Best Cooker Hoods 2018 – Buyers 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.

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.

The Best Cooker Hoods – Our Top Picks

Best Chimney Cooker Hood: Rangemaster CLAHDC110BC
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Rangemaster Classic 110 CLAHDC110BC
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  • Dimensions: H74 x W110 x D49cm
  • 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
Best Built in Cooker Hood: Elica Eliplane 80
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Elica Eliplane 80 Built in Cooker Hood
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  • Dimensions: H14.2 x W75 x D30cm
  • Energy Efficiency Class: E
  • Max Noise Level: 69dB
  • Max extraction rate: 500m³ /h
  • Venting Type: Extraction & Recirculation
  • Control Type: Slider
Best Budget Cooker Hood: LOGIK L60CHDX17
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LOGIK L60CHDX17 Chimney Cooker Hood
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  • Dimensions: H58-96 x W60 x D48cm
  • Energy Efficiency Class: B
  • Maximum Noise Level: 64dB
  • Max extraction rate: 347.8 m³/h
  • Max recirculation rate: 69.82 m³/h
  • Venting Type: Extraction & Recirculation
  • Control Type: Buttons

Best Chimney Cooker Hoods

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.

We like

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

We disike

  • 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

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  • Dimensions: H74 x W110 x D49cm
  • 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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Rangemaster Classic 110 CLAHDC110BC user manual

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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.

We like

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

We disike

  • 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

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  • Dimensions: H58-96 x W60 x D48cm
  • Energy Efficiency Class: B
  • Maximum Noise Level: 64dB
  • 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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LOGIK L60CHDX17 Chimney Cooker Hood user manual

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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.

We like

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

We disike

  • 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

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  • Dimensions: H63.5 x W90 x D50cm (adjustable height)
  • Energy Efficiency Class: A
  • Maximum Noise Level: 64dB
  • Maximum extraction rate: 690 m³/hour
  • Maximum airflow rate: 360 m³/h
  • Venting Type: Extraction and Recirculation
  • Ducting Diameter: 150mm
  • Control Type: Soft Touch Buttons

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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.

We like

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

We disike

  • 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.

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: H38.1 x W59.5 x D32.5 cm
  • Energy Efficiency Class: E
  • Noise Level: 60dB
  • Maximum Extraction Rate: 400 m³/hour
  • Venting Type: External / Recirculation
  • Control Type: Button/LED touch screen

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HOTPOINT PHVP 6.4FALK Integrated Cooker Hood user manual

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Best Built-in Cooker Hoods

Elica Eliplane 80 Built in Cooker Hood

Elica is a well-respected brand in the cooker hood industry, known for their long-lasting and durable pieces. If you want your extraction fan to be completely slim lined and not on display, then this appliance is just the thing.

With two centrifugal fans and a twin motor, it offers a powerful 500m³ airflow rate and the slider speed control is adjustable rather than just sitting at the usual fixed three speeds, providing you with the right amount of authority to get the job done.

The stainless-steel finish is modern, and the product can either be ducted to an outside wall or used with a charcoal recirculation filter. The metal grease filters are quick release, and hand washable.

Lighting is offered by the 11W fluorescent neon strip light at the back of the appliance, which will completely cover your cooking area brightly and effectively.

The sound level of the fan, although reasonable, is relatively louder than most others on the market so may not be ideal for those who like to entertain. However, the maximum extraction rate is incredibly large for its built-in nature, so if it is power you are most concerned with then this does the job perfectly.

We like

  • Takes up little space
  • Well respected and on-trend brand
  • Grease filters easily removed

We disike

  • Fluorescent strip light rather than LED

Final Verdict

It isn't hard to see why Elica are a leading name in the cooker hood industry - this is one of the best built-in models available, and rated highly

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: H14.2 x W75 x D30cm
  • Energy Efficiency Class: E
  • Max Noise Level: 69dB
  • Max extraction rate: 500m³ /h
  • Venting Type: Extraction & Recirculation
  • Control Type: Slider

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BAUMATIC BTEL60X Telescopic Cooker Hood

Perfect for those who are really short on room, this is a 60cm telescopic, space saving pull-out cooker hood. It can be reduced to its smallest size when not in use, so doesn’t take up unnecessary space or impair the look of your kitchen as it will sit level with the majority of cupboards.

