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    Cooker Hood Buying Guide


    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.

    Things to know

    Energy Rating

    Need a cooker hood that’s kind to the planet and your bills? You won’t have to look any further than the handy energy rating. With a range of A+++ - D, you can easily compare how energy efficient each appliance is – those ranked A and above are the best in the biz. So now you can keep your tummy and your wallet happy.


    Cooker hoods are built to last, but sometimes things can go wrong. That’s why the warranty is so important, it keeps you safe from any nasty surprises. The standard length is usually one or two years but check the warranty section on our product pages to know exactly what you’re entitled to.

    Noise Level

    Cooker hoods can be noisy, so if you have an open plan house, you may want to look at a model with a quiet motor. These use magnets instead of brushes, making them much smoother to run. Check the specs for the decibel level of your hood.


    Getting the right size cooker hood is important if you want a steam-free kitchen. Dimensions vary depending on the type of hood you want to buy, but matching the size of your hood with your hob will keep those clouds and odours at bay, so be sure to measure up before you buy. You’ll find the dimensions in the key features section.

    Extraction Rate

    One of the most important things to consider when buying a new cooker hood is the extraction rate. This refers to the air that your hood can process in an hour and is measured in meters cubed (m3). Ideally, your cooker hood should filter the air in the room 10 times per hour to be most effective.

    So, let's use a standard-sized kitchen as an example and show you how to work out which extraction rate best suits your space.

     1. Firstly. You'll need to work out the volume of your room. To do that, measure the width, depth and height in metres then multiply them.

    For example, Width 3.6m x Height 2.4m x Depth 2.8m = 24.1m. This gives you a total volume of 24.1m3.

    2. Now choose a cooker hood and find the extraction rate in the spec section of our page. Once you have that, you divide it by the volume of your room.

    For example, 416÷24.1 = 17.2.

    This means this model will filter the air 17.2 times an hour. As long as this number is 10 or above, you can be confident you've found the correct extraction rate for your home. Happy hood hunting.

    Key Features

    Touch Control

    Forget fiddling with annoying buttons – touch controls are the way forward. With a simple tap, you can switch settings in an instant. So, no matter whether you’re stirring in sauce or boiling a pot of pasta, you’ll be able to keep your windows clear and your kitchen free from lingering smell.

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    Extraction boost

    When you have multiple pots and pans bubbling away, prepping dinner just isn’t going to be comfortable in clouds of steam. With the push of a button, heat boost technology will increase the extraction rate to clear your kitchen as quickly as possible. Read on to find out more about some of the benefits.

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    Easy clean

    Cooker hoods are a must for a steamy kitchen and they’re fab at sucking up grease and odours. However, this does mean they’ll need a good clean every now and then. Luckily some models come with clever features that make it much easier.

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    Quiet extraction

    If you’re enjoying a natter with your other half while chopping the veggies, putting on the cooker hood shouldn’t mean an end to the conversation. Thankfully, quiet extraction means you won’t be putting up with any background buzz.

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    Hob and hood connection

    Forget fumbling around with complicated controls, hob and hood connection lets you focus on your cooking. With this nifty feature, your hob will wirelessly start your cooker hood, adjusting the speed based on its settings and the pan temperature. Now, instead of figuring out what those buttons do, you can concentrate on your burgers.

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    Increased filtration

    Increased filtration describes a bunch of cooker hood features that do more than just banish smells. These features might also remove things like grease or pollen. Some can even clean the air before recirculating it into your home. Read on below for the benefits.

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    Energy Efficient

    You’ll be making meals in comfort with your new cooker hood – no more steam, no more lingering curry smell. And one benefit you may want to look out for when choosing yours is energy efficiency.


    Everyone wants to save a few pennies on their bills, and there are lots of different ways cooker hoods do their bit for your bank balance and the environment.

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    Sensor controlled extraction

    What’s better than cooking in a clear, fresh kitchen? A cooker hood that automatically picks the best settings, that’s what. With sensor control extraction technology, you don’t need to worry about a thing. The hood keeps track of what’s happening on the hob, so if you have multiple pans bubbling away, it’ll change the settings for you. So, you can get on with chopping up those veggies.

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    Smart connected

    A smart-connected cooker hood can be set up to work with your phone and be controlled using an app. Some even link your hob and hood together, so the hood can adjust itself automatically. If you have a lot of pans on the highest setting for example, the hood increases the extraction rate to match the level of steam – without you having to do a thing.

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    Key Features

    The secret to a fresh-smelling kitchen

    Find out everything you need to know about hood, from downdraft to smart models

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    Extractor hobs

    Extractor hobs save space, look great and keep your kitchen fresh

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    Bosch venting hobs

    You won’t need a separate cooker hood to keep the air in your kitchen clean

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    Do I need a ducted or recirculating hood?
    What extraction rate do I need for the size of my kitchen?
    What is the diameter of the ducting?
    What size ducting kit do I need?
    I have a range cooker – what size hood do I need?
    What is the benefit of recirculation?
    What if I have a low ceiling?
    What if I have a high ceiling?