Best Wood Hood Blowers (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

Choosing a wood hood blower is easy as most of them are very similar. The hard part is for the cabinet company building the custom wooden cabinets around it.

Also known as an insert or power pack, these ventilation units are available from almost every manufacturer that produces a regular canopy hood. The only major factors you would have to decide would be: size, CFM power and filter type.

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Size

The overall width of the ventilation system is at least the same as the cooking surface. For example a 36″ wide gas range should have at least a 36″ wide ventilation system above to provide enough capture area for rising smoke. Over sizing is a common design tactic to help make the cooking area the main focus of the kitchen design.

CFM power

The wood hood blower would need to have enough power to accommodate the BTU output of the cooking product below. The general rule is you need would 100 CFM of ventilation for every 10,000 BTU’s.

There are 3 different types of blowers that can be chosen as well. Internals are installed within the wood hood. In-line blowers are incorporated in between the duct run. Third is the external blower for applications where the blower is located outside of the home, usually on the roof or the back side of the house.

Filter Type

There are basically three types of filters that manufacturers use to trap grease. The first and most common is the mesh filter. Second is the baffle filter which is more durable and efficient at capturing grease while still maintaining good airflow. Third is a filter less system. These forego the filters for better airflow and slightly lower noise levels.

In addition to the mechanical system, noise in ventilation systems usually comes from the air hitting any hard surfaces. It is important to note noise is relatively subjective and different in each application as it depends on duct size, blower power and ducting.

So if there’s not much setting these different brands apart, which ones are the best wood hood blowers? It would depend on what type of cooking product it is going over. A professional gas range would need a hood blower that is very strong and usually baffle filters are recommended. An electric or induction cooking product would not require as powerful of a blower.

Let’s look at 5 best selling wood hood blowers.

The Best Wood Hood Blowers

Best CP47I422SB – $1,949 (blower included)

Hood Blower

Features:

  • 1,200 CFM
  • 4 Lights
  • Baffle Filters

Best is owned by the huge Nortek company. This label produces a quality ventilation system that also has style in mind.

Vent-A-Hood BH452PSLDSS – $2,630 (blower included)

Hood Blower

Features:

  • 1,200 CFM
  • Magic Lung
  • 4 Lights

Vent-A-Hood is an independent manufacturer based in Dallas, Texas. The filter-less “Magic Lung” blower is their claim to fame. The oblong design of the blower pushes the flames down so they do not enter the duct.

Yale RH00538S – $1,099 (blower included)

  • 1,000 CFM
  • 4 Lights

Thermador VCIN48JP $1,449 (blower separate) $729 for the blower

  • 1000 CFM
  • 4 Lights
  • Baffle Filters

Wolf PL461912 $1,219 (blower separate) $799 for the blower

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  • 1200 CFM
  • 4 Lights
  • Baffle Filters

Comparison

The Thermador and Wolf models are very similar. Both offer different blower options, baffle filter system and 4-bulb lighting system. The Yale model comes with mesh filters and an internal blower. This would be the best value option at half the price compared to the others. The Vent-A-Hood is the unique one of the bunch featuring the “Magic Lung.” It foregoes filters to get better air movement and slightly lower noise levels. However the installation requires a more complicated ducting system.

Final Thoughts

The best one would be the Wolf insert. It offers multiple blower options including the most powerful of the bunch at 1,200 CFM. Baffle filters and other features such as Heat Sentry and Infinity Blower Speed Control makes this my favorite. The filters will capture the grease from any type of cooking. The Heat Sentry will automatically turn on or adjust the speed accordingly if it senses an increase in cooking temperature. Wolf also put in the infinite speed control so can adjust the blower to any speed you want as oppose to the low, medium and high in other hoods. However this is also one of the more expensive of the bunch.

If you’re just looking for a ventilation unit that works and works well, the Yale model would be provide the most value. It’s half the cost and still has a 1,000 CFM blower.