Best Cooker Hood 2019 – Buyer’s Guide

A cooker hood is an essential appliance which will help to keep your kitchen smell, steam and smoke free quickly and effectively.

There are several different types of cooker hood available, and depending on your certain requirements, choosing the correct type can be hard. You can buy everything, from huge imposing statement hoods which sit over kitchen islands, to downdraft extractors which rise from your kitchen worktops, via telescopic hoods which you can pull out when required.

Things to take into consideration include the size of the kitchen, the space in which the hood will fit, the size of your oven or cooker and the noise levels that the hood may produce. Luckily, we have covered absolutely all bases. These are the best cooker hoods and extractors around, whatever your needs.

The Best Cooker Hoods – Our Top Picks

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Rangemaster Classic 110 CLAHDC110BC
  • Dimensions: 74 x 110 x 49cm
  • Energy Efficiency Class: E
  • Max Noise Level: 65dB
  • Max Extraction Rate: 480 m³/h
  • Max Recirculation Rate: 530 m³/h
  • Venting Type: Extraction/Recirculation
  • Control Type: Slider
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SMEG KEIV90E 90cm Island Cooker Hood
  • Dimensions: 80 x 90 x 70cm
  • Energy Efficiency Class: A
  • Max Noise Level: 66 dB
  • Venting Type: External/Recirculation
  • Max Extraction Rate: 700 m³/h
  • Control Type: Button
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Siemens LB57574GB Canopy Cooker Hood
  • Dimensions: 41.8 x 52 x 30cm
  • Energy Efficiency Class: C
  • Max Noise Level: 67 dB
  • Venting Type: Extraction/Recirculation
  • Max Extraction Rate: 560 m³/h
  • Max Recirculation Rate: 610 m³/h
  • Control Type: Buttons
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Best Chimney Cooker Hoods

Chimney hoods are perhaps the most common form of cooker hood, and will likely be the first design you think of when you hear the words ‘cooker hood’. They are designed just as the name suggests, using a chimney to extract the fumes and take them outside via a pipe.

They fit against the wall and go up towards the ceiling, so are not appropriate for your kitchen space if you have storage cupboards above your oven or cooker.

Rangemaster Bellini BELHD80WH

Now for something which really stands out in the style stakes.

This cooker hood is very distinctive in terms of design, with a bright white finish and slightly smaller dimensions compared to most others. The perfect addition to a modern range setup.

It can recirculate or extract, so is suitable for any arrangement. It is very good at both of these options too, so you won’t be short changed. There are four main speed settings as well as a boost, so if you have had a cooking disaster or the guests are arriving at any moment and the kitchen still smells like last night’s curry, you can quickly clear.

There is hardly any noise either, as the brushless motor doesn’t create friction. We also loved the range of handy features; a 24 hour setting will filter the air in the kitchen for 10 minutes every hour to ensure your kitchen stays at its freshest. This makes it one of the best cooker hoods for open plan living or large kitchens. A time delay is also present, which will turn it off at a certain time. No more getting up in the middle of a movie to turn it off.

Touch controls add the finishing modern sleek touch, and a remote is also available to buy separately if you like an easy life. You can’t buy anything else quite as stylish.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 71-103 x 80 x 33.3cm
  • Energy Efficiency Class: A
  • Max Noise Level: 70 dB
  • Venting Type: Extraction/Recirculation
  • Max Extraction Rate: 860 m³/h
  • Max Recirculation Rate: 920 m³/h
  • Control Type: Touch

We like

  • Style
  • Gloss finish - easy to clean
  • Powerful at both extracting and recirculating

We dislike

  • Cost

Final Verdict

The price may put a couple of people off, but as it is pretty unique (and good at the job), see it as an investment

Siemens LC98BA572B Chimney Cooker Hood

When looking at the specifications for this appliance and model, one thing really stands out – the high energy rating. While many other rival options hover around the D mark, this one stands out with an impressive A+ rating. It may have to work hard, but it won’t strain your bills as well.

Now for the performance. If it does indeed have to work hard, then it won’t let you down. In fact it is one of the best we reviewed in terms of recirculation rate, and the extraction rate was outstanding too. There are three fan speeds so you’re covered with basic cooking and frying, and you can switch between them using the push buttons.

It is a nice stainless steel finish which will suit any kitchen design, and the base is nice and flat too so it isn’t going to stick out like a sore thumb. We were impressed with how quiet it was on boost, so if you have a large entertaining kitchen, there won’t be a risk of it disturbing you.

