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Cooker Hoods Hints & Tips

We want you to get the most from your cooker hood. From getting the right size hood for your kitchen to cleaning the grease filters. Scroll down and check out our handy guide that's packed with solutions to the most common cooker hood problems.

Size up

Size up

Your home cooked treats may smell delicious, but you don't want those aromas hanging around. So, it's really important to get the correct size hood for your kitchen. You need a model that is at least as wide as the hob, but ideally a little bit wider, as the smells don't always flow directly upwards.

Extraction rate

If you want to go one step further than the dimensions, then check out the extraction rate of your cooker hood on our product page specifications. To calculate the perfect rate of ventilation for your kitchen follow this simple calculation: 

Height of your kitchen x width x length x 10 = recommended rate of extraction

Have a read of our kitchen measurement guide for more info.

Extraction rate
Perfect placement

Perfect placement

To ensure the hood is getting rid of as much steam and as many smells as it possibly can, there needs to be a sizeable gap between the extractor and the hob. If you are using a ceiling hood, we recommend placing it no more than 1500mm above the hob.

Clean air

To give your kitchen the freshest air possible, we recommend starting the fans 10 minutes before you plan to start cooking. When you’ve finished, leave the hood running for 10 minutes afterwards with the window open. That way, you’re recirculating fresh and clean air from outside.

Clean air
Wash the filters

Wash the filters

The metal grease filters are the clever little things that catch all the grease particles in the air. To keep them working as they should, it's good to ensure they're cleaned regularly. You’ll be able to check on our product pages if yours are dishwasher safe, if not, check out these simple hand washing steps:

  • Mix warm water with a little bit of neutral detergent. Not too much as it may damage the metal.
  • Leave the filters to soak.
  • Rinse well with warm water.
  • Leave to dry.
  • Re-attach to the hood. Let the extracting commence!

Change the carbon filter

Carbon filters are used with most recirculating cooker hoods. They're responsible for catching the food smells in your kitchen and stopping them from reappearing. We recommend replacing the carbon filter with a shiny new one every 6 months to keep your kitchen smelling fresh.

Change the carbon filter

Need some help choosing?

We’ve got a fantastic range of cooker hoods for you to choose from. To help narrow your search, we’ve picked five Best Buys that offer great value and brilliant features.

See our Best Buys