650 CFM 30 Inch Wide Stainless Steel Under Cabinet Range Hood with 3 Speed Mechanical Slide Controls from the Cyclone Collection
Could be better
I had an old.....really old Zephyr hood and was happy with it till I decided to clean it one day and found that it was so sticky with oil I decided to buy a new one.....I looked for under cabinet hoods 6" vent and the only one I found was Zephyr and from ventingdirect....placed the order and glad with the prompt shipping etc. The one thing I miss from my old hood is the ability to control the two fans separately.....the newer model has only one switch that controls both fans......everything else is pretty much the same. The noise levels are something I am not too crazy about, but guess you get what you pay for and @ $ 200, I don't think I can ask for more.
April 10, 2012
Without hesitation, I would buy it again
I didn't have a choice, I had to find a new range hood and I needed it now. The cfm ratings on the top end fans at the box stores were simply not good enough. So, after much searching and research, I selected the Zephyr AK6500 with 650 cfm in black.
I did have this hood professionally installed as I have learned there are some times when that's just the right choice even if it isn't the cheapest one. Absolutely worth every penny. Not only does this fan actually lift the flap on the outer vent, the air draw is so strong, our bathroom vent fans on the second floor turn!
While the fan is too loud to watch TV by, if I'm cooking, that should not be a concern! And besides, this is not an area where silence matters. What we wanted was a fan that would allow us to cook hamburgers on the stove or steaks in the oven without the smoke detectors going off. We absolutely got what we wanted.
I have no problems with the level of lighting with the bulbs provided. Even if it was the only light in the room, it is more than enough to cook by.
There is nothing about this product that I would change.
The ordering, shipping and delivery process also surpassed my expectations.
August 18, 2012
Works very well!
This is exactly what I needed. In previous homes (rentals) we had either a microwave vent or no vent at all. Unfortunately, for a foodie this does not jive with a fire system that calls the fire dept every time I want to make a steak or bacon! This vent (so far - only had for a few weeks) has performed admirably! The only downfall was that my contractor who installed it said it was "a little tough" to install, which I had read on the reviews before. So it may be tough to install, but now that it is in, I love it!
August 29, 2011
DON'T HESITATE AND BUY THIS HOOD
Two years ago, on a tight budget I finally updated my kitchen. I was very careful and researched everything. At the end when it was time to choose a hood, it took me a month. I kept on going back and forth whether to get a hood which recycled the air or a hood that I would need to do construction and have a hole put in my roof. Well, I chose this hood and had the construction done. To this date, this was the BEST choice I made. It is beautiful, powerful,and amazing. If my house or my kitchen smells in the least bit, I turn it on and the smell is gone. Cooking, I put it on low and you would never know that there was food being prepared in the kitchen. I love this extractor and will always buy this brand. It was the best money I spent on my kitchen
August 9, 2013
Looks good, functions well
Looks are great. Price is great. Delivery is great. Easy to install. Overlooked sending the two light bulbs and had to buy separately. For shorter users, a light shield around the two bulbs would be an asset (protecting the eys from bulb glare).
January 13, 2011
I like it!
This hood replaced a new mid priced broan unit I returned because it vented only the left rear of stove(poor design).This zephyr model does allow the venting from rear that I needed.A bulb issue was quickly resolved by their service dept.This unit really works well, its filterless design does require higher fan speeds so be prepared for more noise even on the low setting.This vent sucks, in a good way :)
January 25, 2010
Very nice unit
This unit looks very nice and functions beautifully, plenty of light and as far as the fans go they really do the job. The volume is a little high but then they are powerful fans. Installation could have been easier with a template and instead of using the supplied screws to mount it I used nut and boltso that I could install it without the need for another set of hands
September 1, 2012
real good range hood
works like a charm. It is not too loud. I don't ever have to use the fastest setting, only the low blow and sometimes medium. The bulbs are handy for cooking.
August 25, 2011
Venting excellent, but ....
Venting performance is excellent, but lights had to be changed to avoid very unpleasant shining into eyes caused by the shape of the incandescent bulbs. Physical depth is a problem. Wife keeps bumping her head on unit because it sticks out 5 or 6 inches more than the unit it replaced. If the AK2500 really has a depth 7 inches less, consider it.
November 26, 2012