The metal grease filters can be washed, so you can always keep it in top condition too. It may be pricey, but you can’t put a price on quality like this.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 58.2 x 90 x 50cm
  • Energy Efficiency Class: A+
  • Max Noise Level: 55 dB(A)
  • Max Extraction Rate: 460 m³/h
  • Max Recirculation Rate: 860 m³/h
  • Control Type: Buttons

We like

  • Easy to control
  • Operates relatively quietly
  • Great energy rating

We dislike

  • Price

Final Verdict

If you can get past the cost, this is a really effective product which won't let you down

Rangemaster Classic 110 CLAHDC110BC

This chrome 110cm chimney cooker hood is on the wide side of the scale; perfect if you have an Aga/sizeable cooking area or want a hood which acts as a bit of a statement piece.

The immense extraction rate makes it ideal for a large kitchen area, and the three optional speeds mean you are covered for everything from boiling and steaming vegetables to frying steaks and spices.

The two 28W halogen lights at the front of the appliance offer a really good level of brightness and more visibility than the LED lights which usually come with modern cooker hoods (although are less energy efficient). The lights just sit behind a really convenient horizontal rail, which is able to withstand the hanging of utensils if desired.

Although it is relatively quiet in terms of its specifications, the CLAHDC110BC can get quite noisy on the highest power setting, which is not ideal if you would be easily disturbed by the noise of your extractor.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 74 x 110 x 49cm
  • Energy Efficiency Class: E
  • Max Noise Level: 65dB
  • Max Extraction Rate: 480 m³/h
  • Max Recirculation Rate: 530 m³/h
  • Venting Type: Extraction/Recirculation
  • Control Type: Slider

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We like

  • Handy rail to create more storage space in your kitchen
  • Perfect for larger spaces
  • Great lighting

We dislike

  • On the noisier side of the scale
  • Quite a bulky look especially as it is black

Final Verdict

A classic look and product if you have a large country kitchen - it'll pair well with Aga's and Ranges

Bosch DWB96DM50B

The Bosch DWB96DM50B box style chimney cooker hood adds a sleek, modern touch to your kitchen whilst also being incredibly efficient in removing stubborn smells and steam from the surrounding environment.

With a 64 dB noise level, the fans will work discreetly without disturbing your mealtime and conversations too much, but without any loss of power.

As well as the inbuilt white LED lights, which give perfect clear vision over your hob area and have a life cycle of 40,000 hours, there are also three extraction settings to ensure you have full control over the power required to clear the problem.

The intensive setting will clear even the most stubborn of smells and turns off automatically after 10 minutes if left idle. This means you can leave it to its job with peace of mind that you can return to the kitchen in a perfect condition.

There is a metal grease filter included in the price, which is essential for ducted and recirculation hoods. Easy to remove, it is easily cleaned and replaced by hand. The extraction kit and carbon filter are sold separately. If you are after something with a high energy efficiency rating to help the planet and cut down on running costs then you can’t get much better than this model, which has a fantastic A+ rating.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 63.5 x 90 x 50cm
  • Energy Efficiency Class: A
  • Max Noise Level: 64 dB
  • Maximum Extraction Rate: 690 m³/h
  • Maximum Recirculation Rate: 360 m³/h
  • Control Type: Soft Touch Buttons

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We like

  • Pleasing sleek design
  • Quiet operation
  • Fantastic lighting
  • Medium price tag

We dislike

  • Can be a lot louder on the highest setting

Final Verdict

For the classic chimney cooker hood look but without the bulkiness, this will fit your kitchen perfectly

Hotpoint PHVP 6.4FALK Integrated Cooker Hood

The second quietest of all the cooker hoods reviewed, the Hotpoint PHVP6.4FALK integrated appliance offers excellent power without any noise disruption to your daily life.

If you are after something extra modern and sleek which doesn’t have the typical bulky style of standard flat hoods, then this new generation vertical design is perfect. Integrated hoods are meant to be hidden behind a cupboard door, but this particular one would look attractive as a focal point in any kitchen.

The two 20W halogen lights offer a superb amount of light, perfect for even the darkest of areas. The fan and light are button-operated, but choosing the exact power is managed by a digital touch-operated interface, making it incredibly easy to tackle the steam and smoke effects of any dish you are cooking. The display will also notify you of when the time has come to replace your charcoal filter, to ensure you always receive the optimum air filtration efficiency.

