What Is a Range Hood Blower (And How to Choose One)

Residential kitchen with blue cabinets and under cabinet range hood.
Residential kitchen with blue cabinets and under cabinet range hood. Source: Sidekix Media on Unsplash.

If you’re shopping around for a range hood, you probably come across many new terms, including the word blower. But what is a range hood blower?

A ranger blower is a motorized fan the range hood uses to filter or exhaust hot air and grease from your kitchen.

But there’s a lot more to it than that. So, in this article, you will learn what a range hood blower is, what the different types of blowers are, and how to choose a range hood with the right blower for your kitchen.

Editor’s note: This article was updated on October 9, 2021, to include additional information regarding range hood blowers. 

What is a Range Hood Blower

A ranger blower is essentially the heart of your range hood. It’s the motor that provides the suction required to exhaust the dirty air out of your kitchen. There are a few different types of blowers and their powers differ greatly. Choosing a range hood with the right motor configuration and power is essential when considering a range hood.

What are the diferent types of range hood blowers?

There are three different types of blowers range hoods used to exhaust air:

  • Local blowers
  • Inline blowers
  • External blowers 

What is a local/internal blower?

A local blower, sometimes referred to as an internal blower, is a blower that is located directly inside your range hood. Because this blower is located closer to your filters and your cooking area, it will be able to remove more undesired particles from the air in your kitchen. Due to it being located inside the range hood, it may be a little noisier than a remote or external blower.

What is a Inline/remote blower

An inline blower sometimes referred to as an inline fan, is a type of remote blower that is not located in the range hood itself, but rather in your ductwork, between the range hood and the end of your ducting.

Hoods with inline blower motors are an excellent choice if you expect to have guests in your kitchen on a regular basis, or if you enjoy socializing with friends and family and are looking for a kitchen fan that is very quiet. They provide less suction power but are much quieter. Even when operating at reduced power, these blowers can still exhaust up to 1300 CFM of air from your kitchen, which is more than enough for all types of cooking styles.

What is an external blower?

External blowers refer to a blower that’s located outside of the home. Blowers like these are most typically found on the roof. They are generally more expensive to install than local or inline blowers, but your kitchen will be far quieter. You might not hear the hood at all while it’s on

Here’s is a good explanation of the difference between blowers from the Proline Range Hoods YouTube channel.

Remote Blowers vs. Local Blower by Proline Range Hoods.

What kind of blower do I need and how powerful does it have to be?

Some hoods are equipped with a single blower, while others are equipped with two blowers. Hoods with multiple blowers provide more power and are therefore more suitable for professional cooks.

Most consumers purchase range hoods with internal blowers. If you fall under this category, you won’t have a choice in which blower is included with your new range hood. However, you can choose the CFM of your range hood.

The amount of air moved by a blower is measured in cubic feet per minute, or CFM. The precise amount of CFM you will need from a range hood will mostly be determined by your cooking style and personal preferences. If you cook a lot of fatty, fried, or Asian food, you’ll need a high-CFM blower to keep up with the demand. The CFM of your range hood is also dependent on whether you are using an electric or gas cooktop.

If you want to learn how to calculate the CFM you need for your kitchen, check out our guide on how to determine how much CFM you need.


Remember, there are no one-size-fits-all solutions when it comes to home improvement. So make sure to consult a professional when considering blower configuration for your kitchen.

This article covered what a range hood blower is, the different types of blowers available, and how to choose one that’s right for you. Here are some key takeaways:

Key takeaways

  • A blower is the morot that provides suction power for the range hood.
  • There are three types of blowers: local blowers, Inline blowers, and external blowers.
  • You can choose the right blower by choosing the CFM ratign that’s right for your kitchen.

If you found this article helpful, check out our full blog for more tips and tricks on home and kitchen maintenance.

Written by Roger Harrison

Roger is a blogger who is passionate about his home and keeping it clean and safe.

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