Probably the biggest complaint among homeowners about range hoods is the noise.
Some range hoods can just be really loud, it can feel like a freight train is visiting your kitchen.
In this review, I will be going over...
- My #1 top pick for the quietest range hood
- How range hoods use decibels to measure their noise
- Pros and cons of the quietest range hoods
My Overall #1 Rated Pick
My overall top pick for the best quiet range hood goes to the Cosmo COS-QS75. This range hood is quiet, and it is rated at only 65-decibels when on max fan speed. This contemporary range hood also comes with a digital touch screen control panel. It also comes with a remote control and an auto delayed off function. This Cosmo kitchen hood is rated at 500-cfm and it is 30-inches wide.
How To Pick The Quietest Range Hood?
Choosing a really quiet range hood can be quite a challenge, and the range hood itself is just one part of the equation. Here are my top considerations for picking the quietest range hood...
Range hoods are usually rated in decibels at their max speed setting, and that is how I have picked the quietest range hoods. The higher the decibel level, the more noise a range hood emits.
In general, my top picks of range hoods range in the 60 to 65 decibels when on maximum power.
In addition to the decibel rating, the amount of CFM can make a large difference in noise.
A 350-cfm range hood will be significantly quieter than a range hood rated at 550-cfm just due to the power needed to operate at a higher fan speed.
If you want more details on picking the right CFM, you can read my full guide on range hood sizing here.
#3. The Duct
Many people don't consider the vent duct that a range hood uses in relation to noise. Unless the range hood is ductless, the vent hood should discharge to the outdoors, and this duct can have a big impact on noise.
Range hoods with larger ducts such as 6-inch will usually make much less noise than a hood that only has a 4-inch duct.
When the duct is larger, there is less air resistance, the kitchen hood doesn't have to use as much power, and therefor the vent hood is quieter.
In addition to the duct size, the number of bends in the whole duct run can have a large impact. If you have numerous 90-degree bends in the duct, then this can also add a significant amount of noise.
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Why Inline Blowers Make A Quiet Range Hood?
And in addition to range hoods, I have also included an inline blower unit, which technically isn't a range hood but a remote-mounted fan.
Inline blowers are installed either in the attic or in the basement, and these are connected to an existing range hood in the kitchen.
And since the inline blower is installed far away from the kitchen hood, this means that you can have a range hood that is totally silent— minus the sound of air flow which is inescapable. Of course, you will have to remove the existing blower from the range hood for this setup to work.
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What Is The Best Quiet Range Hood?
Here are my full reviews of the quietest range hoods with their pros and cons. Check it out below...
My #1 top pick for the quietest range hood is the COS-QS75. It is a quiet 500-cfm range hood made by Cosmos.
At max speed, this kitchen hood will produce only 65-decibels of noise. This Cosmo hood has a backlighted touchscreen control panel, comes with a remote control, and it even has a delayed auto off feature.
This vent hood comes with two 1.5-watt LED lights for cooking illumination for any time of the day. It also comes with stainless steel baffle filters that are dishwasher safe and they will last a long time.
This inline blower unit by Awoco is a great way to use your range hood in quiet way.
The Awoco inline blower is installed in the attic above your kitchen, so that when you use your range hood (blower is removed), only the blower in the attic turns on. This inline blower unit has four speeds, and the highest speed is a powerful 800-cfm (strong enough for large kitchens).
The Awoco inline blower unit uses 6-inch ducting, and it comes with the brackets that are used to install it inside the attic. There is no way to have a quieter range hood than installing an inline blower unit. It only works with the existing range hood, controller, and duct—they are not included.
The Chef Series under cabinet is a quiet and high quality range hood by Hauslane that is rated at 860-cfm. At it's highest fan speed, this Hauslane range hood is only 63.8-decibels while providing strong suction power.
And if you want to dial in the fan speed (and noise), this Hauslane range hood has six speed settings which is highly unusual.
This sleek stainless steel range hood also has a digital touch screen control panel, and it comes with two stainless steel baffle filters. The LED lights will also give you a nice illumination for your cooking needs.
The AKDY island mount is a premium range hood that has a quiet motor. It is rated at 343-cfm, and it puts out only 60-decibels on the highest fan setting.
Constructed of black stainless steel, it not only gives it a unique look, but also has a very durable finish (and easy to clean).
The decorative chimney is adjustable and is suitable for kitchen ceilings up to 8.5-feet. The hood has three fan speeds, and it comes with four 1.5-watt LED lights for cooktop illumination. The two aluminum mesh filters are dishwasher friendly.
This 30-inch range hood by Cosmo is installed on your kitchen wall, and it is rated at 380-cfm. This quiet range hood is rated at 65-decibels on max speed.
The glass visor gives this range hood a contemporary style and will upgrade the look of any home kitchen.
The fan has three speeds with a touch panel control. It features two stainless steel baffle filters that are dishwasher safe and efficient at capturing cooking grease.
This Cosmo hood also comes with two 2-watt LED lights.
My #1 Top Pick: Cosmo COS-QS75
My #1 top pick for the quietest range hood goes to the Cosmo COS-QS75. Here's why...
#1. Quiet at 65-Decibels
At max speed, this Cosmo range hood will only produce 65-decibels of noise, which is pretty darn quiet.
#2. Modern Controls
This contemporary style range hood features a touch screen control panel (that is backlighted) and it even comes with a remote control. The Cosmo kitchen hood also has a delayed auto off feature.
#3. Stainless Steel Baffles
The Cosmo kitchen hood includes stainless steel baffle filters that are highly durable and long lasting. These dishwasher safe filters are also highly efficient at capturing grease.