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.
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.
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.
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.