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What is a “Professional” Range Hood? (Answered)

Professional range hoods are beautiful, and they are some of the most powerful vent hoods. But if you do light cooking at home, do you need one?

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If you’re shopping for a new range hood, you’ve probably run across the term “professional range hood.” But what exactly is a professional range hood? And how are they different from regular hoods? And more importantly, should you be purchasing one for your kitchen?

In this post, we will discuss professional and commercial range hoods, if both are the same, and how much a professional range hood is so that you can have the best range hood at home.

Image of a beautiful white kitchen with a professional range hood. Source: unsplash
Image of a beautiful white kitchen with a professional range hood. Source: Unsplash

Professional range hoods are high-end home vent hoods that clean your kitchen of impurities, smells, and toxins. 900 CFM and above is the standard for commercial range hoods.

What is a professional range hood?

Professional range hoods are high-end home vent hoods that clean your kitchen of impurities, smells, and toxins. The blowers in these hoods are like hurricanes. A professional range hood has a CFM rating of at least 900. In addition, professional models might use stainless-steel baffle filters for simple cleanup.

Professional hoods are available in both wall-mounted and island layouts. Aspiring chefs may benefit from a pro-style range hood’s strong and visually beautiful ventilation.

What are commercial range hoods?

Commercial range hoods are designed to be used in public spaces like cafes and restaurants. They’re built to last in commercial kitchens and can handle the heat and grease produced by many cooks.

Many restaurants use exhaust hoods, some of which are several feet long and capable of venting the fumes from dozens of ranges. Restaurants need a very strong hood because of the large amounts of food cooked for extended periods.

A commercial range hood is mandatory in commercial kitchens. These regulations are laid forth in separate statutes in every 50 states. Mounting height, power (based on grease and smoke output), and fire suppression systems are just a few criteria that must be met.

Are professional hoods the same as commercial hoods?

Hoods used in the business world are different from those used at home. professional hoods are residential range hoods with a CFM rating of 900 or higher. Despite their high CFM ratings, these range hoods are not the same as commercial range hoods.

Commercial range hoods are designed to be used in public spaces like restaurants and are mandatory in commercial kitchens. Installation at a restaurant usually requires a team, which is quite costly. Even cleaning may need the services of a certified expert.

How much do professional range hoods cost?

High-end range hoods can cost anywhere from $800 to $4,000.

If you want even more tips and insights, watch this video called “Viking Professional 5 Series Ventilation Hoods” from the Mullet’s Appliances – Training YouTube Channel.

This video called “Viking Professional 5 Series Ventilation Hoods” from the Mullet’s Appliances Training YouTube Channel.

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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Do you still have questions? Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about professional range hoods.

Are expensive range hoods worth it?

Investing in a more costly but higher-quality hood will ultimately pay off. You may save money on future repairs by reducing the frequency you buy new components. A hood made of inferior materials may also fail after a few years, which won’t be cheap.

What kind of hood is used for a commercial kitchen?

Because they can vent hot air, Type 2 hoods make the restaurant kitchen more bearable. Type 1 hoods don’t need a grease filter, and a simple galvanized duct can be used instead of a fully welded one.

What is CFM?

In this context, CFM means cubic feet per minute. This is only a gauge of how quickly air is sucked into or out of your kitchen. All kitchen exhaust fans are rated by cubic feet per minute (CFM).

Conclusion

So now that you know what a professional hood is, we hope you get one for your kitchen.

This article covered what a professional range hood and a commercial range hood are and if they are the same. Here are some key takeaways:

Key takeaways

  • Aspiring chefs may benefit from a pro-style range hood’s strong and visually beautiful ventilation.
  • There are also commercial range hoods on the opposite end of the spectrum.
  • Hoods used in the business world are different from those used by professionals.
  • When you have an island cooktop, the ideal way to vent the area is with an island hood mounted to the ceiling above the island. 
  • An ideal stainless steel range hood can eliminate unwanted smoke and odors.

So, what range hood do you prefer the most? And did I cover everything you wanted to know? Let me know in the comments section below (I read and reply to every comment). If you found this article helpful, check out my full blog for more tips and tricks in your kitchen. Thanks for reading, and stay safe.

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Author avatar - Roger Harris
Written By Roger Harris
Hey there! My name is Roger, and I've been selling range hoods for over six years. I now run this blog all about range hoods and kitchen ventilation! If you're looking for a new range hood for your kitchen, this is the place for you.

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