- Cooker hoods to extract or recirculate?
- Canopy and island cooker hoods
- Main benefits of using a cooker hood
Klarstein cooker hoods: performance and style for your kitchen
Together with ovens and hobs, cooker hoods are among the essential appliances for your kitchen, both in terms of functionality and furnishing. Regardless of the characteristics of the area where you install them, whether it is an independent kitchen or a kitchenette in a single room coupled to a living room, recycling the air to ensure the well-being and maximum comfort is a fundamental requirement.
Kitchen extractor fans perform the essential function of making the air healthier, eliminating from all the fumes and airborne grease while you cook, which could damage furniture and impregnate fabrics such as curtains, cushions and upholstery. UK regulations state that new buildings must be equipped with a system to remove removing steam and condensation from the kitchen, whether this is a wall-mounted extractor fan or a cooker hood, o prevent the formation of mould. It is logical, therefore, that the market has responded to this need, developing different types of solutions in an attempt to best adapt to the morphology of the kitchen and to its furnishing.
On Klarstein you can find different types of cooker hoods, all designed to blend functionality and design, thanks to the careful choice of durable materials with a pleasant aesthetic impact. Whether you're looking for a 90 cm kitchen hood or a more compact 60 cm model, take a look at our product showcase and find the solution that best suits your kitchen. Below we will explain the main differences in terms of design and operation.
Cooker hoods to extract or recirculate?
To classify the different types of cooker hood available, the first difference has to do with their basic operating principle. The two main types are the extractor hood and the recirculation hoods. The first type of hood allows the air to be sucked in and expelled from the kitchen through a pre-arranged flue pipe connecting the inside of the kitchen with the outside. Extraction hods remove the grease, smoke and odour from the kitchen using ducting which leads to the outside of the home, and they tend are the most effective option. They need to be mounted to an external wall and use a grease filter. You’ll need to get a professional to fit one unless you’re replacing a hood and extraction is already in place.
Recirculation hoods, on the other hand, clean the air with filters and then throw it back into the kitchen. They’re a good option if you can’t install ducting in your home, and they can be placed on any wall in the kitchen. They are easier to install and require a grease filter which is usually included. The carbon filter to take care of any smoke and odour, this may need to be purchased separately.
An extractor hood system is normally equipped with a valve that only allows fumes to escape and blocks the entry of cold air from outside: as a solution, this is certainly the most efficient system for cleaning stale kitchen air, as it is eliminated permanently, without necessarily resorting to filters that must be cleaned and replaced periodically. However, when the kitchen does not have ducting for the disposal of fumes, recirculating cooker hoods are an obligatory choice. Technology has made great strides in recent years so that recirculating fans now offer results that are comparable to those of an extractor hood, provided that you clean the filters regularly. For their part, most modern extractor hoods generally also offer the option of operating in recirculation mode only.
Canopy and island cooker hoods
An important difference, especially in terms of aesthetics, should be made between cooker hoods with an external, wall-mounted and visible duct, and those where the duct is concealed inside a cabinet. In this second case, we speak of a built-in extractor hood, which thanks to its characteristic flat shape can be installed in a compartment underneath the lower part of the wall unit, with the extraction pipe completely or partially hidden from view. For this reason, this type is also known as a canopy cooker hood.
We can divide free-standing cooker hoods into several sub-categories, the most common of which are wall-mounted hoods - including unique versions that perfectly fit corners - and island hoods, perfect for all situations when the cooking area is arranged in the middle of the room, and not next to the walls. In the latter case the island cooker hood, in addition to its function of suctioning or filtering fumes and vapours, becomes a central element of the kitchen furniture, and its choice is influenced above all by design and manufacturing materials.
Cooker hoods and filters
To capture the airborne fumes and vapours extracted from the hob, all recirculation hoods and even some models of kitchen extractor hoods are equipped with one or more internal filtering systems, relying on:
- active carbon filters: these elements guarantee the fundamental function of trapping and retaining unpleasant odours. They cannot be washed and must be replaced at least a couple of times a year. They can only be found on filtering hoods, which are often fitted with a warning light to show that it is time to replace them.
- Honeycomb filters: these filters are able to retain the largest particles of impurities. They are relatively easy to maintain and can even be washed in a washing machine.
- Grease filters: their function is to retain cooking vapours and fats that could damage the exhaust pipe once inside the hood, and they can be made of metal or synthetic materials. In the first case, the advantage is a lower fire hazard and the ease of washing. Synthetic filters cannot be washed and must be replaced every two months.
Angled hoods: modern style at affordable prices
A further, stylish alternative when you don't have the possibility of installing a concealed hood in your kitchen and don't want to give up on a sophisticated style is the angled cooker hood. Easy to install like an ordinary wall-mounted hood, angled cooker hoods add an extra touch of class to your kitchen, thanks to their modern and functional design. Not to mention the reduced overall dimensions, especially in terms of depth, thanks to the oblique orientation of the extracting surface, allowing even tall people to stand in front of the cooker without the risk of inadvertently banging their heads.
We've thought of everything in the design of these innovative kitchen hoods, from the choice of high-quality materials such as glass and stainless steel to the ease of use with a digital display and discreet touch panels, designed to minimise the accumulations of dirt and grease. All our angles hoods are equipped with LED lamps to perfectly illuminate the hob and ensure energy saving at the same time. If you opt for our professional cooker hood models, you can combine suction operation with up to 600 cubic metres of air per hour and use in recirculation mode for maximum versatility of use.
Main benefits of using a cooker hood
A functional cooker hood can be a real game-changer and transform your day. Preparing a meal will be easier and less stressful if you can easily get rid of heat, steam and odours, and your guests will also appreciate the absence of cooking smells all over the house. When possible, you should aim to extract to the outside, rather than re-circulating, as this system is, clearly, more effective in removing steam and heat, which the carbon filters used for re-circulating cannot do.
On the other hand, extracting is not always practical, so it is advisable to check that your cooker hood can be configured to re-circulate (most models can). But it’s not all about eliminating vapours, grease and fumes: one extra benefit is the additional light provided by the cooker hood itself - making a remarkable difference, allowing you to focus more on what is going on on the hot plate, as well as providing some mood lighting for your kitchen when you are not cooking. Some cooker hoods come with variable light levels to enhance this effect, using halogen or LED light sources for a crisp or more subtle impact.