As a bonus, it is a lot more inexpensive than most other integrated hoods on the market, and a lot better received in reviews. The aluminium grease filter is washable, and although primarily designed to be ducted through an external wall, it can also be operated in circulation mode with the appropriate carbon filter (sold separately). The halogen lights, although bright and relatively inexpensive to maintain, are not as long lasting as LED’s.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 38.1 x 59.5 x 32.5cm
  • Energy Efficiency Class: E
  • Max Noise Level: 60 dB
  • Maximum Extraction Rate: 400 m³/h
  • Venting Type: External/Recirculation
  • Control Type: Button/LED touch screen

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We like

  • Ultra-modern design
  • Quiet even on most powerful setting
  • Bright lights

We dislike

  • Halogen lighting rather than LED

Final Verdict

One of the best chimney cooker hoods in terms of performance, design and price tag - a winner in our opinion.

Logik L60CHDX17 Chimney Cooker Hood

Great for those on a budget, the L60CHDX17 by Logik is smart and easy to operate. The 2.5W LED light at the back of the appliance offers a really bright white glow, which illuminates your cooking space perfectly.

The aluminium filter which is included is dishwasher safe, taking the hassle out of keeping it clean every month and means you don’t have to get your hands too dirty to maintain it. With a stainless-steel finish, it is easy to keep polished and looking like new with regular care.

It is not very wide, so would ideally suit a small kitchen with a standard four plate hob. The extraction rate is also one of the lowest of those reviewed, so would not be appropriate for a large kitchen which is likely to require persistent and powerful extraction on a regular basis. However, it’s B energy efficiency rating is high for products of its kind.

The 3-amp plug required for power supply is included in the price, but the carbon filter and extraction kit are sold separately.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 58-96 x 60 x 48cm
  • Energy Efficiency Class: B
  • Maximum Noise Level: 64 dB
  • Max Extraction Rate: 347.8 m³/h
  • Max Recirculation Rate: 69.82 m³/h
  • Venting Type: Extraction/Recirculation
  • Control Type: Buttons

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We like

  • Stainless steel finish
  • Fantastic price tag
  • High energy efficiency
  • Dishwasher-safe grease filter

We dislike

  • Very bulky squared off shape
  • Low maximum extraction rate

Final Verdict

The great design and features of a typical cooker hood but at a fraction of the price

Best Built-in Cooker Hoods

Built-in hoods require a cupboard space to fit inside or underneath, and the type you choose depends on whether you need the storage space the cupboard provides or not.

They can come in three broad types – telescopic, which are pulled out and allow you to use the cupboard for storage; integrated, which often require you to pull the cupboard open to activate the fan; or standard; where they look like a visor hood sitting under the cupboard but have a larger system hidden away which gives them more power.

Siemens LB57574GB Canopy Cooker Hood

Three speeds so you can select the one which can keep up with demand. Two LED lights to brightly illuminate your kitchen area. And most importantly, a design which can be concealed.

This Siemens built-in canopy cooker hood is not only a nice price, but is also effective too. It is quiet when running, and it can both recirculate and extract which makes it a good option for any kitchen layout. Thanks to metallic filters which can be washed in between uses, the appliance is always ready to have your back.

The button control makes it easy to change in between settings, and also instant without any extra fussing. Even though you won’t really be able to see it for the concealed design, the stainless steel finish adds a modern touch and is nice and easy to wipe clean. We have all had caused a few stray splashes and oil spits, after all.

It is under £500, which is good going for a hood which can be tucked away yet can still do the job. Definitely worthy of your consideration.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 41.8 x 52 x 30cm
  • Energy Efficiency Class: C
  • Max Noise Level: 67 dB
  • Venting Type: Extraction/Recirculation
  • Max Extraction Rate: 560 m³/h
  • Max Recirculation Rate: 610 m³/h
  • Control Type: Buttons

We like

  • Good power
  • Bright lighting
  • Not too loud

We dislike

  • Bulbs can only be replaced by a technician

Final Verdict

You can't really comment on style with a canopy hood, so instead we will say that it is good at the job and a fab all-rounder

AEG DPB3631S 60 cm Telescopic Cooker Hood

When you want something sleek and unobtrusive, a telescopic hood is the way forward. This one from AEG combines the simple style with the effectiveness you need to clear the air of your kitchen.

An extraction rate of 370 cubic metres of air per hour is great for the size, and the width of 60cm is standard so there is a really great chance it will fit under your cupboard and above your hob without looking out of place.

