How do I choose a cooker hood for my kitchen?

A cooker hood is an essential part of any kitchen, its purpose is to remove odours from the room, excess steam from cooking, but also to absorb grease. When choosing a new cooker hood for your kitchen, three things are most important: type of installation, volume and efficiency.

Among modern cooker hoods, we can distinguish between wall/chimney hoods. These are characterised by the fact that they form a decorative element of the kitchen and are not enclosed. Within this group, we can distinguish between different shapes, such as angled, T-shaped, classic and tubular (cylindrical) hoods. Please note that in the case of a wall-mounted hood, it is important to choose an appliance with the correct length of chimney fascia so that it reaches directly to the ceiling.

Another group are under-cabinet cooker hoods, these are divided into the less visible: built-in hoods, and the more visible: telescopic hoods. Built-in cooker hoods are appreciated for their aesthetics, original design and the fact that they do not directly affect the appearance of the kitchen. These hoods can operate both as an absorber and as an extractor.

In addition, BERG also offers island hoods. Here the choice is obvious if you have a kitchen island. Tubular, T-shaped and cable-mounted hoods are available. They are characterised by timeless design and impeccable performance.

How noisy should a cooker hood be? A noisy cooker hood is the bane of any kitchen. BERG provides information on maximum noise levels in the descriptions of its hoods. In this case, it is important to choose a hood that is relatively quiet in relation to its performance. For example, a turbo-driven ventilation hood with an output of 800 m3/h will be noisier than a turbo-driven hood with an output of 300 m3/h.

The capacity of a ventilation hood is given in (m3/h). An optimally sized hood will filter all the air from the kitchen at least 6 times per hour. For a closed kitchen of up to 15 m2, the maximum capacity in turbo mode should be around 400-500 m3/h. For open kitchens of approximately 25 m2 the capacity of the hood should be approximately 750 m3/h. The capacities indicated are for reference only. Please note that using a hood as an extractor will be more efficient than using a hood as a desuperheater (with charcoal filters).

What directly affects the volume and efficiency of a canopy?

– the permeability and cross-section of the ventilation chimney

– the diameter of the flue gas discharge duct into the chimney (120 or 150 mm)

– the number of bends and constrictions in the ventilation duct

– length of duct

– patency of grease filter

– correctness of installation – no vibration when operating at maximum speed

– charcoal filters (to be used as a canopy filter)