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AKDY Under-Cabinet AURW130SS Review

AKDY manufactures European-style bathroom and kitchen fixtures, including range hoods, with an emphasis on modern, sleek and hotel-like design elements. The AKDY 30-inch Under-Cabinet Range Hood is suited for condos or apartments where a non-ducted, under-cabinet design is the only option.

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AKDY Under-Cabinet image: This model is a non-ducted, under-cabinet range hood.

AKDY Under-Cabinet image: This model is a non-ducted, under-cabinet range hood.
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AKDY Under-Cabinet image: It uses two 35-watt halogen lights to illuminate your space.

AKDY Under-Cabinet image: It uses two 35-watt halogen lights to illuminate your space.
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AKDY Under-Cabinet image: The range hood can vent from the top or the back.

AKDY Under-Cabinet image: The range hood can vent from the top or the back.
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AKDY Under-Cabinet image: The internal fan has three speeds.

AKDY Under-Cabinet image: The internal fan has three speeds.

AKDY manufactures European-style bathroom and kitchen fixtures, including range hoods, with an emphasis on modern, sleek and hotel-like design elements. The AKDY 30-inch Under-Cabinet Range Hood is suited for condos or apartments where a non-ducted, under-cabinet design is the only option.

The 30-inch stainless steel hood has rounded corners for modern styling. Its internal 60-watt fan has three speeds, controlled from the push-button panel at the top. The fans run at a fairly quiet 65 dB. The two 35-watt halogen lights are replaceable and help illuminate your cooking surface. The five-layer mesh filters are washable and dishwasher safe, allowing for simple maintenance. The manufacturer provides a three-year warranty period for additional security. The hood is ETL listed in the U.S. and Canada.

If you have the option to vent this range hood, you can direct the airflow either through the top or out the back. You can purchase charcoal filters for this unit. When vented, the fan circulates air at 300 CFM. It operates on a 120-volt power supply, but it must be either professionally installed by an electrician or installed by an experienced DIY-er who is familiar with connecting electrical wires. The warranty may be voided if the hood is not installed by a licensed professional.

If the hood is ducted, the exhaust pipe is 10 x 3.25 inches. To vent through a wall, you need a 90-degree elbow vent that must be purchased separately. You should contact a licensed HVAC contractor prior to installation to verify that your installation is in accordance with any local permitting requirements. You should also leave a 31-inch allowance between the hood and the cooking surface when the hood is installed. The dimensions of the hood itself are 29.5 x 19.7 x 6 inches. Look at the installation dimensions, which are available online through the manufacturer, prior to purchase to ensure that your kitchen complies with the recommended specs.

The AKDY 30-inch Under-Cabinet Range Hood offers modern style at a good value. It can be ducted if your home allows for this type of installation. Apartment or condo dwellers can install it unvented as well. The mesh filters are washable. If the hood is ducted, you can purchase carbon filters for it separately.