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Cooker hood measurement guide

Our easy guide will show you everything you need to know.

  • Our handy guide takes the guesswork out of measuring up for your new cooker hood. We’ll run you through what to measure and how to do it.
  • When you’re searching for a new cooker hood, you can find all the dimensions of our built-in appliances under the Key Information tab on our product pages.

Types of cooker hoods

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.

Match up to your hob

When it comes to measuring for your cooker hood, we recommend getting a size that matches the width of the hob in your kitchen. If you’re designing a kitchen from scratch, smaller hoods are better for more compact kitchens while bigger hoods are perfect for larger spaces.

The Hot Zone

The hot zone is the area directly below your cooker hood and it’s the space that gets warm while you’re cooking. We recommend that there’s about 75cm of space, clear of any flammable materials like wood, wallpaper, plug sockets and any loose wiring. When you’re deciding which cooker hood you want to get, make sure you take the height of the hood into account when you’re measuring the hot zone.

Rate of extraction

Another important thing to think about is the rate of extraction your kitchen needs from a cooker hood. You’ll want to make sure your new hood can easily ventilate your whole kitchen. It’s easy to work out the rate you should be looking for, just follow these steps:

  • Measure the height, width and depth of your kitchen in metres.
  • Multiply all these numbers together to find out the volume of your kitchen (Height x Width x Depth = Volume).
  • Now times this number by 10 to find the rate of extraction (Volume x 10 = Rate of extraction (m³/h))

When you’re looking at cooker hoods, look for the model’s rate of extraction under the Key Information tab on our product pages. If the two figures are similar, then it’s a match made in heaven!

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Need a bit more help?

If you still need advice on buying built-in products and finding the right appliance, our team of experts are on hand-to help. Call us today on 0333 015 6875.