Best Hoods/Ventilation for Professional/High CFM Ranges (Reviews)

Brett Lucero  |  August 21, 2014  |  3 Min. Read


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Proper ventilation is one of the most important factors in planning a kitchen.

The average household range is far more powerful than 10 years ago with a 30 inch pro range topping out at almost 70,000 BTUs. With hotter cooking becomes a need for a higher blower speed and better designed hood to move the air.

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What is CFM?

Blower speed is rated by CFM or Cubic Foot Per Minute. It is the amount of cubes of air a blower pushes in one minute. So a 600 CFM hood pushes 600 cubes of air in one minute.

What is a Pro Hood?

Professional hoods tend to be larger and deeper since they are going over professional style or high BTU range. Smoke is then channeled and then exhausted out of the house.

The blower can be available in three ways – internal, in-line and external. Most blowers start at 600–1500 CFM. Internal blowers are built inside of the hood. In-line blowers are installed into attics. And external blowers are outside of the house which would be the quietist option.

Choosing a hood with an internal blower included will be the best option where it’s the easiest to install and maintain. Outside blowers deliver the most CFM, but are the most difficult to fix.


What makes a professional hood effective?

Professional hoods are designed at 18” tall and 24"-27" deep. The height of the hood can trap, and hold odor before exhausting. The depth will cover the burner heat, as well as grease splatters.

Professional hoods usually are available with stainless steel screens or baffle filters. Screen filters are lighter but require cleaning more often. Baffle filters are worth the upgrade because they are sturdier, absorb more grease and allow more air to be exhausted.

Rules When Picking Out a Hood

  1. For every 10,000 BTU you need approximately 100 CFM
  2. Decide where to mount blower. We like internal blowers, because they are easier to fix and you don’t have a huge blower on the outside of your house
  3. Proper mounting of the hood is approximately 30”- 36” height above the cooking surface
  4. Width of the hood should at least match range size
  5. Determine the length of duct work for proper blower. Duct runs should be straight. Bending reduces efficiency considerably
  6. Determine duct size for proper air movement, and create less static pressure. We recommend 8-10 inch round duct

Best Brands for Pro Hoods

The easiest way to purchase a professional hood is to match the brand of the stove purchased. It is always nice to combine with the same brands, which will have the same look or texture.

Broan, Zephyr, Wolf, and Thermador are major hood manufacturers. But you can save a lot of money by going with a noncommercial brand name. Yale exclusive custom hoods are a good value, because the blower is already installed in the hood and has a natural, no logo look to match with any stove.

Many companies like Wolf, Thermador and Jenn-Air will offer free hoods or discounts on ventilation as part of a package as well.

Yale Brand RH70236AS - $1,399

The Yale professional hoods come with a powerful 1000 CFM internal blower only. The blower will fit over any professional range. The design has a clean, neutral hood to match with any stainless steel stove. It features two halogen lights and commercial stainless steel filters. It has simple mechanical knobs for easy operation and no seams around the edges for much easier cleaning.

Wolf PW362718 - $1,200-2,500

TheWolf hood has many options for their blowers. Internal, in-line, and external blowers are available for all the different types of installation. Wolf PW362718 is 27” depth and it has two warming heat lamps built in. These heat lamps are designed to keep a plate and/or food warm. The hood also has a built-in heat sensor which goes off as a safety feature. There are rebates available when combined with Sub-Zero and other Wolf products.

Thermador HPWB36FS - $2099.99

This Thermador Professional hood comes with an internal 1,200 CFM blower, halogen lighting and a three speed fan. Just like the Wolf and Yale hoods, it has baffle dishwasher safe filters. The Thermador line also has great rebates when purchasing a full kitchen, sometimes receiving a free dishwasher and hood with a mail in rebate form.

Best WP28M36SB - $1,099

I like Best for the amount of blowers at a staggering 13!  Best is a leader in ventilation as well.



Which Do You Choose?

From a price and aesthetic standpoint, our hood is a good value. It also does not have a huge logo, so you will not be staring at a huge manufacturer name. I obviously love Thermador when its free. Best is not the best looking, but has many different venting options.

The hood is really just a shell. Buy what you like. Just make sure to size the blower and vent properly.

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Brett Lucero

Brett Lucero has been with Yale Appliance + Lighting since 2005, working in our delivery team before transitioning to the sales department. Brett enjoys spending time snowboarding, striper fishing, and golfing.

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