Different types of extractor hoods at a glance

Updated on 24 Jul 2023

Are you remodelling your kitchen and looking for a good and suitable cooker hood? Did you know that there are many different types, sizes and models of extractor hoods? In the end, you have to choose one model. I would like to help you, so I have listed a few types of extractor hoods here. For each model, I will mention some pros and cons. That way, you can make an informed choice. 

Make the best choice

Even though this blog will be very helpful and make a lot of things clear, it is still good to have a professional look at your specific situation. Where exactly should the air go, how high is the ceiling and what kind of gas or induction cooker do you have exactly? These are all questions that are essential in choosing an extractor. 

The integrated cooker hood

By the word integrated, I mean that you won’t see the hood sitting in your kitchen. In other words, it will be neatly tucked away in a kitchen cabinet, so it cannot be seen. Usually, such an integrated cooker hood turns on automatically when you open the kitchen cabinet. A big advantage of such an integrated design is that it is less obvious that you will bump your head on such a sloping hood. Ideal! 

The under-mounted extractor

You can also opt for the undermount system. This is a flat plate that you often install under a kitchen cabinet. Here, you can choose either an exhaust duct or a recirculation system where the dirty, greasy air is converted into clean air and simply blown back into the house. Usually, this model is somewhere between 60 and 90 centimetres wide and 15 to 20 centimetres high. In doing so, it is also the cheapest variant. 

The flat-screen extractor

This system is an option very similar to the undermount system. In fact, it is also fixed under a kitchen cabinet above the gas or induction cooker. The only difference is that you slide out the screen after which the extractor comes on right away. Of course, you need to know what size hood you need to make it match the kitchen cabinet. (There is also the “built-in unit. A built-in unit is very similar to the flat screen system, but is not extendable). 

The wall-mounted hood

Increasingly popular, especially in larger kitchens, is the wall-mounted hood. You have probably seen it before in the kitchens of friends and acquaintances and it is characterised by a sloping hood and a shaft or chimney that leans upwards towards the extraction pipe. As we said, this is an option for somewhat larger kitchens, as it takes up a lot of space and is not something that can be combined with a kitchen cabinet.  

A piston in the ceiling

Very fancy and luxurious seems to be the ceiling hood, which is also called the island hood. This is a similar system to an air conditioner, with the big difference being that instead of blowing air into the room, it pulls the air out. Such an extractor is especially suitable for those with a kitchen island and can be fixed just below the ceiling. The big advantage is that this system is very inconspicuous, nicely concealed just below the ceiling. 


There are many other innovations in extractor hoods. Consider recirculation hoods, for example. The big advantage of this is that no exhaust chimney or duct is needed and the air is simply filtered and sent back into the kitchen.

Air vacuums

These days, you can also opt for an air extractor in the hob. This is an extractor that is fixed next to, in or under the hob and draws the air downwards. One of the models that uses this system is the ‘downdraft’. Of course, the big advantage is that this system is almost invisible in your kitchen. 

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