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The Whirlpool 30-inch Convertible Under-Cabinet Range Hood provides an exhaust system for your stove, pumping smoke and odors out of the house while you cook. It has a modern look appropriate for most contemporary kitchen designs.
This range hood installs directly beneath the cabinet above your stove. It has a stainless steel body and push-button panel on the front, giving it a minimal design. When vented, the internal fan circulates air at 400 CFM. The fan has three separate speeds.
Two embedded halogen lights illuminate your cooking surface. You can remove the baffle grease filter and wash it in the dishwasher. The hood can also be installed without an exterior vent. A recirculating kit is included for this option, as are replaceable charcoal filters.
As a 30-inch hood, it should suffice for most four-burner stoves. However, you should still check out the installation and dimension guides prior to purchasing. The vent system must terminate outdoors and not just in the ceiling, walls or attic. Verify with a licensed HVAC contractor what, if any, local makeup air codes need to be satisfied in your area. You can purchase an additional makeup air kit directly from Whirlpool if needed. When the hood is in recirculation mode, the air pumps out through side vents.
When installed, the hood will need to be hardwired electrically. Whirlpool provides a one-year parts and labor warranty, which may be voided if the hood is not installed properly by a licensed professional. As with most stainless steel appliances, you can clean the exterior with kitchen cleaners or soap and water. The overall dimensions are 30 x 9 x 19.75 inches. Whirlpool provides a one-year parts and labor warranty.
The Whirlpool 30-inch Convertible Under-Cabinet Hood can function as either a vented or a recirculating hood. A recirculating kit is included for condo or apartment residents who cannot vent air outside the home. The stainless steel design has a modern look and feel, and the reusable, washable filters make long-term maintenance simple. The 400 CFM fan should move most unwanted air and steam out of your kitchen.