Do you want to find the best wall mount range hood?
Wall mount range hoods have chimney style vents that rise up from the range hood. These 'chimneys' can rise up a foot or two, or can even rise up all the way to the ceiling.
Wall mount vent hoods can also be made ductless with the purchase of a charcoal filter kit.
In this Home Inspector Secrets guide, we will go over...
- Our #1 top pick for the best wall mounted range hood
- The purchase of chimney extension kits
- A few tips on installing wall mount kitchen hoods
- The main differences between wall mount and other vent hoods
Let's get started with this guide!
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Our Overall #1 Rated Pick
Our overall top pick for wall mounted range hoods goes to the Cosmo 63175S. This 30-inch hood is rated at 380-cfm and has a soft touch control panel. The total height of the range hood varies from 25.6" to 39.4" depending on the chimney extension. This Cosmo hood uses a 6-inch duct, and it comes with 2-watt energy-efficient LED lighting.
Top 5 Best Wall Mount Range Hoods
Want a quick look? Check out our top 5 wall mount range hoods below! Keep reading to learn more about our top picks.
What Is A Wall Mounted Range Hood?
A wall mount range hood is a type of kitchen exhaust fan that is installed on a kitchen wall.
Compared to the extremely common under cabinet range hood, wall mount range hoods have a chimney-style vent that goes upwards along the wall. Of course, there can't be a kitchen cabinet or microwave in the way.
Ducted Or Ductless Wall Mount Hoods
Wall mounted range hoods — similar to other vent hoods — can either be installed ducted or ductless. Virtually all canopy range hoods can be made ductless or recirculating with the separate purchase of an activated charcoal filter. You will just need to verify it with the manufacturer.
When a kitchen exhaust fan is ducted, the charcoal filter is not required, and many range hoods have permanent baffle-style metal filters that catch grease.
For more details on ducted vs ductless, check out my guide here: Do Range Hoods Have To Be Vented Outside?
How To Pick The Best Chimney Range Hood?
There are a few things to know about picking the best wall mount range hood.
You don't want to go through the hassle of buying a hood, and then realizing that the size is wrong, it doesn't reach the ceiling, or you can't find the charcoal filter (for ductless installation).
Here are a few key things to keep in mind...
#1. Fan Speed in CFM
Top of the list is fan speed rated in CFM (cubic feet per minute). The CFM rating tells you basically how strong the vent hood is.
An under-powered range hood won't do an adequate job in removing smoke, contaminants, and odors from the kitchen.
An over-powered canopy hood will be louder than required, will use more energy, and may even cause negative air pressure problems in the home, such as backdrafting of gas appliances.
I recently wrote a detailed guide on picking the right CFM for your range hood: How Many CFM Do I Need For My Range Hood?
#2. Ceiling Height
Wall mount range hoods can go all the way up to the ceiling, or they may just go somewhere midway up the wall.
If you plan on extending the chimney vent all the way up to the top of the ceiling, then it is important to make sure that it will fit.
Some wall mounted range hoods are extendable up to 12.5-feet and others will only go up to around 8-feet. You may have to buy a chimney extension kit if you want it to go past the stated height limit. These extension kits are almost always a separate purchase.
For wall mounted range hoods, it is generally required for it to be at least 30-inches above the surface of the cooking surface. If your range is gas, than 36-inches is recommended.
Measure the distance from this location above the cooking surface.
This is an obvious one, but you don't want to buy an undersized range hood that doesn't completely cover the horizontal cooking surface.
If your range is 30-inches, then opt for a 30-inch wide vent hood.
You may even want to get a range hood that is several inches wider than your current cooktop so that it captures more smoke and fumes.
In addition, you want the range hood to cover at least 50% of the front burners.
How Do Wall Mount Kitchen Hoods Work?
Wall mount range hoods work similarly to other styles of range hoods except that they have a rectangular chimney attached to the wall. The 'chimney' may just go up a foot or two, or it can extend all the way up to the ceiling.
The interior rigid or flexible duct is usually covered by the metal chimney and can't be seen. These ducts (that go to the outside) are commonly 4-inches or 6-inches in diameter.
Most wall mount range hoods have stainless steel baffle filters. As the exhaust weaves its way through the zigzag 'baffles', it leaves the grease behind.
Stainless steel baffle filters last a long time and can be put into the dishwasher to clean it. More fires start in the kitchen than anywhere else, so it is important to clean the filters often.
