What Are The Smallest Range Hoods Between Ducted & Ductless?

Last Updated: 1/30/2024

Author: James Zhao, Sr. Tech Specialist & Alex Park, Product Specialist

Are you working with limited kitchen space and struggling to get proper ventilation?

This article aims to resolve the question, “what are the smallest range hoods,” so you can find a size that will fit in your kitchen. This guide will assist you in maximizing your kitchen real estate and also introduce you to the wide variety of range hoods that FOTILE offers.

Known for an exceptional range of high-quality, powerful, and aesthetically pleasing range hoods, FOTILE brings innovation to the forefront. Whether you need ducted, ductless, or convertible range hoods, FOTILE has an option tailored to meet your specific needs. Plus, FOTILE’s range hoods come in different sizes, so you can find the one that best fits your kitchen space.

Browse our collection of range hoods today to find the one that works for your kitchen.

Which Are Smaller: Ducted or Ductless Range Hoods?

When optimizing for space, the question often arises: Are ducted range hoods generally smaller than their ductless counterparts, or is it the other way around? The answer is more complex than you might think, but we'll break down the typical dimensions of each appliance to give you a clearer picture.

Ducted Range Hood Sizes

Ducted range hoods are known for their efficiency in venting out smoke, odors, and grease directly to the outdoors. They usually require more extensive installation but offer a quieter and more powerful performance. For smaller spaces, ducted hoods can start at 30 inches in width but still pack a punch in terms of features and power.

If you're interested in a space-saving yet efficient option, consider FOTILE's Pixie Air series, including the 30-inch UQG3002 and the 36-inch UQG3602 models. They combine high CFM ratings and low noise levels with cutting-edge features like Motion-Gesture Touch-Free Operation.

Ductless Range Hood Sizes

Ductless range hoods are generally more compact and make an excellent choice for limited kitchen spaces or apartment living. They typically come in smaller sizes, with some as petite as 24 inches in width. What these units lack in size, they make up for in functionality. Most feature multi-speed fans and built-in lighting systems while efficiently filtering and recirculating kitchen air.

If you're looking for a compact yet powerful ductless range hood, consider FOTILE's 24" Recirculation Range Hood EMS6008-CR. This model combines sleek design with advanced features like motion activation and Air Clean Tech with DC Motor, making it a standout choice for smaller kitchens.

Convertible Range Hood Sizes

Convertible range hoods offer the best of both worlds. They can operate as ducted or ductless systems, providing flexibility in installation and function. Convertible hoods can be particularly beneficial for those who might move or remodel their kitchen in the future.

Sizes for these hoods vary, but smaller options are available for constrained spaces. FOTILE's Pixie Air series also includes a convenient option to convert from a ducted to a ductless system with an optional Recirculation Kit, ensuring that you have a versatile solution for any kitchen layout.

Under-Cabinet Range Hoods

Under-cabinet range hoods are a popular choice for homeowners looking to maximize space and functionality in their kitchens. These hoods are mounted directly under the cabinets above your stove or cooktop, making them an efficient use of space. They are ideal for smaller kitchens or for those who prefer a streamlined look.

If you're in the market for an under-cabinet range hood, FOTILE offers a range of models to suit your specific needs. The Pixie Air Series includes two different models, available in 30-inch and 36-inch sizes. These models are among FOTILE's smallest and quietest, yet they can also be converted to recirculating models if you prefer a ductless setup.

For those seeking a sleek design with high-performance features, FOTILE's Slant Vent Series has multiple options in 30-inch and 36-inch sizes. A vent hood offers between 850-1,000 CFM and are available with black or white tempered glass finishes. The series includes the JQG05, JQG02, and JQG01 models, each designed to provide powerful ventilation while complementing your kitchen's aesthetic.

What Sizes Do Range Hoods Come In?

Range hoods come in various sizes to accommodate different kitchen layouts and cooking needs. The most common widths include 24, 30, 36, and 42 inches, but some specialized models can reach up to 48 or 60 inches.

The depth and height of a range hood can also vary, affecting the hood's coverage area and its aesthetic fit in a kitchen. Most under-cabinet hoods have a depth ranging from 18 to 24 inches, while wall-mounted or island hoods may offer more substantial depth.

FOTILE offers a versatile selection of range hoods to suit various kitchen sizes. From compact 24-inch ductless hoods to robust 36-inch under-cabinet models and even 42-inch island hoods, FOTILE ensures you'll find a size that accommodates your kitchen's spatial constraints while providing optimal performance.

What is the Minimum Range Hood Size?

The minimum size of your range hood largely depends on the size of your cooktop and the type of cooking you do most often. However, a general rule of thumb is that the range hood should be at least as wide as the cooktop it is venting. For instance, if you have a 30-inch wide cooktop, a 30-inch wide range hood is often recommended for effective ventilation.

In terms of CFM (cubic feet per minute), the minimum required will depend on your stove's BTU (British Thermal Units) rating. A common formula used is 1 CFM for every 100 BTU, although this can vary based on your specific needs and local building codes.

If you have a smaller kitchen, FOTILE has you covered with their 24-inch Recirculation Range Hood EMS6008-CR, boasting a maximum equivalent CFM of 850. For those with slightly more space but still concerned about size, the Pixie Air series could be a suitable option. Available in both 30-inch and 36-inch models, these hoods offer flexibility in installation, with the choice to use them as ducted or ductless units. Their slim design also helps you maximize your kitchen space without compromising efficiency.

Shop FOTILE’s Range Hood Collection Today

Your kitchen is more than just a space for cooking; it's a central hub for family gatherings, meal preparations, and special occasions. FOTILE understands the pivotal role the kitchen plays in your life, offering an impressive selection of range hoods designed to meet varying needs and aesthetics.

Every FOTILE range hood is engineered with advanced technology features like motion-gesture touch-free operation, Intelligent Air Management Systems, and powerful yet quiet motors. From the ultra-compact 24-inch Recirculation Range Hood to the sleek and versatile Pixie Air Series and the high-performance Slant Vent Series, you're bound to find the perfect fit for your kitchen.

Find the small range hood your kitchen needs, and browse through FOTILE’s range hood options today.