Broan NuTone Recirculating Cooker Hood Insert With Incandescent Light

Last updated date: September 16, 2021

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8.6

Broan NuTone Recirculating Cooker Hood Insert With Incandescent Light

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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 16, 2021:
Checkout The Best Recirculating Cooker Hoods for a detailed review of all the top recirculating cooker hoods.

Overall Take

This stainless-steel range hood insert keeps your kitchen perfectly ventilated with a two-speed fan that can be set up for top or rear exhaust. Choose how you want to set up your ductwork – it can be set up either way!


In our analysis of 16 expert reviews, the Broan NuTone Recirculating Cooker Hood Insert With Incandescent Light placed 3rd 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 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. It operates at 160 CFM and 6.5 Sones for an effective and quiet production with a 2 speed fan option. The stainless steel unit is designed to fit neatly underneath your cabinets to provide quality airflow in your kitchen. The duct connector includes a built-in damper and has a dishwasher-safe aluminum grease filter that effectively removes smoke and odors from your cookspace. 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. This range hood installs as 3.25" x 12" ducted vertical or horizonal. 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. For your convenience, this range hood can work in an ADA-compliant application and includes a 1 year limited warranty. This product is UL listed and HVI-2100 certified for your safety and protection. Enhance your home today with the Broan Range Hood Insert and Light! The Broan 403004 30 In. Stainless Steel Ducted Range Hood out-performs the competition whether ducted vertically or horizontally. The sides are mitered and the bottom edge hemmed, with no sharp edges for safety and good looks. The enclosed light and fan/filter assemblies make for easy cleaning. The unit has a two-speed fan switch with separate light switch and the motor is permanently lubricated.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

6.8
4 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

9.2
1,603 user reviews

What experts liked

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- BestReviews
The product comes with 4-way convertibility, which means that you will be able to use it in any way. This includes using it in horizontal and vertical 3.25 x 10-inch ducted, non-ducted, or 7″ round vertical ducted opening forms.
- Architecture Lab
30-inch width of the Broan Nutone easily fits under existing kitchen cabinets. It turns traditional design expectations upside down. 2 functions are the primary requirement of any range hood and Broan 403004 offers them both. While max fan speed removes smoke and odor in minutes, the light section accepts the standard watt bulb. Therefore, you can work in a smoke-free kitchen with sufficient light.
- Kitchen Nexus

What experts didn't like

We found the installation process to be very time-consuming and slightly tricky. Initially, we were unable to do it by ourselves, but then on calling up the brand’s customer care, they helped us through the process.
- Architecture Lab
Installation can take some time.
- Kitchen Nexus

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, by the way). 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 – unless your kitchen gets exceptionally smoky.

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. However, charcoal filters are not reusable.
  • Lightbulbs for these hoods are 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.