The maximum noise it will reach is 68 dB, so when you’re entertaining or live in an open plan space and hate the noise, it shouldn’t be too much of a bother.

As an added extra, there are some really nice lights at the rear which will illuminate your cooking area perfectly. It is rated C for energy efficiency which isn’t as brilliant as we’d like, but it is our guess that it isn’t going to be on for too long as it is designed for small spaces, so you shouldn’t see too much of a jump in bills.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 17.9 x 59.8 x 28.4cm
  • Energy Efficiency Class: C
  • Max Noise Level: 68 dB
  • Venting Type: Extraction/Recirculation
  • Maximum Extraction Rate: 370 m³/h
  • Control Type: Buttons

We like

  • Relatively quiet
  • Great extraction rate for the size and style
  • Not a bad price

We dislike

  • Bad energy efficiency - but it shouldn't be too drastic or noticeable

Final Verdict

Great all-rounder which is good at the job at hand and pretty affordable too

Zanussi ZHG51250GA Integrated Cooker Hood

Able to keep the air fresh and clean while fitting snuggly into your upper cabinet and out of view, this is a powerful little integrated extractor for smaller kitchens.

It installs into the cabinet so doesn’t take up room or space. Also great if you will be bothered about the impact a big bulky cooker hood would have on your style.

Just slide the control to the side to turn the fan on, and you can start removing all those pungent smells and smoke. A variable three-speed control will allow you to keep it ticking over to remove steam or work in overdrive to rid the kitchen of the traces of burnt bacon and frying.

The metal grease filter is washable which means it won’t just always work very efficiently if you keep it clean, but it can keep the running costs down too as you won’t have to buy replacements all the time.

It can work in both recirculation and ducted modes, so no matter your kitchen set up, it can be accommodated. An LED light will illuminate any dark areas of your hob, increasing safety.

The price is good compared to some others on the market, and we think it was great for the ease of use, basic yet subtle design and simplicity. Plus, it is cheaper than a lot of the most basic chimney style cooker hoods. Worth consideration if this is your desired hood style.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 20 x 52 x 29cm
  • Energy Rating: D
  • Max Noise Level: 64 dB(A)
  • Max Extraction Rate: 270 m³/h
  • Max Recirculation Rate: 210 m³/h
  • Venting Type: Extraction/Recirculation
  • Control Type: Slider

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We like

  • Simple to use
  • Light is good
  • Simple to remove grease filter and wash

We dislike

  • Switches can be a bit hard to move occasionally

Final Verdict

If you are after an integrated model which is simple to look after and will make an impact on your kitchen without being visually imposing, then this model is just over £100 and will keep your kitchen fresh for years to come.

Best Island Cooker Hoods

Island hoods are for kitchen layouts with an island in the centre of the room, as the name suggests. They are usually large, eye-catching and a lot more expensive than their variants, but this is because they usually have to do a lot more work to clear the larger room as opposed to the other variants.

Styles range from the subtle, modern options which look similar to chimney hoods but are more focused, to completely out-there options which are for those who love the bold look.

SMEG KEIV90E 90cm Island Cooker Hood

To quickly clear the air in a large kitchen, you need something powerful and imposing. This Smeg is great for use above a large hob or range cooker, and can save you having to open the windows and try and waft the smoke away.

700 cubic metres of air per hour can be cleaned, and there is a boost mode which is really effective at getting rid of Aromatic of frying smells. All of the different settings have their own dedicated push button to operate them. This makes it super easy to switch between them all.

Even though it’ll likely be in a large room, you still don’t want it to be noisy. This is particularly relevant if you love to entertain. Luckily, it is just 66dB, making it quiet at the job too.

To finish it off, it is pleasing to the eye and a lovely sleek finish. Oh, and it is a Smeg, which pretty much speaks for itself when it comes to quality.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 80 x 90 x 70cm
  • Energy Efficiency Class: A
  • Max Noise Level: 66 dB
  • Venting Type: External/Recirculation
  • Max Extraction Rate: 700 m³/h
  • Control Type: Button

We like

  • Price - great for an island model
  • Easy to operate
  • A rated for energy efficiency

We dislike

  • Gets a bit loud on boost mode

Final Verdict

The only negative thing we could find to say about it is barely a con, and certainly not a huge issue. For the power it gives out, and the RRP, it is a phenomenal buy

Elica Juno Iconic Pendant Cooker Hood

If you want an island cooker hood which really tops the style stakes, then Elica have some which are star-studded. This one will fit into any kitchen, whether you go for the subdued look or something much more jazzy.

