Range Hood Finishes: Choosing the Perfect Look



Range Hood Finishes: Choosing the Perfect Look for Your Kitchen

Range hoods, also known as vent hoods or extractor hoods, play a crucial role in maintaining indoor air quality in the kitchen. But they’re also a great way to select designs and finishes to complement your kitchen aesthetics. Here, we dive into three popular range hood finishes – stainless steel, black stainless steel, and matte white – highlighting their pros and cons.

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1. Classic Stainless Steel

classic gray stainless steel range hoods

Photo on the left: Featuring Hauslane model with the 30 inch WM-530 Pro wall mount range hood. Photo on the right: Featuring Kirsten Alise with the 30 inch WM-538 wall mount range hood.

Stainless steel is one of the popular range hood finishes due to its classic, smooth gray appearance. Here’s what you need to know about its pros and cons.


  • Durability: Stainless steel is renowned for its strength and resistance to rust, making it an ideal choice for a kitchen environment where moisture and grease are prevalent.
  • Timeless Look: With its sleek and shiny finish, stainless steel offers a professional and classic appearance that matches various kitchen styles, from modern to traditional.
  • Easy to Clean: Fingerprints and smudges might be evident, but they can be wiped off easily with a cloth and a mild detergent or specialized stainless-steel cleaner.
  • Heat Resistance: Stainless steel can resist high temperatures, which is an asset considering the purpose of range hoods.


  • Fingerprints and Smudges: While easy to clean, gray stainless steel is notorious for showing every fingerprint and smudge, requiring frequent wiping for those who prefer spotless surfaces. Depending on the quality, grain, and lighting some stainless steels may show spots more than others.
  • Cost: High-quality stainless steel can be on the pricier side compared to some other materials.

Hauslane offers a wide selection of sleek, gray stainless steel range hoods that are fingerprint resistant and easy to clean. Choose from under cabinet, wall mount, built-in, and island styles with modern, contemporary, classic, and minimalist styles.

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2. Black Stainless Steel

black stainless steel and charcoal gray stainless steel range hoods

Left Photo Credit to: verified Hauslane customer. Right Photo Credit to: @thevillahome on IG. Range hood featured: Hauslane's 30 inch WM-590B in black stainless steel. 

Love stainless steel but looking for something a bit different? You might like the modern finish black stainless steel offers.


  • Sophisticated Appearance: Black stainless steel offers a modern twist to the classic stainless steel finish, presenting a bolder look that can be a centerpiece in many contemporary kitchens.
  • Less Pronounced Fingerprints: The dark hue means it's less prone to showing fingerprints and smudges compared to classic stainless steel.
  • Durability and Heat Resistance: It maintains the inherent strength and heat resistance qualities of regular stainless steel.


  • Surface Vulnerability: Scratches can be more evident on black stainless steel. If the coating gets scratched, the underlying stainless steel might show, creating a contrast.
  • Limited Matching Appliances: While growing in popularity, black stainless steel is still less common than its traditional counterpart, meaning it might be harder to match with other kitchen appliances.

Browse Hauslane's best-selling sleek black range hoods in wall mount style or as an under cabinet. You'll never have to compromise style for function or affordability thanks to Hauslane's commitment to quality, fair pricing, and buy now, pay later interest-free payment plans with ShopPay. 

3. Matte Finishes

blacke matte and white matte kitchen range hoods

Left Photo Credit to: @dawnofthewildones on IG. Right Photo Credit to: @hatchingmidwife on IG. Range hood featured: Hauslane's UC-PS18 Under Cabinet Range Hood.

Looking for a traditional finish? Matte black is perfect for adding contrast to your kitchen while white matte stands the test of time.


  • Neutral Aesthetics: Matte white range hoods can seamlessly blend with various kitchen designs, especially those leaning towards a minimalist or Scandinavian aesthetic. Black matte range hoods offer a dark contrast approach to kitchen styles.

  • Doesn't Show Fingerprints: Unlike glossy finishes, matte doesn't display fingerprints and smudges easily.
  • Softens the Look: The non-reflective finish can soften the overall look of the kitchen, giving it a cozy and homely feel.


  • Stains and Dirt: White surfaces can show stains and dirt more easily. Spills or splatters of colored substances (like tomato sauce) might need immediate attention. On the other hand, black matte is easier to hide the wear from range hood use.

  • May Require Special Cleaners: Some matte finishes might require specific cleaning agents to maintain their look and avoid damage.

The Hauslane UC-PS18 is offered in 2 sizes (30 inch and 36 inch) and 3 different colors- Classic stainless steel, matte white, and matte black. Not only will this range hood complete your kitchen's look, it offers superior suction power to tackle heavy-duty cooking with 6 different fan speed settings and an advanced auto delay shut-off feature controlled by a simple touch screen panel. Each of these finishes are a breeze to wipe down and keep clean, along with the dishwasher-safe baffle filters that can be ran through a cycle to maintain your range hoods top performance. 

Once you pick the perfect range hood finish, check out our tips for elevating its appearance.