What is a Convertible Range Hood?

What is a Convertible Range Hood?


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How Do Convertible Range Hoods Work?

A convertible range hood is a type of kitchen ventilation system that can function in two ways: it can either be ducted or ductless. Meaning you can decide if you’d like to vent the air outside your home, or it can recirculate the air back into your kitchen after filtering it.

Convertible range hoods offer the flexibility to switch between these two modes of operation, making them a versatile and convenient option for your kitchen.

What is the Difference Between Ducted and Non-Ducted Range Hoods?

Ducted and non-ducted range hoods are two types of kitchen ventilation appliances that serve the purpose of removing smoke, steam, and cooking odors from your kitchen while cooking. The main difference between these two types of range hoods lies in how they exhaust the air.

A ducted range hood, also known as a vented or exhaust hood, exhausts air from the kitchen to the outside through a duct system. Ducted range hoods are generally more effective at removing pollutants from the kitchen since they vent the air to the outside, ensuring that the pollutants are removed from the house entirely. Ducted range hoods require a duct system to be installed, which can increase installation costs and complexity. However, they are typically more efficient in removing smoke, steam, and cooking odors from the kitchen.

A non-ducted range hood, also known as a ductless or recirculating range hood, does not vent air to the outside but rather recirculates the air back into the kitchen after filtering it through charcoal filters. Non-ducted range hoods are generally less expensive and easier to install since they do not require a duct system. However, they are less efficient than ducted range hoods in removing pollutants from the kitchen, and the filters must be replaced regularly to maintain their effectiveness. You can find a surplus of ducted and non-ducted range hoods at The Range Hood Store!

What is the Best CFM for a Range Hood?

The best CFM (cubic feet per minute) for a range hood depends on the size of your kitchen, the type of cooking you do, and the layout of your home. In general, a range hood should have a CFM that is at least equal to the BTU (British thermal unit) output of your cooktop or range. The BTU rating indicates the amount of heat that is generated by the cooking surface.

The size of your kitchen plays a role in determining the appropriate CFM rating for your range hood. A larger kitchen will require a higher CFM rating to remove smoke and odors from the space effectively. As a general rule of thumb, a range hood with a CFM rating between 300 and 600 is suitable for most home kitchens, while larger commercial kitchens may require a range hood with a CFM rating of 1,000 or more.

It's important to consult with a professional to determine the appropriate CFM rating for your range hood based on your specific kitchen and cooking needs.

What Type of Range Hood Should I Buy?

Here are a few of our favorite range hoods that are available to purchase at The Range Hood Store now!

ZLINE Convertible Vent Wall Mount Range Hood in Stainless Steel (KB)

ZLINE Convertible Vent Wall Mount Range Hood in Stainless Steel (KB)

The ZLINE Convertible Vent Wall Mount Range Hood in Stainless Steel (KB) is a sleek and modern addition to any kitchen. With a powerful motor and a CFM rating of up to 400, this range hood effectively removes smoke, steam, and cooking odors from the air. Crafted from high-quality stainless steel, this range hood is built to last and adds a stylish touch to your cooking space. For those questioning which range hood installation would be best for them, the convertible range hood allows you to decide at the time of installation.

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ZLINE Convertible Vent Wall Mount Range Hood in Black Stainless Steel (BSKBN)

ZLINE Convertible Range Hood in Black Stainless Steel (BSKBN)

The ZLINE Convertible Vent Wall Mount Range Hood in Black Stainless Steel (BSKBN) is a sophisticated and elegant range hood that will enhance any modern kitchen. The range hood also has a convertible design allowing you to choose if ducted or ductless installation suits your kitchen's specific ventilation needs. Crafted from high-quality black stainless steel, this range hood is durable, easy to clean, and adds a sleek touch to your kitchen decor. With its impressive performance and eye-catching design, the ZLINE Convertible Vent Wall Mount Range Hood in Black Stainless Steel (BSKBN) is the perfect addition to any modern kitchen.

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ZLINE Designer Series Wall Mount Range Hood (655-HBBBB)

ZLINE Designer Series Wall Mount Range Hood (655-HBBBB)

The ZLINE Designer Series Wall Mount Range Hood is a beautiful and functional range hood that will elevate the look of any kitchen. This range hood is made of high-quality stainless steel and features a sleek black finish, giving it a modern and sophisticated look. With a maximum CFM rating of 500, this range hood can efficiently eliminate any unwelcomed odors. With its impressive performance and stylish design, the ZLINE Designer Series Wall Mount Range Hood is the perfect addition to any modern kitchen.

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ZLINE Ducted Wooden Wall Mount Range Hood in Cottage White (KBTT)

ZLINE Ducted Wooden Wall Mount Range Hood in Cottage White (KBTT)

The ZLINE Ducted Wooden Wall Mount Range Hood in Cottage White is a great touch to add to your home. This range hood is made of solid wood and features a distressed cottage white finish, which gives it a rustic and charming appearance. The built-in LED lighting illuminates your cooktop for enhanced visibility, while the dishwasher-safe baffle filters make cleaning a breeze. The wooden exterior is both durable and easy to clean, making it the perfect addition to any farmhouse or cottage-style kitchen.



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ZLINE Convertible Island Mount Range Hood in Black Stainless Steel (BSKE2iN)

ZLINE Convertible Island Mount Range Hood in Black Stainless Steel (BSKE2iN)

The ZLINE Convertible Island Range Hood in Black Stainless Steel is a stylish and powerful range hood that is the perfect addition to any kitchen. This range hood features a sleek black stainless steel finish that will add a touch of sophistication to your space. The convertible design of this range hood means that it can be installed as a vented or ductless system, depending on your needs. With its impressive performance and sleek design, the ZLINE Convertible Island Mount Range Hood in Black Stainless Steel is the perfect addition to any modern kitchen.

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Have more questions about ducted, non-ducted, or convertible range hoods? Give us a call at 1 (866) 528-0571 and a knowledge member from our sales team would be happy to help!

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