Cooker Hood Buying Guide

Explore our Cooker Hood Buying Guide to make informed decisions when choosing the perfect extractor for your needs. Whether you're upgrading or purchasing for the first time, we cover different types of hoods, essential features, energy efficiency tips, and maintenance insights to ensure a long-lasting and convenient appliance.

Differnt Cooker Hood Types

Chimney Hoods

A chimney cooker hood is a type of range hood installed above a stove in the kitchen. Its design resembles a chimney stack, with a canopy connected to a vertical duct. These hoods are equipped with filters and a fan to remove grease, smoke, and odors from cooking. Air is either recirculated or expelled outdoors. They typically feature controls, lighting, and come in various sizes and styles to suit different kitchen aesthetics.

Downdraft Hoods

A downdraft hood is a kitchen ventilation system that retracts or rises from the countertop beside or behind the cooktop. It operates by drawing smoke, steam, and odors downwards and away from the cooking area. This space-saving design is suitable for kitchens where traditional overhead ventilation is impractical, providing a sleek appearance when not in use.

Canopy Hoods

Canopy hoods, also known as under-cabinet or wall-mounted hoods, are ventilation systems installed above the cooktop in kitchens. They feature a rectangular or curved canopy mounted beneath a cabinet or on the wall, extracting grease, smoke, and odors through fans and filters. These hoods are relatively easy to install, offer user-friendly controls, and come in various designs to complement kitchen aesthetics.

Ceiling Hoods

Ceiling hoods, also known as island hoods, are sleek kitchen ventilation systems suspended from the ceiling over island or peninsula cooktops. They extract smoke, steam, and odors using fans and filters, directing airflow upwards and expelling it through ductwork. Ideal for modern kitchen designs, they offer user-friendly controls, efficient ventilation, and add a stylish focal point to the space.


Island Hoods

Island hoods, also called ceiling hoods, are kitchen ventilation systems suspended from the ceiling above an island or peninsula cooktop. They feature a sleek design, often with a stainless steel canopy, and utilize fans and filters to extract smoke, steam, and odors. Installation may require careful planning for ductwork, but they offer efficient ventilation without obstructing sightlines

Visor Hoods

Visor hoods are compact kitchen ventilation systems installed beneath cabinets above the cooktop. They use fans and filters to extract grease, smoke, and odors, directing airflow upwards and expelling it through ductwork. Easy to install and operate, they offer efficient ventilation without compromising space or aesthetics.

Integrated Hoods

Integrated hoods are ventilation systems designed to blend seamlessly with cabinetry, offering a sleek and discreet appearance in the kitchen. They use fans and filters to extract grease, smoke, and odors, directing airflow upwards and expelling it through ductwork. Installed within cabinetry, they maintain a cohesive kitchen design and offer adjustable controls for fan speed and lighting.

Telescopic Hoods

Telescopic hoods are kitchen ventilation systems designed to be partially hidden within overhead cabinets. They extend forward when in use, extracting grease, smoke, and odors with fans and filters. Installed within cabinetry, they offer a discreet solution for maximizing space in the kitchen. Controls are typically located on the front panel, allowing for adjustments in fan speed and lighting.


Key Features

Energy Efficiency

 
Energy efficiency in cooker hoods refers to their ability to effectively remove airborne pollutants while minimizing energy consumption. This is achieved through features like efficient fan motors, variable speed controls, LED lighting, timer functions, and high-quality filtration systems. Ducted hoods are generally more energy-efficient than recirculating ones. Energy efficiency ratings may help consumers make informed choices. Overall, energy-efficient cooker hoods contribute to a cleaner and more sustainable kitchen environment.

 
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Cooker Hood Sizes 

Size is an important factor when choosing your cooker hood. Your choice will be determined by the height of your ceiling, as well as the size of your kitchen units and hob.

A useful rule of thumb is to pick a cooker hood that’s the same width as your hob (or 1.5x wider). This tends to look more aesthetically pleasing and also ensures that you get the right level of ventilation.

Your cooker hood should also be positioned 75cm above the kitchen hob. You’ll need to take this into account when picking which height of extractor fan to go for (read on for more information on how to measure up).

