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Chimney hood vs. over-range microwave vent

Anon Username
6 years ago

How much better is a dedicated range hood such as a chimney style range hood, as compared to an over-range microwave with exterior venting?

Planning to get an induction range (undecided on brand at the moment). Will be doing 400 cfm or less on the range hood so that I will not need make-up air.

Will a 400 cfm range hood such as a Best or Broan chimney hood perform significantly better than, for example, a GE or LG microwave that has a 400 cfm vent ducted to the outside?

I assume the answer is yes, but if the standalone range hood won't really be that much better, then I would probably skip it and just do an over-range microwave with exterior vent.

Thanks for any input.

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