Cooker hood buying guide

When it comes to cooking, we can produce a lot of different smells or smoke and fumes depending on the dish. These may linger in the air or discolour your cabinetry, as well as have negative effects on your health. This is when the cooker hood comes in handy.

In addition to removing unpleasant odours while cooking, other functions of a cooker hood include protecting your kitchen wall from grease and even adding a touch of luxury to your kitchen design.

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There are several different styles of cooker hood and ultimately it comes down to the layout of your kitchen and venting options. Read about types, capacity, and other must-know tips from our complete buying guide to know how to choose a good cooker hood.

1. Cooker hood sizing: things to consider

Kitchen layout

When you start to think about your kitchen design you need to consider how you like to cook, as this should determine the location of your appliances, particularly your cooker hood.

Consider your cabinetry

Are you looking to have a more traditional design with your stove and oven paired one under the other or are you wanting to give your kitchen a more modern design by having your oven in a tower layout? We’d recommend positioning the cooker hood close to your stove but far enough away that you could have two cooks in the kitchen, one taking care of the oven and the other the stove.

Size of kitchen

When it comes to selecting your cooker hood, you may be limited to what area you have above your stove to use. Before you start looking at models, measure the space and kitchen ceiling so you can narrow down your selection criteria.

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Besides, to choose a proper extraction rate, you should measure your kitchen area (height x width x depth) and multiply it by 10. The result is the extraction rate that may fit your kitchen size.

Work triangle or work zones

This choice will ideally come down to the size of your kitchen. When looking at a kitchen work triangle, you would have your appliances configured so that the line drawn between the refrigerator, cooking appliances, and sink/dishwasher creates a triangle which the cook can easily and efficiently move about the space. Whether you have a small or large space, you may look to have the area broken up into 5 zones, consumables, non-consumables, cleaning, preparation and cooking zones, this allows the space to work in unison of each other.

Cooker hood sizes

Space

When it comes to choosing a cooker hood, you may be limited to what area you have above your stove to use. Before you start looking at models, measure the space so you can narrow down your selection criteria.

One that suits your stove

You ideally want a cooker hood that is exactly the same width as your stove or slightly larger. As it will need to be able to easily extract smoke and fumes whilst you are cooking.

If your cooker hood is too small, you will find that it’ll struggle to keep up and this may cause lingering scents and fumes, or for your smoke alarm to go off.

2. Type of cooker hoods to choose from

Wall mounted chimney cooker hoods

Typically found in commercial kitchens, chimney cooker hoods are a statement piece in any kitchen. With the unit being completely exposed and not installed into cabinetry, a chimney cooker hood isn't for a household where you want your appliances to be heard but not seen.

Ideal for:

●  Large kitchen
●  Entertainer

Here are some factors to consider when buying a chimney cooker hood:

Sizes

60 - 90cm

Clear the air quickly

Our chimney cooker hoods offer powerful extraction rates. Depending on the model, you can clear the air at a rate of 720 - 810 m³/hr cooker hoods, ensuring your kitchen is clear of cooking odours, vapours and excess heat in no time at all.

Long-lasting LED lighting

With a low energy output and high illumination, our cooker hoods give you a clear sight on your creations on your stove.

Hands-free convenience

Depending on the model, some of our chimney cooker hoods and others in the range come with Hob2Hood technology. When paired with compatible induction stoves, you are able to clear your kitchen of cooking smells and steam, without lifting a finger.

As you start to operate your stove, your cooker hood will start automatically, to clear the air and adjust the fan speed and airflow as you adjust the temperature of your stove, ensuring you are always on the right fan speed for your style of cooking.

Keep your cooker hood performing at its best

Coming with aluminum micro-mesh filters that can be easily removed and cleaned safely in your dishwasher or hand washed with detergent and a cloth. This should be done at a minimum every six months, with the exception based on how often you cook.

Easy Control with IQ Touch

Keeping the air clear with adjustable fan speeds is easy with IQ touch controls. Easy, intuitive touch control at your fingertips.

Smooth stainless steel

With a choice of dark or natural stainless steel finishes, our cooker hoods can be the statement piece in your kitchen.

Ducted for easy clearance

With the ability to have your cooker hood ducted you are able to not only clear the smoke and fumes from the kitchen but the whole house with the exhaust flue taking them outside.

