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Buying Guides 2015 – Cooking Hoods

Cooker hoods

Cooker hoods not only look good but also help to keep your kitchen cleaner, minimising airborne grease and smoke.

Available in different sizes and finishes to complement your cooker, hoods can neutralise and recycle or remove cooking odours and smoke completely.

There are a few things to consider when choosing a cooker hood to complete your kitchen which we have outlined in this guide to help you make the right decision. It is worth noting that some of these choices will be determined by your existing layout unless you want to completely rebuild your kitchen.

Step 1: Choose the width

Hoods are available to fit all of the freestanding cookers and built-in hobs that we sell. It is best to get a hood that is the same width as your cooker or hob to ensure it will work efficiently but there are no rules: you can fit any size you want as long as you have the space.

Smaller hoods are quieter and usually have lower extraction rates, making them more suitable for compact kitchens. Larger kitchens require bigger hoods with more powerful motors to recycle greater volumes of air. Our range includes some models featuring twin motors for greater efficiency.

Some models of cooker and hob have a matching hood in the same range but the choice is yours when it comes to finding the right hood for you.

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Step 2: Choose the type of hood

We have many types of cooker hoods in our range that all have different characteristics.

It’s useful to understand exactly what each type does to ensure that you have the right hood for your kitchen. Remember, whatever hood type you choose, you will need to clean the filters regularly in order to keep it working efficiently and additional kits may be required to access all of the hood’s features.

Visor hoods

Also known as traditional hoods, these are the most basic and most affordable hood on the market. They are ideal for smaller kitchens.

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Telescopic hoods

Similar to visor hoods, these feature an extending section for a more streamlined profile when not in use.

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Canopy hoods

Almost completely concealed, these are discreet and functional rather than stylish but do get the job done.

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Integrated hoods

Hidden behind a cupboard door, these are the most inconspicuous hoods, blending seamlessly into your kitchen.

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Chimney hoods

Extending down from the ceiling, these eye-catching hoods are high performance and very stylish but do require space.

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Island hoods

A stunning hood for kitchens with island cookers, these are large, stylish and really make statement.

Similar to chimney hoods, these are often the most expensive option but do look striking when fitted.

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Step 3: Choose the filtration method

Cooker hoods are designed to make your kitchen a more comfortable place to be. They use an internal motor to remove the airborne grease and smoke from the air as you cook.

There are two different ways they can do this and each has its benefits:

Extraction hoods

Ducted or extraction hoods remove the smoke and grease out of the kitchen, sucking it out of the room via a pipe which leads outside. They are more effective and usually faster although they can be louder and they do need to be mounted on an external wall. Fitting an extraction hood can require professional installation unless there is already extraction in place.

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Recirculation hoods

Recirculation hoods recycle the air in the kitchen passing it through filters that clean the air as it travels through the fan before being reintroduced to the kitchen as clean air. Recirculation hoods all feature a grease filter that can be made of metal, paper, or cloth, however carbon or charcoal filters are required if you want to neutralise odours as you cook. Recirculation hoods can usually be fitted yourself and can be positioned on internal walls. They are not always as quick as extraction hoods, but they are often cheaper.

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Some hoods have the potential to operate as either a recirculation or an extraction hood - you just need to decide which method is best for you when you install it.

Depending on the model you choose, you may need to purchase additional parts like an extraction kit or charcoal filters.

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