It isn’t all just about design though. It also performs really well, and uses a high-performance motor to deliver 3 different stages of extraction. The push control buttons make it easy to select which one you need, so when things get smoky a bit too quickly, you can immediately switch the power up.

There has been no Quiet Mark award, but it still isn’t bad in this department. For the airflow rate it gives out, this is perfectly forgivable.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 43 x 50 x 50cm
  • Energy Efficiency Class: B
  • Max Noise Level: 67dB
  • Venting Type: Recirculation
  • Max Recirculation Rate: 603m³/h
  • Control Type: Button

We like

  • Airflow rate
  • Design
  • Unobtrusive despite size

We dislike

  • Price - but worth paying for style and a product which is going to last

Final Verdict

As stunning as the rest of Elica's cooker hoods, but with a subtle design - perfect for any kitchen space

Belling 90DIH Island Cooker Hood

Not only practical but stylish too, finished in glass and stainless steel, this is a lovely piece of equipment for fitting above your island.

You will want your choice to be a focal point, but may want it to still blend in with the decor. This is where this model comes in to play. Don’t worry about it not fitting either, because the chimney is extendable between 705 to 1050 mm.

Four halogen lights will illuminate your cooking and provide a nice hue to the atmosphere too, and three different fan speeds will ensure it can cope with the issue at hand. There are two grease filters as well, for maximum absorption.

Installation instructions are a little generic and hard to follow, which does not reflect the quality of the product at all. It is also on the noisier side of the scale, but not off-puttingly so. Despite these couple of issues, once it is up and running it is a hood which makes an impact in every way possible.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 4.5 x 90 x 49cm
  • Energy Efficiency Class: B
  • Max Noise Level: 59 dB
  • Venting Type: Extraction
  • Max Extraction Rate: 470 m³/h
  • Control Type: Button

We like

  • Nice look
  • Button control is easy
  • Under £500

We dislike

  • Instruction manual lets it down slightly

Final Verdict

Once you get past the fitting guide, it is a good hood which works hard to dispel smells

Elica Flow Island Cooker Hood

An island cooker hood which looks fab, this Elica is perfect for anyone who wants a standout piece of kitchen kit.

It is certainly unique, crafted to hang over your kitchen island effortlessly and be there when you need it the most. A wand control allows you to switch between settings and the electronically controlled motor ensures it always runs at its best.

Four lamps make it easier for you to see what is going on with the hob, as well as giving you a good level of illumination in the kitchen. You also get a metal washable filter and odour filters, and a filter change indicator will inform you when it is time to clean.

It is a little expensive. And a little out there. But there aren’t really any other island models like it. Plus, it packs a punch.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: Ø 51 cm
  • Energy Efficiency Class: B
  • Max Noise Level: 65 dB
  • Venting Type: Recirculation
  • Max Recirculation Rate: 550 m³/h
  • Control Type: Touch

We like

  • Design
  • Good recirculation rate
  • Washable filters and indicator

We dislike

  • Cost

Final Verdict

It is almost £1000, and it isn't going to be a design for every kitchen. But for some of you, it is going to be a must-have

Best Visor Cooker Hoods

Visor cooker hoods are that perfect middle ground between built-in and chimney. They allow you to still use the cupboard above the cooker or oven for storage, while still doing the same job as their counterparts.

They are the perfect choice for anyone low on space as they have a small kitchen, but need something to help get rid of smells and smoke before it reaches the rest of the house.

NEFF D61LAC1N0B Visor Cooker Hood

With a width of 60cm, this is a visor hood which will slot into most kitchen spaces.

Button controls make it easy to get the exact setting you want, whether it be a basic fan while you’re boiling rice, a boost when frying a steak or just the light for some ambience. Because they are buttons, you can quickly act when the time comes.

It will either recirculate the air using a carbon filter, or fully extract it using an extraction kit which is sold separately. Because it can be mounted either under a cupboard or straight to a wall, it won’t take up much space or ruin the look of your kitchen, while still keeping the storage opportunities there.

