Choosing the right kitchen extractor fan

Choosing the right kitchen extractor fan is essential for maintaining a clean and odour-free home. In the British market, there are literally 1000s of different cooker hoods available, each suited to different needs and kitchen setups.

First step, decide which style you like best AND, importantly, which will work well in your space. This is one appliance where the best advice is not to sacrifice quality over looks. Ideally you want a smart hood that also does a great job of extracting cooking smells, with minimal maintenance, and is as quiet as possible.

Where are you extracting the air to? Will smells be ducted outside, or under the floorboards in an island-setting? If there is no option for external extraction there are models with charcoal and washable filters that recirculate and purify the air. There’s a lot to consider… and lots of detailed integration between your builder and electrician to ensure a seamless installation.

At Jeff Allen Designer Kitchens we have trade accounts with Bora, Neff, Siemens, Luxair & other manufacturers and supply appliances with our kitchens.  Don’t buy an extractor without talking to our designers first who will be able to advise you on the best options for your cooking style; but do have a look around at the various styles and shapes so you’re well briefed on all your options.

A quick guide:

Chimney extractors

Chimneys are a popular choice and are designed to be mounted above your hob. They come in various sizes and styles, including stainless steel, glass, and colour matched to range cookers. The chimney-style hoods are excellent at extracting steam and cooking odours, making them suitable for most kitchens.

Canopy hoods or Telescopic hoods

Canopy & telescopic extractors are discreet and fit neatly into a kitchen cabinet or above a built-in hob. They are a great option if you prefer a minimalist and integrated look in your kitchen. Canopy & telescopic hoods are available in different extraction rates and designs and can be both ducted out & re-circulating.

Integrated extractors

Integrated extractor hoods are designed to be completely hidden within a kitchen unit. They provide a seamless look, making them a great choice for modern kitchens with concealed appliances.

Freestanding extractors

Also known as island hoods, these are specifically designed for kitchens with a central island or a cooking area that is not against a wall. They hang from the ceiling and provide efficient extraction over the hob area.

Downdraft extraction

Super-modern these concealed extractor panels glide upwards from a base cabinet and suck air away from behind the hob, whisking it out via pipes below the floorboards. Very smart and with the option for remote control from a mobile app, if that floats your boat!

When it comes to cleaning your extractor fan, regular maintenance is key.

Our general cleaning tips:

  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and maintenance.
  • Clean the metal or grease filters regularly. These can usually be removed and cleaned with warm soapy water or in a dishwasher… this is revolutionary for many clients who hate this greasy task.
  • Wipe down the exterior surfaces of the hood using a damp cloth and mild detergent.
  • Check and clean the extraction vents or ducts regularly to ensure they’re free from blockages.
  • Avoid using abrasive cleaners or scouring pads that could damage the surfaces, especially on stainless steel models.

Remember, selecting the right extractor fan depends on your specific requirements, the final kitchen layout, and personal preferences. Take into consideration factors like extraction power, noise levels, and the overall design to make an informed decision that suits your needs. Or just come and sit and chat to us about your hopes and plans for your new kitchen; we’ve done it all before!