Pros and Cons: Ducted vs Non-Ducted Range Hoods

April 17

Sometimes the language around range hoods can get pretty murky, like this: cfm, btu, ducted. It can leave you thinking, “But I just want one that looks great!” No worries. We’re here to break it all down for you. Keep reading and you’ll be able to make an informed choice and choose the one you like best.

Today, I wanted to focus on this idea of a ducted vs a non-ducted range hood. It basically comes down to this:

  • Ducted hoods are connected to ducts that carry odors, grease, and grime out of the kitchen and out to the outdoors.
  • Non-ducted hoods suck up those same odors, grease, and grime through a filter. The air is then recycles the air back through the kitchen.


  • Ducted hoods allow you to use a larger stove.
  • Ducted hoods are typically better at clearing the air of humidity and steam.


  • Non-ducted hoods can be installed anywhere in the kitchen.
  • Filters for non-ducted hoods are quick to clean.


  • Ducted hoods must be installed where there’s already ductwork behind the walls.


  • Non-ducted hoods do not remove dirty, stale air. So, the kitchen can become humid and smelly.

Over to you: What’s in your kitchen? What do you like (or not like) about it?

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