What Is The Difference Between UL Listed and ETL Certified? | HoodMart


When it comes to ensuring the safety and reliability of products, certifications play a crucial role. In the realm of commercial kitchen equipment, two prominent certifications that hold great significance are UL Certification and ETL Certification. In this article, we will delve into what these certifications mean and explore their importance in the context of HoodMart, a leading provider of commercial kitchen ventilation systems.


UL Certification: A Mark of Safety and Compliance

UL stands for UL Solutions (formerly Underwriters Laboratories), a globally recognized independent organization specializing in product safety testing and certification. The UL Certification serves as a mark of safety and compliance, indicating that a product has undergone rigorous testing to meet specific safety standards.


To obtain UL Certification, UL experts evaluate a product's performance, construction, and materials against relevant safety standards. The certification process involves various tests, including electrical safety, fire resistance, mechanical strength, and more. Once a product successfully meets all the criteria, it is granted the UL Certification mark.


The benefit of using UL instead of ETL for safety certification and listing products is that ETL doesn't create standards for certification, but UL does. For example, UL develops standards in partnership with manufacturers, government agencies, and design engineers, and then these standards are used by other organizations, including ETL. In fact, UL has developed more than 1500 different safety standards that are approved for use in both the US and Canada! Again, these standards are then used by other NRTL organizations, including ETL.


While both agencies are Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories (NRTLs) and recognized by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as satisfactory for safety testing, UL is considered the gold standard due to their industry-specific processes.


Why HoodMart Chooses to Partner with UL to Create Custom Testing Protocols

When we are directly involved in creating testing protocols with UL, it ensures the highest standard of quality and safety for our customers. Benefits include:

  • Better alignment with our customer's needs: As we assist in developing standards and testing protocols, we can tailor test criteria to specific industry pain points and requirement. This ensures that the products customers receive are comprehensive and effective.

  • Increased flexibility: Working with UL provides flexibility in how we test our complex products and document them in an easy-to-understand way. This can be helpful when working with complex kitchen system components which require certification for use in specific scenarios.

  • Improved documentation: As we continue to challenge and grow the industry, HoodMart has the documentation back-up to test cases and procedures in detail. This is puts our team on the cutting edge of both our clients’ latest needs and the future of kitchen equipment design.

  • Increased confidence in the quality of our product: Developing these standards ensures we have a well-defined testing process; you can be more than confident that our product meets your requirements.

  • Improved efficiency: Well-defined testing criteria also allows our product to be developed more efficiently, saving time and money.


Of course, there are also some benefits to testing to an existing standard. For example, existing standards can provide a starting point for testing processes and help us ensure the tests are comprehensive. However, the benefits of working with UL to create/update testing protocols far outweigh the benefits of testing to an existing standard in most cases.


The Importance of UL Certification for HoodMart's Clients

Commercial kitchen hoods, exhaust fans, and related components are critical for maintaining a safe and functional kitchen environment. The UL Certification ensures that HoodMart's products comply with the highest safety standards, providing business owners and regulatory authorities peace of mind.


Here's why UL Certification matters for HoodMart and its customers:


  • Compliance with Local Regulations:

Commercial kitchen ventilation systems are subject to specific codes and regulations imposed by local authorities. UL Certification ensures that HoodMart's products comply with these regulations, facilitating smooth inspections and preventing any compliance issues that could result in costly penalties or business interruptions.


  • Enhanced Safety:

Safety is of utmost importance in commercial kitchens, where the risk of fire hazards and other accidents is significant. UL Certification assures customers that HoodMart's products have undergone stringent safety testing and have been deemed safe for use in high-temperature environments. This reduces the likelihood of accidents, protects personnel, and safeguards valuable assets.


  • Trust and Credibility:

UL is a trusted and respected organization in the field of product safety. By obtaining UL Certification, HoodMart is committed to delivering reliable and compliant products. This certification is a testament to the company's dedication to customer safety and sets HoodMart apart from competitors that lack this certification.


ETL Certification: Understanding the Alternative

While UL Certification is widely recognized, another reputable certification in the market is ETL Certification. ETL stands for Electrical Testing Laboratories, an Intertek division, a global testing, inspection, and certification service provider.


Like UL Certification, ETL Certification assures compliance with safety standards, but the key difference lies in the certifying body. The ETL mark indicates that Intertek's experts have tested and evaluated the product.


In essence, UL and ETL certifications are both reliable indicators of safety and compliance. However, it is essential to note that some regulatory authorities or jurisdictions might prefer one certification over the other.


The Certifications HoodMart Uses For Our Clients

As a reputable provider of commercial kitchen ventilation systems, HoodMart recognizes the importance of both UL and ETL Certifications. HoodMart reinforces its commitment to safety and quality by obtaining these product certifications. Moreover, HoodMart's wide range of UL and ETL-certified products cater to diverse customer needs and ensures compliance with various regulatory requirements across different regions.



UL Certification and ETL Certification are vital markers of safety, compliance, and quality in commercial kitchen ventilation systems. For HoodMart, these certifications are more than badges—they represent a commitment to customer safety and regulatory compliance. By choosing HoodMart's UL and ETL-certified products, businesses can confidently operate their commercial kitchens, knowing they have invested in equipment that meets the highest safety standards.


Want to know more? Ready to build the commercial kitchen of your dreams? Contact the experts at HoodMart today!