Energy rating is never great with these appliances, so while the D is disappointing, it is kind of standard as well. It is also one of the noisier hoods we have reviewed, again not shocking but worth bearing in mind if you know it will get annoying. Still, for the price and size, it is worthy of our review.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 15 x 60 x 48.2cm
  • Energy Efficiency Class: D
  • Max Noise Level: 72 dB
  • Max Extraction Rate: 350 m³/h
  • Max Recirculation Rate: 110 m³/h
  • Venting Type: Recirculation/Extraction
  • Control Type: Buttons

We like

  • Filters can be washed
  • Light is huge and bright
  • Easy to fit

We dislike

  • Noisy

Final Verdict

Once you get over the usual noise setbacks, this is a very effective appliance which will clear out your kitchen in no time

Zanussi ZHT611N Visor Cooker Hood

If you’re after a black visor which matches your other appliances and adds an impact then this Zanussi is a winner.

A slider control gives you great choice when it comes to how hard it has to work to remove your smells, smoke and steam from the kitchen. The handy space saving design will fit in between existing cupboards and underneath the one above your oven, or directly onto the wall using the appropriate fittings.

It doesn’t stick out too much beyond the cupboards either. This is great as it will reduce the risk of accidents, particularly if you are tall enough to bump your head on it when leaning over to taste your food to season it.

The light is also very effective, and allows you to both see your food when night time comes, and use as an ambient light when you need to add to the atmosphere without the ‘big light’ but don’t have the space for smaller lamps.

It is best used as an extraction device as opposed to recirculation as it can work much better in this setup, but the ability to adapt it to your needs and preference is great. The fan can also get noisy if it is ramped up to maximum speed but this is to be expected.

For under £100, there are fewer out there which can do just as good a job as this one. It extracts well, and is compact.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 12.9 x 59.8 x 45cm
  • Energy Efficiency Class: D
  • Max Noise Level: 68 dB(A)
  • Max Extraction Rate: 210 m³/h
  • Max Recirculation Rate: 80 m³/h
  • Venting Type: Recirculation/Extraction
  • Control Type: Slider

We like

  • Price
  • Good size and dimensions
  • Nice bright light

We dislike

  • Noisy

Final Verdict

It does a great job for its size, and while we would like more power for the recirculation, it still has a very positive effect

Candy CFT610/4W 60cm Visor Cooker Hood

If you want a budget cooker hood, then this Candy pick comes in just under £100 and fits comfortably over any standard hob space, so is adaptable too.

It works well in a small kitchen, clearing the air noticeably in a few minutes. And the grease filters are washable, so you get continuous top performance without having to spend any more money on the unit.

If you feel it needs to work a bit harder, then the slider controls will allow you to ramp up the power. You won’t have to put off frying steak or making a stir fry any more. There is also an LED light which gives out a brilliant amount of illumination to your cooking area, so you can see what you’re doing without being dazzled.

Because of the size, it is a little on the louder side, but there is a good chance it isn’t going to have to be on long enough to really bother you.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 8 x 60 x 46.5cm
  • Energy Efficiency Class: C
  • Max Noise Level: 71 dB
  • Max Extraction Rate: 210 m³/hour
  • Venting Type: Extraction/Recirculation
  • Control Type: Slider

We like

  • Price
  • White colour looks clean
  • Washable filters

We dislike

  • Loud

Final Verdict

The price is the standout, and the effectiveness of the unit is great when this is take into consideration

Best Downdraft Extractors

Downdraft extractors are a relatively new kitchen appliance, and the perfect way of getting rid of smoke and steam when even a visor hood will ruin the aesthetic of your room.

They come out of the kitchen work surfaces at the push of a button, so are only visible when you need them. Then, when the job is done, they can disappear again. They are the must-have for any modern high-spec kitchen, but be aware that because they’re a relatively new item, choice is low and price can be high.

SMEG KDD90VXNE 88cm Downdraft Cooker Hood

No ‘best kitchen appliance’ rundown is complete without an entry from Smeg, and despite the fact that this is one of the lower priced ones, it actually has a lot of the features which some of the more expensive models lack.

One of these is lighting. The LED strip lights illuminate your cooking area perfectly, without the need to struggle to see under the big light. It has an A energy rating, meaning it will cost less than £10 per year to run. You get four speeds, and there is a filter care indicator which will let you know when the filters need cleaning or changing. This will ensure you always get the best results from your new appliance.

It will clear 430 cubic metres of air per hour, and is a 90cm wide model. Those at the higher end usually cope with 600m and are 100cm wide, but we think that this Smeg will fit the majority of kitchens just fine. It will also automatically shut off once it senses the job is done, so you don’t have to disturb your box set marathon.

