The 8 Best Ductless Range Hoods of 2023

Food & Wine

December 15, 2022

Range hood

We’ve all experienced the startling annoyance of the smoke detector going off while cooking, whether from an intentional sear or a forgotten bag of popcorn. Not to mention the lingering smells in the air long after the meal, especially with highly pungent smells like those produced from frying or cooking your favorite seafood. The built-in fan over the stove, or the range hood, is usually used to dissipate the smoke and smells produced from cooking.

Many residential range hoods are ductless, meaning they don’t expel the air outside the building. Ducted hoods can sometimes be found in residential homes as well, especially newer homes with ‘chef’s kitchen’ type renovations. But not all range hoods are created equal. The best ductless range hoods have powerful fans to recirculate the air efficiently and high-quality filters that can reduce the majority of contaminants in the air. We rounded up our favorites that hit all these marks (and more!), with the Broan-NuTone 413004 Ductless Range Hood snagging our top spot for its overall performance. Still, there’s an option for any kitchen type.