Broan NuTone Ductless Stainless Steel Recirculating Cooker Hood, 30-Inch

Last updated date: September 18, 2021

DWYM Score

9.4

Broan NuTone Ductless Stainless Steel Recirculating Cooker Hood, 30-Inch

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We looked at the top Recirculating Cooker Hoods and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Recirculating Cooker Hood you should buy.

Update as September 18, 2021:
Checkout The Best Recirculating Cooker Hoods for a detailed review of all the top recirculating cooker hoods.

Overall Take

This rust-resistant stainless steel range hood insert eliminates odors and smoke effectively. It features a replaceable charcoal filter and a two-speed fan. It measures 30 by 17.5 by 6 inches. Keep your kitchen cleaner and smoke-free with this tool.


In our analysis of 16 expert reviews, the Broan NuTone Ductless Stainless Steel Recirculating Cooker Hood, 30-Inch placed 1st when we looked at the top 5 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Upgrade your kitchen with the BROAN Ductless Range Hood Insert and Incandescent Light! This versatile insert is the perfect solution to your ventilation needs serving as both an exhaust fan and overhead light for your stove. The stainless steel unit is designed to fit neatly underneath your cabinets to provide quality airflow in your kitchen. It installs as a non-ducted range hood with a charcoal filter that effectively removes smoke and odors from your cook space. The protective lamp lens distributes light evenly over the cooktop and accepts up to 75W bulb (not included). It's designed with smooth surfaces that clean easily and quick-release filters that can go in the dishwasher. Install the insert at least 18" above cook top. The sides are mitered and the bottom edge hemmed, with no sharp edges for safety and good looks. The unit has a two-speed fan switch and separate light switch and the motor is permanently lubricated. For your convenience, this range hood can work in an ADA-compliant application and includes a 1 year limited warranty. Enhance your home today with the BROAN Ductless Range Hood Insert and Light! The Broan 413004 Economy 30-Inch Two-Speed Non-Ducted Range Hood is Broan's most economical duct-free hood with the exclusive Microtek system for filtration of airborne cooling contaminants. Installs as non-ducted only with charcoal filter. Accepts up to 75 watt light (bulb sold separately). Made of stainless steel.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

9.4
4 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

9.3
5,137 user reviews

What experts liked

Mitered sides and hemmed bottom deliver the perfect blend of safety and style. Removable combination grease-charcoal filter provides clean indoor exhaust recirculation.
- BestReviews
The 2-speed rocker-type fan is easy to control with the push button. And on the side of fan speed is an option to switch on lights. A protective lamp lens distributes light evenly over the cook-top. It accepts up to a 75-watt bulb that not only illuminates the stovetop but brightens up the entire countertop.
- Kitchen Nexus
The light bulb comes with a protective lens which also helps dissipate light evenly across your cooktop.
- Kitease

What experts didn't like

Installs as non-ducted only with charcoal filter. Light suction into the fan housing.
- BestReviews
The charcoal filter is great for smoke and odor removal but not much effective for heavy greasy and oily cooking.
- Kitchen Nexus
The hood is fully exposed from underneath, you can see the fan, the grease-charcoal filter and the bulb.
- Kitease

An Overview On Recirculating Cooker Hoods

Range hoods are kitchen appliances that have mechanicals fans that pull grease, odors, heat, steam and smoke from kitchens. These unwanted cooking byproducts can be transported outside through ductwork. However, recirculating, or ductless cooker hoods, work differently.

Recirculating cooker hoods filter the kitchen air and blow it back into the room, which is good if there is no exhaust air outside. Recirculating cooker hoods suck air in and run it through carbon filters that absorb dirt and orders. The returning air is nice and clean.

Ductless cooker hoods do not require any ventilation, which makes them easier to install. However, they do not have as much suction; usually around 180 cubic feet per minute (CFM) when compared to exhaust hoods, which can average 500 CFM. They do cost less though, and are less noisy.

And, since ducts bring air in from outdoors, they can make your house colder or hotter depending on the season. Another benefit is the cost; recirculating cooker hoods are much cheaper.

Most of these range hoods measure around 30 inches wide. Keep in mind that they should be the same size or one size up from the range (the next size up is 36 inches, for what that’s worth). While ductless hoods have less power, they don’t need that much because the air is being redistributed, not extracted. Some experts feel that higher suction ratings do not always indicate better performance; instead, it’s more important to focus on the filtration system.

The two most common kinds of filters are made from carbon or aluminum mesh. When you buy a hood, make sure you get replacement filters as well, since they only last about four to six months. This is true unless your kitchen gets exceptionally smoky, in which case they may last for less time.

The Recirculating Cooker Hood Buying Guide

  • The majority of range hoods are installed above cooktops underneath kitchen cabinets. However, other options may be available.
  • Aluminum mesh filters can be cleaned and reused until they have to be replaced. Follow the manufacturer’s directions when you decide to clean them.
  • Note that charcoal filters are not reusable.
  • Lightbulbs for recirculating cooker hoods are usually sold separately.
  • Some range hoods can be installed with or without ducts.
  • You can also shop for high-tech ductless range hoods that have timers, LED lighting, dual fans, automatic shut-off functions and different fan speed options.