Long gone are the days when cooker hoods were fitted purely for practical use.
Today, the cooker hood is at the forefront of great design. As well as extracting kitchen aromas and providing additional light sources to the cooking area, it can be the most striking feature within the kitchen.
Cooker hoods come in a variety of shapes, colours and prices. The cost of the cooker hood is linked to its ability to provide great extraction rates (some in excess of 800 cubic metres per hour), but also its appearance and style.
Cooker hoods can be fitted over an island or on a wall. Increasingly, the rise and fall downdraft extractor is proving to be a highly desirable option.
One area I am always keen to stress to clients is to opt for a cooker hood which is quiet. Open plan kitchens are increasingly popular so avoiding a noisy kitchen appliance is best avoided for the sake of family harmony!
Here are my favourite cooker hoods on the market just now:
- Elica Grid – This extractor looks great and has a noise level of just 44dB
- Blanco Gutmann Arte Hood – Available as an Island hood and is the first model in the world not to feature a hood body.
- CDA Glass shelf Extractor – Touch controls, washable greese filters and four power levels, but never mind that, its looks are its main appeal
- Caple CR700 Ceramica Island hood – Rcirulation model and is finished in copper and operates by remote control
- Pareo, by Faber – A fantastic design for an island extractor which would look fantastic in any modern kitchen
- AEG Black X65165BV10 – Not a very catchy name, but it looks great!