Buying guides

Selecting your hood

After choosing your oven, hob or cooker, a hood should be considered next, but with so many types on offer how do you find the right one? Our buying guide will explain all the options available to make you decision a little easier.

Selecting your hood

DO I REALLY NEED A HOOD?

Ideally yes! There are a number of benefits from having a hood installed in your kitchen, especially if you are able to vent it outside. A hood will quickly remove moisture, odours and grease from your kitchen as well as provide ambient lighting.

VENTING OUT OR RECIRCULATING?

Most Smeg hoods can operate in either a ducted or recirculation mode. The best extraction performance is achieved in the ducted mode, the preferred choice wherever possible. If however, you have further than 3mts to get to an outside wall then it is recommended to recirculate instead.

DUCTED HOOD Extracts the cooking fumes and expels them outside, using a vent kit (available as an accessory). The diameter of the ducting hose should match the vent outlet of the hood. 

RECIRCULATED HOOD Extracts the cooking fumes and passes them through active charcoal filters (available as an accessory), recirculating the cleaned air back into the room.

WALL MOUNTED CHIMNEY HOODS

These 'traditional' Chimney, T-shaped and Angled hoods have the largest range of sizes, designs, and materials.

Looking to make a bold statement in the kitchen? take a look at the Portofino or retro hoods, as they offer a wide range of colours. 

Have a Smeg range cooker? There are a variety of hoods to co-ordinate with many designs including Opera cooker hoods and Victoria cooker hoods.

 

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COMBINED HOODS AND HOBS

These single unit 'hob in hoods' feature powerful induction cooking and an integrated hood in the centre which extracts cooking fumes down. 

Its design provides great flexibility as there are no limitations on where it can be placed within the kitchen, it can be installed in front of a window or on an island.

This is a great option if you want to install your oven elsewhere in the kitchen as space must be left beneath the HOBD's for the installation requirements.

 

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DOWNDRAFT HOODS

Downdraft models can be hidden beneath your worktop when not in use and then at the touch of a button will rise up ready to extract away cooking odours and vapors.

These are perfect for minimal kitchen designs and can be used in island units. 

The KDH12WLD slim domino hood can be placed between gas, induction or mixed fuel hobs within the range providing great flexibility. Once cooking begins, the fumes are drawn direcly from the cookware down into the hood. 

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CEILING AND ISLAND HOODS

Both Ceiling and Island hoods are ideal if your hob is to be installed on a kitchen island unit. They will help keep large open plan kitchens odour free. 

A Ceiling hood is perfect if you want a minimalist look as it will sit flush into the ceiling.

A number of other integrated hoods are also available in the Smeg range such as; Telescopic hoods and Canopy hoods.

 

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FEATURES TO LOOK OUT FOR

There are many things to concider when choosing a hood and some of these are listed below.

WHAT ELSE SHOULD I LOOK FOR?

  • 24h air filter function, when selected this function refreshes the air for c. 10 minutes every hour over a 24 hour period, at minimum speed and an imperceptible noise level.
  • Perimeter extraction panels, very efficient and aid noise reduction.
  • Automatic switch-off, a special setting switches off both the extraction and the lights, after a predefined time, during which the hood keeps on puritying the air until it turns off automatically.
  • Warning light(s) to let you know when filters need changing.
  • Dishwasher safe grease filters, for easy cleaning.