The best external inline blowers have a strong enough fan speed (cfm) and are easily installed.
Some inline blower hoods even have mounting chains so you can suspend them from attic rafters. You can also read my review on the quietest range hoods here.
In this review, I will go over...
- My #1 top pick for the best inline blower hood
- Choosing the inline blower speed (cfm)
- Pros and cons of my top picks
Let's get started with this guide!
My Overall #1 Rated Pick
My overall top pick for the best external inline blower fan for range hoods goes to this Awoco unit. This powerful inline blower is rated at 800-cfm and is suitable for large kitchens and homes. It includes 4 fan speeds, mountable controls and LEDs, and it also has a delayed shutoff feature.
Why Install A Inline Blower Range Hood?
Inline blowers, also known as remote blowers, are a great way to get a nearly silent range hood. Inline blower fans are installed in either an attic, basement, or sealed crawlspace.
The existing range hood stays in place, but the blower is removed, so when you turn on the hood only the inline blower turns on. This is pretty much the only way you can remove most of the noise from a range hood. It won't be 100% silent just because moving air flow still creates a sound, but it will be significantly quieter.
And the loud noise from range hoods is probably the number one complaint among homeowners.
Read Also: What Are The Best Under Cabinet Range Hoods?
How Do The Control Work For Inline Blowers?
Most inline blowers can simply be wired to the existing hood, and you don't need to change the control buttons.
However, other range hoods have separate controls that you will have to mount to the existing range hood.
What Is The Sizing (CFM) Of Inline Blower Range Hoods?
Inline blower fans range from around 200-cfm and all the way up to 1000+ cfm. CFM stands for cubic feet per minute and is a measurement of exhaust capacity or speed.
Inline external blowers tend to have more than the average range hood CFM just because they make less noise.
Read Also: Do Range Hoods Have To Be Vented Outside?
However, homeowners should be aware that if a range hood exhausts over 400 cfm, they may need to buy an additional automatic makeup air system. A makeup air system will bring in fresh air to the home in order to prevent a negative air pressurization problem in the home.
If there are gas appliances in the home, an overly powerful CFM hood can cause hazardous back drafting which can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. Back drafting is a phenomenon when the exhaust gases from a gas appliance don't properly exit to the outside, but are pulled back into the interior of the home.
Read Also: How To Install A ZLine Range Hood?
What Is The Best Inline Blower Fan For Range Hoods?
Here are my full reviews of the top inline blowers for kitchen hoods together with their pros and cons. Check it out below...
This is a high quality inline blower exhaust fan made by Awoco. This inline blower fan is installed in the attic, and it is connected to the range hood (and exterior roof vent) with a 6-inch duct.
And you install the 4-speed control panel to your existing range hood—the highest speed is 800-cfm. Due to the high CFM of the highest speed, homeowners may need an automatic makeup air system installed as well.
This unit also comes with two 1.5-watt LED lights which are removable. The Awoco inline blower also has a 3-min auto delay off timer to help remove all smoke and fumes.
The HLB3 is a premium inline blower exhaust fan by Broan for your existing kitchen hood. This inline blower is installed in your home's interior such as your attic or basement, and vents to the outside.
It is rated at 280-cfm and this inline blower will make your existing range hood super quiet depending on how far away it is. It comes with 8 installation brackets as well as a hanger kit (chains) which allows you to hang it.
This inline blower has also been designed with rubber motor and housing mounts for even quieter operation. There is also a built-in damper (flap) with this blower. The duct is 10-inches so you can buy an adapter to match any existing range hood duct.
The HLB11 is a high quality inline blower fan made by Broan. This powerful 1100-cfm inline blower will remove smoke and cooking fumes from your kitchen hood, while installed remotely in your attic, basement, or sealed crawlspace.
You also may need an automatic makeup makeup air damper with this powerful blower to prevent hazardous negative air pressure problems.
The HLB11 comes with a hangar system which will suspend it with chains, or you can install it using the mounting brackets. This blower is made out of galvanized steel for a durable finish. It also has a built-in damper system.
My #1 Top Pick: Awoco
My top pick for the best external inline blower fan goes to this unit by Awoco. Here's why...
Rated at 800-cfm, this inline blower is powerful and great for larger kitchens and homes. You may need an automatic makeup air damper though.
#2. Mountable Controls & LEDs
This unit comes with a separate mountable control panel and LEDs, and it will work with most range hoods.
#3. Delayed Auto Shutoff
With a delayed auto shutoff feature, this inline blower will remain on for a few minutes by itself to make sure all of the smoke and fumes has been exhausted.