Equip your kitchen with our top-selling Electrolux chimney cooker hoods below:

  • Effective fume extraction
  • Noise control to ensure an enjoyable cooking environment
  • High airflow eliminates strong odours 
  • Less noise and delivering maximum energy efficiency
  • Premium look with a stainless steel surface

Island cooker hoods

Simply put, an island cooker hood is a standard chimney cooker hood which is finished on all four sides. The most popular style of island cooker hoods is the big box (mostly made of stainless steel) that comes all the way down from the ceiling and hangs over your stove.

While a wall-mounted chimney hood can be either 60 or 90 centimetres wide, an island hood is always 90 centimetres wide. Another difference between an island hood and a chimney hood lies in their extraction capacity. The former offers greater extraction performance as an island hood is designed to work in an open kitchen.

Ideal for:

●  Large kitchen
●  Entertainer

Here are some factors to consider when buying a chimney cooker hood:

Sizes

60 - 90cm

Clear the air quickly

Our chimney cooker hoods offer powerful extraction rates. Depending on the model, you can clear the air at a rate of 720 - 810 m³/hr cooker hoods, ensuring your kitchen is clear of cooking odours, vapours and excess heat in no time at all.

Long-lasting LED lighting

With a low energy output and high illumination, our cooker hoods give you a clear sight on your creations on your stove.

Hands-free convenience

Depending on the model, some of our chimney cooker hoods and others in the range come with Hob2Hood technology. When paired with compatible induction stoves, you are able to clear your kitchen of cooking smells and steam, without lifting a finger.

As you start to operate your stove, your cooker hood will start automatically, to clear the air and adjust the fan speed and airflow as you adjust the temperature of your stove, ensuring you are always on the right fan speed for your style of cooking.

Keep your cooker hood performing at its best

Coming with aluminum micro-mesh filters that can be easily removed and cleaned safely in your dishwasher or hand washed with detergent and a cloth. This should be done at a minimum every six months, with the exception based on how often you cook.

Easy Control with IQ Touch

Keeping the air clear with adjustable fan speeds is easy with IQ touch controls. Easy, intuitive touch control at your fingertips.

Smooth stainless steel

With a choice of dark or natural stainless steel finishes, our cooker hoods can be the statement piece in your kitchen.

Ducted for easy clearance

With the ability to have your cooker hood ducted you are able to not only clear the smoke and fumes from the kitchen but the whole house with the exhaust flue taking them outside.

Equip your kitchen with our top-selling Electrolux island cooker hoods below:

  • High airflow eliminates strong odours
  • Less noise and delivering maximum energy efficiency
  • Premium look with stainless steel surface
  • Powerful extraction removes unwanted odours fast.
  • 3-speed fan to adjust to what you're cooking.
  • Centrifugal motor is energy efficient.

Integrated cooker hoods

Popular due to their hidden and seamless nature into any kitchen aesthetic, integrated cooker hoods are the hidden helper when it comes to cooking. They can also be referred to as Undermount, Concealed or Built-In OR undermount Cooker hoods.

Ideal for:

●  Small - Medium Family
●  Seamless kitchen design
●  Apartment living

Here are some factors to consider when buying an integrated cooker hood:

Sizes

60 - 90cm

Clear the air quickly

Our integrated cooker hoods can clear the air at a rate of 340 - 760m³/hr. Ensuring your kitchen is clear of cooking odours, vapours and excess heat in no time at all.

Choice of ducted or re-circulating

You are able to have your cooker hood ducted or re-circulated when it comes to choosing integrated cooker hood. If you choose to re-circulate cooker hood, you will need to consider the ongoing purchasing replacement of carbon filters, which clean the air before it, redistributed back into your kitchen.

In addition to those features, integrated cooker hoods also offer a range of highlight functions as follows:

●  Multi-layer grease filter: remove unpleasant odours and greasy hot air to give you a fresh cooking environment
●  Carbon filter: effectively filter cooking smoke
●  Slim design: elegant design for your kitchen and minimize space consumption
●  Long-lasting LED lighting: operate at low energy output while offer high illumination

Equip your kitchen with our top-selling Electrolux integrated cooker hoods below:

  • 3-speed fan to adjust to what you're cooking.
  • Centrifugal motor is energy efficient.
  • 3-layer filter efficiently removes grease.

