The Top 5 Best Under Cabinet Range Hoods of 2018

If you're looking for the best under cabinet range hoods, you've come to the right place. It's easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of under cabinet range hoods available, especially since they all look somewhat similar. Since modern range hoods are an important and very visible part of your kitchen, you'll want to pick one which suits your situation the best. Obviously, you don't want to purchase one blindly, only to find out that instead of buying the best under cabinet range hood, you've picked the worst one. Well, no worries. We at Rangehoodguide.com have got you covered. We've put together a list of the best under cabinet range hoods of 2018. Enjoy!

5. AKDY AZ1802 (30")

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Range hood review - AKDY AZ1802 (30")

First of all, this range hood looks beautiful. Its thick stainless steel finish makes it look like a very solid piece of machinery. Combined with the blue tone of the LEDs, it gives off an almost commercial-grade like feeling. The touch control panel on the AKDY AZ1802 is a nice addition to an already modern range hood. However, it doesn’t just LOOK great. Under the hood you will find dual centrifugal fans, which will quickly remove all the unwanted cooking smells and other pollutants from your kitchen.

As with virtually any other range hood, there are some flaws. The LEDs seem relatively dim. If the range hood lighting will be the main source of light in your kitchen, the AKDY AZ1802 might not be the most optimal choice for you. The installation of this under cabinet range hood could prove to be quite hard, because the included documentation isn't too detailed. This installation might also not be a one-man job, so be sure to have an extra pair of hands available during its itsellaBe sure to have a pair of extra hands to help you with it, as you will have to drill 4 screws through your cabinet base, which have to exactly match the holes on top of the range hood.

  • Looks commercial-grade
  • Dual centrifugal fans
  • Easily removable oil deposit
  • Lights are dim (blue tone)
  • Instructions for installations are poorly written
  • Clock is military time only (24 hour)

Brand:

AKDY

Model:

AZ1802

Ducted/non-ducted:

Ducted

Installation type:

Under cabinet

Filter:

3x Baffle filter (dishwasher safe)

CFM:

500 CFM

Loudness:

Max 7 sones

Fan Type:

Centrifugal

Duct Size:

8 Inch (rounded, venting on top)

Weight:

41 Pounds

Lights:

2 x 2W LED

Range Hood Size:

Width:

Depth:

Height:

30 Inch

28.9 Inch

22 Inch

8 Inch

Material:

Stainless steel

Color:

Stainless steel

Controls:

3 Speeds (touch control panel)

Auto shut-off timer

Warranty:

3 Years (parts warranty)

Certifications:

N/A

Other:

N/A

4. Proline PLJW 185.30 (30")

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Range hood review - Proline PLJW 185.30 (30")

​​The PLJW 185.30 Under Cabinet range hood has a very sleek, but almost industrial feel to it (which is a good thing). The slim design and curved edges, combined with the brushed stainless steel make it a stylish addition to any kitchen. We’re glad Proline chose for baffle filters, instead of aluminum mesh filters. They don’t just look better than mesh filters, they also do a better job in filtering out the grease from the air. These baffle filters are easily removable to be cleaned (dishwasher safe!). Since the bottom side of the range hood is mostly flat, it’s very easy to clean it.

The lack of a touch screen will bug some people more than others. To us, the lack of a touch control panel is somewhat of a missed opportunity. Then again, the buttons on the front do contribute to the industrial feel of the range hood. The LED bulbs are a nice addition, but seem a little weak. They lack the power to be the main source of light in your kitchen. With regards to the noise, some people have found the range hood to be a bit too noisy. We must confess that we found it manageable for a 600 CFM range hood.

All in all, this is a great range hood.

  • Dual Blower
  • Baffle filters (dishwasher safe)
  • Relatively powerful motor (600 CFM)
  • Flat bottom side (easily cleanable)
  • LED lights
  • No touch screen
  • Provided LED lights aren't bright enough
  • Some might find it a bit on the loud side

Brand:

Proline

Model:

PLJW 185.30

Ducted/non-ducted:

Ducted

Installation type:

Under Cabinet

Filter:

2x Baffle filter

CFM:

600 CFM

Loudness:

5 Sones

Each setting is at about 1.25 intervals.

Speed 1: 1.3 sones

Speed 2: 2.8 sones

Speed 3: 3.9 sones

Speed 4: 5 sones

Fan Type:

Centrifugal

Duct Size:

10 X 3 Inch rectangular duct

Weight:

58 Pounds

Lights:

2x 1.5W LED

Range Hood Size:

Width:

Depth:

Height:

30 inch (also available in 36 inch)

30 Inch

18.89 Inch

5 Inch

Material:

Stainless steel

Color:

Stainless steel

Controls:

4 Speeds (stainless touch button controls)

Warranty:

3 Years

(1st Year: parts & labor; 2nd + 3rd year: parts only)

Certifications:

N/A

Other:

N/A

3. Zephyr AK2100BS
(Typhoon Series) (30")

Zephyr AK2100BS

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Range hood review - Zephyr AK2100BS (30")

When looking at this Zephyr range hood, its futuristic design is the first thing which is apparent. Contrary to ‘normal’ range hoods, this Zephyr AK2100BS lacks mesh/baffle filters. Instead, it is equipped with something Zephyr calls ‘Turbine Blade Design,’ which are two centrifugal blowers which resemble those big engines on the wings of commercial airline planes. According to Zephyr this design produces a less noisy experience compared to regular range hoods. This is great news for people who hate cleaning their range hood filters, because you can't clean what's not there. We have even better news for you: this Zephyr range hood model is equipped with a convenient self-cleaning system. The aforementioned centrifugal blowers separate grease from air, which gets deposited into dishwasher safe residue cups.

