Our review compares rangehoods on customer satisfaction, so you can find out what other Aussies think about the compared brands before you go ahead with a purchase. Think of it as like asking hundreds of your closest mates which rangehood they think is best!
Canstar Blue surveyed 476 Australians for their feedback on the rangehood(s) they have installed in their home and used in the last three months.
The winning brand is the one that receives the highest Overall satisfaction rating once all the scores from the Overall satisfaction criteria are combined and averaged.
Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included, so not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The brands rated in this survey are listed below in order of best overall satisfaction.
Find more detailed information on our Most Satisfied Customer methodology.
Miele was rated five stars for performance, ease of cleaning, features & functionality, value for money and overall satisfaction, with four stars for design.
Miele has a reputation as a high-end brand, with its premium prices boasting German craftsmanship. It offers multiple rangehood designs including wall-mounted, island, built-in, and ceiling extractor models to accommodate a variety of styles, sizes and functions to suit any kitchen. Its built-in models come with a customised kitchen design, so it’s out of sight when switched off to save space, making it a possible solution for minimalist kitchens.
Across the range, you’ll find features such as automatic operation, where the required fan output is automatically controlled by the cooktop settings, a ten-layer stainless steel grease filter, and an automatic switch-off system for safety. Those looking to make their rangehood a bit more eye-catching might enjoy the Triple Wall Mounted Hood, which features three curved glass surfaces, LED spotlights and ECO motor for energy efficient use.
Bosch was rated five stars for ease of cleaning, four stars for performance, value for money and overall satisfaction, with three stars for features & functionality and design.
Bosch is a well-renowned name in the home appliance world, with the German manufacturing giant synonymous with both quality and technology. Featuring wall-mounted canopy rangehoods, slide-out rangehoods, integrated rangehoods and integrated ventilation models, they typically come as 60cm or 90cm models across the Serie 2, Serie 4, Serie 6 and Serie 8 line-ups, with additional models also available.
The Serie 6 Wall Mounted Canopy rangehood features a grease filtration system that filters over 85% of grease from the air, TouchSelect controls to help you find the setting your after, LED lighting and LED display, along with dishwasher safe grease filters. The Serie 4 Slideout rangehood features multiple push button settings, dishwasher safe stainless steel filters, and an ‘intensive speed’ setting for when you need to clear out the kitchen quickly.
Fisher & Paykel was rated three stars for value for money, design, ease of cleaning and performance, with four stars for features & functionality and overall satisfaction.
Founded in New Zealand, Fisher & Paykel is a company that has been around for more than 80 years, and has proven to be a popular choice for Aussies fitting out their kitchens. Its range is split into ‘styles’, which include the Integrated style for those after integrated rangehoods, the Contemporary style for those looking for a sleek and timeless design, along with the Classic style for those after a more traditional look.
The Series 7 integrated insert features four fan speeds and a ‘boost’ function, dishwasher safe filters, stainless steel frame and LED lights, while the Wall Pyramid rangehood comes with three fan speeds, classic chrome finish, push buttons, stainless steel filters and an LED strip to help you keep eyes on with your dinner.
Smeg was rated five stars for features & functionality and design, with four stars for performance and overall satisfaction, along with three stars for ease of cleaning and value for money.
Smeg is an Italian appliance manufacturer providing ‘elegant contemporary living solutions’ for Aussie kitchens. Smeg’s rangehoods reflect the elegance and style you’ll find with a number of its appliances, including ovens, dishwashers, and dryers. It has a wide variety of island, wall and integrated models to choose from, including the Hood Universale model, which features four fan speeds, air filter, automatic switch off timer, LED lights, digital display and touch control settings.
Those after a more traditional rangehood might be after the decorative Hood Portofino model, which features a 120cm width, multiple colours, brushed stainless steel finish, three fan speeds and an intensive setting, along with four LED lights and four filters.
Westinghouse was rated four stars for ease of cleaning, but three stars for all remaining categories, including performance, features & functionality, design, value for money and overall satisfaction.
Part of the Electrolux Group, Westinghouse is a long-standing Australian brand covering more budget-friendly options than most. It offers a variety of canopy rangehoods, undermount rangehoods, slide-out rangehoods, fixed rangehoods as well as rangehood filters. Westinghouse rangehoods commonly come in 60cm and 90cm widths, with many claimed to contain a powerful extraction rate over 800m3/hr, a three-fan speed option and LED lighting. Certain models also come with touch control panels and dishwasher-safe aluminium micro-mesh filters.
The 86cm integrated rangehood model features a dark stainless steel finish, three fan speeds, two machine-washable filters, LED lights and a display indicator for when it’s time to clean your filters. It also features Hob2Hood with compatible cooktops, automatically turning on when the cooktop is being used, giving you a helping hand while you prep dinner.
Not all brands in the market qualify for our ratings (based on minimum survey sample size), but that doesn’t mean they’re not worth considering. Here are several more brands to check out before making a purchase decision.
Rangehoods are often broken into two main categories – ducted rangehoods and recirculating rangehoods. Ducted rangehoods – also known as extractor rangehoods – are generally considered better at ‘extracting’ cooking fumes and smells and expelling them outside via the duct, while recirculating rangehoods extract the cooking fumes and pass them through active charcoal filters, before recirculating the cleansed air back into the room.
Rangehoods are also broken further into styles and types, with rangehoods available in the following:
Rangehoods vary in price, costing anywhere between $500 to $3,000 depending on the brand, model and features included. As a result, it’s not a cheap purchase, and considering it can be the difference between you sitting down and enjoying a nice meal or dealing with smoke alarms going off, it might be worth exploring all of your options to find the best fit for your needs.
The filters in the rangehood are where all the smells, fumes and other nasties go while you cook, meaning that they can get dirty pretty quickly, particularly if you like cooking! As a result, cleaning them becomes an important area to consider when purchasing. Thankfully, most rangehood filters are removable from the unit and dishwasher safe, meaning you can simply throw them in with the dishes. If they aren’t dishwasher safe, you can simply wash them in the sink with warm water and dishwashing liquid, just let them dry before putting them back in!
In addition to the style and cost, there are a number of other areas you’ll have to consider when buying a rangehood, including the lighting, noise and fan settings.
It’s not recommended that you tackle the installation of a rangehood yourself, as there are electrics involved, so it’s best to get a professional to install. When you purchase a rangehood, the retailer will often offer installation as a service, for an additional fee.
This report was written by Canstar Blue’s Site Editor, Dean Heckscher. He’s our resident expert on all things automotive, health & fitness, streaming and more. Dean is also one of Canstar Blue’s customer research report producers, helping to turn complicated subjects into easily-digestible information for our readers. He’s passionate about helping consumers make better-informed purchase decisions on all manner of consumer goods and services.
Samantha Howse is Canstar Blue’s Consumer Research Specialist, coordinating the consumer research program behind our customer satisfaction awards across Canstar and Canstar Blue in Australia and New Zealand. Sam has earned a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from Griffith University and, with seven years in market research and 2 years in marketing, she is experienced in survey design, implementation and analysis, coupled with an understanding of marketing principles and best practice.
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