Guide to cooker hoods

Cooker hoods are an important addition to any kitchen. While it is easy to forget about the benefits they bring, a quality cooker hood is vital for keeping your home free of unwanted moisture and cooking odours. Chances are, choosing a new cooker hood is not a task that you’ve previously given a great deal of thought to. Fortunately, Tesco have complied this concise guide to make sure you have all the advice you need about the world of cooker hoods.

All cooker hoods are bought for the same purpose, but there is actually quite a lot of variety regarding how they operate. The two main types of cooker hood are extraction and recirculation. We’ll have a look at the benefits and disadvantages of each.

Recirculation hoods

As the name suggests, recirculation hoods recycle the air in your kitchen. They do this by passing the cooking smells and odours through a filter, which then collects the grease and residue from cooking. The filters can either be made from cloth, metal or charcoal - the latter of which has the advantage of removing the odour from the air as well. These filters will need to be replaced after a year or so.

There are two key benefits of choosing a recirculation hood: cost and convenience. These types of hoods are easy to fit as they require no complex installation, and as a result, they are considerably cheaper than extraction fans.

Extraction fans

The main benefit of extractor fans is that they remove the unwanted air from your kitchen and pump it outside. This has obvious benefits as the dirty air is not recirculated throughout the kitchen but removed from the home altogether. This also makes them quicker and more efficient than recirculation hoods. The main downside is that extraction hoods require a professional installation and can’t be installed on an internal wall.

As extraction hoods tend to offer better results, it may be advisable to opt for one where possible if you have an internal kitchen. If your kitchen has windows and is already well ventilated then a recirculation hood may offer the functionality you require.

Cooker hood designs

Cooker hoods also come in a range of styles and designs, so chances are that there is a perfect one out there for your kitchen.

  • Chimney hoods:Chimney-style cooker hoods offer a striking addition to most kitchens. These need to be placed 75 cm above the cooker and reach all the way to the ceiling where they meet the chimney vent. Professional installation is required since they need to be secured onto a wall.
  • Island hoods:Like Chimney hoods, these cooker hoods reach all the way to the ceiling for a stunning addition to your kitchen. Unlike chimney hoods, island hoods are suspended from the ceiling so do not need to be secured to a wall. As their name implies they are designed for island kitchen units.
  • Visor hoods:Visor hoods are one of the most common models and are easy to install and ideal for a small kitchen. They are also referred to as 'traditional' hoods.
  • Integrated hoods:These models are hidden away behind the cabinet above your cooker. This lets them blend perfectly into your kitchen’s overall look, and keeps them out of sight.
  • Canopy hoods:Canopy hoods fit directly under the cabinet above your cooker. They are often confused with integrated hoods, but canopy hoods are not hidden behind the kitchen panelling and as such are always visible.