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How to choose an extractor hood for the kitchen?

How to choose an extractor hood for the kitchen?

 Now an essential element of the kitchen, a quality extractor hood will eliminate grease and odours before they have even had time to bother you. Our tips for choosing the right hood.

Given the plethora of models available on the market, it is sometimes difficult to know which hood to choose for your kitchen. To make sure you make the right choice, several criteria must be taken into consideration.

The different styles of hoods

Several options are available to ensure that the hood model you choose fits perfectly into your kitchen. You will find decorative wall-mounted hoods that will make themselves almost invisible thanks to their clean lines and quality finishes, or on the contrary, become the focal point of the room with a graphic or coloured panel. Island hoods, which are often very design-oriented, are becoming increasingly popular and stylishly overlook the cooking area.

Another possibility, especially for Sunday cooks or small kitchens, is the built-in extractor hood, which will be discreet – or even literally disappear – when you are not using it. This model is available in :

  •     cap or visor hood, which can be placed under a high cabinet;
  •     drawer hood, which can be installed in a high cabinet and which only lets you see the control panel that has to be slid out to use it;
  •     Filter unit, hidden in a tall cabinet or decorative fireplace;
  •     retractable hood, completely invisible, which fits into a high cabinet or worktop.

The power of the hood

First, you will need to know the minimum flow rate of the extractor hood required for your room. To do this, you will have to multiply the surface area of the kitchen by its ceiling height, then multiply this result by ten. To be effective, a hood must renew ten times the volume of air in the kitchen in one hour. Don’t forget that with an open kitchen, you will have to take into account the entire living room! For example, for a 9 m2 kitchen with a ceiling height of 2.50 m, you will obtain a minimum airflow of : 9 x 2.5 x 10 = 225 m3/h. Remember also that the width of your hood should be greater than the width of your hob.

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The noise level of the hood

This is one of the aspects that can be the most important for us, especially when we take advantage of a kitchen open to the living room: the noise generated by a hood can sometimes slow us down in its use, and that’s a shame! Go for a silent hood, with a noise level that does not exceed 45 dB at minimum speed, or even 35 dB for the most discreet. This silence will of course have a cost, and a hood that is both efficient and silent will require a rather large budget, between 400 and 1000 dollars, and sometimes more.

The extraction mode of the hood

You won’t have to prevaricate about how your fume hood will be extracted:

  •     You will opt for a fume hood if a duct can be fitted for exhausting the air to the outside of the house.
  •     you will choose a recycling hood if such a duct cannot be installed. As the name implies, this type of hood will recycle the air before sending it back into the kitchen.

In both cases, the air will first pass through metal or synthetic fibre grease filters, but in the case of a recirculating fume hood, it will also pass through a carbon filter to neutralise odours.