I also posted this in the appliance forum.
I'm renovating my kitchen and need to select a range hood so I can order cabinets. I've spent a lot of time reading the posts on GW and other sites. I'm looking for an undercabinet hood, 30 inches wide, unobstructive, rear exhaust, outside venting, about 600 cfm, halogen lights, and relatively quiet. I'd prefer to keep the cost under $650 but that seems difficult. I also prefer a filter; oil cups sound like too much work. I've narrowed my selection to four hoods:
Broan Elite E6430SS; 600 cfm
Kitchenaid Architect KXU4230YSS); 600 cfm
Kobe RA3830SQ; 720 cfm (this has oil cups so a negative) - http://www.ajmadison.com/cgi-bin/ajmadison/RA038.html
Faber Pell30SS; 600 cfm
My range will likely be the Bosch dual fuel 700 series. The only hood I've found a lot of reviews on is the Broan, but people also say it is loud. Does anyone have any of these hoods who can provide comments and suggestions. I'm most interested in noise, performance, ease of cleaning and style. Thanks.