How much should I pay for a cooker hood?

Everyone who likes cooking should be asking him/herself the type of extraction rate needed.
Bosch cooker hood in a kitchen

boschchThe extraction rate is the speed that a hood can filter the air. The larger the number the faster the rate of descent but this will not indicate that you have a better hood. A better cooker hood will be able to change the air in your kitchen not less than eight times in an hour. A faster rate of extraction can lead to a cleaner air but also, it can mean to be a noisier appliance. This is something you won’t notice especially in a larger kitchen, but it can make a difference in a small one.

If you want to find out the correct extraction rate that is right for you, you can just calculate the length, height and width of your kitchen. If you have a kitchen that isn’t rectangle, and you know its volume, then you can put that straight into the marked box area of a cooker hood that can fit into your kitchen.

How much will your cooker hood going to cost
Hotpoint cooker hood

hotpoint chThere is little information available about the running costs of cooker hoods. But for a good reason, they don’t require a lot of electricity. The powerful hoods use a third of the amount of power as a small electricity hob, and when you don’t use the light fitting, the amount of heat can even be smaller. A moderately powerful cooker, that works at a rate of 750 cubic meters per hour with two small lights can use about three or four pence worth of electricity every hour. If you were to use it for an hour and a half daily, the annual running cost would be around £22, and this is not huge. If you don’t know which cooker hood you need to use based on power consumption, Hotpoint cooker hood is the best model you can have.

If you select a re-circulation hood with a carbon filter, you also require considering the cost of replacing the filter. Most carbon filters need to be replaced after twelve to eighteen months and their costs vary it can be between (£ 10 and £80) depending on their model.

How much you need to pay for a cooker hood
Hotpoint cooker hood
The cooking hood prices usually start from £200 and goes up to over £1000. The more the price of a cooker the higher you can expect to find quieter and more powerful units. The factors that make a real variation of cookers are the design and the size of the hood. A £1000 island can have the same extraction rate and noise level as a £200 canopy but be available in a range of different colors and finishes to help boost the style of a modern kitchen. It’s almost all models can be used for either vented, ducted extraction or re-circulation.

If you’re searching for cheaper cooker hoods on the market for less than £200, then you can expect to find some basic visor and canopy styles that are available in generic silver and stainless steel. They’re suitable for almost all simple kitchen designs, and the majority of models in this price range are usually at a standard of 50 to 60cm in width.
Hotpoint cooker hood
For £200 to £400 an enormous selection of chimney cooker hoods are available in stylish stainless steel and black and most of them measures 60-70cm in width. If you want to spend £400 to £800, there are ranges of chimney and island cooker hood available. Models typically come with stylish glass canopies to suit the most modern kitchen. The average width of patterns found in this category is 90 cm to 100 cm.

If you’re looking to send a decent amount of money on a designer kitchen, cooker hoods that cost over £800 can offer you some of the trendiest models on the market. They can be perfect for complementing a designer oven and hob or a cooker. For more than £1000, you can find a small premium collection of the best cooker hoods available in the market. These models offer the significant ventilation features and perfect design to make a fashionable statement in your modern kitchen. Most of the cooker hood models found in this category are wider than standard at 90 cm to 120 cm.

Cooker hood buying guide

Cooker hood buying guide

The availability of sealed heating systems, insulation, and the double glazing can quickly stop the circulation of air. This means that extraction is needed to get rid of moisture and odor that are caused when you are cooking. Here is a quick buying guide that will help you make decisions about what’s best to be used in your kitchen.

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Extract or re-circulate?

The majority of the cooker hoods that we have can be set to either re-circulation or extraction mode. If you discover yourself in this spot, and you want to set your cooker, then extraction should override the other mode. But we are not going to leave you without telling you the pros and cons of using both of them.

 

How extraction works

Steam and odors are channeled out of the kitchen to the outside through a ducting.

Benefits

– Eliminates airborne contamination, for example, odors, and smoke among others.

With this cooker, you don’t need to replace your charcoal filters on a regular basis. This means that the long-term costs are going to be cheaper.

– The rate of airflow is higher in the front of the motor because there is no charcoal filter.

Disadvantages

– Not all kitchens will allow for extraction to take place because they lack enough space that will be used for ducting.

– There is an additional cost that you will have to spend, for instance, the cost of ducting and installing.

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How re-circulation works

Activated charcoal is put into a filter, and it can be used to remove odor and smell from the air. All this will have to happen before the scrubbed air is directed back to the kitchen.

Benefits

– It can be installed in any place that you want, especially in places that you can’t reach with ducting.

– Installation costs are cheaper as ducting is not required.

Disadvantages

– It can drawback some moisture into the kitchen

– Charcoal filter needs annual replacement

– Charcoal filter placement in front of motor decreases airflow

 

Filters

If air is circulation back through the cooker hood, it’s taken through two filters. These filters are grease and the charcoal filter.

