Types of extractor: Which will work in your new kitchen?

a Caple statement extractor hanging over a wooden kitchen island

I love cooking and baking, so know that having the right kit is essential. I don’t think my kitchen would be complete without a mixer and a good, reliable oven. And the team would miss out on the cakes and treats I bring into the office as a result. One appliance that is absolutely crucial to any kitchen is the extractor – or cooker hood. But what types of extractor are there?

First, decide on the type of extractor you need

There is a really impressive range of types of extractor out there for all budgets and to complement any layout. From more traditional overhead or wall-mounted hoods to state-of-the-art pendants with sophisticated lighting systems, created specifically for islands.

It might be a sleek solution you’re after, so opt for an integrated ceiling design. Or invest in the latest combined hob and ventilation models. Or a downdraft design where the extractor rises from the work surface and discreetly disappears when not in use.

With so many of us opting for open-plan living, extraction is even more essential than it’s ever been. It’s crucial to get rid of those unwanted, lingering smells in our living space.

Let’s have a look at some of the types available…

Downdraft extractors

This is essentially when the extractor lifts up from the surface or from within the hob itself. It creates almost a shield while sucking away steam and grease.

a black downdraft extractor with a steaming pan and steaming fish and meat on a grill pan
Types of extractor: Novy’s zoneless induction hob features a downdraft extraction unit directly behind the pans. The opaque glass ventilation tower sits within the surface of the appliance until required and rises 10cm, 20cm, or 30cm high depending on the size of the pan – so even large pots are easily covered. Panorama PRO 88cm induction hob and downdraft extractor, £3899, Novy.
the v‐zug downdraft extractor next to a black hob with a steel pan on it
Types of extractor: Flexible and great for a streamlined look when not in use, the V-Zug downdraft extractor pops up from the worktop when required and slides back down once you’re finished. Measuring 65cm-high x 88cm-wide, it can be fitted close to the hob for maximum extraction. With a decibel rating of 57 it is also ideal for open-plan spaces.
a white kitchen with three white pendant lights hanging above a marble kitchen island
Types of extractor: “The Tom Dixon lights work really well as they pick up the marble-effect on the island worktop – and with the hob being flush, it almost feels like a table,” says Roisin, the owner of this home. Induction hob, Siemens; downdraft extractor, Elica.

Cooker hood extractors

A cooker hood extractor is probably when we are most familiar with. They can be mounted either on the wall, below units or handing from the ceiling like a pendant. They can create a statement within your kitchen.

a walnut kitchen with grey worktop with lots of accessories on it
Types of extractor: Complementing every décor, Indesit’s hood means you can easily access the hob without catching your head on the corners. With three speeds, its motor has a maximum noise level of 70dB. Aria angled cooker hood IHVP 6.6 LM K in black glass, £199, Indesit.
an extractor hood above a White island in a pale pink handleless kitchen
Types of extractor: Made from stainless steel and black glass, Caple’s Zodiac extractor features illuminated LED touch controls on both sides for easy access. Aluminium filters take care of grease, while the appliance’s motor offers three speed settings and runs at a quiet 66dB maximum. It is available as a ducted out or a recirculation design. W Zodiac Zi922 island hood, £633, Caple.

More cooker hood extractors

a black Bosch extractor above a black induction hob with steaming stainless steel pans on it
Types of extractor: Simply tap your smartphone to turn Bosch’s extractor on or off or dim the bright working light to a warmer hue. If the filter needs changing, the app will also remind you. Suitable for ducted extraction and recirculation. Series 8 DWK9PR60B 90cm angled wall-mounted cooker hood in black printed glass, £1059, Bosch.
a chimney extractor in brushed steel and black
Types of extractor: Fisher & Paykel’s chimney extractor has four fan speeds as well as a boost function to effectively remove steam and odours while cooking. When you get the alarm that it’s time to clean them, simply pop the filters into the dishwasher. HC90BCXB2 wall chimney cooker hood in black glass and brushed stainless steel, £579, Fisher & Paykel.
an Elica Lullaby wooden ceiling hood
Types of extractor: With the option to add extra shelf space, Elica’s extractor is available in white lacquered wood and stainless steel or natural oak and white soft touch-effect finishes. Optional accessories including cables in various coloured woven fabric, steel, copper or rope, a lamp holder in ceramic, copper or wood, and the shown large LED bulbs which give off warm light. Lullaby ceiling hood, £1745, Elica.
a statement ring in a green and wooden kitchen
Types of extractor: Caple’s statement COR540SL ceiling extractor, £1567, features perimeter extraction from the top of the appliance, automatic switch-off timer, dimmable LED light and remote control.

Types of extractor: Extractor hobs

The latest extractor innovation. The extractor hob is a great solution for smaller kitchens or where you want to keep sightlines clear.

a Sirius vented black hob with a pan steaming on it
Types of extractor: This Shadow 900 vented hob with integrated rear downdraft extractor from Sirius has four induction zones with slider control and automatic air intake. It measures 90 x 51cm with a bevelled edges in black glass. Priced £1992.85.
a black hob with two pans steaming on it with vegetables in them
Types of extractor: Bora’s combination hob automatically adjusts the extractor’s power level automatically according to cooking conditions, while the cover flap creates a seamless finish when the appliance is not in use. Surface induction, gas cooktops, or teppan yaki grills can all be combined with the extraction system.Professional 2.0 combination cooktop, from £6000, Bora.
a black induction hob with built-in extractor with two pans steaming on it and three pendant lights above it
Types of extractor: An induction hobs with built-in extraction is a good choice for an island or peninsula unit. Serie 8 PXX875D67E 80cm induction venting hob, £3179, Bosch.

See more of the latest extractor hobs here.

Featured image: This state-of-the-art extractor from Sirius features a large dimmable LED light ring. It’s available in satin black, silver, white, copper and brass. The actual extraction element sits in a white or stainless-steel ceiling plate. This keeps the onboard brushless motor and aluminium filters out of sight. SLT-973 Halo pendant range hood onboard, £1674, Sirius.

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