Today most people undervalue the use of their kitchen extractor, most rarely use it! There are so many benefits to using an extractor, the most obvious… removing those unwanted smells to spread to other areas. Quite a few people today prefer to have open plan kitchens, rather opening to a dining room or living area. If you have carpets or fabric covered furniture then the aromas from your cooking will cling to these fibres which over time will start to smell unpleasant. Another important reason we should be using our extractor each and every time we cook is to remove pollutants and gasses from the air such as grease.
There are two separate systems you can choose from depending on the layout of your kitchen. Ducting and recirculating. Now the difference between to the two is one duct outside and the other recirculates purified air back into the kitchen. Generally speaking, ducted ventilation is better than recirculation, this is because the carbon filter used to purify the air will work for a short period but will need replacing or cleaned more often to keep it efficient. Some models of recirculating hoods will also struggle when it comes to battling the steam produced from cooking, that’s not to say recirculation hoods are not good. There are models which work just as good, but these tend to be on the more expensive side of the market. End of the day you get what you pay for!
Modern design and technology today provides us with a wide array of choices when it comes to extractors and many with additional benefits, all with varying prices to fit your budget!
Here is my rundown of just a few top extractors and brands to give you an idea of what’s out there on the market today!
Fabber: Heaven Lite Glass
Retailing at £1,299.00 this ceiling integrated extractor measuring 90cm x 50cm has some really nice features! With this extractor, you are able to install the motor away from the hood making it easier to install and also reduces the noise in the kitchen. Remote controlled this device also can be controlled via a smart hob.
Pando: Sky Loop Ceramic
This gorgeous statement works both as an extractor and feature within any kitchen, available in white, copper, silver, gold and matt black colours this hood is bound to get your guests talking! Remote controlled which comes standard with all Pando ceiling models, this recirculating hood offers stainless steel filters automatic filter saturation detection (which basically means this device will warn you when the filters need cleaning, bonus!).
If you prefer to have a hidden extractor this unique model can be customised to suit whatever your kitchen theme may be! You can buy this with a plastered board or paintable iron finish! At a price of £1,179.49, this hood offers wireless connectivity to connect to any of your smart kitchen appliances.
Neff: Venting Hob
This style of the hob is still fairly new to the market, with it becoming more and more popular. The extraction works by pulling the steam and odours into the centre of the hob, this then frees up space on your wall or overhead giving your kitchen a more seamless finish.
Simens: Downdraft Hood
One other option to free space on your walls or above the hob is to use a downdraft extractor such as the one from Simens. This device is placed under the worktop and has a setting which allows it to automatically raise and lower as required by the touch of a button!