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The Cooker Hoods Buying Guide

Cooker hoods are designed to banish airborne grease, odours, and cooking fumes from your kitchen and save the surrounding area from getting as greasy. With a choice of ventilation methods, cooker hoods can be used in any type of home. Take a look through our buying guide and decide which one is right for you!

Cooker Hoods

Cooker Hoods Explained:

Chimney Hood

Chimney Hood

Suggested in the name, these hoods are shaped like a chimney and need to be fitted to a wall. Typically made of stainless steel, they can come with a glass canopy to catch steam and a telescopic section to extend to the ceiling. Coming in a range of sizes, they are suited for all types of hobs.

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Island Hoods

Island Hood

Island hoods are attached to the ceiling and are generally the largest cooker hoods available. Making a stunning focal point of the kitchen, they come in a variety of styles and shapes that suits all types of hobs and kitchens.

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Canopy Hoods

Canopy Hood

Designed to fit snuggly on the underside of your kitchen cabinet, canopy hoods don’t interrupt your kitchen aesthetic. Suitable for traditional four-ring freestanding cookers or hobs, they have a variety of settings and controls for more specific use.

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Conventional Hood

With a width of either 60cm or 90cm, and rear or top ducted, conventional hoods come in a range of colours and styles so you can tailor it to you kitchen décor. Normally the cheapest hood available, they fit into the wall above a four-ring cooker or hob.

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integrated Hood

Integrated hoods are similar to canopy hoods, but they require their own space between two of your existing cabinets, then a matching cabinet door placed on the top. Suitable for a four-ring traditional hob, they come in a variety of sizes to suit your kitchen space.

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Downdraft Extractors

Downdraft Extractor

Ideal for those who either cook on an island or don’t like the look of a traditional cooker hood, downdraft extractors are on the higher end of the price ranges. Its minimalist and flexible approach to your cooker or hob position makes it a popular choice, especially as it can be hidden away after use.

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What's the difference between extraction and recirculation?


Extractor hoods draw in odour and greasy air through a metal filter grease trap before releasing the air outside. Ideal for kitchens that have the access for the vent to go outside.



Recirculation hoods draw up the cooking fumes and grease through charcoal filters before releasing clean air back into the kitchen. They can be installed anywhere, especially useful for kitchens that can’t reach an outside wall with extraction ducting.

What extraction rate will you need?

To find the best extraction rate for your kitchen you need to know the volume of it, so get the tape measure out and a calculator, and follow these simple steps!

Step 1:

First measure the width, length, and height of your kitchen.

Step 2:

Next, multiply your measurements together to get the volume of your kitchen:

Width x Length x Height = Your Volume!

Step 3:

Now, take your volume and times it by ten to get your extraction rate number.

Your Volume x 10 = Extraction rate number (m³/h)!

Step 4:

Then round the extraction rate up to down to the nearest available extraction rate on our website - Simple!

What size hood should I buy?

Your new hood should be the same width as your existing hob or cooker. For example if you have a 60cm hob or cooker you will need to buy a 60cm hood, we stock hoods to fit all hobs and cooker sizes.

Will there be lots of noise from the hood?

The noise of the hood often depends on what level you have it on at the time, and this noise level is measured in decibels (db). The noise level of a cooker hood can range between approximately 40db to more than 60db. An average conversation noise level is 60 db. So if you want to chat whilst cooking, find a hood that has settings that go below this level.

To help you find the right cooker hood for you, here’s a quick reminder of the key essentials to be looking for:

What type of hood do I need?
Chimney Island Canopy
Conventional Integrated Downdraft
Which ventilation do I need?
Extractor Recirculation
What extraction rate do I need?
Length x Width x Height of kitchen x 10 = Extraction rate (m³/h)
What type of hood do I need?
Chimney Island Canopy Conventional Integrated Downdraft
Which ventilation do I need?
Extractor Recirculation
What extraction rate do I need?
Length x Width x Height of kitchen x 10 = Extraction rate (m³/h)

Frequently asked questions

» Where in my kitchen should it be positioned?

The hood needs to be directly above your hob and near the electricity supply. If you are purchasing a ducted, vented or perimeter hood you will need to ensure you have access to an exterior wall.

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» How far away from my hob should the hood be positioned?

You need to leave at least 65cm between a gas hob and your hood, or if you have an electric hob this gap should be a minimum of 50cm.

However, you must always check with the manufactures the minimum height requirements for your hob.

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» What extraction rate do I need?

The extraction rate will depend on the size of the kitchen, we have a calculation above to work out exactly which extraction rate you would need. The faster the extraction rate the cleaner the air will be , however the noise may also increase with speed.

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» What is the difference between recirculation and ducted, vented or perimeter extraction?

Recirculation draws in the air then neutralises the odours before removing the grease through a filter, the clean air will then be pushed back into the air. Extraction hoods use a metal filter to remove any grease and then release the air through an external vent.

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