When you buy cooker hoods, they all come with a grease filter and not a charcoal filter. The charcoal filter can be obtained from manufacturer’s website or dedicated accessories and free shop. A re-circulation kit that contains additional essential components is also needed to ensure that odor-free air is returned to the kitchen.

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A charcoal filter needs to be replaced annual or so, but this depends on how regularly you use your cooker hood. The grease filter can both be replaced if it’s a paper filter and washed in dishwater if it’s a permanent metal filter.

 

What next if you’ve decided to extract

Ducting

Ducting kits aren’t sullied with cooker hoods and can be obtained directly from the supplier. Or, generic ducting is also available from all good DIY stores. If the cooker hood offers a choice of using either 150mm or 120mm with an adapter diameter ducting, you can opt for 150 mm ducting if you can be able. This will offer a slight improvement in airflow rate in your kitchen since the ducting is wider.

 

You might ask yourself what extraction rate you need. But don’t let this question bother you so much. To work out the extraction rate you need for your kitchen, you can calculate the volume of the cabin in cubic meters and multiply by twelve. This is to allow for twelve recommended changes of air per hour.

 

Noise

The noise of the hood can be intrusive when on intensive or high speed. But a good tip especially if you’re taking your meals in the kitchen, the best thing to do is to switch the hood for a few minutes before you start cooking to allow aeration in advance. You can switch if off or to the lowest setting when you are about to eat.

 

There is some essential erudition you need to know. Always position the hood at a minimum of 65 cm above a gas hob or 50cm above an electric hob. It’s also important to check with the manufacturer the minimum height needed above your hob to avoid guess work that can bring errors.

 

Cooker hood information

Have you ever queried how to get the best model of cooker hoods for your kitchen? This cooker hood information will help you on how to select the best model for your kitchen whether you’re looking for a fashionable design piece or a practical extractor fan.

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Introduction to cooker hoods

Cooker hoods are appliances that are designed to be placed on a hob or cooker to filter the air in your kitchen. They’re either ducted, vented, perimeter extraction or re-circulation models and with or without built-in lights. If a cooker hood doesn’t have enough ventilation, they can lead permanent damage to your kitchen since grease stains paint work.

 

To make sure that you find a cooker hood easier, there are some essential guides you need to know.

Where to place your new cooker hood in your kitchen

There is some information you need to remember when selecting where to place your new cooker hood. These are

– It should be directly above your hob

– It should be within a reach of an electricity supply

– If you select a ducted, vented or perimeter extraction model, it should have access to an exterior wall

 

A kitchen appliance usually comes in two fit types; they are integrated and freestanding. All cooker hood models are built-in integrated. Fully integrated appliances are strongly built into a kitchen in such that they’re hidden when not in use and semi-integrated models are incorporated as part of a kitchen design and displayed as a focal point in your kitchen.

Chimney style cooker hoods have a chimney starting off above the fan. You need to ensure that there is enough room above your cooker top for about 75cm between the hob and the hood and the room above the hood for the chimney vent. Chimney cooker hoods are always designed to be mounted on a wall.

 

Island cooker hood  

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Just like chimney hoods, the island cooker hood models don’t need to be mounted on a wall. They’re designed to be suspended from a ceiling. Ideal if your modern style kitchen has your hob in the center of the room.

 

Integrated cooker hood

Wholly integrated cooker hoods are built into the cabinet above the hob and are hidden behind a panel or door, and they must be open to using. The majority of these models are 60cm wide or less. If you require a cooker hood that is only visible when it’s in use but can be hidden when not in use, an integrated hood is ideal for that purpose.

 

 Canopy cooker hoods

These models are built-in to the underneath of a cabinet directly above the hob. They’re similar to integrated hoods, but the canopy is usually visible unlike integrated that can be hidden. When you’re checking the size of a cooker hood, there is some information you need to consider. Firstly, you need to ensure that the unit you choose fits your cooker. If you have a range cooker that is 90cm wide, you will get the best results from a hood that is also 90cm wide. Secondly, all cooker hoods should always be placed so that the bottom of the unit is almost 75cm above the hob.

 

 Re-circulation ducted, vented or perimeter extraction

Re-circulation hoods draw air into the appliance via the filter to neutralize odors and remove grease particles and then the clean air is returned to the kitchen. A carbon filter or re-circulating kit is ideal for re-circulation. Extraction hood filter air with a metal filter grease trap before returning it through an outside vent.

Always clean the grease trap and replace the charcoal filter on a regular basis and metal filters can be washed in a dishwasher when it starts to fill.

 

Pros

– Can be used in almost all kitchens with low installation costs

– It removes grease and odor from the air

– Ensure odor-free air is returned to the kitchen

– Highly efficient filtration that can remove odor, excess moisture, and grease

 

Cons

– Charcoal filter needs regular replacement

– It can’t remove moisture from the air

– Requires a vent through an outside wall that is expensive to install

 

Extraction models are better at ventilation, but they’re costly to install. However, when looking at value, you should always bear in mind the price of replacing charcoal filters in a re-circulation hood.