Slimline cooker hoods

Designed to be permanently mounted onto the wall, this style of cooker hood is the most used.

Ideal for:

●  Small - Medium Family
●  Apartment living

Here are some factors to consider when buying a slimline cooker hood:

Sizes

60 - 90cm

Easy installation

When installing a slim line cooker hood, you can have it installed partially behind cupboard doors or simply under cabinetry.

Keep your filters clean for best performance

When it comes to having your cooker hood performing at its best, you need to ensure your filters are clean or in the best shape they can be to clear the air you are breathing efficiently and effectively. It is easy to do so with washable filters.

Noise control

Our products remove odor effectively and creates a quiet cooking environment for your cooking area.

Equip your kitchen with our recommended Electrolux slimline cooker hoods below:

  • Multilayered Oil Filter
  • Carbon Filters for Eliminating Odors
  • Slim design
  • High airflow eliminates strong odours.
  • Superior filtration removes grease easily.
  • Slim design takes up minimal space.

3. Cooker hood design & other considerations

In addition to the abovementioned cooker hood buying tips regarding type and features, there are also other factors to take into consideration as follows:

White, natural or dark stainless steel

If you are looking to buy a cooker hood that is more on the show than an integrated model, you should consider what finish will complement the rest of your appliance choices and the overall aesthetic of your kitchen. You have the option of three finishes; there is a traditional white or a modern update natural or dark stainless steel.

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Choose from one brand

When upgrading your kitchen, one thing to note is, just as there are 52 shades of white, same goes for appliance finishes. For the best results, purchase your appliances from one brand to make sure all your appliances seamlessly complement one another.

Ducted or recirculating

You have two circulation options when choosing a range hood, ducted or recirculating. A ducted cooker hood means it will remove the air out of your kitchen and send it outside via piping.

If you can't send your cooker hood fumes outside, you will need to look for a recirculating cooker hood which recirculates the air via a filter and cleans the air before sending it back into the kitchen. However, recirculating is not as powerful as ducted, as you will need to replace filters more regularly.

Power or extraction rate

When looking at the power or extraction rate, it is measured in m³/hour. The higher the rate, the greater the amount of air that will be removed from your kitchen.

You will need to consider the type of cooking you do; if you do a lot of cooking on the wok, you should consider a high extraction rate of over 700m³/hour.

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Noise

Suppose your home has an open plan living design where cooker hood noise whilst cooking may impact others who are watching TV. In that case, you might want to consider looking at a cooker hood with the ability for its motor installed in the roof rather than it being with the cooker hood unit in the house. By choosing a cooker hood with this design, you will significantly reduce the noise in your kitchen.

Filters

Whilst all cooker hoods come with filters, they are not the same filters across every cooker hood. Most ducted models will have Aluminum filters. These need to be cleaned by hand or in a dishwasher regularly to ensure your cooker hood is working as hard as it can be.

Carbon filters in recirculating cooker hoods are used to remove impurities from the air. Once they have reached the end of their lifespan, you will need to replace them with a brand new carbon filter.

4. Cooker hood warranty & service

Warranty

Subject to terms and conditions our cooker hoods come with 12 months warranty in Indonesia, following the date of purchase. Click here  to view Terms and conditions.

Support & service

We have a Customer Care team available to assist you over the phone seven days a week, and a national network of experienced technicians and selected service agents. Offering a fixed price guarantee with no additional hidden labour costs, giving you peace of mind that your appliance is in good hands. Click here to contact customer care. Click here to book a service online.

5. Cooker hood FAQs

What's the difference between ducting and recirculation mode in cooker hood?

Ducting mode: you need to open a hole in the wall above the hood and install a ducting hose to remove the smoke or smell that is being extracted up by the hood.

Recirculation mode: you don't need to install a ducting hose as the air is being filtered using the grease and active carbon filter, then it's recycled back into the kitchen.

What is the minimum and maximum allowance when installing cooker hood from the counter top?

If the cooker hood needs to match with the gas hob:

●  Minimum height 650mm
●  Maximum height 750mm

If the cooker hood needs to match with the electric hob:

●  Minimum height 500mm

What is the term to define the air flow rate (suction power) of cooker hood?

Meter cubic per hour, i.e., 1400m³/hr

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