Fixed Rangehood Buying Guide

What is a fixed rangehood?

First of all, a rangehood is a metal duct that is installed in the kitchen above the cooktop to remove smoke, grease, heat, condensation and cooking odours. This is done by an internal fan which pulls air up through a filtration system. Rangehoods can be ducted externally by directing the air outside (through the wall or ceiling), or they can clean the air using carbon filters and then recirculate it back into the kitchen.

Without a rangehood, your kitchen surfaces will eventually gather a layer of grease and grime. A rangehood will give you cleaner air and a healthier living space..

A fixed rangehood is a traditional style of rangehood, designed to be permanently mounted onto the wall above your cooking area. Fixed rangehoods have a protruding style and can give your kitchen a modern industrial look.

Why buy a fixed rangehood?

Fixed rangehoods are the most cost effective option. They are effective and functional, but not as stylish as a canopy rangehood, for instance.

As mentioned, fixed rangehoods work best in kitchens with a modern aesthetic. However if you would prefer your rangehood to be hidden from view, you might want to consider our range of retractable rangehoods.

Different manufacturers offer different installation options. For advice about what sort of rangehood is best for your kitchen, please give our Customer Support Centre a call on: 1300 000 500.

Things to consider when buying a rangehood


First of all, you'll need to measure the width of your cooktop. Generally speaking, the rangehood width should match the cooktop width.

Then you'll need to measure the area above your cooktop. Before you purchase a rangehood, check the product dimensions to make certain that it will fit the available space. Please remember to measure carefully before you buy!

Appliances Online can organise an installation with our own team of fully licenced professionals. Please visit our installation information page for more information.

Ducted rangehoods

A ducted rangehood directs air from the kitchen outside the house (via the wall or ceiling) through a metal duct. This is the most effective way to clear the air in your kitchen. However this option might not always be possible, as it involves getting a builder to knock a hole in the wall or ceiling in order to install the ducting pipe.

Recirculating rangehoods

Recirculating rangehoods filter impurities from air and then recirculate it back into the kitchen. They do this using carbon filters which need to be replaced from time to time (depending on how often you use your rangehood).

The advantage of recirculating rangehoods is that you don't need to install a duct pipe through the wall or ceiling. But the disadvantage is that they are not as powerful.

Extraction rate

The extraction rate refers to a rangehood's ability to draw in air. Models with higher extraction rates will vent a larger amount of air, which makes them highly effective.

The extraction rate of a rangehood is measured in cubic metres per hour. If you have a large kitchen, it is best to get a rangehood that has a high extraction rate so as to prevent smoke and cooking odours from travelling through your home.

If you do a lot of cooking, look for a rangehood with an extraction rate of around 700m3/h.


All rangehoods have filters. Ducted rangehoods will usually use aluminium filters, which need to be cleaned regularly for maximum efficiency and safety. For maximum cleaning convenience, look for a model with dishwasher-safe filters.

Recirculating rangehoods use carbon filters to remove impurities from the air. These cannot be re-used - once their lifespan is up you'll need to buy new ones to replace them.

Some rangehoods include a filter indicator which is a handy feature to have - as it will inform you when it's time to change the filter.


The noise levels of different types of rangehood will vary. Most manufacturers will provide a decibel rating, however the noise level will be affected by other factors such as where it has been installed and what fan speed you're using.

If noise is a concern for you, look for a rangehood with a sound-proofed motor.

Touch controls

Touch controls will give your rangehood a streamlined aesthetic, and they will also make the unit easier to clean.

Need help with your decision?

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our customer service team 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us on 1300 000 500.