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Kitchen hood buyer's guide

Since many of us have multifunctional kitchens, it is important to have a way of dealing with the smells that cooking can produce. That pie may taste delicious, but the smell of fish lingering in the kitchen may not be so appealing when you are having guests over. In addition, the steam that can fill a kitchen when you are cooking can make the area uncomfortably warm. A good hood which will remove the smells and steam from cooking is therefore an important tool to have in the kitchen.

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What are the different type of kitchen hoods available?

Hoods come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from those secreted on the underside of a kitchen cabinet, to larger, sculpted units which are a feature in their own right. At Wren, we have a large range of options for you to choose from, all of which can be incorporated into your chosen design scheme. This buying guide will advise you of your options and will help you pin down exactly what type of hood you need.

Extract or recirculate?

In the simplest terms, there are two types of hood you can put in your kitchen: those which extract the air from the room, and those which clean and recirculate it.



Extractors suck the air from the room and take it outside the home using ducting.

  • Pros:

    Airborne contamination is completely removed – no need to open windows on cold days!

    Their simple design means they can utilise more power than recirculating hoods and require less maintenance.

  • Cons:

    The need to duct through a wall means significant extra costs from an outside builder, while some kitchens simply won't allow this to work in a convenient fashion as the hood cannot be placed on an external wall.

Recirculating Hoods

Recirculating Hoods

Recirculating hoods take the air from the kitchen and clean it using a charcoal filter, before turning this cleaned air back into the room for reuse.

  • Pros:

    Charcoal filters are very effective at removing the odours from air.

    Filters are readily available direct from the manufacturer, or from any good hardware or DIY store.

    Recirculating hoods come with a separate grease filter, to remove oil and dirt droplets from the air -these are typically metal and can be reused once taken out and cleaned, which is only necessary around once a year, depending on usage.

    Smaller in size and can be placed anywhere in the kitchen - unlike an extractor model.

  • Cons:

    Charcoal filters need to be replaced at regular intervals - usually around every 12 months or so - which means a long-term running cost for you.

    While it cleans odours from the air, it does not completely tackle the issue of heat and moisture, so some of this will be released back into the room.

    Passing the air through a filter means the unit is less powerful than an extractor hood.

Special Features

The hoods on offer at Wren also have special features which can make life in the kitchen easier. LED lights, for example, provide focused illumination for your hob, while some have automatic running; this means that once you have finished cooking, you can turn the extractor off and it will continue to suck up air for an extra ten minutes, before automatically turning itself off. All our hoods also come with speed settings, allowing you to regulate the level of extraction taking place depending on circumstances. Low speed, for example, should be suitable for the steam from a small pan, whereas high speed can be used to remove smoke when frying.

At Wren we believe in providing you with only the highest quality units and accessories for your kitchen. This means that whatever type of hood you choose for your kitchen you are assured of receiving a top-quality, guaranteed appliance from one of our three renowned partner manufacturers: Faber, Matrix, CDA, Bosch and Neff. So take a look at our range and see which hood will suit both your kitchen design and take care of your cooking needs.