Choosing the right extractor hoodadmin
For any Kitchen, grease, smells and humidity are major concerns. Hence, choosing the right extractor hood is very crucial. With the wide range of hoods in the market, finding the right one for your kitchen and needs can seem daunting. It is essential to find one that looks good and does its job effectively.
Things to be taken into consideration while buying an Extractor hood:
Recirculation or Extraction?
The first question to be tackled is whether you want recirculation hoods or extractor hoods. Recirculation hoods are generally chosen when you do not have an external vent, but it is noisier. The air gets filtered through a metal and charcoal filter, before re-entering the room. An extraction hood is the more efficient and long-lasting solution, as it pushes the air out.
Hood Features to consider
When choosing the best cooker hood for your kitchen, features such as the size, cleaning features and lights needs to be considered.
Height- Following the recommended height minimum by the manufacturer but it should Allow enough headroom for you while cooking. Otherwise, it can cause discomfort on your back and neck while making your meals.
Width- If you are redoing your Kitchen or starting from Scratch, consider leaving extra space over your hob. Add about 10 cm on each side to the width of your cooktop. This will allow the hood to catch all grease and odours without consuming too much extra space.
Cleaning- Choose models that enable easy cleaning. The filters should be easily accessible, and there should be multiple places for grease to gather both outside and inside of the hood. Greasy fingerprints are more easily visible on stainless steel cooker hoods in the same way as glass canopies show more dust than opaque ones. Hence material is also to be considered in terms of cleaning.
Lights- The light sources available for cooking hoods should not get hot and blind you while cooking. In this scenario, LED lights are the best solution.
Power. The optimal extraction rate is at least ten times per hour. This implies that the hood should catch the ‘kitchen load’ of air ten times per hour. Before the purchase, make a small calculation. Multiply the length by width by height of your kitchen and then multiply it by 10 to determine the minimum recommended performance, for example, 3m x 4m x 2.5m x 10 times per hour = 300m3/h. Now you know that you should buy a cooker hood of at least 300m3/h performance, not less.
Types Of Cooker Hoods To Consider
Island Cooker Hoods – Island cooker hoods/ Free standing cooker hoods are often pricey. Keep this in mind when choosing where to relocate your oven and hob, as it will reflect on your overall price for the Kitchen. The recent models are mostly flush with your ceilings. they can give a huge kitchen an amazing look and feel.
Integrated hoods – They are integrated into your cabinets and look like a regular wall unit from first glance. They are activated by a handle or a switch. Some even come with a small amount of space for a spice rack.
Chimney hoods – These hoods have become very popular in recent years. Customers who want their cooker hoods to make a statement, but still, something traditional prefer these. They have a wide section at the bottom connected to a chimney. They can go either snuggly between two units or on their own as a standalone hood.
Designer hoods – For those wanting to make a statement, designer hoods are the ones you should be looking at. The designs would beautifully complement a contemporary kitchen. This style comes at a cost. Having said that, they do create a visual impact.
Downdraft Extractor – For the minimalist, the downdraft extractor is an absolute joy. They are hidden away under your countertop and behind the hob when not in use. With a press of a button, the extractor rises and sucks any moisture, smells and grease away.
Conventional or visor hoods – Usually fitted to the underside of a wall unit these cooker hoods are visible. It comes with a small glass or plastic visor that extends the hood’s size. Although they are not so popular, they are still great for kitchens with limited space, as they can fit under a cupboard.
It might seem overwhelming in the beginning, but once you sort out the specifications as per your space, it becomes child’s play. And not to worry, the team at The Kitchen Shoppe is always happy to help you out with your dream Kitchen.