That smell of freshly baked bread, straight from the oven – heavenly. The fish you had for dinner last night – not so much! Getting the right extractor for your kitchen is, in my opinion, crucial to your design (as well as aroma of your kitchen).
Not only to sweep away those nasty lingering food smells but also to draw the grease out of the room. The results: cleaner air, less condensation, a sleek look and a mesmerising view of steam being sucked straight from a pan into this rather nifty modern appliance. Want to know more? Read on.
So it’s no doubt that an extractor will be an essential item on your kitchen checklist, as I’m sure an induction hob will be too. Induction cooking is different from any other hob on the market using a magnetic field to heat the base of the pan, efficient and safer than traditional hobs. And their popularity is growing – and fast.
But what about if these two items were incorporated into one?
Enter the extractor hob.
The extractor hob, or vented hob, is the latest innovation on the market, uniting the power of cooking and extraction into one product. Incorporating a central high-performance fan within the hob unit eliminates the need to have both appliances separately in your kitchen.
One product rather than two, no need for a hood or pop-up and sleek in design, are you sold yet?
For a bit more insight, I’ve put together my top tips and a few of the latest models so you’ll have everything you need to know before making your purchase.
So, why should you have one?
They are incredibly efficient, as any odours are taken care of at source. The extraction unit is positioned in the centre of the hob, drawing the steam and cooking smells directly from your saucepan by pulling the air down through the extraction unit. “Essentially, the benefits are about design as you can keep the space above the hob completely clear,” says Howard Bogod, managing director at DR Kitchen Appliances, Elica’s exclusive UK distributor. “And if you’re tight on space, you can have a cabinet above the hob that isn’t half-filled with a cooker hood.”
How do they work?
The purpose of theses appliances is to draw off odours and grease particles directly from your saucepans while you are cooking at the hob, preventing any smells rising up and spreading throughout your kitchen space. “The grease particles released during cooking are effectively trapped in the stainless steel grease filter,” says William Bruckbauer, chief executive officer at Bora.
A central grid, generally sitting flush within the induction hob, conceals a powerful extraction unit. You will need to use some space beneath the hob to house the appliance’s motor. Most brands have adapted the design to allow for a sink drawer – a partial unit utilising space on either side of the hob’s motor, for example to store spices – to be installed below.
What are the options?
Just as with overhead extractor hoods, these combination appliances come as ducted out or recirculating models. A recirculating kit is installed within your kitchen cabinets’ kickstand, to make changing the charcoal filters easier. Venting hobs should always be installed by a kitchen fitter and wired by a qualified electrician to ensure best performance. Units may also need to be adapted, depending on the appliance’s size.
Any buying tips?
Extractor hobs are designed to be installed in standard-sized kitchen units, but it is worth checking your specific appliance’s dimensions, as brands’ sizing will vary. “Make sure you know how close your hob will be to the wall before you start shopping,” advises Maurizio Severgnini, managing director at Bertazzoni UK & Ireland. “For every bend between the extractor hob and the outlet, you will lose one meter of ducting, which reduces the performance of the extractor.”
This type of appliance is fitted with a safety tray that collects any spillages while you are cooking, so no debris will fall through and end up in the extractor mechanism. “There is a spill-catching reservoir beneath the cast-iron grid that is easily accessible to clean and the motor will continue to work even when wet,” explains Vicky Harris, director at KitchenEX. All moving parts can be easily removed by hand and usually be cleaned in the dishwasher.
How much do they cost?
These high-tech designs are expensive – but as their popularity increases, more brands are producing ranges of increasingly affordable models. Costs range from £1700 to £6000.
Featured image: With a depth of 54cm and width of 37cm, it offers more cooking space than a standard-sized hob. As it is a modular appliance, you can combine a variety of different cook tops and ventilation components. Professional 2.0 cooktop system with integrated extractor, £6000, Bora.