You’ll find kitchen extractor fans in a wide range of widths and heights depending on which style you choose. We offer cooker hoods in a variety of different widths:


How to measure for a new Hood

The general principle is that the cooker hood should be the same width and depth (or 1.5 times larger) than the hob. This ensures that the hood is large enough to remove all airborne grease and smoke efficiently. To work this out, you’ll just need to measure the dimensions of your hob.
As suggested above, the height of your cooker hood is also an important factor to consider. For safety purposes, the hot zone area of your hob should be 75cm away from the hood, particularly if you’re using a gas hob. You’ll need to measure the distance between your hob and where the fan will sit to work out the correct height to go for.
There is a slight difference if you choose a downdraft cooker hood. Because they rise up, you need to make sure that there is enough space behind your kitchen worktop for the hood to fit comfortably. There should also be a minimum of 70cm under the counter to create enough space for the hood and extractor pipes.
 

Different Cooker Hood Features

Fan Speed Control

 

Touch Controls

 

Ducted or Recirculation

 

Door alarm

The door alarm feature in refrigerators is designed to alert users when the fridge or freezer door has been left open for an extended period. This function helps prevent energy waste, temperature fluctuations, and potential food spoilage. When the door is ajar beyond a specified time limit, the door alarm activates, emitting an audible alert or visual indicator. The door alarm is a practical addition to ensure the refrigerator remains properly sealed, maintaining the internal temperature and preserving food freshness. 

Smart Features

 

Remote Control

 


Picking Your Colour

After finalizing the features you desire in your Fridge, the next step is to contemplate the colour selection. Here, we elaborate on the advantages of the most commonly chosen colours.

Black

Choosing a black fridge offers a stylish and versatile option for kitchen decor. The neutral color blends well with various design styles and cabinetry finishes, providing a modern and sleek appearance. Black appliances, including fridges, are low-maintenance, resistant to fingerprints and scratches, and convey a timeless and elegant quality.

White

 Selecting a white fridge is a classic and versatile choice that provides a timeless and clean aesthetic. White appliances effortlessly coordinate with diverse kitchen styles and color schemes, creating a bright and open atmosphere. Their neutrality allows for easy integration with other design elements, contributing to both modern and traditional settings.

Stainless Steel / Silver

 Opting for a stainless steel or silver fridge provides a contemporary and sophisticated look to the kitchen. The sleek metallic finish adds a touch of modernity, complementing various design styles. These appliances coordinate seamlessly with other stainless steel elements, creating a cohesive and integrated appearance. The reflective surface contributes to a bright and inviting atmosphere.

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Fridges FAQs

How do I measure the space for a refrigerator?

Measure the width, height, and depth of the space, including allowances for ventilation. Check doorways, hallways, and entry points to ensure the refrigerator can be delivered and installed without any issues.

 

How do I clean and maintain my refrigerator?

Clean the interior with a solution of water and mild detergent. Vacuum the coils at the back to improve efficiency. Check and adjust the temperature settings regularly. Clean the door seals, and defrost the freezer if it's not frost-free.

 

What is the average lifespan of a refrigerator?

The average lifespan is around 10-15 years, but it can vary based on usage, maintenance, and brand. Regularly clean and maintain your refrigerator to extend its lifespan.

 

Do refrigerators come with warranties?

Yes, most refrigerators come with a manufacturer's warranty. Check the warranty period and coverage details. Additionally, consider purchasing an extended warranty for added protection.

 

Can I install the refrigerator myself?

While it's possible to install a refrigerator yourself, it's recommended to have a professional do it, especially for models with water and ice dispensers. Improper installation may lead to performance issues and void the warranty.

 

What should I do with my old fridge?

We recommend recycling your old fridge. When our delivery team drops off your new fridge, we can take away your old appliance and recycle it for you. Visit our recycling page to learn more.

 

What is a larder fridge?

Larder fridge is a term used to describe a freestanding fridge that doesn’t have an ice box.

 

What is the smallest type of fridge you can buy?

Table Top or mini fridges are ideal for couples or those living alone. They’re the smallest type, with measurements of less than 50cm in height.


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