Kitchen Island Extractor Or Ceiling Hood?

Kitchen Island Extractor Vs Ceiling Hood

If you’re lucky enough to have a kitchen island in your new kitchen, the problem of picking the best cooker hood will rear its head.

Traditionally a hood will come down from the ceiling and stop about 750mm above your hob.  Bizarrely the price of an island extractor is much higher than the equivalent wall hood.  Yes, the hood needs to be finished all the way round, but the mark up seems unfair as the motor and internal parts will be the same.

Then you have the issue of the island hood limiting vision.  You’ve gone to the trouble of a beautiful hob on your new island and wanted to open up the space in your new kitchen only to find that when you’re cooking on the hob, all you can see is the hood directly in front of you with the noisy motor inches from your face.

Some manufacturers offer designer hoods in cubes and spheres, but these are generally recirculating and don’t offer any kind of decent power.  Sure, they look great but be careful as you’ve got a large open space you need to take this into account when picking a powerful enough island extractor.

CDA Sphere recirculating extractor – only 470m³/hr.  Expect that to go down by a third when the charcoal filter is added
Bosch Cube – only 400m³/hr without the charcoal filter and advice not to use it with a Gas hob
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