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Proline PLJW 185: A Tiny Powerhouse!

Proline PLJW 185: A Tiny Powerhouse! - Proline Range Hoods

Renovating your kitchen and looking for a sleek and efficient range hood? Look no further than the Proline PLJW 185. Being one of the slimmest and most powerful under cabinet range hoods available, at a height of just 5 inches, it packs a punch with 600 CFM.

Built from high quality stainless steel, with LED lights, baffle filters, and stainless touch button controls which makes it an elegant and functional addition to your cooking area.

What sets the Proline PLJW 185 apart from other range hoods is its powerful 600 CFM, ensuring clean air in your kitchen while you cook. The 430 brushed stainless steel complements any kitchen design and is easy to maintain.

With a noise level of only 5 sones, this range hood operates at the volume of a normal conversation, making it an excellent choice for both functionality and style.

The 185 comes in two different widths, 30 inches and 36 inches.

When it comes to practicality, it comes with dishwasher safe baffle-style filters make for quick and convenient cleaning. If you're looking for an affordable, slim, and powerful range hood, the Proline PLJW 185 is certainly worth considering for your new kitchen or renovation project.

Check out all the specs and review the 185's product page by clicking the button below.

Proline PLJW 185 Overview

A Proline pljw 185 range hood over a range with a pot filler and a full kitchen

If you're looking for a low-profile, high-performance range hood, the Proline PLJW 185 is one of the best options out there! This under cabinet range hood stands out from the competition with its slim design and powerful performance.

You will enjoy a stylish and efficient under cabinet range hood without sacrificing space or performance.

Features and Specifications

Power and Performance

With its 600 CFM dual blower, your kitchen will remain free of smoke, fumes, and odors while you cook. This level of power is rare for a hood of this size.

Noise Levels

Despite the powerful performance, the Proline PLJW 185 manages to maintain a relatively low noise level of 5.0 sones. This ensures that you can cook in peace without being disturbed by excessive noise from your range hood.

LED Lighting

This under-cabinet range hood is equipped with energy-efficient 1.5-watt LED lights that provide excellent illumination of your cooktop. With better visibility, you can ensure that your dishes are cooked to perfection.

Baffle Filters

The Proline PLJW 185 features stainless steel baffle filters that effectively trap grease and oil particles, preventing them from recirculating in your kitchen. These filters are easy to clean and maintain, ensuring the range hood continues to function optimally for a long time.

To sum up the specifications, here's a brief overview:

CFM 600
Fan Dual Blower
Noise Level (sones) 5.0
LED Lights 1.5-watt
Filters Stainless Steel Baffle

Installation and Setup

A Proline pljw 185 range hood in a kitchen in the morning sun

When it comes to installation, the PLJW 185 is versatile, making it suitable for various kitchen layouts. Its slim design allows you to install it nearly anywhere, even in tight spaces.

With the ability to vent out the top or the back of the unit you can utilize it in so many different kitchen situations.

Before you start installing your Proline PLJW 185 range hood, be sure to gather all necessary tools and materials, and read the installation manual thoroughly to familiarize yourself with the process.

You can also visit for instructions on installing any Proline range hood.

First, determine the location where the range hood and the exhaust vent and ductwork will need to go. Based on your specific setup, the exhaust vent can either be located at the back or top of the hood. Measure the required duct run and ensure the rectangular duct size is 10 in. x 3 in. for proper ventilation.

You can also use a transition piece from 10 x 3 inches to the round duct of your choice. For the best airflow, stick with ductwork that follows our ducting guidelines here.

A Proline pljw 185 range hood in a brand new white kitchen

Once the location is determined, follow these basic steps: (more detail is provided in the manual)

  1. If your hood came with mounting brackets, secure the mounting brackets to the underside of the cabinet. If it didn’t, you can also directly screw through the back of the hood with self-tapping screws into studs for a firm tight installation.
  2. Attach the range hood to the mounting brackets and align it properly with the exhaust vent location.
  3. Connect the exhaust ducting to the range hood and ensure a tight seal to avoid any air leakage.
  4. Install the stainless steel baffle filters and connect the range hood's wiring to your electrical supply.
  5. Check the functionality of the range hood, including the 4-speed dual blower, lights, and push-button controls.

Remember that proper installation is crucial for your range hood to function efficiently, so take your time and follow the installation manual carefully. If you're unsure about any part of the process, don't hesitate to contact us at or 877.901.5530

Ductless and Recirculating Options

One of the great features of the Proline PLJW 185 is its ability to be converted to a ductless hood should your circumstances require it.

A Proline pljw 185 range hood installed over a gas range with a recirculating kit on it

If you do not have ductwork in your kitchen or you prefer a more flexible installation process, the optional recirculating kit is perfect for you.

When you purchase the PLJW 185, you can buy a recirculating kit to convert your hood to a ductless system. With this kit, your range hood will recirculate the air through charcoal filters and back into your kitchen.

