Also, popularly referred to as chimney hoods, wall mounted range hoods add class to any kitchen. They are not just elements of style. They are pieces of sophistication, adding a lot of value to your kitchen. For instance, they protect your surrounding furniture and appliances from oil and grease buildup. Moreover, they also enhance air circulation and purify the air in your kitchen.
It is best to get yourself a wall mounted kitchen hood only if you fulfill these two important criteria:
Initially, I begin with a review of the three most popular wall mount range hoods. The popularity of which is solely based on online buying trends on the most popular retailer websites for range hoods: Amazon, eBay, and AJ Madison.
Each review includes a general overview of the product, its best features, the problems you may face during installation, and its working life. Towards the end of each review is a list of conditions under which I would personally buy the range hood being discussed.
The article concludes with a detailed comparison of the three models where I compare the most important features that you need to look into.
Ideal for home use, this range hood can be operated at three different speeds: low, medium, and high. At the highest speed, it has a maximum suction power of 400 CFM which is sufficient for most homes.
You could read other reviews, answered questions and buy the Akdy AZ63175S range hood at Amazon. Chimney extensions can be bought from the Akdy website or you could contact the seller at Amazon and ask them to include one in your purchase, which you have to additionally pay for.
The KBC STL75 also operates at three speeds with a maximum CFM of 412. What I personally love the most about this range hood is not the model itself, but the company and their policy of putting the customer first.
This model, just like the AKDY range hood we've seen earlier, also has just 2 LED bulbs. In the past, the two bulbs were at the back of the hood, which is not an ideal position on a range hood. After listening to their customers, the company has now replaced these bulbs with two in the front instead.
Moreover, on the product specifications, it clearly states that you should ensure that a 412 CFM range hood is sufficient for your stove and that you should calculate your required CFM before making the purchase. That's a nice gesture as failure to do so may void your warranty. This is a useful range hood CFM calculator.
You can check out more reviews and answered questions and also buy the Kitchen Bath Collection STL75 on Amazon. If you have doubts, send them a message, and they will get back to you in under a day on working days.
The ZLKB-36 is approximately $150–$200 more expensive than the two models already reviewed. However, it still makes my list, because it is a lot cheaper than the big brand wall mount range hoods on the market, yet solves a lot of the 'problems' that we encountered with the Akdy and KBC range hoods earlier.
For instance, the Akdy lights were too dim, whereas the KBC range hood lights were too bright and right into the eyes of some. But with this Z-Line range hood, you have 2 halogen lights at the back, which can be titled to light up the cooktop as you see fit.
The manufacturers do not specify the exact sound level in decibel. But being a 760 CFM range hood capable of operating at 4 speeds one would expect it to get really noisy, considering the fact that it's not an expensive model. However, you're rarely going to need to operate at the highest speed.
Even when standing close to the range hood, you don't have to raise your voice when in operation up to speed 3. But at speed 4 it gets kind of loud, and you're going to have to slightly raise your voice.
If you want to know more about the Z-Line ZLKB36, you could always take a look at additional reviews and answered questions on Amazon. This model does fluctuate in prices very often, and you could end up saving $50 if you buy it at the right time. Therefore, before you buy it, make sure that you take a look at a price tracker (a simple google search to find one) to see if the current listing is a good price.
|Features||AKDY AZ-63175S||KBC STL75-LED||Z Line ZLKB 36|
Max Product Height
41.7" adjustable chimney
41" adjustable chimney
40" adjustable chimney
2 LED lights at the back
2 LED lights on the front
2 movable halogen lights at the back
Less than 65db
Between 48 and 58db
3 year parts warranty
1 year manufacturer defect warranty
1 year parts warranty
Question: Where are Zline range hoods manufactured?
Answer: As far as I know, they are manufactured in China, just like most other range hoods. Look into Broan if you want a US manufactured hood.
Question: Are there range hood extensions to fit 12’ ceilings?
Answer: You did not really specify which model etc. But, yes, most range hoods have extensions available. Contact the seller about it.
© 2017 Brandon Lobo
Brandon Lobo (author) on June 28, 2019:
Designed does not imply manufactured. I contacted the sellers directly to get this info, ZLINE says they manufacture in China and Broan says they manufacture in the US. If they provided the wrong information, that's something to be taken up with them.
Mason on June 28, 2019:
Broan range hoods are not made in the US. ZLINE Kitchen has three US showrooms where theyre designed by the owner himself. Great value for anyone looking to remodel their kitchen space with an amazing hood.
Brandon Lobo (author) on March 20, 2019:
Chef, is a pretty good brand from what I've seen. No real negative reviews.
Jeff on March 19, 2019:
How is the chef hood
Brandon Lobo (author) on November 10, 2018:
Hi Liliana, thanks for the feedback. Yes, I am familiar with them, but I have not done my research in terms of what people using them think about their hoods. On paper they are great, just like most out there. They have good specs and features, but the truth lies in customer feedback and talking to customer support. I did that for these products here. Another great place for reviews and information on range hoods is here: https://kitease.com/range-hood/ The guide there will most likely help you make a good choice without reading a review of the product.
Liliana Toro on November 09, 2018:
Hi, best reviews ever.
Are you familiar with Vent a hood and if so do you have an opinion?.
Brandon Lobo (author) on December 04, 2017:
Hi Lisa, you're welcome. I do intend to review the top island and undercabinet models too. But, as you've seen it's a lot of work getting them done. So it's going to be a while before I find the time.
Lisa on November 26, 2017:
This is the best - straightforward- review of range hoods.
I hope you review more.
Jenny on September 28, 2017:
Which 36" wall mount range hood has "hinged baffle filter"? It is very hard to clean the inside of the baffle filter if it is not openable. Thanks.
Brandon Lobo (author) on August 31, 2017:
Thanks a lot Sandi for the kind words. Glad that it helped.
Sandi on August 31, 2017:
This was very good information. I was happy to see that your review included the Zline hood because that is the hood I was considering purchasing. You covered all of the important considerations.
RTalloni on February 23, 2017:
This info helps me think through aspects of range hoods that I've not thought of yet. Thanks.