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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 3,720 cooker hoods, 233 reviews and 4,220 prices. Last updated 17 October 2017.

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$849.10

#2 Bosch HCP30E51UC

HCP30E51UC
The highest scoring kitchen extractor under $1,000, with great features
94
Value for Money
Excellent
88
Features
Fully-Featured
91
Running Costs
$59 / 10 Years
88
Overall Score
Excellent
Wall-Mounted
21m³/h
Feb 2015
Type
Maximum Extraction Power
Release Date
$849.10
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$894.10

#3 Bosch HCP30651UC

HCP30651UC
A cheap and good spec wall-mounted extractor fan, with satisfactory running costs
76
Value for Money
Very Good
76
Features
Good Features
61
Running Costs
$185 / 10 Years
72
Overall Score
Very Good
Wall-Mounted
600m³/h
Feb 2015
Type
Maximum Extraction Power
Release Date
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$984.10

#4 Bosch HCP36651UC

HCP36651UC
A good spec but only average value for money wall-mounted kitchen extractor, with alright running costs
55
Value for Money
Average
70
Features
Good Features
50
Running Costs
$185 / 10 Years
60
Overall Score
Good
Wall-Mounted
600m³/h
Feb 2016
Type
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$1,209.10

#5 Bosch HCB50651UC

HCB50651UC
A good spec but poor value for money wall-mounted extractor fan, with moderate running costs
39
Value for Money
Mediocre
66
Features
Good Features
45
Running Costs
$185 / 10 Years
53
Overall Score
Average
Wall-Mounted
600m³/h
Feb 2015
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Maximum Extraction Power
Release Date
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$1,299.10

#6 Bosch HCB56651UC

HCB56651UC
A best selling and good spec wall-mounted cooker hood, with satisfactory running costs but representing not very good value for money
32
Value for Money
Mediocre
65
Features
Good Features
42
Running Costs
$185 / 10 Years
49
Overall Score
Mediocre
Wall-Mounted
600m³/h
Feb 2015
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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.

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Island

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.

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Wall-mounted

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.

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Built-in

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.

Extraction Types

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

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

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

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!

Noise Level

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

Kitchen Extractor Prices

In total we found 6 cooker hoods ranging from $489 to $1,300. The average price of a new kitchen extractor is $954 and the 80% of cooker hoods are priced between $849 and $1,209. The Bosch HCB56651UC is the most expensive extract hood that we found at $1,299, and the Bosch DUH36252UC is the cheapest at only $489.

Kitchen Extractor Brands - Price Range

The average price of Bosch extractor fans is $954 which is the highest average price of all kitchen extractor brands. Bosch extractor fans start at $489 and the most expensive Bosch kitchen extractor costs $1,299.

Siemens cooker hoods range in price from $0 to $0, and the average price of Siemens cooker hoods is $0 which is the second highest average price of all cooker hood brands.

The third highest average cooker hood price out of all brands is Thor extractor fans with an average price of $0. Thor extractor fans range in price from $0 to $0.

Extract Hood Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 209 user cooker hood reviews written online and used these reviews to determine the average rating for each brand of cooker hood. The top rated kitchen extractor brand is New World with an average rating of 92%. The second best brand is Bosch with 90% and the third best brand is AEG with 85%.

Biggest Extractor Fan Retailers

We found 9 current offers for extractor fans from Best Buy making it the biggest cooker hood retailer. That is significantly bigger than the second biggest retailer, Appliances Connection for whom we found 6 current offers for extractor fans. The third biggest retailer is A J Madison with 1 current cooker hood offers.

When Are Most New Kitchen Extractors Released?

The most common period for new kitchen extractors to be released in is between July and August. Last year most new kitchen extractors were released in August, with 139 new kitchen extractors released that month. April was the biggest month in 2015 for new cooker hoods, with 351 new cooker hoods released that month. The biggest month in 2014 for new cooker hood releases was July, with 581 new extract hoods released that month.

How Fast Do Cooker Hood Prices Drop After Release?

New kitchen extractors drop in price by an average of 0% in the first 6 months after they wer first released. On a typical new cooker hood costing $954, by waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average $2.

Types

The most frequently found type amongst new cooker hoods is wall-mounted. We found 766 cooker hoods that are wall-mounted extractor fans. Built-in is the second most frequently found type amongst new kitchen extractors. We found 279 kitchen extractors that are built-in extractor fans.

Maximum Extraction Power

This denotes the maximum speed of air extraction for the cooker hood.

Comparing all cooker hoods, the maximum extraction power range from 21m³/h to 1,651m³/h. The maximum extraction power of most cooker hoods range from 390m³/h to 510m³/h. The extract hood with the highest maximum extraction power is the BoschHCB50651UC, which is a 600m³/h max extraction power extractor fan and can be purchased for $1,209.10. The BoschHCB50651UC has the lowest maximum extraction power. This extract hood is a 21m³/h max extraction power kitchen extractor and is available at $849.10.

A higher extraction power means that the cooker hood will remove odours quicker, and be more effective as a whole.

Energy Efficiency of Cooker Hoods

The Energy Efficiency Class of a cooker hood shows how well it uses energy, and how much is unnecessarily wasted. Products are ranked from G to A++ in terms of how little energy they use compared to the norm.

A+ is the most frequently found energy efficiency rating amongst new kitchen extractors. We found 367 kitchen extractors that have an energy efficiency rating of A+. We found 178 extract hoods that have an energy efficiency rating of D, making this the second most frequently found energy efficiency rating amongst new extract hoods.

A cooker hood with a better energy efficiency rating will consume less energy whenever they are used, saving you money and making them better for the environment.

Biggest Kitchen Extractor 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 extract hoods. A J Madison is the third biggest retailer with 1 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Kitchen Extractors?

Appliances Connection most frequently has the cheapest cooker hood prices (found to be cheapest for 6 kitchen extractors).

Proportion of Cooker Hoods for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

The cheapest retailer by number of extractor fan for which they offer the cheapest price is Appliances Connection with the cheapest price on 100% of its kitchen extractors.

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