WM range hoods: Kobe or Zephyr

gigelus2k13April 4, 2013


I want to install a 36" wall-mounted range hood that fits the following requirements:
1) airflow of at least 500-600CFM
2) baffle filters
3) 1 grand or less
4) good quality

After spending quite some time online comparing and then comparing more, the candidate list wound down to two names: Kobe and Zephyr. I dismissed Cavaliere as failing #4; there are very few other choices that meet both #2 and 3.

The Kobe can be either the RA9236SQB or RA9436SQB, while the Zephyr I'm looking at is the ZSA-M90B with the optional baffle filter kit.

Now, which one should I get? Where are Kobe and Zephyr making their products? I'm just trying to avoid the "Made in Ch**a" label, if possible.



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Kobe is a Japanese company but manufactures the hoods in Tawain. Not sure about Zephyr

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 4:11PM
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Zephyr is a South Korean company manufacturing in South Korea.

Both are good but I lean Kobe.

I was all set to buy a Kobe when I found a great deal at liquidator for a high end range hood.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 4:34PM
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I went for the RA2 from Kobe. I called both companies and it seems that both my Kobe and the Zephyr are made in Taiwan.

So far, I'm pretty happy with my hood, it works very, very well.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 12:26AM
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