How do you know which cooker hood is right for your range cooker? Take a look at our 7 point checklist to help you compare range cooker hoods, and make sure you choose the best cooker hood for your range cooker.
1. Extraction rate If you have a range cooker, then you probably like your cooking – so you'll need to choose a powerful cooker hood. This is especially important for Wok cooking, griddling, sautéing and frying, where lots of vapour and smoke can be produced. The extraction power of cooker hoods is measured in m3/h. If the extraction rate is higher, more air is removed from the cooking area and your kitchen remains fresher. For a range cooker we advise you choose a hood with an extraction rate of at least 700m3/h. If you often cook fish, fry food, griddle meat, prepare curries or other dishes that produce large amounts of smoke, grease or odour, we recommend that you choose a cooker hood with an even greater air capacity. Some cooker hoods even have two motors to improve their extraction power.
2. Size Cooker hoods come in lots of different sizes, and matching the size of your hood to the size of your cooker is an absolute must. It will look odd if your hood is much bigger than your range cooker – whereas if your hood is smaller than the range cooker, the catchment area for removing steam and odours becomes too small. Our hoods are available in 90cm, 100cm, 110cm or 120cm, just like our range cookers.
3. Noise levels Noise levels are reported in decibels - lower decibels mean less noise. The noise level of a normal conversation is about 60dB. Therefore, ensure that the noise your hood produces at the lowest two speeds is be less than 60dB, so you can have a conversation while you're cooking without needing to raise your voice.
4. Ducting out, or recycling? Ducting out is always better than recycling the extracted air, as the performance of the cooker hood is much better if it is ducted out. Moreover, a hood in recycling (or recirculation) mode will not remove steam and condensation from your kitchen.
5. Styling Which range cooker hood design is best for you? This really depends on your kitchen style. Canopy hoods or traditionally styled chimney hoods, such as “pyramid” cooker hoods, are often chosen for country style kitchens. Glass hoods or statement wall mounted cooker hoods are more suitable for a contemporary kitchen design. Always choose a cooker hood that suits your kitchen style.
6. Colour Most range cooker brands offer chimney cooker hoods in the same colour as their range cookers. But you don't always need to choose one to match the colour of your range cooker; a stainless steel hood will look good with almost any range cooker (especially if your hob is stainless steel). Make sure the colour you choose suits the colour of your splashback and the rest of your kitchen colour palette. If you want an exact match, consider using a service like Colourange which will finish a range cooker or cooker hood in a colour of your choice.
7. Price It's up to you how much of your budget you dedicate to a cooker hood. Just make sure you have a hood with the right extraction rate for your cooking habits, that will look great in your kitchen for years to come.
Range cooker hoods: bonus tips If you are a tall chef, then go for a hood with a curved shape, so that you don’t bump your head all the time. If you often forget to switch your hood on or off, choose a hood with Advanced Sensor Control. These hoods automatically switch on when smoke, steam or odours are detected, and when the sensor detects no further vapours, it switches itself off. The hood can be switched to manual operation at the touch of a button if desired. Check out our guide to choosing a cooker hood for more information.