How to choose the right cooker hood?

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How to choose the right cooker hood?
How to choose the right cooker hood?

After reading this article, you can make an independent choice of the desired kitchen hood according to certain criteria. What you should pay attention to when choosing a hood for the kitchen. There are household items that, if not accustomed to using, will not seem necessary. Especially, this applies to modern inventions. Such household items can be a dishwasher, steam generator, cooker hood. It will be about the latter.

Indeed, our mothers and grandmothers did without a kitchen hood. You can open a window, an entrance door, then wait a long time for the unpleasant smell to disappear. After cooking hot, misted glass on the window can be wiped off so that no traces of condensation remain. Kitchen furniture will also have to be washed, wiped dry - otherwise moisture will have a detrimental effect on the surface of the tree. Yes, also the ceiling and walls! Over time, deposits from combustion products will settle on them. I don't even know what remedy can be offered for them. Isn't it easier to buy a kitchen hood after all? Thus, giving yourself not only clean air, but also getting rid of tedious cleaning, and the kitchen - salvation from the negative effects of steam and soot.

Having decided to purchase, go to a specialized home appliance store.

Choosing a cooker hood should be based on several factors:

  1. The amount of air that it can purify in a given time.
  2. Noise level.
  3. Filter type.
  4. Method and place of attachment.
  5. Appearance: size, design.

So, extraction performance (it is this value that shows how much air the air cleaner will clean in one hour) is indicated in cubic meters. This unit must appear in the product passport or on the price tag. To understand which figure is suitable for your kitchen, you need to make a calculation using such a simple formula: the volume of the room (length multiplied by the width and height) is increased by 10 times. 324 cubic meters. m / hour, for example, is suitable for a small kitchen, the area of which is 3 by 4 square meters, and the height is 2, 7 m.


published by appliances in the kitchen is an important factor. The hostess, who spends about half of her home time here, is forced to work to the accompaniment of various kitchen “music”. Water flows from the tap, oil crackles in a frying pan, a food processor or a blender taps (and sometimes rattles), a washing machine and a dishwasher make noise … The unfortunate woman will still think about which of the two evils to choose - additional noise from the hood or unpleasant odors. Therefore, in order not to be disappointed during operation, carefully read the specifications when purchasing. The technical specifications will indicate the noise level interval in DC (from… to…). Focus on the first number, because it indicates how loudly the cooker hood operates in normal, non-boosted mode. Which will be used daily. To make it clearer, compare the loudness indicators: whispering - 20 dts, speaking aloud - 40 dts, a working lawn mower -120 dts. It is desirable that the lower figure does not exceed 60. Filter type. First, we need to clarify whether it exists, in principle. There are kitchen hoods in which the air cleaner fan is running, and the filter is not expected by the manufacturer. When buying such a technique, keep in mind that you will have to clean the plaque deposited on the blades yourself. And quite often. Give preference to a hood with a filter. There are two types of filters: grease and charcoal. They differ in the principle of operation and functions. So, charcoal fights better with odor. Fatty protects from particles of burning and fat. The coal will have to be changed regularly. And fat (also called grease) with a cassette filter is enough to rinse with water. And it will function again. By the way, pay attention! Ideally, the hood should not only filter the air, but also remove it outside the room. This mode of operation is called output.

Method and place of attachment

You can't put a single cooker hood on a shelf. They are either attached to the wall, to the kitchen cabinet above the hob (built-in type), or to the ceiling. There is also an option for corner hoods. These will help save space in the kitchen. Thanks to design solutions, modern hoods, with the right choice, will harmoniously fit into any kitchen interior. When choosing this factor, consider the spaciousness of the kitchen space. For example, if the hood is installed above the stove, the distance between them should be at least 70 cm. Less is no longer safe!

Appearance: size, design

When choosing a device for its appearance, remember that its length should be about 30 cm longer than the surface of the stove. This will help the filter to better capture vapors and odors. The external parts also include the presence of buttons or a touch panel. That is, by means of which you will control the equipment. Rely on your habits - the more convenient to use. True, there is such a detail: more dust settles on the buttons and between them, they are more difficult to clean than a smooth surface. The kitchen hood can be flat or domed in shape.

Dome cooker hood
Dome cooker hood

The dome, of course, will take up more space. But its motor is more powerful. And yet it is this type that usually has the principle of exhaust ventilation.

There are, in fact, many differences between the types of this device. There is something to think about. There is something to measure and calculate. Find a place in the kitchen. Pick up a color. Give preference to a particular model. Phew! Maybe it's easier the old fashioned way - to open the window? Or will we risk spending time and energy for what? For health and cleanliness!