The art of extraction has become paramount in any modern kitchen design with the on trend style being an open plan kitchen. Hoods have always served a practical function but with the recent shift in design trends, they are also becoming an increasingly artistic feature. This has led to the production of more innovative hood designs than ever before. From a splash of colour to inventive technology, these design-led hoods are currently the most popular options on the market.
However, acting as a statement feature is not the primary function of a hood. It must combine the stylish with the practical. Technological advances in hood design have allowed these two purposes to work in unison, giving the consumer a kitchen, which stands out from the rest. In a market that is seeing an increase of open plan and spacious kitchen design, efficient extraction is a necessity for keeping odours at bay.
One advance in technology comes in the form of Best’s patented Advanced Sensor Control (ASC). This innovative function allows buyers to effortlessly banish odours. As soon as the sensor detects odours, gas, steam or smoke, the hood turns on. The technology can also automatically regulate itself. It works at optimum speed, improving efficiency and will continue to work until all odours have been eliminated.
What to look for
With such a saturated hood market, choosing the right one for your kitchen can be daunting, so here are some of the most frequently asked questions our sales team face which should help guide you in choosing the right hood for your kitchen!
Ceiling Hoods: Attach independently to the ceiling of your kitchen; therefore they are ideal above cooking islands in open plan kitchens.
Canopy Hoods: Due to the compact style of these hoods, they work well in small kitchens as they are designed to fit into cabinets.
Wall Mounted Hoods: These look great in any kitchen, no matter your design palette. Whether you prefer modern or traditional, these hoods fit neatly against the wall.
Downdraft Hoods: The least traditional hood, the downdraft hoods rise from the surface and can be hidden when not in use.
Island/Pendant Hoods: These hoods hang down from the ceiling and are commonly installed above a kitchen island or close to a wall.
Arguably the most important and definitely the first question you should ask yourself. The style of your kitchen will influence the style of your hood. For example, if you have a modern, sleek kitchen, you could invest in a statement hood such as a pendant cooker to create a designer feel. On the other hand, if your kitchen is more traditional, you may want to consider a hood which is more in keeping with the original design, such as a conventional chimney hood.
Which is right for me?
Think about what you spend most of the time doing in your kitchen. If you love to entertain, you may want to consider a quieter hood to minimise noise. A quiet hood will operate below 70dB with the most silent on the market operating at under 50dB. Another point to consider is the way you cook. For example, a lot of wok cooking will require a more powerful extraction rate.
What rate of extraction will I need?
In order to calculate the most efficient extraction rate, you need to multiply the total space of the open plan room by 10. For instance: An open plan room which is 5m by 6m and which has a ceiling of 2.3m high, requires a cooker hood with an extraction rate of (5 x 6 x 2.3) x 10 = 690 m3/h.
No matter which style of hood, you will need to consider whether to duct out or recycle the air. If your kitchen is on a smaller scale, you may have problems with ventilation and condensation. To resolve this, you should install a hood that is ducted out. This will not only remove unwanted smells but will also remove steam to reduce condensation.
If you are thinking about an island hood, make sure that your ceiling is sound. If you have any concerns, check with your installer.
Lastly, if your island hood is ducted out, consider the route for ducting. Check which direction the joists run. Ducting cannot run in the opposite direction to the joists.
So whatever your type of kitchen just follow the suggestions above to find the perfect hood.