A buyers’ guide: how to choose a cooker hood

A buyers’ guide: how to choose a cooker hood

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when selecting a cooker hood for your kitchen. There’s so much to think about: colours, extraction rates, noise levels, building regulations – where do you start?

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Below follows a useful overview of things to consider when choosing your cooker hood.

Let’s start with the basics first.

A beginner’s guide: how to choose a cooker hood

Designer cooker hoods look great, but what are the benefits of having a cooker hood? Of course you know that a cooker hood keeps the air in your kitchen clean, but did you know ducted cooker hoods also remove steam from your kitchen? In this article we present 4 reasons why you really need a cooker hood.

What should you think about when choosing a cooker hood? To enjoy your cooking it’s not only important that your cooker hood has a suitable extraction rate, your hood also needs to be quiet – especially in an open plan kitchen! Check out our 7 tips for choosing a cooker hood.

In recent years new cooker hood concepts have entered the market. Did you know that you can now have a cooker hood which disappears into your work surface when not in use? Learn about the 6 main types of cooker hoods here.

Extraction rates, ducting out and recirculation

What extraction rate do you need? We answer three questions about cooker hood extraction rates here.

Are you having your cooker hood ducted out or ductless? That’s an important decision to make.

If possible, we recommend you have your hood ducted out. A ducted hood will perform slightly better than a ductless (or recycling) hood. Moreover, a ducted hood removes steam and condensation from your kitchen. A ducted hood traps dirt and fats in a grease filter before removing the air from your kitchen. Most grease filters can be cleaned in a dishwasher to prevent dirt building up and reducing extraction performance. Charcoal filters need to be replaced on a regular basis.

A hood used in recirculation mode has charcoal filters in addition to a grease filter. The charcoal filter absorbs cooking odours. A hood in recirculation mode recycles the air back into your kitchen after the filters have purified the air. This means that steam is recycled back into your kitchen.

Click the links below for further information:

6 important things to consider before ducting out your cooker hood

Essential questions about recirculation hoods

Have we answered your question in this buyers’ guide? Or do you have any other questions about choosing a cooker hood? Call us on 01253 471001 and we'll be happy to help.