. The touch control panel in front and the bright LED lights really makes this range hood a great addition to any modern kitchen. What’s even better is the relatively low price. Out of all the wall mount chimney range hoods in this list, this one will probably give you the most bang out of your buck.

We do want to touch on some shortcomings of this range hood. Firstly, even though the design might be very sleek, the relatively thin steel makes the range hood feel a bit flimsy. The second (potential) flaw is the loudness of the range hood. Though subjective, we can imagine how some people might find the range hood to be a bit on the loud side (around 3.5 sones). We at Rangehoodguide.com didn’t find it all that disturbing. We did find the beeping sounds of the touch screen a bit on the loud side.

The LED lights are both a pro and a con. Having LED lights in your range hood is generally a great thing. The supplied LED lights in this model are very bright though. That shouldn’t stop you from buying this range hood though, as you can always swap them for different ones (check with the manufacturer first so as to not void the warranty).

The relatively low price, modern design and adequate fan motor make this range hood a great deal. Though there are some minor flaws, the great features more than make up for them.

  • Beautiful design
  • Touch screen control
  • LED lights
  • Relatively cheap
  • Might feel a bit light weight and flimsy
  • Relatively loud
  • Beeping sound on touch screen control is very loud
  • LED lights are very bright

Brand:

Kitchen Bath Collection

Model:

STL75-LED

Ducted/non-ducted:

Ducted/Ductless

Installation type:

Chimney (wall mount)

Filter:

3x Aluminum mesh (charcoal filters for ductless included)

CFM:

412 CFM

Loudness:

3.5 Sones max

Fan Type:

N/A

Duct Size:

6 Inch

Weight:

35.1 Pounds

Lights:

2x LED

Range Hood Size:

Width:

Depth:

Height:

30 inch

29.6 inch

19.7 inch

28 - 41 inch (max)

Material:

Stainless steel

Color:

Stainless steel

Controls:

3 Speed touch screen control panel

Warranty:

1 Year (manufacturer's defect warranty)

Certifications:

UL-certified (motor)

Other:

No visible welded seams on any of the 3 sides.

Power cable not included

According to some customers, there is no extension available for this model (these need to be custom made for you for a lot of $). Be sure to measure your ceiling height before purchasing this range hood.

1. Z Line KB-36 (36")

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Range Hood Review - Z Line KB-36 (36")

The number 1 spot on this list of range hood reviews is occupied by a 36 inch range hood by Z Line. The ZLKB-36 is a great chimney range hood. What makes this range hood especially great is its price/quality ratio. A similar product from other manufacturers would generally set you back a lot more money.

The range hood’s sleek and modern brushed aluminum finish will make it look more expensive than it actually is. However, some details aren’t as robust as we’d like them to be. For instance, the buttons might not push down evenly; the baffle filters might be a bit lopsided (might need a light bending), the supplied screws/anchors might not suffice (you might want to use your own screws to keep the range hood from vibrating). But hey, for this price we can’t complain.

The features it comes with are generally exclusive to a higher segment range hoods: powerful 760 CFM motor, 4 speed control (with autotimer, delayed shut-off and LED indicator) , adjustable lighting. If you want to get the most bang for your buck and look stylish doing so, get this range hood!

  • Great product at a great price
  • Beautiful modern design
  • Powerful 760 CFM motor
  • Some details might be a bit flimsy or wobbly
  • Sharp edges
  • Dim halogen lights (20W each)

Brand:

Z Line

Model:

KB-36

Ducted/non-ducted:

Ducted (convertible to non-ducted range hood by adding these filters)

Installation type:

Chimney (wall mount)

Filter:

3x Baffle filter (dishwasher safe)

CFM:

760 CFM

Loudness:

4 Speed control

280 CFM -1.2 sones

400 CFM - 2.6 sones

580 CFM - 4.2 sones

760 CFM - 5.8 sones

Fan Type:

N/A

Duct Size:

6 Inch 

(Transition piece with backdraft damper to round ducting included.)

Weight:

44 Pounds

Lights:

2x 20W adjustable halogen lights (included)

Range Hood Size:

Width:

Depth:

Height:

36 Inch

36 Inch

19.7 Inch

10.5 Inch (max)

Material:

Brushed stainless steel

Color:

Brushed stainless steel

Controls:

4 Speed push button controls

Autotimer with delayed shut-off

Warranty:

3 Years (parts only)

Certifications:

CE, GS, and CCC safety approvals (US and Canada).

Other:

Kitchens with a high ceiling might need to get this chimney extension.

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