What is a Convertible Range Hood: Everything You Need To Know

Last Updated: 5/9/2024

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

Are you on the fence about which kitchen appliance best suits your ventilation needs?

Convertible range hoods often go hand-in-hand with a kitchen upgrade, and for a good reason. They offer a blend of flexibility and performance that could very well resolve your kitchen dilemmas.

What is a convertible range hood? In the following blog, we’ll go over how range hoods work and why they may be a great fit for your kitchen. With this knowledge, you’ll be equipped to make an informed decision on your kitchen upgrade.

Shop our collection of convertible range hood options available on FOTILE today.

What is a Convertible Range Hood?

A convertible range hood is a versatile kitchen appliance designed to improve air quality by removing smoke, steam, and odors generated during cooking. Unlike fixed types, this appliance offers flexibility in installation, allowing it to operate in either ducted or ductless mode.

In ducted setups, the range hood vents air outside the home through a duct system. For environments where ducting is not possible, it can be converted to recirculate air within the kitchen, using charcoal filters to clean the air before releasing it back into the room. This adaptability makes convertible range hoods a suitable option for various kitchen layouts, ensuring a cleaner cooking environment by effectively managing airborne particles.

A convertible range hood, such as FOTILE's JQG7505 and JQG9006 models, offers the freedom to choose between multiple mounting options — under cabinet or wall mount — while providing exceptional performance in smoke, grease, and odor extraction. Unlike traditional range hoods that are restricted to either ducted or ductless operation, FOTILE's convertible range hoods are engineered for adaptability.

You get to experience powerful ventilation and low noise levels, making your kitchen both inviting and conversation-friendly.

How a Convertible Range Hood Works

Understanding how a convertible range hood operates can clarify why it's such a versatile appliance. Convertible range hoods utilize dual DC centrifugal motors, ensuring smoother and stronger ventilation. When you turn on the hood, these motors kick in to draw air away from your cooking area.

The 90-degree automatic open Capture Shield is another feature that adds to the efficiency. This shield helps to prevent the spread of smoke, directing it straight into the hood’s extraction system. This makes for a more effective and focused removal of airborne particles.

In terms of operation, you have the luxury of touch-free motion gesture control. With a wave of your hand, you can activate the range hood, thanks to infrared connectivity. This enables you to focus on your cooking without worrying about manually adjusting settings. For those particularly smoky or aromatic dishes, the Stir-fry Mode can be engaged for instant, powerful extraction.

These range hoods can operate in both ducted and ductless modes, depending on your kitchen setup. When in ducted mode, the hood vents the extracted air outside of your home, eliminating odors and smoke entirely. The ductless mode recirculates the purified air back into the kitchen, which is still effectively cleared of grease and odors due to the high-performance motors and Capture Shield. Additionally, the range hoods come with an auto delay shutoff feature, ensuring that any lingering odors are taken care of even after you’ve finished cooking.

Benefits of Convertible Range Hoods

Convertible range hoods offer a multitude of advantages that can significantly enhance your cooking experience. Here are some of the key benefits:

  • Adaptability to Various Kitchen Setups: One of the major draws of a convertible range hood is its adaptability. Whether your kitchen has the infrastructure for ducted ventilation or requires a ductless setup, convertible range hoods can accommodate both.
  • Exceptional Performance: Equipped with dual DC motors, these range hoods are built for smoother and stronger ventilation. This makes it easier to maintain a clean and odor-free kitchen environment. The 90-degree automatic open Capture Shield adds an extra layer of efficiency, effectively capturing smoke and preventing it from spreading.
  • Low Noise Levels: Nobody wants a noisy kitchen appliance drowning out conversations or the subtle sizzle of a stir-fry. Convertible range hoods excel in this aspect, operating at minimal noise levels.
  • Convenience and Safety: With motion detection technology for hands-free operation, these hoods add a layer of convenience and safety to your kitchen. Now you can engage the ventilation system without having to touch any controls, making multitasking easier than ever.
  • Enhanced Coverage Area: Range hoods are designed to cover a large cooking area, ensuring even suction pressure at every angle. The large coverage area makes it efficient for all types of cooking, from simmering sauces to high-heat searing.
  • Post-Cooking Air Quality: The Auto Delay Shutoff feature takes care of lingering odors, ensuring that your kitchen remains fresh long after you’ve finished your culinary masterpiece.

Convertible Range Hoods vs. Other Types

When considering a range hood for your kitchen, it's crucial to compare the features and benefits of convertible models against other types. Let's break down some of the key distinctions that set FOTILE's convertible range hoods apart from the rest.


The biggest advantage of a convertible range hood lies in its adaptability. While traditional ducted range hoods require a specific ventilation setup and ductless hoods can only recirculate air, a convertible range hood like FOTILE’s offers the best of both worlds. This means you don't have to compromise or overhaul your kitchen’s infrastructure to accommodate it.

Additionally, convertible range hoods from FOTILE offer the flexibility of varied mounting options. Whether you prefer an under-cabinet or wall-mount setup, the choice is yours. This level of versatility in both appearance and installation options sets them apart from traditional range hoods, which often come in standard designs and are limited in mounting choices.

Varied Styles

Convertible range hoods from FOTILE come in a variety of styles and finishes, from Onyx Black Tempered Glass to White SCHOTT Glass and Grey Tempered Glass, depending on the model you select. This gives you the freedom to choose a model that not only performs exceptionally well but also complements your kitchen’s aesthetic. In contrast, other types of range hoods often come in standard designs and may not offer the same level of aesthetic versatility.

Easy Installation

FOTILE’s convertible range hoods are designed with user-friendly installation in mind. Whether you choose an under-cabinet or wall-mount design, the process is straightforward, eliminating the need for specialized contractors in most cases. This ease of installation is often not the case with other types, especially ducted range hoods, which can require more complex ductwork and installation processes in your kitchen.

By assessing these key factors—flexibility, varied styles, and easy installation—you'll find that FOTILE’s convertible range hoods offer a compelling combination of functionality and design, setting them apart from other types on the market.

Why You Should Have a Range Hood in Your Kitchen

A range hood in your kitchen does more than just look good—it can completely improve your cooking space. First and foremost, it effectively removes cooking smoke and odors, leaving your kitchen and home smelling fresh and clean. Plus, it filters out airborne particles like grease, reducing the need for frequent cleaning and contributing to better indoor air quality.

Range hoods enhance safety by swiftly eliminating smoke and gases and also add a touch of style to your kitchen decor. Modern range hoods come in various designs, from sleek and contemporary to more traditional models, allowing you to choose one that complements your kitchen's overall aesthetics.

By combining functionality with style, a well-chosen range hood enhances the efficiency, cleanliness, and overall appeal of your culinary space, making it a valuable addition to any kitchen.

Shop FOTILE’s Range Hoods Collection Today

If you've ever wondered about the secret to a cleaner, safer, and more enjoyable cooking experience, look no further than FOTILE's versatile and high-performing range hoods. With multiple styles, exceptional features, and the convenience of convertible options, there's a FOTILE range hood that's tailor-made for your kitchen.

Why settle for less when you can have the best in both form and function?

Visit our collection of convertible range hoods today and find the FOTILE range hood that perfectly complements your cooking needs and aesthetic preferences.