How to Choose a Cooker Hood Best Suited for You
A cooker hood is an essential for extraction purposes in any kitchen to remove substances such as smoke and airborne grease, which are generated as a by-product of everyday cooking. Cooker hoods not only help remove grease, heat, moisture and smoke from the cooking area but they also have the additional effect of enhancing the overall look of the kitchen, giving it a more complete and professional look.
Due to their increasing popularity, hoods are available in various sizes and finishes so that every kitchen looks unique in its style. They can neutralise, recycle and remove smoke and cooking odours completely, allowing for a fresh feel and atmosphere while cooking.
You will need to consider few things before purchasing a cooker hood for your cooking area. Below are some guidelines which will help you to choose the perfect cooker hood that is best suited for you. Your existing layout will determine some of these choices, unless you are planning on completely re-designing your kitchen.
Choose by dimension
All popular hoods can be fitted with built-in hobs and freestanding cookers. You should measure the width of your hob or cooker and then select a hood with the same width, however this is not compulsory. If you have space, a hood of any size can be fitted, however a hood with the width of at least the size of the cooker or hob is recommended.
Smaller hoods are suitable for more compact kitchens as they are quieter and usually have low extraction rates, but larger kitchens require bigger hoods with higher extraction rates as they have more powerful motors allowing them to recycle a greater volume of air. We offer a range of hoods with some that feature twin motors, allowing them to work with a greater efficiency.
Choosing the style
There is a huge range of cooker hoods that have a variety of different characteristics. We have all the hood styles listed in detail below.
Canopy Cooker Hoods
If you would like a hood that has minimal, if any, impact on your design schemes, then a canopy cooker hood is the one for you as they are designed to fit onto the underside of your kitchen cabinet. You can use these hoods above a traditional four-ring freestanding hob or cooker. Air can be cleaned either by re-circulating in your kitchen or can be extracted by using these Canopy hoods. These range from 52cm to 90cm in width so make sure to carefully check your measurements.
There should be at least 75cm space between the base of the hood and hob when you are using a cooker hood with a gas hob. A distance of only 65cm is required for electric hobs. These hoods are designed to fit on the underside of a kitchen cabinet, such as to prevent detraction from your kitchen aesthetic.
Integrated Cooker Hoods
If you do not want to interrupt your current kitchen design then integrated hoods are a good choice as they fit easily behind a cabinet door. You will find them suitable for a hob or above a traditional four-ring cooker.
As greases, smoke and odours are unwanted in any kitchen so these cooker hoods will keep them away without disturbing your kitchen design. Please make sure that you have checked your required size as these hoods are available in a variety of widths.
Features of integrated hoods are similar to canopy hoods but they will require their own space between two cabinets and you need to place a matching cabinet door in front. You will find them suitable for a four-ring traditional hob and they are available in multiple sizes.
Optional extras: You may require a venting kit or charcoal filters, for more details,please check the product description.
Chimney Cooker hoods
If your cooker backs onto a wall, a powerful, chimney-styel hood is an option. These consist of a canopy plus a chimney and come in different sizes and designs. Stainless steel with glass is a most popular style in the market.
Island Cooker Hoods
Island hoods are considered as the largest cooking hoods and are attached to the ceiling. Their design is elegant and they make an incredible focal point to the kitchen and are available in many shapes and styles and will fit well above all types of hobs.
Downdraft Cooker Hoods
Those of us who don’t like to see traditional cooker hoods in their kitchen or cook on an island will find these downdraft hoods the best option however they are on the higher end of the price range. Do you know what makes them different? At the touch of a button they hide away into base unit. They also offer a flexible approach to your hob position.
What’s the difference between Extraction and Recirculation?
By extracting the grease and smoke out of the kitchen, these extraction or ducted hoods work in an efficient way and give clean and refreshing air. These Extractor hoods draw in odour and greasy air through a metal filter grease trap before releasing the air outside. Ideal for kitchens that have the access for the vent to go outsideIf there is no extraction in a place where you want to install them then you will require a professional installation.
For recycling the air in the kitchen, these recirculation hoods are a perfect choice as they efficiently recycle the air by passing it through filters that provide clean air. There is a grease filter in these hoods that is usually made of paper, cloth or metal but if you want to neutralise the odours then charcoal or carbon filters will be required. These hoods are easy to install and can be positioned on internal walls. Though they are not as fast or efficient as extraction hoods they are cheaper.