It’s not just the look which is powerful when it comes to this Zephyr range hood (it looks like it could take off), with a 850 CFM motor it’s also quite powerful under the hood as well. The only thing that could have made this range hood better is if they incorporated LED lighting instead of halogen lighting.

  • 850 CFM
  • Self-cleaning
  • Turbine Blade Design
  • Easy to install
  • Touch screen control
  • Halogen lights (no LEDs)

Brand:

Zephyr

Model:

AK2100BS (Typhoon Series)

Ducted/non-ducted:

Ducted

Installation type:

Under Cabinet

Filter:

N/A

CFM:

850 CFM

Loudness:

0.9 – 5 sones 

Fan Type:

N/A

Duct Size:

7” (top and back)

Weight:

41.9 Pounds

Lights:

2x Halogen 35W (dimmable)

Range Hood Size:

Width:

Depth:

Height:

30 inch

29.8 inch

20.8 Inch

7.9 Inch

Material:

Stainless steel

Color:

Stainless steel

Controls:

6 Speeds (Touch screen) 

Warranty:

1 Year Standard Manufacturer Warranty

Certifications:

N/A

Other:

N/A

2. Broan 413004 (30")

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Range hood review - Broan 413004 (30")

Another Broan in the top 3 under cabinet range hoods! And for a good reason: aside from its ducted brother, there’s probably no range hood which can beat the Broan 413004 when it comes down to the price/quality ratio. At the moment of writing, the Broan 413004 occupies the #1 position in the range hood category on Amazon, as well as the #19 spot in the general appliance category. If you’re looking for a simple non-ducted range hood without breaking the bank, choose this one.

Broan has equipped this range hood with the bare necessities and nothing else. Does it have some nice fancy extras? Absolutely not. It essentially is just a hood, a fan, a filter and a light bulb. Does it get the job done? Yep. Sadly, this model doesn’t have an option to turn into a ducted range hood. But lucky for us, there’s a ducted version available: Broan 403004. When you get the ducted model, be aware that for some reason, it’s only available with a rectangular 3.25" x 10" top exit.

The biggest drawback of both the ducted and the ductless models is that there’s no cover on the bottom. Even though the exposed bottom side is not hideous, it will make sure that the range hood will never be the centerpiece of your kitchen. But, again, with the current price tag it doesn’t pretend to become the focal point of your kitchen. It aims to be a solid range hood without any fancy extra features; and it really is just that. One minor flaw would be the single incandescent light, which can get quite hot. We’d rather have seen a LED, fluorescent or even halogen light.

All in all, this might one of the best easy to install, bang-for-your-buck, non-ducted range hoods currently on the market.

  • Cheap!
  • A lot of bang for your buck
  • Easy to install
  • No cover for the bottom
  • Incandescent light bulb

Brand:

Broan

Model:

413004

Ducted/non-ducted:

Non-ducted

(There’s a similar ducted model available)

Installation type:

Under Cabinet

Filter:

1x Charcoal

CFM:

160 CFM

Loudness:

N/A

Fan Type:

Axial fan

Duct Size:

N/A (non-ducted model)

Weight:

10 Pounds

Lights:

1x Incandescent bulb, up to 75W (not included)

Range Hood Size:

Width:

Depth:

Height:

30 inch (also available in 24 inch)

30 Inch

17.5 Inch

6 Inch

Material:

Stainless steel

Color:

Controls:

2 Speeds

Warranty:

1 Year (limited warranty)

Certifications:

ADA compliant

Other:

Range hood is set up for hardwiring. If you want to plug it into an outlet, use this powercord (not included).

Replacement charcoal filter

1. XtremeAIR UL10-U30
(Ultra Series) (30")

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Range hood review -
XtremeAIR UL10-U30 (30")

First of all, we want to commend the company on providing customers with a 10 year warranty on the motors. It’s rare that manufacturers have that much trust in their products and put their money where there mouths are. A nice bonus is that the XtremeAIR UL10-U30 is assembled in the USA, which means that its much easier for the manufacturer to send you replacement parts when needed. Secondly, the exterior not only looks solid, it also feels solid. The 1.0 mm thick stainless steel really complements the other features of the XtremeAIR UL10-U30.

Among these great features is the power of this machine. The XtremeAIR UL10-U30 has 900 CFM under the hood. That’s a lot! (If you’re going to get this range hood, be sure to provide makeup air.) The great thing is that even though it’s powerful, it’s relatively quiet for a 900 CFM machine. XtremeAir has done a great job in reducing the noise.

Please note that this much CFM will require a relatively bigger duct size. Even though the manual says that to connect the XtremeAIR UL10-U30, your duct size should be at least 6 inches, ExtremeAIR recommends connecting it to an 8 inch duct.

All this, of course, comes at a price. A monetary price. Although this range hood isn’t as expensive as some high end chimney range hoods, it might still put a dent in your budget.

  • 10 Year warranty on the motors
  • Powerful 900 CFM motor
  • Relatively quiet
  • Baffle filters
  • Assembled in the USA
  • Relatively pricy

Brand:

XtremeAIR

Model:

UL10-U30

Ducted/non-ducted:

Ducted

Installation type:

Under Cabinet

Filter:

3x Baffle filter

CFM:

900 CFM

Loudness:

1.5 - 6.5 Sones

Fan Type:

Centrifugal

Duct Size:

8 Inch (round, top)

Weight:

53 Pounds

Lights:

2x 2W LED

Range Hood Size:

Width:

Depth:

Height:

30 Inch

29.8 Inch

22 Inch

9.8 Inch

Material:

Stainless steel

Color:

Stainless steel

Controls:

3 Speed (buttons)

Warranty:

First year: labor warranty

First 2 years: parts warranty

First 10 years: motor(s) warranty

Certifications:

ETL Certification (North American Safety Standards)

Other:

N/A

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