Unfortunately, it is the loudest at 70dB, but this little tiny jump in noise compared to other more expensive models at 67dB won’t make too much of a difference to justify having to spend more. The touch controls are very responsive, and the black will blend in with any kitchen.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 64.6 x 88 x 12cm
  • Energy Efficiency Class: A
  • Max Noise Level: 70 dB
  • Venting Type: Extraction
  • Max Extraction Rate: 430 m³/h
  • Control Type: Touch

We like

  • Good lighting
  • Four speeds
  • A energy rating

We dislike

  • The loudest on our list

Final Verdict

Smeg is a huge name when it comes to kitchen appliances, and while there aren't many downdraft extractors on the market to compare it to, this is one of the best by far - with everything you could need and only very minor niggles

NEFF N90 I91VT44N0B 100 cm Downdraft Cooker Hood

This Neff is at the top of the game when compared to a lot of the other downdraft extractors about. A 600 square meters per hour extraction rate, 100cm width for some real impact when risen and a boost mode all make it an ideal solution for your aesthetic smoke-removal needs.

The maximum noise level is 67dB, which is pretty much the standard for these appliances at the moment. This is when it is on Boost Mode, so even though it is slightly louder than your standard cooker hoods, you won’t mind when you see how quick it clears the room.

Touch controls can sometimes be a bit lacklustre, but the control panel of this hood is very responsive and does what you ask of it ASAP. All of the buttons are well spaced out so you won’t accidentally press the wrong thing, and they are at the side of the unit too, which should save you having to reach over hot surfaces to turn it on.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 24.5 x 100 x 70cm
  • Energy Efficiency Class: A+
  • Max Noise Level: 67 dB
  • Venting Type: Extraction
  • Max Extraction Rate: 600 m³/h
  • Control Type: Touch

We like

  • A+ energy rating
  • Boost mode
  • Four speeds

We dislike

  • No light

Final Verdict

A very sleek-looking downdraft extractor indeed, with a clearer interface than some of its rivals with very similar specifications. This is what gives it the edge in our mind

Siemens IQ-700 LF16VA570B 100 cm Downdraft Cooker Hood

One of the best for powerful extraction, this Siemens has a rate of 600 square meters per hour, which will suit even the largest of kitchens or any open plan areas.

The 100cm width will work well alongside larger ranges or cooker areas, but will also act as a statement with ordinary sized cookers and hobs. A boost mode ensures that even if the room is filled with smoke from frying steaks, it won’t linger around for long and the air will be cleared in no time.

It is also one of the best for energy rating, at A+, which should consume around 37 Kwh of energy per annum and cost you no less than £10 for the entire year.

Siemens make some of the most eye-catching cooker hoods around, but if you want the power without the statement piece 24/7, this is an ideal compromise.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 24.5 x 100 x 70cm
  • Energy Efficiency Class: A+
  • Max Noise Level: 67 dB
  • Venting Type: Extraction
  • Max Extraction Rate: 600 m³/h
  • Control Type: Touch

We like

  • A+ energy usage
  • Wider than a lot of others - a good statement when risen
  • Controls are at side rather than centre - safer to access

We dislike

  • No light

Final Verdict

Another great hood from Siemens, with the power you'd expect but in a handy hidden design

Elica PANDORA-SS 84 cm Downdraft Cooker Hood

Elica are one of our favourite brands when it comes to cooker hoods in general, so we were very pleased to see that they are also in on the downdraft market.

While it may not be as budget-friendly as all of their other hoods, it still packs in all of the quality we have come to expect. It is 90cm wide, making it ideal for sitting alongside range cookers or larger areas.

Able to tackle 647 cubic metres of air per hour, it will be able to handle the huge outputs from these cooking ranges too. It is also suitable for larger, airy kitchens without the need to open windows or waft with the kitchen towel. Two filters and three speeds carry out the work, and a boost mode will save the kitchen from ever-lasting smells when you’re stir frying or having a fry up.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 51 x 83.5 x 36cm
  • Energy Efficiency Class: A
  • Max Noise Level: 67 dB
  • Venting Type: Extraction
  • Max Extraction Rate: 647 m³/h
  • Control Type: Touch

We like

  • A Rated for energy
  • Washable grease filter
  • Good sensitive touch control

We dislike

  • Price

Final Verdict

Elica's range of cooker hoods are great across the board, and this one is able to cope with big jobs while being easy to maintain

Baumatic BEDD600SS 58cm Downdraft Cooker Hood

A downdraft model which is best for smaller kitchens, this Baumatic can clear 430 cubic metres of air per hour, which is more than a lot of other small kitchen alternatives.

