What size cooker hood do I need?

What size cooker hood do I need?

With a wide range of options available, including chimney cooker hoods, curved glass cooker hoods, and even downdraft cooker hoods, you have the flexibility to choose the perfect one for your kitchen. Determining the right size cooker hood is crucial to ensure efficient smoke and odour extraction, creating a clean and comfortable cooking environment. In this guide, we will walk you through the considerations and steps involved in selecting the ideal size cooker hood that suits your specific requirements. Let's dive in and find the perfect match for your kitchen!

How to measure

When measuring for a new cooker hood, the first consideration is its size. To ensure a smoke and odour-free kitchen, it is advisable to match the hood's size with that of your hob. Additionally, measure the distance from the top of your cooker or worktop to the bottom of your cabinet or ceiling to ensure a proper fit for the cooker hood. Take into account the recommended hot zone of which is usually 650-750mm depending on the type of cooker hood, but can be as low as 435mm with angled glass cooker hoods. Lastly, ensure that the extractor rate of the hood is suitable for the size of your kitchen. By following these steps, you can guarantee an effective and well-fitting cooker hood for your kitchen while maintaining a pleasant cooking environment.

How to work out what extraction rate your kitchen needs

To determine the extraction rate you need for your cooker hood, follow these simplified steps:

  1. Measure the size of your kitchen in meters (length, width, height).

  2. Multiply the measurements to calculate the kitchen's volume.

  3. Decide how many times you want the air in your kitchen to be exchanged per hour (recommended is 10 times).

  4. Multiply the kitchen volume by the air exchange rate to get the required airflow rate in cubic meters per hour.

  5. Consider any additional factors that may affect the extraction rate, such as strong odours or high smoke production.

  6. Choose a cooker hood that matches or exceeds the calculated airflow rate.

By following these simplified steps, you can determine the extraction rate needed for your cooker hood, ensuring efficient ventilation and a clean kitchen environment.

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