- The actual mechanics of the extractor seem to be well made. The motors are powerful and the sound level is reasonable. The controls are fine. The chassis seems reasonably solid. The stainless steel face of the appliance is visually appealing.
- Although the stainless steel face looks good it is thin and rather flimsy. The removable frame that holds the mesh filter looks worryingly fragile especially the plastic handles which tend to drop out in use. There are also tiny springs behind the handles which would almost certainly get lost if they come out accidentally. None of this looks durable enough for a component that needs to be removed regularly.
The cardboard packaging that the extractor came in was just not up to the job! There should have been more cushioning material both around and within the appliance. The first one I ordered arrived with the stainless steel face bent on one corner. Also the plastic carbon filter housing was broken - I believe because of the weight of the filter and it not being properly cushioned for transit. I obtained a refund from that supplier and ordered the second extractor from a different supplier. It too arrived with the same damage to the carbon filter housing. As I don't intend to use the carbon filter, I have kept the extractor this time. In my view, the problem is with Elica for not packaging their product adequately not with the suppliers.
Published on: 08 December 2017