In this guide we’ll look at the best downdraft hoods for the UK market.
We’ve compared the features, compatibility with different hob types, energy ratings and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What is the Best Downdraft Hood?
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Cookology CDD90 Downdraft Cooker Hood Review
Cookology as a brand can really compete with the big names when it comes to design and quality and the Cookology CDD90 Downdraft Cooker Hood does not disappoint. In a sleek, black design all that is visible when the hood is not in use is an elegant strip of glass next to your hob.
Touch controls on the centre panel allow you to capture steam and odour from an electric or ceramic hob. This eliminates grease and grime and keeps your kitchen smelling fresh with no build up of condensation whilst you are cooking.
Choose external venting or internal air recirculation with a simple two-second control release mechanism so the unit rises when you are cooking. On-trend LED lighting completes the look with a cool white glow which is as classy as the unit itself and fully adjustable to suit your cooking needs.
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Cookology 90cm Downdraft Cooker Hood Review
Add a touch of class and sophistication to your home with the 90cm Downdraft Cooker Hood from Cookology, the ideal appliance to remove smoke and odours from your kitchen and beautifully concealed by the hob when not in use.
Touch control LED lights allow you to adjust the intensity of the light to brilliant whilst you are cooking and then down to soft muted tones when simmering. This appliance comes with a carbon filter as standard if you choose to recirculate the air because outside venting is not possible or practical.
Enjoy four speed settings and an aluminium grease filter which can be removed for regular cleaning. A handy timer allows you to walk away in confidence and when the timer has finished, the hood will automatically switch off the extractor and the lights and disappear into the kitchen counter.
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Cookology 60cm Downdraft Cooker Hood Review
Perfect for compact counter units at a slimline 60cm, the Cookology 60cm Downdraft Cooker Hood is ideal for small spaces and where you choose not to have an over the hob appliance.
Space-saving doesn’t have to mean low quality or second-best and this is an attractive and well-crafted appliance with total functionality. Pick from multiple speed settings and adjust the smart LED lighting at the touch of a button.
This unit rises up from beside the hob to extract steam and smoke from your cooking environment, preserving air quality and avoiding the build up of grime on the kitchen units. For a modestly sized cooker hood, this model from Cookology packs a serious punch but is very economically priced.
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KKT KOLBE Downdraft Cooker Hood Review
Keep fresh air circulating in your kitchen and avoid the build-up of residues on your kitchen units and appliances with the KKT Kolbe Downdraft Cooker Hood. This smart cooker hood slots into your base unit by the hob and with nine fan levels, you will be spoilt for choice.
TouchSelect Sensor buttons ensure fingertip control which won’t distract you from your cooking and the LED display makes it easy to see the selected setting. A handy timer with auto shut down means you can leave the room without any worry and let the appliance finish its job.
An A+ energy rating is good for your pocket as well as the environment and the stylish sleek design is matched by a quiet operation even on the higher fan settings. This is one downdraft cooker hood which has the added benefit of being compatible with all hob types including gas.
Downdraft Hood Buyer’s Guide
Extractor fans don’t have to be mounted above the hob, there are other options. A downdraft hood is set into a recess in the base unit adjacent to the hob only appearing when it is required. Smart and simple, the only visible evidence is a strip of glass. Use this buyer’s guide to help you figure out the best downdraft hood for your kitchen.
The Downdraft Hood will rise up when you press it into action and via a choice of fan settings remove smoke, steam and odours from your kitchen. It is ideal for those who don’t want an over the hob design and will disappear back into the recess when it is not in use, so it is completely invisible. A downdraft hood doesn’t even need to be installed near the hob, it can go anywhere. Although most people do site them either adjacent to or behind the cooking area.
Downdraft hoods feature contemporary LED lighting which can illuminate your cooking area or hob whilst the fan is in use and produces a stylish white light which can be brightened to assist with cooking and then dimmed to a more muted tone as required.
Downdraft hoods will have a range of fan settings depending on the model automatically appearing when you switch it on and then disappearing when not in use. Some makes will have a timer and auto-shutoff facility so you can leave the fan working after you have left the room safe in the knowledge that the unit will switch off and shut down at the end of the chosen period.
The performance of the downdraft hood will depend on how powerful it is and also the range of settings on the model you choose. For serious chefs, full functionality may be the way to go but for modest cooking, a simple three setting hood could fit the bill.
Downdraft Hoods FAQ
What is a downdraft range hood and how does it work?
A downdraft range hood is recessed into the base kitchen units usually beside or behind the hob for maximum effect. This clever design is only visible whilst it is working when it appears to remove cooking smells, smoke and steam from the kitchen, leaving the air fresh and fragrant and minimising the build up of grime on worktops and kitchen cabinets.
The appliance works by sucking the air from the room through a filter and into a duct that carries it beneath the floor or behind the cabinets to an exterior venting point or, some units recycle the air using carbon filters. When not in use, the downdraft hood hides quietly within your kitchen units taking up minimal space.
A Downdraft hood is the perfect partner to maintain clean air in your kitchen without resorting to an over the hob unit. With its simple touch controls, elegant lines and smart LED lighting, the Cookology CDD90 is the premier choice.