It may not be the first thing you look at when you are thinking of investing in a new kitchen but it’s really important to install the right type of cooker hood for your kitchen, particularly if you have an open plan kitchen. The choice of cooker hood will largely depend on the type of hob. And, while it needs to be effective in removing smells and vapours from the kitchen you won’t want it to make too much noise. It’s worth thoroughly investigating the different types of extraction available at the outset of kitchen planning so that your final kitchen design not only looks fabulous but functions to the maximum.

So lets just take a look at the various cooker hood options:-

Ceiling Hoods

These are ideal for open plan kitchens as they fit neatly, flush to the ceiling over a kitchen island giving clear unobstructed views. They are best mounted at the highest point of the ceiling to provide extraction for the whole of the room. The Westin Stratus model below has been designed with British ceilings in mind and they can be fitted with internal or remote motors. With extraction discretely positioned you can add a focal point such as pendant lighting over your kitchen island.

Built in over hob hoods

These extractors are designed to fit into an inglenook or kitchen mantel above the hob or range cooker and are very effective at local extraction from the hob. The vapours reach the hood within seconds and are extracted quickly. Take a look at the Caple Storm 853 with 4 speed settings, and extraction rate of up to 740m³ per hour, this model can be installed using a recirculation kit, or with external ducting.

Integrated Hob extractors

The downdraft extractor has been largely superseded by the new integrated hob extractors which feature induction or gas hobs combined with extraction at source, all in one. Our favourite is the Bora Classic which gives you the option of a tepan plate in addition to induction hob.

Downdraft Extractors

These were once the only solution for discrete worktop extraction. When out of use they are designed to retract smoothly and quietly into the worktop and at the touch of a button pop up when needed. The Westin Lisser above is a particularly neat model.

Island Hoods

These are often statement pieces over an island, beautifully designed to catch the eye and often complement a contemporary kitchen like the Westin Lune or Westin Schoon above. Given the architectural nature of such extractors they are usually the most expensive. Yin, below is the new Elica island hood characterized by a spectacular design and hi-tech materials and components. The use of Cristalplant, a material that is new in the kitchen hood production, allows obtaining soft lines and a directed double suction source.

Wall Mounted Hoods

Wall mounted hoods are ideal when a hob is positioned on a work surface next to the wall. They come in a variety of designs from the more traditional stainless steel over a range like the Westin American below to modern glass designs over a hob.

Technical considerations before choosing the type of extractor you buy:

Noise levels: The product specifications can vary between extractors, especially the noise levels when in use – they can range from a base level of around 55dB, which isn’t much louder than the hum of a fridge, to 68dB on the higher settings. You may consider using a remote motor rather than an internal motor to reduce the noise from the kitchen.

Ducted or recirculation? Ducted units extract the cooking smells out of the room through a pipe which leaves your home via an external wall, while a recirculating design filters the air using aluminium or charcoal filters before returning it back into the room, which makes it possible to install an extractor virtually anywhere in the kitchen layout.

Extraction rate: To find out what you need, calculate the size of your room (length x width x height) and, if you have an open-plan scheme, add on half the volume of the area beyond the kitchen. Your hood should be able to completely refresh the air in the space 12 times an hour.


If you would like some advice about extraction in your new kitchen why not give us a call on 0161 483 7821. If you are having a kitchen extension plans drawn up you may have several options to position extraction so it’s worth discussing this as part of the whole plan before the building work starts. If you’d like to send us your plans for your expert opinion feel free to drop us a line at