The 10 Best Cooker Hoods - June 2017
Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every cooker hood on the market in the US to determine our top 10 list.
In total we compared over 3,470 cooker hoods, 31 reviews and 4,110 prices. Last updated 27 June 2017.
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Cooker Hood Buying Guide
Types of Cooker Hoods
Cooker hoods come in all shapes and sizes. The 3 main fitting types of are island (free hanging), wall-mounted and built-in. The hood that is best for you will be dictated mostly by the shape of your kitchen, and the position of your cooker within it.
They are regularly used for kitchens where the cooker is situated in a central ‘island’ work surface. They are the most stand-out and visually impacting style of hood, and give a kitchen a modern, open-plan feel.
These hoods are attached to the wall of your kitchen directly above the hob, pulling smoke and dirty air away from the cooker. They aren’t as dramatic as island hoods, but aren’t hidden like inbuilt extractors. They can be simple as a ‘visor’ hood over the hob, or as eye-catching as giant ‘chimney hoods’ looming over the whole cooker. Wall-mounted hoods are the most common type of cooker hood, and suit all kitchens, from the very small to the larger ones.
These hoods are generally smaller and quieter, but also come with less power. They are meant to be integrated into cupboards and ‘hidden’ away from obvious view. Because of their smaller size, they are ideal for more cramped kitchens, or places where a traditional chimney extractor hood would be too bulky.
Cooker hoods work by sucking up the air given off from cooking, and either moving it to the outside through a duct or cleaning and recirculation it inside the room. Most cooker hoods can be operated both ducted and in recirculation mode.
The extraction power rating is measured in m³/h - the higher a hood’s extraction rating, the quicker it extracts air from the room.
Ducted hoods feature a duct which channels hot air and smoke to the outside. Because they require access to the outside air (normally through a hole drilled through an outside wall), these type of hoods usually require specialist installation, or a hole from a previous installation. Extracting the air is more effective than recirculation the air.
Recirculating hoods take the dirty air and smoke given off from cooking, pass it through a filter to clean it, then blow it back into the kitchen. They do not require outside access, so are easier and less invasive to install, but are not as efficient at removing smoke and cooking odours as ducted hoods.
Filters serve to trap grease and smoke given off by cooking, leading to a better-smelling and cleaner kitchen. There are 2 different types of filters for cooker hoods - grease filters are important for all different types of hoods, since they help reduce the grease in the air and the smell of cooking. Carbon filters, on the other hand, are only necessary with recirculating air systems, since they strip the smoke from the air before it is recirculated back into your kitchen. These filters last about a year before they need to be replaced.
The hoods in our system are given a grease filtering efficiency grade. The better the grade, they more efficient they are at removing grease and odours from the air.
Cooker Hood Colours
Cooker hoods come in many different colours to best complement your cooker and kitchen. Most hoods can be found in plain silver, white or black but you can also find more adventurous colours - from bright red to fluorescent green - if you really want to make a statement!
A cooked hood is basically a large fan, so they make can make quite a lot of noise when turned on. The noise will depend on the power level of the extractor used - generally speaking the more powerful the fan, the louder it will be. Other factors such as the material used for the hood may also affect the noise level of your cooker hood.
Many hoods feature a low and high speed, with differing noise levels for each.
Extras: Lights, Buttons, etc
Most hoods also have a built-in lamp, to make cooking easier in dark conditions. Many newer models have extra bells and whistles, such as displays for showing the current mode and when the filter needs changing, remote controls for easy activation, and movable structures so you can set the hood at the perfect height for cooking.
Cooker Hood Retailers, Prices and Features
Extract Hood Prices
The price range of cooker hoods is from $45 to $1,120 and in total we found prices for 7 cooker hoods. The average price of a new kitchen extractor is $754 and the 80% of cooker hoods are priced between $444 and $1,074. The cheapest kitchen extractor that we found is the Siemens LF959RA50B at only $45, and the most expensive is the Bosch HCB56651UC at $1,119.
Extractor Fan Brands - Price Range
Bosch extractor fans range in price from $444 to $1,119, and the highest average kitchen extractor price out of all brands is Bosch extractor fans with an average price of $872.
Siemens extractor fans start at $45 and the most expensive Siemens extract hood costs $45. The average price of Siemens extractor fans is $45 which is the second highest average price of all extract hood brands.
Roblin extract hoods start at $0 and the most expensive Roblin extractor fan costs $0. The average price of Roblin extract hoods is $0 which is the third highest average price of all extractor fan brands.
Cooker Hood Brands - Average Ratings
We have checked 11 user cooker hood reviews written online and used this information to evaluate the average rating for each brand of cooker hood. The top three extractor fan brands are Stoves, Siemens and Sauter. Stoves has an average rating of 33%, Siemens has an average rating of 0% and Sauter has an average rating of 0%.
Biggest Kitchen Extractor Retailers
The biggest extractor fan retailer by number of products currently for sale is Best Buy. We found 9 current extractor fan offers from Best Buy. The second biggest extractor fan retailer is Appliances Connection with 6 offers. That means Best Buy is significantly bigger than Appliances Connection when it comes to kitchen extractors. Newegg US is the third biggest retailer with 1 current offers.
When Are Most New Extractor Fans Released?
July to August is the most common period for new cooker hoods to be released in. For the latest cooker hood features you may want to think about waiting until July 2017. It's also worth keeping in mind that the price of the current extract hoods tend to drop off when the next models are released. 139 new kitchen extractors were released in August 2016 making it the biggest month that year for new cooker hood releases. The biggest month in 2015 for new extract hood releases was April, with 350 new extractor fans released that month. July was the biggest month in 2014 for new kitchen extractors, with 580 new kitchen extractors released that month.
How Fast Do Cooker Hood Prices Drop After Release?
On average extractor fans drop in price by 0% in the first 6 months after release. That means that on a typical cooker hood costing $754 you could save on average $2 by waiting 6 months before buying.
Maximum Extraction Power
This denotes the maximum speed of air extraction for the cooker hood.
Across the range of kitchen extractors, the maximum extraction power range from 13m³/h to 1,651m³/h. The maximum extraction power of most kitchen extractors range from 640m³/h to 760m³/h. The SiemensLF959RA50B has the highest maximum extraction power. This extractor fan is an 820m³/h maximum extraction power kitchen extractor and is on sale for $45.41. The SiemensLF959RA50B, which is available at $849.10, has the lowest maximum extraction power and is a 21m³/h maximum extraction power kitchen extractor.
A higher extraction power means that the cooker hood will remove odours quicker, and be more effective as a whole.
Biggest Cooker Hood Retailers
The biggest extract hood retailer by number of products currently for sale is Best Buy. We found 9 current extract hood offers from Best Buy. The second biggest extract hood retailer is Appliances Connection with 6 offers. That means Best Buy is significantly bigger than Appliances Connection when it comes to extractor fans. Newegg US is the third biggest retailer with 1 current offers.
Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Cooker Hoods?
With the cheapest price on 6 kitchen extractors, Appliances Connection is most frequently the cheapest extract hood store.
Proportion of Cooker Hoods for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?
With the cheapest price on 100% of its kitchen extractors, Appliances Connection is most frequently the cheapest extractor fan retailer.