If you have not had one before you will wonder how you coped without an extraction hood, and will be delighted with how it transforms your daily cooking experience...
Standard range hoods are designed to be wall-mounted above your range cooker, and the recommended mounting height will vary according to the manufacturer's guidance given in the product manual. For further information see our Installation Guide
Hoods are comprised of a main canopy and a chimney section, which is extendable to suit your situation. Within the hood a powerful motor (sometimes two) sucks air through filters before (ideally) expelling it to the outside. Where this is not possible, many hoods can be set to recirculate filtered air back into the room, although this is far less efficient. See the Extract or Recirculate page for further information.
Styles can vary, from traditional chimney hoods (as above) to the more contemporary or industrial designs shown below.
If you need to position your hood over a cooker which is not against a wall, an Island Hood will meet your needs nicely.
For installation into chimney breasts or overhead cupboards.
On some of the more traditional models, a decorative rail is featured, which can be used to suspend cooking utensils during cooking (but NOT tea towels!).
These can be in the form of push-buttons, sliders or touch-sensitive electronics buttons with a digital display, and can be mounted either on the front edge of the hood or on the underside. Some high-spec hoods even feature a remote control.
Hoods generally incorporate halogen lights, which are a real benefit when cooking on the hob.
A very useful feature, some manufacturers (e.g. Britannia) offer a useful feature which automatically switch the hood on if any odour, smoke or gas is detected.
Need an extra burst of power? A boost feature will increase the extraction rate for a limited time before returning to normal. Useful if you want to clear the room of smoke or steam.
When you have finished cooking and want to join guests or just go to bed, you can leave your hood working for 15 minutes or so before turning itself off.