Under Cabinet Range Hood With Baffle Filter

Baffle vs. Mesh Filter: Which Should You Choose?

Installing a custom range hood over your stove top is an excellent investment for your home.

island range hood with clear tempered glassNot only will it look snazzy in your kitchen area, it’ll also keep the smell of Mama’s fried chicken from seeping into every nook and cranny in your home. The filter you install can also help prevent the spread of grease, flames, and smoke if that blackened salmon you’re cooking gets a little too blackened.

When it comes to which type of filter to choose, anyone undertaking this home improvement task may find themselves scratching their heads and wondering: baffle or mesh, which is best?

Here is some  info to help you make that choice:

Baffle Filters

Though similar in purpose,  baffle and mesh filters are very different. Baffle filters are typically manufactured from aluminum, stainless steel, or mild steel. They function by forcing grease-saturated air to quickly and repeatedly change direction as it rises through the filter. Because the grease droplets cannot change direction as rapidly as the air carrying them, they end up condensing to the metal blades and then subsequently draining into the filter tray.

Stainless steel baffle filterThis method drastically reduces the risk of spreading flames should a fire break out on the cooking surface below. Additionally, because grease is filtered into a tray, there is no buildup which would hinder airflow and function over time.


  • Improved airflow.
  • All metal design makes them more durable.
  • Dishwasher safe.
  • Grease trap helps stifle flames from spreading in the event of a fire.
  • Low maintenance.


  • Some can be quite large and unable to fit in the dishwasher.
  • The frame will require cleaning at least every few months.
  • Can be more expensive than their mesh counterparts.

Mesh Filters

Mesh filters typically consist of layers of fine metal mesh stacked on top of each other. Fumes are forced through and gradually screened by the mesh. The grease is channeled away into drain holes and deposited into a grease trap to avoid buildup on the mesh itself. However, due to the nature of the mesh, grease will still cause buildups if not cleaned weekly.  mesh filter


  • Dishwasher safe.
  • Can be less expensive than baffle filters.


  • Must be cleaned regularly to function properly.
  • If not cleaned properly, can hold grease at their surface and increase the risk of fire.
  • More noisy than baffle type filters.

So, which is superior? Many people who have installed custom range hoods in their home say baffle type filters for their efficiency, low noise levels, and easy cleaning. Both options have pros and cons, and the choice is really up to your personal preference.

If you feel inspired to install your own range hood and would like to know more, or have any questions regarding range hoods and filters, please contact us to help you find the perfect choice to make your home a better place to live.


This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. m

    This pic above the hood range is totally to high. You need to put a gas range instead of the hood range. It looks silly!! Just saying

  2. A.Quddoos

    metal, Mesh, Baffle Grease Range Hood Filter of Model # AKDY – RS-63190 what price of each and which is good. This is for my house AKDY Range Hood.


    A. Quddoos

  3. Victor Barnes

    I wish to put a filter in my old overhead range hood. The filter is no longer made. I want to replace it with a
    baffle or mesh filter. I’d probably prefer the baffle kind – except I need something durable and cleaned without hassle. And the thickness should be no more than 1.2 cms.

    Needed size 57 cm x 35.5cm (no more than 1.2 cm thick).

    If necessary, I would trim down a larger size and put an aluminium or plastic “fence” around it.

    Can you help? Price?
    Victor Barnes PO Box 52, Crafers SA 5152 Tel. 0414 393 616

  4. Dan Gagnon

    looking to order some baffle or charcoal filters for a 52-2808 rangehood. would like 2 of them.

  5. Zequek Estrada

    I didn’t know that there were two types of filters that you could get. Both sound like they could do a good job. Before deciding which filter would be the best it would probably be a good idea to talk to my husband about investing in a custom range hood.

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