The range hood is one of the least considered kitchen appliances, yet it’s importance is equal or even overshadows the other appliances. And if you’re looking for a quality range hood, two brands you can trust are Faber and Broan.
The reason a dependable, powerful range hood is so important is that unlike other kitchen appliances, which perform tasks such as cooking, chilling, and washing, a range hood’s sole purpose is to protect your kitchen and home from being inundated with the greasy air, smoke, fumes and heat which are the inevitable result of stovetop and oven cooking. It’s what allows you to cook in a clean, unspoiled environment—and if you have ever cooked in a kitchen that didn’t have a hood, you know how bad the air quality can get and how fast it can get that way. Whether you favor the Faber range hood or the Broan range hood, you know they’re going to provide an important service in your home. But as fine as both manufacturers are, they do have differences when it comes to their qualities both as brands and in their lines of products.
Here, the experts at Appliances Connection are going to compare some of those qualities so you can decide which brand fits your needs.
Faber’s price range starts at just under one hundred, but then extends all the way to almost twenty-three hundred dollars. One of their most popular models, the Faber CRIS30SS600 Cristal Series 30“ Under Cabinet Convertible Hood is actually closer to the lower end of the spectrum, delivering both power and features for at reasonable price.
Broan’s line of hoods starts out even lower at just over forty dollars and topping out at almost two thousand dollars, but their most popular models are at the far lower end of their price range, like the Broan ALT330SS Alta Series 30 Inch Under Cabinet Convertible Hood . Many of their bestselling hoods are actually under one hundred dollars.
In the price category, both Faber and Broan have as a strong presence in the high-end hood market, while Broan holds more of the lower end of the spectrum for those on a budget.
Faber has a decent array of hood styles and configurations of every style from ceiling mount hoods, downdraft hoods, and cabinet insert models like their Faber INPL4819SSNBB 48" Inca Pro Plus Series Range Hood. But while Faber may have a wider price range, their selection is not so expansive.
Broan, on the other hand, has a much wider selection to choose from in the same style categories, with almost double Faber’s number of range hoods to select from, offering a far greater sampling of lower-end models such as the Broan 463004 30“ Under Cabinet Convertible Hood . In fact, the under cabinet style makes up the vast majority of their collection.
When it comes to having a varietal choice, Broan definitely offers more options wider when it comes to range hoods.
The main function of a range hood is to remove air, and to judge Faber and Broan in this category we’re going to take a look at their CFMs (Cubic Feet per Minute). This is the measurement by which you can tell how powerful a range hood’s fan is, and how fast it can clear the air.
Faber’s most effective hoods operate at a very impressive 1,200 CFM, with most of their collection working at 600 CFM, and their lower-end models offering between 200-300 CFM.
Broan’s most powerful range hoods can remove air at an extra-strong 1,500 CFM—enough to handle any smoke or smell your range puts out. Most of their hoods operate between 100-300 CFM.
Broan has the edge for the highest CFM, although Faber’s lowest CFM hoods are a match for many of their models.
Faber and Broan range hoods also have their own variety of features—though the simplicity of a range hood’s purpose precludes them being loaded with conveniences. Let’s take a look at what two quite affordable brand models have to offer:
This 28” 240 CFM Inca Smart Gray Insert Range Hood fits into most cabinets and most budgets.
- Slide and Push Control – easy to use three-speed slide control and a push button for lighting
- LED Lighting – four LED energy efficient bulbs offer warm light for your cooking surface
- Easy Snap Mounting Clips – installs with built-in adjustable clips that tighten onto the sides of the cabinet floor
- Washable Filters – high-quality filters efficiently capture grease and are dishwasher safe
Broan’s 250 CFM Glacier Series 42” Under Cabinet Convertible Hood sports a clean, contemporary design in white to easily fit with any kitchen décor.
- Broan Captur System – provides the fastest air flow management and filtration in its class for better performance, quieter operation, and less energy use
- Bright Halogen Lighting – provides full illumination over and around cooktop areas
- Rocker Switch Control – hidden on/off switch allows you to independently control the blower and lighting
- Dual Open-Mesh Filters – dishwasher-safe
- EZ1 Installation System – two-bracket system that holds the hood for you while you make electrical and ducting connections
Broan barely edges out Faber in the features department, but it does have a much lower price point while also being a larger hood.
This contest is a close one. But in the end, we have to give Broan the higher marks. They have a much larger product line that allows them to offer a greater variety of range hoods in general, allowing the consumer to find exactly what they want. But keep in mind, Faber still makes a quality hood in its own right. In either case, you have the final word when it comes to deciding which hood is best.
Please leave any questions or comments below
What kind of range hood do I need?
That depends on the width of your range oven, the design of your kitchen, and what installation options are available.
How high should the hood be above the range
For electric ranges the distance between the range top and the bottom of the hood is typically 20 to 24 inches. For gas, the distance should be between 24 and 30 inches.
What is a good CFM for a range hood?
A good guide is to take your range width, and get a hood that can move 100 CFM for every 12 inches, So if you have a 36" range, you would want a hood that has a minimum CFM of 300.