400 CFM 30 Inch Wide Stainless Steel Four Speed Recirculating Under Cabinet Range Hood with QuietMode- from the RA-038-SQD Collection
I purchased this unit in the belief that it had the ability to condense and draw off air born cooking oils. After all, it has "oil cups", and is a Japanese Brand (we do alot of asian cooking by wok etc). Instead, much of the oil blows right through the unit, condensing on fixtures in my kitchen. It is hardly better than the fan in the microwave unit i took down in order to replace it with this dedicated fan unit. I am extremely disappointed in this aspect of the unit.
It is also a brut to install if you are installing in an exacting space (as shown in the pr picture). It took 3 people to stabilize it and a lot of cuts. The hole placement for the suport screws is poor, as it barely accomodates the size of the cupboards above.
The difficulty in installing would be greatly offset if the unit was actually effective, which it is not.
December 1, 2009
Wife is Still Smiling
It has been two months now since we installed our Kobe hood. I did a lot of research and was somewhat nervous not knowing a lot about the brand (can't find it in any showrooms around our area). But, after reading some reviews I decided to go for it. We are EXTREMELY happy with the decision. This range is beautiful, the curves, the design, the motor - excellent. It is very heavy - you will need two people to get it installed. The lights are nice and the fans are great. If there is any negative it is the programming buttons not being very intuitive, but once you use them and get accustomed to it, that works itself out. We get compliments on the hood regularly and would definitely purchase again.
February 10, 2014
I love my new fan. It's very powerful, easy to clean, and it looks great!! An added bonus are the powerful lights that help me cook better. However, it was a beast to install.
March 21, 2009
Well Built, Very Quiet
Pro's-Heavy guage stainless, no seams one peice construction, smooth lines. Very quiet fans. Very High end. Would absolutly recommend this unit.
Con's- Dimensions are metric, on a 30 inch opening, there is about a 1/8 inch gap between side of cabinet and vent, but it wouldn't cause you to not install or buy. Even better if the Halogen lights had another step up in brightness.
June 14, 2011
really does what is promises
needed better lighting... got it with Kobe
needed fast upward venting... got it with Kobe.
and got a great looking product. it updated the look in my traditional kitchen. my contractor was duly impressed. he'd never heard of Kobe, but was impressed with specs and how great it looked.
do wish push buttons were at least 1/2 size larger, tho
December 6, 2009
Item received in perfect condition. Was forewarned about heaviness from previous reviews, so hubby built a stand to support it during install. Very slick looking. Powerfull, will pull the hair off your head! Like the fact that buttons and brand name hidden from view, as gives seamless clean appearance. Curved design is very appealing, not boxy like other models I viewed. Did alot of comparison shopping, retail as well as on-line, and this was by far the best value for the $$$. Picky husband agreed.
October 13, 2009
Super fast delivery, great communication, and WOW! the quality and workmanship of my KOBE range hood is spectacular. I thought the focal point of our new countertops and appliances would be my new Bosch oven and cooktop, but it's not. The first thing people mention is the KOBE range hood, the rounded front, high quality stainless, and the hidden controls, it is a work of art. I could go on and on but trust me, it is easily worth the money.
August 29, 2012
Not too hard to install if you are a proficient handyman although it will take two people. Very quite, very powerful, easy to operate and clean. Replacement filters seem difficult to locate; most places sell the whole basket assembly rather than just the charcoal and mesh filters. The instructions say the whole filter basket is dishwasher safe, but I'm sure the charcoal will need replacing over time.
March 19, 2010
Quiet, attractive, easy to install
Title says it all. Very quiet except for highest speed. LED lights are nice but would prefer multiple settings. Easy to install EXCEPT unit is very heavy, two people a MUST. We needed to put two 2X4s to hold in place while we held fan and connected wiring. Would definitely buy this again.
July 23, 2011
Looks sharp in our new kitchen. Can't even hear the fan on the lowest setting and the highest setting isn't very loud. The lights illuminate out cooktop perfectly.
Would definitely recommend.
September 24, 2013