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Range Hood Sizes: Exploring Your Options

Determining the best range hood dimensions for your kitchen is an effective way to start narrowing down your search for powerful venting options. Read on to learn more about standard range hood heights, depths and widths, as well as how to measure your kitchen space for the right fit.

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What are Standard Range Hood Dimensions

Range hood heights, depths and widths differ by hood type and even from model to model, but there are a few standard size ranges you can count on. Range hoods are typically available in widths that mirror those of cooktops, spanning about 24 to 42 inches, and hood depths most often sit between 18 and 22 inches. Range hood heights are highly dependent on the hood type and can be anywhere from 4 to 29 inches tall.

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Standard Range Hood Height

Range hood heights can vary drastically between different hood types, but standard heights exist within each configuration. Taller configurations, like wall mount and island hoods, typically span from 24" to 29" in height. Shorter hood types, like under-cabinet hoods, microwave range hoods and range hood inserts, can span anywhere from 4" to 18" tall.

Standard Range Hood Depth

Your range hood should be deep enough to cover all rear and front burners to most effectively vent your cooking space. For most range hoods, you can plan on a depth of about 18" to 22" for full coverage. Downdraft vents typically require installation in a cabinet below that’s at least 24" deep.

Standard Range Hood Width

Whether you choose a traditional or downdraft hood, your range hood width should match the width of your cooktop. The majority of cooktops are 30", 36", 42" or 48" wide, so most range hoods are available in these same widths.

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How do I measure for a Range Hood?

Measuring for a range hood is a straightforward process that will help you determine what width, height and depth of range hood best fits your kitchen. Follow the steps below to find the right range hood dimensions for your space.

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Step 1: Measure the Width of Your Cooktop

To figure out the width of your cooktop, run a measuring tape from one side of the cooking surface to the other while keeping the measuring tape parallel to the cooktop’s outside edge.

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Step 2: Measure the Width Between the Cabinets

Measure the space between cabinets by starting the measuring tape on one side of the cabinet cavity above the cooktop surface, then extending it straight across to the opposite side.

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Step 3: Measure the Height Above Your Cooktop

Determine the available space above your cooktop by securing a measuring tape to the base of the cabinets or ceiling directly above the cooktop’s surface, then extend the measuring tape straight down until it reaches the cooktop.

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Step 4: Measure the Depth of Your Cooktop

To measure the depth of the cooking surface, hold one end of the measuring tape at the back end of the cooktop, excluding the control panel and trim, then extend the measuring tape to the outside edge of the cooktop surface.

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Should My Range Hood Vent Size be Larger Than My Cooktop Surface?

You may be tempted to buy a range hood vent that’s larger than your cooktop just to be sure you have the venting power your kitchen needs, but it’s not necessary and may even complicate the configuration of your cooking space. A range hood that is equal to your cooktop’s width, deep enough to cover all burners and mounted at the proper height above the cooktop is just the right size to effectively vent the grease, odors and smoke that food prep sends its way.

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How Do I Determine the Correct Range Hood Mounting Height?

Mounting your range hood at the correct height above the cooktop surface helps the vent circulate air and remove grease and odors most efficiently. It’s best to follow the hood manufacturer’s installation requirements when determining the right height for your range hood, but some general clearance guidelines exist. 

Typically, electric ranges or cooktops require 24" between the cooktop surface and range hood, while gas ranges or cooktops require 27" between the two. No matter which type of range you have, there should be no more than 36" between the cooktop’s surface and the start of the range hood.

Shop All Kitchen Range Hoods from Maytag

Maytag® range hoods are available in undercabinet, wall mount and island mount configurations that help keep your cooking area clear of odors and grime. When you shop Maytag® range hoods, you’ll even find hoods with the FIT system that eliminates measuring, cutting and filler strips for a perfect fit everytime1.

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