Controlled by a slider and with three different extraction rates, the user is given complete control over the operations as well as being able to regulate their energy use.

The two metallic grease filters which are included are removed easily and washable by hand with warm, soapy water, reducing the need to replace them regularly which can be an expensive procedure.

The product offers two lights in the form of 28W standard bulbs, turned on as well by a slider function, which offer a good amount of brightness but would not be ideal as the only source of light for those who like a bit of a relaxed mealtime ambience. Bulbs are generally big energy absorbers too. The extraction rate is also low compared to larger hoods.

We like

  • Fantastic space saver
  • Easy to install
  • Looks modern

We disike

  • Lights are not LED
  • Low maximum extraction rate

Final Verdict

The best option if you want the benefits of an extractor fan but are limited on space/don't want to create an eyesore

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  • Dimensions: H17.5 x W60 x D45cm
  • Energy Efficiency Class: D
  • Maximum extraction rate: 295.8 m³/h
  • Venting Type: Extraction and Recirculation
  • Control Type: Slider
  • Maximum Noise Level: 63dB

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Best Island Cooker Hoods

NEFF I89EH52N0B Island Chimney Hood

With three different extraction speeds, the Neff I89EH52N0B can clear your kitchen of odours and steam with speed and efficiency, whether you are steaming and boiling or frying and grilling.

There is also a handy boost function for those particularly stubborn smells, and the intensive setting automatically reverts after 6 minutes. The circulation options ensure that you can either connect a ventilation hose to an external wall and remove the unwanted air from your kitchen or use charcoal filters to clean and recirculate it back into the room. Designed for ceiling-mounted use, it is suitable for use above either a large hob or range cooker, this product ensures a fresh kitchen no matter on the room limitations and layout.

The contemporary, stainless steel and glass finish will fit seamlessly into any modern kitchen and go with any décor and accompanying appliances. This is perfect as it will be a real focal point of your kitchen.

The controls are clear and simple, with an easy to see LED display to inform you of the speed setting. If light is a problem in your kitchen, the four integrated LED SoftLight® features will brighten your hob whilst in use and the dimmer function ensures they can be left on to create a really ambient atmosphere.

At only 57dB, it is on the discreet side for a product of its size and is the quietest reviewed. The medium extraction rate means it is best suited to a standard-sized kitchen to ensure the full clearance of the air and will also be perfect over a large hob.

With an A energy efficiency rating, you can have peace of mind that the hood will work well without affecting your electricity bills.

We like

  • Sleek modern look
  • Quiet for its size
  • 2 intensive settings

We disike

  • Glass canopy can need constant cleaning and polishing from steam

Final Verdict

A quiet yet powerful appliance that will look in place no matter what your kitchen looks like - even if it isn't necessarily over an island

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: H75.1 x W90 x D68 cm
  • Energy Efficiency Class: A
  • Maximum Noise Level: 57dB
  • Maximum Extraction Rate: 430 m³/hour
  • Venting Type: External / Recirculation
  • Control Type: Buttons

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Cooker Hood Buying Guide

Cooker Hood Types

There are a number of different styles of cooker hoods available on the market. Chimney hoods fit against the wall, so are not appropriate for your kitchen space if you have storage cupboards above your oven or cooker.

They also take up a lot of space. Telescopic cooker hoods are space saving when not in use, as they pull out from the unit to operate so are streamlined and do not act as a focal part of the kitchen.

Built-in hoods require a cupboard space to fit under, and integrated hoods are designed to fit in between units behind a cupboard door for easy blending. Island hoods are also available if this is necessary to suit your kitchen layout. They are usually large, eye-catching and a lot more expensive than their variants.

Size

Again, 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 they 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 do 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.

Does the hood include 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 do 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 is the extraction fan?

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.