How to choose a hood in the kitchen

Cooker hood is not only for removing unpleasant odors during cooking – it also filters and displays fats dissolved in fumes during frying and cooking. Without a hood they easily settle on walls, ceilings and household appliances, and when mixed with this dust forms a sticky coating that has disgusting appearance.

How to choose a hood in the kitchen

Types of cooker hoods

It’s easy to get confused in the modern variety of models, the first thing you need to know, this is what, according to the principle of action, they can to be:

  1. circulating;

  2. flowing;

  3. universal.


Flow hoods

Such a device draws in fumes from the hob and displays them in the ventilation duct. Exhaust air at the same time, for the pressure drop account is replaced by a new one taken from the street or other premises. In the cheapest models of this type, air is either not it is filtered at all, or with oil traps.


  • does not require fine filters to remove odors;

  • ease of maintenance.

  • low cost;


  • requires a connection to the ventilation duct, which may significantly reduce the installation capacity, especially if between the hood and the ventilation window have a large distance;

  • the need for fresh air, in the absence of which the kitchen may increase carbon monoxide levels.

  • high noise and power consumption, because for effective air intake will need to create a strong discharge;


Circulation hoods

Vapors and smoke in such devices go through two stages of cleaning. First, oil traps filter the greasy particles, then why carbon cleaners trap finer impurities in the air (due to the presence of which there is a smell). Modern models circulation hoods can remove up to 95 from the air in the kitchen percent of unnecessary impurities. With a combined kitchen and dining room very important indicator.


  • works autonomously, does not depend on communications and does not require constant flow of air;

  • it is possible to adjust the intensity of the fans, which convenient when cooking various dishes, and allows you to reduce consumption electricity.


  • complexity of service and the need for continuous replacement carbon filters;

  • high price.


Universal hoods for the kitchen

Such hoods have all the advantages of both direct-flow and circulating. But this is achieved mainly through the use of sensors and automatic control systems that strongly increase the cost of the product.

By their design and appearance, units can be:

  1. suspended type (only for circulating) – in the absence of duct connectivity

  2. the dome (fireplace) is mounted above the stove and connected to ventilation duct, one of the varieties of hood hoods is an island that can be attached anywhere the ceiling;

  3. built-in designed for installation inside a cabinet or other element of kitchen furniture.

The housing design of some models is specifically provided for installation in corner space. With small dimensions kitchen, when there is no other option, how to install the stove in a corner, it’s may be the only option.

Also for small kitchens there is an option in the design of “Domino” – this is a hood with a retractable working surface, and it can be installed both above the frying surface and in countertop, back or side of the stove.

Installation performance

This is one of the most significant criteria of the apparatus, along with design, overall dimensions and principle of operation. For First you should know that the units can be equipped with one or two fans. Moreover, the first in any case will be more noisy, even at the same performance.

Hood performance shows how much air (cubic meters) she can clean (drain) in 1 hour. At the choice is better not to rely on intuition, but to calculate, for what you should first measure the room and calculate its volume, then do the same with furniture. Next, we subtract the amount of furniture from total kitchen. The obtained value is the volume air with which the hood should cope. You can buy a unit with greater productivity, so that there is a margin, but with less it’s not worth buying – even though from the fumes during cooking he and can do it, but cannot clean all the air in the kitchen effectively, therefore, odors will penetrate into other rooms.

To enable, control and set operating modes can to be used:

mechanical buttons and switches – installed mainly on budget models, this option is optimal for reliability and convenience but

  1. loses to others in appearance;

  2. sliders and shuttles are knobs by turning or moving which can be adjusted such parameters of the device as fan rotation speed, lamp brightness, set operating time etc;

  3. touch buttons and panels are controls that react to touch.

Regardless of the type of buttons and knobs, the hoods can be equipped with LCD screens and programming units. These additional options allow you to set the time and duration work, turn-on time for periodic air cleaning and others parameters. In addition, programmable blocks can have several standard operating modes, for example, for frying or cooking food, and also depending on the number of burners used. For convenience control hood can be equipped with a remote management.


You should know about cleaning elements that they can be disposable or reusable. The former are often used for cleaning of unpleasant odors (less often for sedimentation of particles of fat from air). Each such cartridge is designed for a specific time. work, after which it will have to be replaced.

Reusable are very fine mesh, made of metal (stainless steel or aluminum) or polymer (acrylic). Such a filter should be checked and washed periodically, in in case of heavy contamination with grease and dust particles.

Almost all models of hoods are equipped with lighting devices. The cheapest use incandescent bulbs luminescent, in more expensive – LED and halogen. The latter are preferable because they are more economical and practically do not distort colors, so the dish will be good Look even in low light conditions.

Criterias of choice

hood selection criteria

Color, design and design features are what people usually turn their attention. But first you need to decide on parameters that primarily affect quality and device performance:

  1. Performance. The required value follows in advance. calculate, and when choosing a model to compare, is it suitable or not.

  2. Operating principle. It also depends, primarily on the overall the area of ​​the kitchen, the amount of furniture and the possibility of an influx of fresh air. For a small room that is heavily loaded furniture, you should purchase a circulation unit with powerful filter system, otherwise avoid fat deposition on surfaces of furniture and appliances will fail.

  3. The configuration of the filters should be selected depending on the intensity of use of the frying surface. If in the house there are a large number of people who prefer to eat home-cooked food, then saving on filters is not worth it.

  4. The dimensions of the working surface must be larger than hob surface area.

  5. All other parameters and additional options should be selected based on the budget for the purchase.

Hood which company is better to choose

The number of hood manufacturers is constantly increasing, but newcomers, especially from China, can boast, except at a price. The best ones for many years remain:

  1. Bosch is the best value for money, finish stainless steel and the ability to choose a good model, as in the budget, and expensive price range.

  2. MAUNFILD is a British manufacturer that is considered the best in quality among budget models, most which is designed for small kitchens.

  3. Asko is a premium technology featuring high quality and functionality, but at the same time it’s not very cheap.

  4. Best – Italian hoods that have received wide spread thanks to a modern and unusual design.

  5. Also, to study the market of hoods, you can view the catalogs manufacturers such as Shindo, Kronasteel, Gorenje and ELIKOR.


In the following articles we tell you how to choose the right gas stove and the secrets of choosing a hob in the kitchen.

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Attention! This material is subjective opinion of the authors of the project and is not a buying guide.

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