There are some benefits to be had from being able to tell what's for dinner from your desk in your bedroom, but generally you don't want the smell of smoked haddock or fried bacon sticking around in your boudoir, lounge or bathroom. So, this means you need a very effective extractor fan.
Finding an extractor fan that does a great job and doesn't take up too much room is a challenge, however. Here we highlight what to look for when out shopping for extractor fans for small kitchens.
The revolutionary Bora X Pure is a hob and an extractor in one. Powered by downdraft technology, the extractor sits in the middle of the hob and in recirculation mode its activated charcoal filter neutralises cooking odours removing any lingering cooking smells. It's also quieter than most standard extractors, which is another important consideration in a small or open-plan space. This hob and extractor in one is largely stocked by kitchen shops, so you will also be helping small independent shops by buying one.
If you're willing to sacrifice valuable cupboard space, and don't want your extractor fan out on display, look for a wall unit extractor that can be concealed above your hob in a kitchen wall unit. Caple’s Storm ST523 built-under hood wall unit extractor, shown above, is A-rated for grease absorption and features a maximum extraction of 654m3/h.
Pop-up extractor fans that pop out of your worktop or hob are another practical option for small kitchens. With the Novy Panorama Power hob and extractor in one, the downdraft extractor is popped up when in use and then lowered out of sight when it's not being used. It's also certified by Quiet Mark the independent, international approval award that identifies the quietest products in their category.
If you have a little bit of space on your kitchen wall and want to make a feature out of your extractor fan, there are a lot of attractive hob extractor fans available for small kitchens. The Hotpoint PHVP8.7FLTK has an impressive extraction rate of 713m3/hr and comes with built-in lights for added illumination and a grease filter that is dishwasher safe.
What extraction rate will your kitchen require?
When considering what extraction rate will your kitchen require, first you have to calculate the volume of the room that your extractor will be installed in. So, you must multiply the length by the width and the height of your kitchen. Then you times this volume by ten, because a really effective extractor should be able to change the air in the room ten times an hour. If, for example, the figure you come up with is 180m3 you need to look for an extractor that can remove at least 180m3/h.