Summary: Settled on this model with a 600 CFM internal motor & external ducting (BOTH SOLD SEPARATELY !!!) after HOURS of internet research and comparing against other models and brands. Things I like: GREAT LOOKING hood - extends outward and downward far enough to cover ALL of my range BURNERS. SUBSTANTIAL SS filters with solid handles. Very EASY to wire up. Things I DON'T like: LOUD on higher speeds. THINNER, non-commercial grade (22 ga.)stainless steel.
Summary: "My experience with Appliances connection was good. No problems with the process. The Broan exhaust fan is phenomenal. I had a Jennair which really never moved air well, but upgrading to this semi-pro model was worth the money. This things passes the BACON TEST!!!
Martha Stewart Inspired Home Decorator, Abes of Maine
4 March 2012
Excerpt: Since we were replacing our 20 year old gas range, we decide to pull out the over-the-range microwave and put in a hood fan. We are thrilled with our choice. The unit was easy to install and we love the sleek, curved design of the hood. It's powerful but quiet at the lower settings. The only challenge was installing the halogen light bulbs--rubber kitchen gloves did the trick! If you purchase this hood, you won't be disappointed.
Pros: Easy to install, Great speed settings, Stylish Design
Excerpt: Fan works great. Is loud on high but that should be expected with the amount of air flow and the fan being internal. Low flow is quiet enough and that is used most of the time. Lighting is great also.
Pros: Easy to install, Great speed settings, Lightweight
Summary: This hood is a great value for a well made (in the USA) product. Pros: Very stylish with easy to use traditional (non-eletronic)controls. Super well built. Straight forward installation. Very effective for a 600 cfm hood. I cooked fish the first time I used it to test its abilities and it passed with flying colors. Cons: Noise. To get rid of all the smoking you have to turn it all the way up and it is quite loud.
Summary: The Broan Range Hood sounds like a helicopter in my kitchen. I have it adjusted to the lowest setting and it still sounds like a windstorm. I'm not sure if others are experiencing the same sounds, but I won't be able to keep this product. While it looks great and probably does a great job, the noise is so ridiculously loud that I need to yell across the counter to say hello. Disappointed!