How powerful a range hood is needed

char35February 6, 2012

I'm getting ready to purchase a new cooktop and range hood (30") Contrary to some peoples experiences, I've had good luck with GE. (maybe it was just luck!) Wall Oven, 30yrs, Dishwasher-12 plus yrs., range - 15yrs. My new cooktop will be GE electric cooktop. The GE range hoods I'm looking at are: (1)- $557.00 CFM/sones 380/7.5 and (2)- $339.00 CFM/sones 240/4.4 The difference being that #1 is more powerful. My current hood is GE and 30 yrs. old, works fine and I have no idea how powerful it is, but seems to capture steam and smoke fine. I use the hood "occasionally" Would the cheaper one do the job just as well?

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Since it's just a standard electric cooktop, the cheaper one would probably be just fine, but chekc the manual for your new range just to make sure what they recommend. You really have to start worrying about CFMs when you get into the pro cooktops & ranges/rangetops. With that being said, the more CFMs, the more heat and steam it will draw which is a good thing. Also, make sure it is vented to the outside vs some I've seen that just vent back out a vent in the top. Also consider the sones--the quieter the better so you can easily cook & converse at the same time. Hope this helps!

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