In this guide we’ll look at the best cooker hoods.
We’ve compared design, ventilation, lighting and cost
to give you our top recommendations.

What Are The Best Cooker Hoods?

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  • Aesthetic modern design
  • 400m3 per hour extraction
  • LED lights to brighten area
  • Red, green and blue mood lighting
  • Dishwasher safe grease filter
  • 550m3 per hour extraction
  • 2 Dishwasher safe grease filters
  • LED Lighting
  • 450m3 per hour extraction
  • Attractive modern design
  • LED Lighting
  • 380m3 per hour extraction
  • Contemporary styling
  • Wall mounted
  • 180m3 per hour extraction

More Detailed Cooker Hood Reviews

Russell Hobbs RHGCH601B LED Light Cooker Hood

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  • Aesthetic modern design
  • 400m3 per hour extraction
  • LED lights to brighten area
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Russell Hobbs RHGCH601B LED Light Cooker Hood Review

Stylish LED lighting, and a powerful 400m3 per hour extraction rate make the Russell Hobbs RHGCH601B LED Cooker Hood a great addition to any kitchen. It also boasts a Class A energy efficiency, and a peaceful 63db noise level for such a powerful extractor.

Ventilation settings: 3, extraction or recirculation
Control Panel: Yes, 5 buttons; on/off, light, fan speed
Design: Matt black finish, chimney-style, domed
Lighting: LED

SIA Stainless Steel Curved Cooker Hood

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  • Red, green and blue mood lighting
  • Dishwasher safe grease filter
  • 550m3 per hour extraction
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SIA Stainless Steel Curved Cooker Hood Review

SIA have designed and built what has to be one of the best cooker hoods for the UK market with this curved extractor. It has a Class A energy rating, an impressive 69db noise rating for it’s 550 m3 per hour extraction capability. All of this in a sleek and stylish stainless steel finish with a LED backlit hood-rim.

Ventilation settings: 3 fan speed, extraction or recirculation
Control Panel: Touch controls
Design: Stainless steel, chimney with ducting option
Lighting: LED Lights, plus mood lit edge

Cookology CH600SS Chimney Cooker Hood

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  • 2 Dishwasher safe grease filters
  • LED Lighting
  • 450m3 per hour extraction
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Cookology CH600SS Chimney Cooker Hood Review

Seamless design, two grease filters, easy push-button controls, and a powerful 450m3 per hour extraction are only the beginning for this Cookology stainless steel cooker hood. With a noise rating of 63db and a Class C energy rating, this cooker hood will eliminate moisture or grease from any kitchen (up to 40m2) and any lingering odours from those homemade fish and chips.

Ventilation settings: 3 fan speed, extraction or recirculation
Control Panel: Yes, 5 buttons; on/off, light, fan speed
Design: Stainless steel, Chimney
Lighting: 2.5w LED

CIARRA Chimney Cooker Hood

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  • Attractive modern design
  • LED Lighting
  • 380m3 per hour extraction
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CIARRA Chimney Cooker Hood Review

Ciara have designed and built a cooker hood that is both stylish and functional. This hood boasts the ability to extract up to 380m3 per hour extraction, a Class C energy rating, and a low noise rating at just 63db.

Ventilation settings: 3 fan speed, extraction or recirculation
Control Panel: Yes, 5 buttons; on/off, light, fan speed
Design: Matt black, Chimney
Lighting: 1x2w LED

Cookology VISOR600BK Visor Cooker Hood

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  • Contemporary styling
  • Wall mounted
  • 180m3 per hour extraction
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Cookology VISOR600BK Visor Cooker Hood Review

This Cookology extractor fan is one of the best cooker hoods available, especially for those unable to duct the moisture outside, or those on a tight budget. This extractor comes with 3 fan speeds, a grease filter and can be used for recirculation with the approved carbon filter (sold separately).

Ventilation settings: 3; low-high fan
Control Panel: 5 buttons; on/off, light, and fan speed
Design: Matt black, chimney-less, wall mounted
Lighting: Incandescent

Cooker Hoods Buyer’s Guide

Nobody enjoys having steam fill his or her kitchen, or in the home, when cooking pasta. Or how about the lingering aromas of a good homemade curry? Our first suggestion is to measure the cubic meters of your kitchen, which will give you a baseline for where to start for sizing; all reputable cooker hoods have m3 rating. Then, it’s a case of the more powerful and efficient cooker hood the better. A cooker hood is a necessity, not a luxury, in the kitchen. When it comes to buying one however, there are a few points to consider:

Ventilation Settings

The biggest question here is whether or not you can duct the moisture outside with an extractor. That’s certainly the preferred method of dealing with condensation build up, and a great way of getting rid of strong odours.

But, if that’s not possible, then recirculation is your best option. This means that the air is filtered through the unit, grease removed, and the clean air put back into the room. Unfortunately this does not remove all the moisture though, so it won’t be as effective as a ducted system.

Control Panel

This needs to easy to operate with buttons that go in and pop back out easily. If it’s a ‘touch’ style, then the screen needs to be easy to read and that does not fog over when in operation. Look for controls with a minimum of; on/off, light on/off, and fan speed selection.

Design

Here you have two main choices; flat-box, or a chimney style. The chimney style also comes with either a flat filtration hood, or a domed hood. Both will do exactly the same thing, it’s just a personal styling difference. All of them should be made with a reliable steel body construction, and be easy to clean, preferably with dishwasher safe grease filters.

Lighting

The more lights, the more you’ll be able to see what you’re cooking. Make sure you have a minimum of 1 x 2w light, less than this will be pointless. The number of lights is entirely personal preference, and should be considered along with existing kitchen lighting. Some hoods even come with LED lighting for added wow factor.

FAQs

How to clean a cooker hood?

Many new cooker hoods come with dishwasher safe grease filters. In this case, pop the filters out, stand them vertically in your dishwasher and follow the manufacturers instructions for exact cleaning products and programs.

For those with replaceable filters, the process is slightly more complicated. You’ll need to detach the horizontal filters from above your cooker, then either replace with factory approved filters, or hand wash in hot soapy water until you’re satisfied they’re clean.

How to fit a cooker hood?

Check the measurements according to the manufacturer for optimum height and extraction power, mark on the wall and follow the directions for drilling holes etc. When it comes to connecting the power, unless you’re a qualified electrician, this is best left to professionals.

Conclusion

Choosing the right cooker hood for your cooking needs can be fraught with uncertainties, how big? What about the energy rating, and how noisy is it going to be? Whilst we can’t answer those questions for you, we will recommend two of the cooker hoods we’ve reviewed in this article.

If you want something with a bit of ‘wow’ factor, then we recommend the Russell Hobbs RHGCH601B LED Cooker Hood or the SIA Curved Extractor. Both of the cooker hoods offer exceptional value for money; and they will perform their duties with efficiency and a minimum or noise.

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