How To Install Wall Mounted Vent Hoods?
Installing a wall mount range hood isn't that difficult, and can be done in an afternoon. You may also be interested in reading my complete guide on installing wall mount range hoods here.
Below are a few key installation tips:
- Range Hood Body: Wall mounted range hoods have to be secured to the wall studs; please do not attach it to only drywall.
The first step is usually to trace out the chimney hood body onto the wall, and the manufacturer may have provided a paper template so that you can pencil it onto the wall (or screw directly into the paper template).
- Wiring: Most wall mount range hoods have 3-prong plugs so that they can just be plugged into a regular outlet. Otherwise you will have to hardwire the range hood.
There is also a possibility of cutting off the plug and wiring it, but an electrician is recommended if doing that. You can also buy a conversion plug kits that are on the market.
- Metal Chimney: The metal chimneys are commonly installed by securing brackets first to the wall, and then 'sliding' the chimney sections over the bracket.
The chimney sections usually interlock and they may also need a few screws to secure them together.
Our Reviews Of The Best Wall Mount Range Hoods
Here are my top picks of the best wall mount range hoods with their pros and cons. Check it out below:
Our overall top pick for the best wall mount range hood goes to the Cosmo 63175S.
This 30-inch chimney-style range hood is installed on your kitchen wall, and has an adjustable chimney.
The total length of the hood is from 25.6" to 39.4" depending on how tall you make the chimney. It features 3 fan speeds, energy-efficient LED lighting, and is rated at 380-cfm.
One nice thing about this Cosmo hood is that it has a soft control panel so you don't have buttons that are difficult to clean. A downside of the soft controls is that it can be easy to hit the wrong button, and sometimes the heat can cause it to malfunction.
Our best budget pick for wall mounted range hoods goes to this Winflo range hood. This 30-inch contemporary exhaust fan with an adjustable chimney up to 8.5 foot ceilings.
At 282-cfm, this hood is for small to medium sized kitchens, and it comes with three fan speeds with push button controls. This vent hood operates at less than 65 decibels so it is quieter than other hoods.
It also comes with 2 ultra bright LED bulbs and permanent stainless steel baffle filters.
One downside of this canopy range hood is that the push button controls can be overly sensitive. If you push too hard on a light button, it can turn on and off the light with one press.
Our top pick for the best wall mount range hood with the most power goes to the Hauslane Chef Series.
The Hauslane kitchen exhaust fan is great for kitchens with high ceilings, it will go up to 10-foot ceilings with the extension (purchased separate). This range hood is a great looking European-style wall mount range hood with a stainless steel finish, and it is rated at a whopping 860-cfm.
This 3-speed, 860-CFM range hood is powerful enough for larger kitchens to quickly remove fumes, smoke, and grease. The permanent stainless steel baffles (filters) are easily cleanable. You can also purchase separate charcoal filters for ductless convertible installation.
One downside of this Hauslane hood is that at high speed, it will be very loud due to the high CFM, so don't expect to have conversations when cooking. Also, the buttonless touch panel is great, but there is a learning curve in how to use it.
The Cosmo Tempered Glass range hood is our top pick for best look and has a nice modern European look. The body is made out of stainless steel finish and it features a unique tempered glass hood that has a pleasing curve.
This Cosmo hood includes 2-watt LED lighting and a modern LCD display panel (no push buttons).
This vent hood comes with stainless steel (dishwasher safe) permanent baffle filters known as ARC-Flow filters. These patented filters are highly efficient at capturing grease while maximizing airflow.
Rated at 380-cfm, this 30" wall mount range hood is suitable for small to medium sized kitchens.
One downside of this Cosmo wall mount canopy hood is you can change the clock from 24-hour military style display. You also have to hold down on the touch panel for one second for the controls to work.
The ZLine range hood is a stylish, true stainless steel (not just finish) wall mounted range hood that is great for any modern kitchen.
It features 21-gauge thick brushed stainless steel for a true durable hood with 4 different fan speeds.
The Zline kitchen exhaust fan is rated at 400-cfm so it is powerful enough for small to medium sized kitchens. The range hood chimney is suitable for kitchen ceilings up to 12-feet with the purchase of a separate chimney kit.
One downside is that the manufacturer specs isn't fully accurate on the Amazon listing. One area says 760-cfm and another place says it is 400-cfm.