I Tried the AirHood Portable Kitchen Air Cleaner and It’s a Game Changer

CEO Khai Intela
As someone who spends a lot of time in the kitchen, I know the struggles of dealing with smoke and poor ventilation. My range hood never seems to do the job, leaving me with a...

As someone who spends a lot of time in the kitchen, I know the struggles of dealing with smoke and poor ventilation. My range hood never seems to do the job, leaving me with a greasy kitchen and a less-than-pleasant cooking experience. That's why I was excited to try out the AirHood portable kitchen exhaust system and air cleaner. After a month of daily use, I can confidently say that it has changed my cooking game.

What is the AirHood?

The AirHood is a compact and powerful recirculating kitchen air cleaner. It effectively cleans smoke, steam, odors, and airborne particles that arise during cooking. It's like a smaller and more portable version of a stove's exhaust hood. This is especially useful for kitchens with poor ventilation or without windows or exhaust fans. The AirHood features a dual filter system that removes impurities, leaving you with fresh and odor-free air. It also helps in eliminating oil particles, keeping your kitchen cleaner.

AirHood Features

Airhood testing with cooking meat Image: Allison Robicelli for Family Handyman

The AirHood is equipped with a powerful fan that can clean up to 90 cubic feet of air per minute. It effectively removes grease particles and prevents them from creating a sticky film on surfaces. With an activated charcoal filter, it also eliminates lingering odors and absorbs condensation. The filters are replaceable, and each purchase comes with five spare filters. The frequency of filter replacement depends on the usage and type of cooking.

Weighing just under 6 pounds, the AirHood is easy to set up and can be used in various spaces such as RVs, boats, dorm rooms, and tiny homes. It's even portable enough to be used outdoors with grills or deep fryers. The wired model can be plugged into any standard electrical outlet, while the wireless version can be charged with an A/C adapter and provides up to eight hours of power.

In terms of design, the AirHood boasts a sleek and modern look, making it a stylish addition to any kitchen. It's available in four attractive color options: Cadmium Orange, Mint Green, Ivory White, and Space Black.

How I Tested It

Airhood testing with frying pan Image: Allison Robicelli for Family Handyman

I was eager to try out the AirHood and was pleased to find that it was ready to use right out of the box. I have the wireless model, which required some charging time before use. Once it was charged, I simply set it up near an outlet next to my stove, and I was ready to cook.

Cooking Meat

One of the main culprits of kitchen smoke is cooking meat. I decided to put the AirHood to the test by cooking bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs. If it could handle this, it could handle anything. I was impressed by how well it performed. While it didn't capture everything, it significantly reduced the smoke and grease splatters on my stovetop and counters. Cleaning up was a breeze, with just a quick wipe using kitchen cleaner and paper towels.

One-Month Testing

Airhood uses while making food Image: Allison Robicelli for Family Handyman

I continued using the AirHood daily for a month, and the results remained consistent. It kept my apartment smelling fresh when I cooked fish and allowed me to sear steak perfectly without worrying about setting off the smoke alarm. Cleaning the unit was easy, requiring just a quick wipe with a damp cloth and degreasing spray. The oil filter is dishwasher-safe but doesn't need to be cleaned after every meal.

Portability & Noise

One of the standout features of the AirHood is its portability. While it can be plugged in near the stove, it also has a battery-operated option, allowing you to use it anywhere in the house. Even when running on the highest speed setting, it can last for hours, effectively handling any smoke or steam generated during cooking.

However, it's worth noting that the AirHood can be quite noisy, especially on the highest setting. This is to be expected with an exhaust system, but you have the option to switch to a quieter setting when you're not cooking anything that produces a lot of smoke.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Effectively cleans air and reduces smoke and odors
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Available in wired and wireless versions
  • Excellent for small spaces
  • Traps airborne grease particles
  • Comes with additional charcoal filters
  • Ready to use out of the box
  • Available in four colors

Cons:

  • Can be very loud
  • Wireless version not suitable for gas stoves or open flames

Final Verdict

After my experience with the AirHood, I can confidently say that it is a game changer for anyone with limited ventilation in their kitchen. It has allowed me to cook without worrying about smoke and greasy residue, making my cooking experience more enjoyable. I no longer have to open all my windows during winter or deal with a beeping smoke detector. The AirHood is a worthwhile investment if you want to improve your kitchen's air quality.

Where to Buy the AirHood

You can purchase the AirHood directly from the company's website or through Amazon. Say goodbye to smoke-filled kitchens and hello to fresh air while you cook.

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