You’ve got that brand spanking new oven and that fiery new hob too, now you’ll want a shiny cooker hood to complete your awesome kitchen set-up. But, like most things, there’s a whole lot of choice out there and it can be tricky finding the right one. This guide will help you get to grips with everything cooker hoods, so you can feel a little more confident when it comes to choosing.
A cooker hood is an electric fan that sits above your hob and is tasked with removing smelly cooking odours, grease and moisture from your kitchen. There are a few things you’ll need to consider when buying a new cooker hood, from size and mounting points, to extraction method and the hot zone. Our handy video will give you a run through of everything you need to note.
Built-in cooker hoods are small, compact and perfect for smaller kitchens. They’re usually built-in behind a kitchen wall cabinet so they can be tucked away when not in use. However, this does mean they’re not an ideal choice if you have a larger hob or kitchen, as it won’t be able to clear the air as quickly.
A visor cooker hood is ideal for smaller kitchens. They’re one of the cheaper types of cooking hoods and will fit in easily at a right angle on your kitchen wall for a neat and tidy finish.
Similar to built-in and visor hoods, canopy hoods, or telescopic, are a good fit if you have limited space. Some models even have an extendable telescopic section which can cover larger hobs.
Chimney cooker hoods give your kitchen that traditional look. They vary in size so you can get the perfect fit for your kitchen, no matter what size it is. For the best results, always make sure that the hood you buy is the same size or larger than your hob.
These nifty hoods sit flush with your ceiling, meaning they’re well out the way if you prefer that minimal clean look. Coming in various sizes, you’ll also have no problem finding the right fit for your kitchen.
Island cooker hoods are the perfect fit if your hob is installed on a kitchen island. These high-end hobs hang from the ceiling above your hob for a stylish and striking look. They’re usually quite large too, meaning they can keep those big open-plan kitchens completely smoke and odour free.
Want that minimalist look for your kitchen? Then a downdraft extractor hood might be for you. One of the more expensive models, these hoods hide beneath your worktop when not in use and rise at the touch of a button when called upon. The future is here.
A venting hob is an induction or ceramic hob with a built-in extractor fan in the centre. This type of hob is perfect if you’re thinking about placing it on a kitchen island as you won’t need an extractor hood over the top.
It’s handy to know that because of the built-in extractor fan, you can’t install a venting hob above an oven, as you’ll need space below the counter for all the bits and pieces to go.
Make sure that new cooker hood fits perfectly in your kitchen
This is the speed at which the cooker hood can extract the air. Most hoods have at least three speeds, ranging from a gentle extraction for boiling pasta to an intense speed that’ll keep up with that sizzling steak.
If you’ve got an open plan kitchen and living area, then you won’t want a loud cooker hood. Thankfully, a lot of models have a quiet setting, like Bosch’s ecosilence drive, which keeps the noise to a minimum, so you can enjoy that Saturday night movie.
Some of the more high-end hoods can work in tandem with your hob through the WiFi. This means that the hood will automatically adapt its settings to match that of the hob for smoke free cooking. It’s worth noting that this feature will only work with a compatible hob.
Let there be light! Most hoods have LED lights that when turned on will light up your hob, so you can see every bit of those culinary masterpieces. They use much less energy than halogen bulbs and can last up to 10 times longer.
Some dishes like that spicy curry will take a little longer to air out. The auto timer feature lets you set how long you want your hood to stay on for, so you can enjoy your meal while your hood takes care of your kitchen.
Pan frying up a batch of steaks and need that extra bit of fan power? Some models will have a handy power boost feature that’ll crank it up to make your kitchen smoke free in no time.
Hob to hood isn’t the only smart feature you’ll find on cooker hoods. A lot of modern models can now be controlled directly via your phone on a special app, so you can change the settings right from the palm of your hand.
It depends on your current installation. If you’ve never had a cooker hood before then you can choose either.
You need to make sure you look at the width of your hob or cooker first. Then measure your kitchen (for example (W)6m x (D)4m x (H)3m would be 72m³) then multiply it by 10 to get your ideal extraction rate. It doesn’t matter if you get a hood that’s less than this, it’ll just take a little longer to clear the room.
The standard diameter is 15cm, although some ducting comes with a reduction kit, which means you can take the diameter down to 12cm.
This all depends on your current installation or where you want your hood fitted. Most manufacturers say the shorter the distance to the outside the better, as they’ll work more efficiently.
The hood you choose should always be the same width as your hob or cooker, any smaller and it won’t work as efficiently as it should.
There’s no real benefit of recirculation, it’s just as good as if you duct out. You’d only setup your hood for recirculation if you’re not able to duct outside.
If you have a low ceiling in your kitchen, then we would recommend going for a built-in canopy hood. Or even better, if you don’t want your hob above your oven, a downdraft extractor hood or venting hob would be perfect as it doesn’t attach to your ceiling.
Cooker hoods should be fitted 65-75cm above the hob. If your ceiling is higher than this you may need to look at building a suitable housing unit so that it's at the required height. You could also consider a downdraft extractor or venting hob if your kitchen set up allows for this.