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Cooker hood buying guide

Find out the top 5 things you need to know when you’re shopping for a new cooker hood with this helpful buying guide.

Cooker hoods are more than just a stylish fan. They get rid of any lingering food odours to keep your kitchen smelling fresh. There are plenty of different styles, sizes and extraction types to choose from. We’ll look at everything in detail for you, so you can find the perfect hood for your needs.

Fittings and measurements

To efficiently extract those cooking smells, we recommend going for a cooker hood that is at least as wide as the hob below:

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Cooker Hood type

There are seven different types of cooker hoods in total. Canopy, telescopic and integrated hoods are built into the underside of a cupboard, while chimney and visor hoods are fitted to the wall. If your cooker is in a kitchen island, you can get hoods that are mounted to the ceiling. Or if you fancy something a bit different, downdraft cooker hoods automatically rise up from your kitchen worktop with just a simple touch.

Extraction

As well as thinking about how your cooker hood will look, it’s also worth thinking about how it’s going to work. Extraction hoods filter the air then send it outside. They offer the most effective way to clear your kitchen of steam, smoke and smells. They need to be mounted on an external wall or at least somewhere where the ventilation hose can be connected to outside.

Recirculation

If you can't vent your cooker hood externally, choose to recirculate the air. Charcoal filters remove unwanted odours and smoke, before releasing the clean air back into your kitchen. One of the main benefits of choosing this method, is that it can be installed anywhere in your kitchen.

Extraction Rate

The job of a cooker hood is to remove hot air and cooking smells from the kitchen. The extraction rate determines how quickly this can be done. It’s recommended that your hood should be able to change the air in your kitchen around 12 times per hour. The larger the kitchen the higher the extraction rate you’ll need. Click here to find out how you can work out the extraction rate needed in your kitchen.

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