Range hoods are a must in any kitchen. They filter out grease, fumes, odors, and other unwanted particles in the air, helping us breathe easier. If you have an extra-large cooktop, you may need to consider a 54-in. range hood in order to make sure it keeps up with your needs. To help you in your selection process, we've put together this expert-picked list of the best 54-in. range hoods of 2021.
This island hood from Thermador's Professional Series offers up to 1,000 CFM of ventilation power (with compatible blower). It comes equipped with Home Connect™ and Wi-Fi capability, allowing you to use your smartphone or tablet to interact with this hood and other smart Thermador appliances, even when you aren't at home.
This hood's stainless steel baffle filters are very effective at catching grease. What's more, they're dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. And you'll never forget to clean the filter thanks to this unit's check filter reminder light.
While we're on the subject of lights, this hood's eco-friendly LED lighting illuminates your cooktop during meal prep, while also keeping your power bill in check. For added safety, this unit's automatic mode detects the temperature of your cooktop and increases the fan speed when the temperature rises. You can also take advantage of the delay off feature to shut the unit down automatically at a later time, so you don't need to worry about returning to the kitchen after you've begun relaxing for the evening.
You're also sure to appreciate this unit's Powerfully Quiet® operation, which operates with integral, inline, and remote blowers (sold separately).
Next up on our list of the best 54-in. range hoods of 2021 is this island mount ducted hood from Viking's 5 Series, which offers up to an impressive 1,500 CFM of blower power (blower sold separately.) This unit's heavy-duty, seamless design and beautiful stainless steel finish add a professional appearance to any kitchen.
To enhance safety, this unit features a heat sensor that will automatically increase the fan speed should the cooktop's temperature climb too high. Moreover, this hood features surprisingly quiet operation to create a calm, relaxing atmosphere as you cook. Long-life LED light bulbs illuminate your cooking space and are eco-friendly.
And speaking of lighting, this unit's fully retractable, backlit LED knobs extend and illuminate to help you control your lighting level and fan speed.
This wall mount Tempest II hood from Zephyr's Pro Series offers up to 1,200 CFM of blower power (blowers sold separately) and is a convertible unit that can be vented externally through a duct or used for recirculation. For those in municipalities with certain requirements, Zephyr's Airflow Control Technology™ (ACT™) can limit the maximum blower CFM to meet the needs of local codes. And with six fan speeds, you'll always be able to select just the right one for your needs.
Dishwasher-safe, high air flow baffle filters capture grease and grime and are quick and easy to keep clean. In addition, an optional wireless remote control makes interacting with this unit a breeze, as do its electronic touch controls.
Dual-level LumiLight LED lighting helps keep your cooking space bathed in a warm glow while keeping energy costs low. And when you're done cooking, you're free to forget about this range hood: its auto delay off feature will shut the unit down automatically after it has run for a certain amount of time.
How many CFM should a range hood have?
For gas cooktops or ranges, you should aim for a minimum ventilation level of 100 CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute) per 10,000 BTUs of your cooktop's maximum output. For electric, you should have 100 CFM for every 10 in. of cooktop width.
Do I really need a range hood?
Range hoods play an important role in keeping the air in your kitchen pure and healthy. Range hoods eliminate not only unpleasant smells, but grease, fumes, and other types of pollutants as well. Range hoods are essential for your and your family's health.