It is just 60cm wide, which means it will likely sit adjacent to your hob. Just press the touchscreen controls to bring it up, and then adjust the speed and power accordingly.

At 67dB, it is on the louder side, but the power and likelihood that it is in a small space means it won’t be on long enough for this to be a massive bother. Keeping it working to its best is a simple task, as you just have to wash the grease filters every so often.

As well as being one of the smallest, it is also one of the more affordable downdraft hoods, which is good if you want this latest technology but don’t want to spend £800+.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 105.3 x 58 x 11.5cm
  • Energy Efficiency Class: D
  • Max Noise Level: 67 dB
  • Venting Type: Extraction
  • Max Extraction Rate: 430 m³/h
  • Control Type: Touch and Slide

We like

  • Boost mode
  • Compact in length
  • Easy to keep clean

We dislike

  • D energy rating

Final Verdict

It may not be the best for noise or energy rating, but smaller downdraft hoods are hard to come by, so it ticks this main box

Cooker Hood Buying Guide

Size

As with the model types, there is a wide variation, but generally they fit into the 60, 70 or 90cm sub-categories. In-built and integrated hoods tend to be smaller as they need to fit both the depth and width of a standard kitchen storage cupboard.

Chimney cooker hoods vary in size of the hood, the height of the chimney, and the diameter of the duct you will need. Island hoods tend to be much larger as they will likely be clearing a large area. It is worth bearing in mind the space your hood will fit into, as well as how big your kitchen is and how the size of the product effects the design.

How Cooker Hoods Work

These items play an important role in the overall function of your kitchen, so you need to think about whether they will work correctly for your needs as well as how they complement your other appliances. Extraction hoods remove the necessary air from your kitchen and send it outside via a ventilation hose.

They need to be mounted to either an external wall or somewhere where the hose can reach outside, so are very reliant on the layout of your room (but most modern kitchens will cater for this).  If you can’t vent it externally, a hood that offers air recirculation is your best option. Charcoal filters remove unwanted odours and smoke, before releasing the air back into the room, making them fully flexible. Most modern-day hoods give you both options.

Extraction Rate

This number determines how quickly your hood is able to remove bad air and is given as a rate per hour. The larger your kitchen space, the larger the rate required for fast action. As a recommendation, the rate should be 12x the size of your kitchen – meaning the air can be changed 12 times in an hour to guarantee full purification.

Energy Efficiency

This ranges from A+ to G, as with all electrical appliances. The higher the efficiency rating, the better for the environment and the lower the cost to run. As there is a lot for an extraction fan to do, including lighting, they generally rate quite low but plenty of high rated appliances are available.

FAQ’s

How Often Will I Have To Clean The Cooker Hood?

To keep your kitchen grease free, you should ideally clean your grease filter once a month. This also ensures grease does not build up on the filter, which may cause a lack of fresh air and stubborn smell after time.

Some filters are dishwasher safe, but the majority aren’t, so if this is something you are conscious about you may have to spend nearer the top end of the price range. The charcoal/carbon filters will also need to be maintained and replaced every so often, so ensure you get to grips with how to do this and look into how expensive they are to replace. Before you buy, ensure this will be achievable.

Do I Need Lighting?

The majority of modern cooker hoods provide extra lighting, but the type differs greatly. LED lights are the most energy efficient and longer lasting, and halogen or bulb lights may need replacing more frequently depending on how much they are used.

Think about whether you want LED lighting that is expensive to replace but has an average life span of 15 years or you would rather spend smaller amounts more frequently. All of the cooker hoods we have featured have in-built lighting. It is good to research how expensive the lights would be to replace, and if you would be able to do it easily yourself. Most have more than one light, as well.

How Should I Fit The Cooker Hood?

The majority of manufacturers recommend that you consult a qualified engineer when fitting an item that concerns electricity supply and wiring. A lot of suppliers offer an instillation service, whether free or at an extra cost, and most will remove your old product for recycling.

How Loud Will The Extraction Fan Be?

If you are after a cooker hood which will offer little disturbance sound wise, then look for a 45dB to 66dB item. If the product is large and needs to clear a large space, be prepared for it to be a bit louder as it has to work a lot harder than its smaller counterparts.