The purpose of a kitchen has evolved. As before, the kitchen was a room we only cooked in, now it also serves as a social space. Previously female dominated, the kitchen is now a family space where everyone is welcome. Kitchen appliances took over most of the time consuming jobs so we can spend time elsewhere.
Growing in popularity open plan kitchens face a new challenge - cooking smells.
As in some kitchens a contemporary cooker hood is part of a design, in others it is something we would like to hide away.
So what are the options?
Most extractor fans offer 2 options for venting: recirculating and ducted. It is always worth checking with the manufacturer, before ordering, what comes with a fan. For recirculating options most makes have optional filters that would have to be ordered separately.
1. Wall mounted
Wall mounted extractors can be an inexpensive option for people on a budget. Some models will have more functions, capacity or noise levels than others.
For a more subtle look there are integrated extractors that are fitted into a mantle or wall cabinet.
3. Ceiling extractor
Perfect when a full renovation allows to create a suspended ceiling to incorporate the motor and venting for the extractor. This can be a design solution when a hob is in an island.
Ideal for small spaces when there is no room or desire for a wall extractor. Incorporated within the worktop or a hob, it is a subtle solution to dealing with the cooking smells.
Extractors can also be very decorative if you want to make them a focal point. Designers have been working hard on ceiling styles as well as traditional wall mounted.
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