What is a sone rating for range hoods?

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The sone rating of a device, such as a range hood, is a subjective measure of the loudness of the sound it produces. The sone scale uses a group of listeners' perceived loudness of a sound as compared to one produced at 1000 hertz and 40 decibels. A sound of 3 sones has a sound the group perceives to be three times that of this base sound.

By definition, the threshold of human hearing is zero sones. Calm breathing or rustling leaves creates 0.2 sones. Normal human conversation occurs at 1 to 4 sones. Hearing damage occurs above 250 sones, and the human threshold of pain is approximately 676 sones. In selecting range hoods, it is important to balance the noise level with the CFM rating. A higher CFM rating indicates the hood has the ability to remove more cooking odors and grease from the air. Lowe's reminds consumers that units with higher CFM ratings tend produce more noise and have a higher sone rating, while quieter hoods remove less air. A 400 CFM Whirlpool range hood from Lowe's produces 7 sones of noise, almost twice the perceived loudness of a television three feet from the listener. Lower CFM hoods produce noise below the range of human hearing. The loudest of range hoods produce noise far below the levels causing damage to hearing.

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1. Examine the structure and mounting style of each ductless range hood and rate it on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best. This is going to be a completely subjective rating
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Hello Johhny, I would have to guess one of the BEST (not sure the consumer rating) are these. http://www.vikingrange.com/consumer/prod…. You can join here to read what CR says
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Sone is the measurement of sound in appliances, which is rated on a scale of 1 to 7. The lower the sone rating, the quieter your range will be. It is best to consider how noise will
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Since the range hood re-circulates the air, there is no national standard for the measurement of CFM or Sones on a non-ducted range hood.
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