This eliminates the need for any ductwork and can be a great solution if your building codes allow for ductless installations.

The recirculating kit not only allows for ductless operation but also ensures efficient air filtration. Thanks to the charcoal filters, contaminants or grease particles are effectively trapped and removed, providing a clean and odor-free cooking environment.

Ultimately, the Proline PLJW 185 offers flexibility and convenience when it comes to ductless and recirculating options. If you're interested in going ductless, the 185 dows that well.

Control Panel and User Interface

The Proline PLJW 185 range hood features an easily accessible control panel designed with your convenience in mind. This user-friendly interface allows you to adjust the blower to four different speed settings effortlessly, accommodating any cooking style you may have.

Located at the front of the range hood, the control panel has push-button controls, making it simple to switch between settings or turn on the built-in LED lights. This design ensures that you can easily see and reach the controls, even while cooking on the stove.

Not only is the control panel easy to use, but it also helps create an enjoyable cooking experience with your guests. With the option to set the blower on a low speed, you can easily engage in conversation while the hood continues to remove unwanted odors and contaminants from the air. No need to worry about raising your voice to be heard!

Whether you're cooking for yourself or entertaining guests, the Proline PLJW 185's control panel and user interface are designed with your needs in mind. Take advantage of its simple and effective features to create a more enjoyable and comfortable kitchen environment.

A Proline pljw 185 range hood was installed in a new kitchen with gray cabinets

Pros and Cons

As you consider the Proline PLJW 185, it's important to weigh the pros and cons of this under cabinet range hood. By doing so, you'll be better equipped to make an informed decision for your kitchen.


  • Compact Size: At just 5 inches tall, the Proline PLJW 185 is suitable for installation in nearly any space, making it a versatile option for various kitchen layouts.
  • Powerful Performance: With a robust 600 CFM dual blower, this range hood can effectively remove smoke, odors, and grease from your kitchen.
  • Durable Construction: The PLJW 185 boasts a stainless-steel frame that's resistant to corrosion, ensuring long-term durability and a sleek appearance.
  • LED Lighting: The included LED lights not only last longer than traditional halogen bulbs but also produce less heat and provide brighter illumination for your cooktop.
  • Easy Maintenance: The dishwasher-safe baffle filters make cleaning a breeze, simplifying your routine kitchen maintenance.


  • Price: The Proline PLJW 185 may not be the most budget-friendly option on the market. However, its performance and durability can’t be found at that price or anywhere else.
  • Noise: Although the 600 CFM blower effectively removes smoke and odors, it may produce more noise on high than other brands lower-powered models. It is quieter than other hoods pushing 600 CFM

A Proline pljw 185 range hood in a kitchen with a tea pot on the stove

Check out all the specs and review the 185's product page by clicking the button below.


In your search for an ideal range hood, the Proline PLJW 185 has proven to be an excellent choice. Its low-profile design of just 5 inches tall allows for seamless installation in virtually any kitchen.

Equipped with a powerful 600 CFM dual blower, the PLJW 185 ensures your kitchen stays free from smoke and odors. Additionally, the stylish stainless steel finish, LED lights, and easy-to-clean baffle filters make it both visually appealing and functional.

It's worth noting that users appreciate the simple installation process, as the hood comes with a standard three-prong plug, sparing you from any complicated electrical work. Despite not extending over the front burners of some stoves, it still does a reasonably good job capturing fumes and odors, even during heavier cooking tasks.

So based on these features and the experiences of satisfied customers, the Proline PLJW 185 is a solid option to consider when updating or constructing your dream kitchen.


We've compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you better understand this popular under cabinet range hood. Let's dive in:

1. What is the height and size of the Proline PLJW 185?

The PLJW 185 is one of the slimmest under cabinet range hoods available, with a height of just 5 inches. This compact design is perfect for saving space in your kitchen while still providing powerful performance. It is available in a 30-inch and 36-inch widths, which should fit most standard kitchen cabinets.

2. What type of lighting does it have?

The PLJW 185 features energy-efficient LED lights. These 1.5W GU10 LED bulbs cast a cool and bright light over your cooking area, making it easy to see what you're preparing.

A Proline pljw 185 range hood over a range with a tile backsplash

3. What type of filters does it use, and are they dishwasher safe?

This under cabinet range hood uses baffle-style filters, which are designed to be more effective in trapping grease and particles compared to mesh filters. Plus, they're dishwasher safe, making cleaning a breeze.

4. How powerful is the Proline PLJW 185?

Equipped with a robust 600 CFM dual blower, the PLJW 185 is powerful enough to handle most cooking tasks while effectively removing cooking smells, grease, and other harmful airborne particles.

Keep these frequently asked questions in mind as you make your decision on the Proline PLJW 185. This under cabinet range hood offers a slim design, powerful performance, and easy maintenance, making it a popular choice for many homeowners.

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