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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 3,560 cooker hoods, 39 reviews and 3,970 prices. Last updated 15 August 2017.

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$444.10

#1 Bosch DUH36252UC

DUH36252UC
The highest rated extractor fan under $500
98
Value for Money
Excellent
89
Features
Fully-Featured
90
Overall Score
Excellent
Wall-Mounted
600m³/h
Feb 2015
Type
Maximum Extraction Power
Release Date
Appliances Connection $444.10
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$849.10

#2 Bosch HCP30E51UC

HCP30E51UC
The best scoring cooker hood under $1,000, with very good features
94
Value for Money
Excellent
88
Features
Fully-Featured
91
Running Costs
$57 / 10 Years
88
Overall Score
Excellent
Wall-Mounted
21m³/h
Feb 2015
Type
Maximum Extraction Power
Release Date
Appliances Connection $849.10
A J Madison $849.10
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$849.10

#3 Bosch HCP30651UC

HCP30651UC
A cheap and good spec wall-mounted extractor fan, with OK running costs
76
Value for Money
Very Good
76
Features
Good Features
60
Running Costs
$179 / 10 Years
72
Overall Score
Very Good
Wall-Mounted
600m³/h
Feb 2015
Type
Maximum Extraction Power
Release Date
Appliances Connection $849.10
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$894.10

#4 Bosch HCP36651UC

HCP36651UC
A good spec but only moderate value for money wall-mounted cooker hood, with OK running costs
55
Value for Money
Average
70
Features
Good Features
49
Running Costs
$179 / 10 Years
60
Overall Score
Good
Wall-Mounted
600m³/h
Feb 2016
Type
Maximum Extraction Power
Release Date
Appliances Connection $894.10
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$1,074.10

#5 Bosch HCB50651UC

HCB50651UC
A good spec and very popular wall-mounted kitchen extractor, with OK running costs but representing inferior value for money
39
Value for Money
Mediocre
66
Features
Good Features
43
Running Costs
$179 / 10 Years
52
Overall Score
Average
Wall-Mounted
600m³/h
Feb 2015
Type
Maximum Extraction Power
Release Date
Appliances Connection $1,074.10
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$1,119.10

#6 Bosch HCB56651UC

HCB56651UC
A good spec but not very good value for money wall-mounted extract hood, with moderate running costs
31
Value for Money
Mediocre
65
Features
Good Features
41
Running Costs
$179 / 10 Years
49
Overall Score
Mediocre
Wall-Mounted
600m³/h
Feb 2015
Type
Maximum Extraction Power
Release Date
Appliances Connection $1,119.10
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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.

Island cooker hood

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.

Wall mounted cooker hood

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.

Elica integrated cooker hood

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 extractor fans ranging from $444 to $1,120. On average, a new extractor fan costs $872 and 80% of extract hoods are priced between $849 and $1,074. The cheapest kitchen extractor that we found is the Bosch DUH36252UC at only $444, and the most expensive is the Bosch HCB56651UC at $1,119.

Extractor Fan Brands - Price Range

The %8highest average cooker hood price out of all brands is Bosch extract hoods with an average price of $872. Bosch extract hoods start at $444 and the most expensive Bosch cooker hood costs $1,119.

Siemens kitchen extractors range in price from $0 to $0, and the second highest average extractor fan price out of all brands is Siemens kitchen extractors with an average price of $0.

KitchenAid kitchen extractors range in price from $0 to $0, and the average price of KitchenAid kitchen extractors is $0 which is the third highest average price of all cooker hood brands.

Kitchen Extractor Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 11 user cooker hood reviews from across the internet and used this data to determine the average rating for each brand of cooker hood. The top rated extractor fan brand is Stoves with an average rating of 33%. The second best brand is Siemens with 0% and the third best brand is KitchenAid with 0%.

Biggest Cooker Hood Retailers

We found 9 current offers for extract hoods 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 extract hoods. The third biggest retailer is A J Madison with 1 current cooker hood offers.

When Are Most New Kitchen Extractors Released?

Most new kitchen extractors tend to be released between July and August. That means that most of the latest extractor fan technology was released in within the last 3 months, and now is good time to buy. The biggest month in 2016 for new cooker hood releases was August, with 139 new cooker hoods released that month. 350 new cooker hoods were released in April 2015 making it the biggest month that year for new extractor fan releases. July was the biggest month in 2014 for new extract hoods, with 580 new extract hoods released that month.

How Fast Do Extractor Fan Prices Drop After Release?

New cooker hoods drop in price by an average of 0% in the first 6 months after they wer first released. On a typical new extract hood costing $872, by waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average $2.

Types

Amongst new extract hoods, the most popular type is wall-mounted. We found 784 extract hoods that are wall-mounted extractor fans. We found 291 kitchen extractors that are built-in extract hoods, making built-in the second most common type amongst new kitchen extractors.

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 the majority of kitchen extractors range from 640m³/h to 760m³/h. The BoschHCB50651UC, which currently retails for $1,074.10, has the highest maximum extraction power and is a 600m³/h max extraction power extractor fan. The extract hood with the lowest maximum extraction power is the BoschHCB50651UC, which is a 21m³/h max extraction power extract hood and is on sale for $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.

The most common energy efficiency rating amongst new extractor fans is A+. We found 368 extractor fans that have an energy efficiency rating of A+. We found 172 extractor fans that have an energy efficiency rating of D, making D the second most popular energy efficiency rating amongst new extractor fans.

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 Cooker Hood 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 extract hoods. A J Madison is the third biggest retailer with 1 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Extractor Fans?

With the cheapest price on 6 extractor fans, Appliances Connection is most frequently the cheapest cooker hood store.

Proportion of Kitchen Extractors 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 cooker hoods.

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