Kitchen hoods provide a practical method of air filtration and extraction, helping the kitchen to stay free of steam and unwanted smells. Although cooker hoods come in a range of different shapes and designs, choosing the right hood for your kitchen takes more than just an eye for style. The hood must be large enough to sit over the oven and provide enough extraction power to clear the room of cooking fumes.
How to Buy the Right Sized Cooker Hood for Your Kitchen
1. If you don’t know the exact measurements of your cooker, begin by measuring its length and width. The ideal size of cooker hood is about the same size as the cooker itself, so that it is big enough to handle the gases the cooker will create. In other words, the right size cooker hood for a 60cm cooker is 60cm; the right size cooker hood for a 75cm cooker is 75cm, and so on.
2. Measure the length and width of the space you have available for the hood and figure out the maximum size of cooker hood you can buy.
3. Measure the distance from the top of the cooker to the bottom of the cabinets, and to the ceiling space above the hobs. This will tell you where on the wall your cooker hood should be installed, and ensure the hood you choose is not too large for your kitchen.
The Right Height for a Cooker Hood
The recommended minimum height between a hob and extractor fans is 650mm for electric hobs and 750mm for gas hobs – this can vary between manufacturers and models however, so be sure to check your user manual.
Remember that the width and depth measurement is a minimum and the height measurement is a maximum when selecting the hood.
Another point to consider when selecting the right size cooker hood is the hood’s CFM (the amount of air the hood extracts).
Select a hood vent with the appropriate CFM. Any cooker hood with a low CFM is not as effective if it is placed too high above the cooker, so if you need to do this, make sure you increase the CFM to ensure the hood is effective. Install 600 CFM hood vents around 75cm above the cooker. If it is installed higher than this, you will quickly see grease and dirt build up in its grease trap.