The type and power of the extractor hood you choose for your kitchen generally depends on the size of the kitchen and cooking methods. The airflow rate is shown in cubic meters per hour (m3/h), and indicates the amount of air that the extractor hood is capable of absorbing when working at the maximum speed.
To calculate a suitable airflow rate for a given kitchen, a simple mathematical formula is used: multiply the kitchen dimensions by ten. The result indicates a suitable airflow rate.
Example: if the kitchen is 2.50 meters wide, 4.00 meters long, 2.50 meters high, the calculation will be as follows (2.50 x 4.00x 2.50) x 10 = . Where 250 represents cubic meters/hour. In this case a range hood with an airflow rate of 250 m3/h (or higher) can guarantee the adequate airflow rate.
Kitchen Extractor Hood Types
So what type of cooker extractor hood would you like to have? There are several different extractor hood types on the market and a huge amount of models to choose from. Your choice depends on your taste and budget and also what is practical in your kitchen. Some of the options are:
Wall Mounted Hoods
This kind of cooker extractor hood is often called a chimney hood, and as the name suggests the ducting looks like a chimney, This category includes the modern vertical types that take up less space than the horizontal chimney hoods. Both the horizontal and the vertical models come in all kinds of materials, shapes and sizes.
Island extractor hoods come in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes. They are attached to the ceiling and installed above a kitchen island. Please notice that an island extractor hood needs a higher air flow rate than a chimney hood in order to extract the same amount of air.
Integrated Ceiling Hood
This type of cooker extractor hood is barely visible: it is integrated in the ceiling and only the front plate situated in your ceiling above your hob or cooker is visible. However, the ceiling cooker hood is not possible in every kitchen, as the distance between your hob and your ceiling needs to be suitable. You must also consider if the cooker hood be integrated into your existing ceiling and where can the motor will go.
Integrated Downdraft Extractor
An integrated worktop cooker hood is invisible when not in use as it is hidden in the worktop. It can be situated either behind or next to your hobs. When you being to cook you will press a button for the extractor to rise out of the worktop and after cooking the extractor will then sink back within the work top so it is invisible. The air flow capacity requirements are important as it needs to be able to suck the cooking odours into the extractor hood without it being positioned above the hob. The downdraft extractor is for those who cook on an island but enjoy an integrated and minimalist look.
Built-In Extractor Hood
There are a few different types of Built-in extractor hood;
The telescopic extractor hood is quite a discrete and invisible solution when not in use as the rest of the cooker hood is hidden in the kitchen cupboard. When in use you just pull out the front panel and the hood begins to extract the air.
A canopy extractor hood is fully integrated into a kitchen cupboard situated above the hob or cooker and is completely invisible when not in use. In order to turn the hood on, you simply pull out what appears to be the front of a cupboard.