Large and obvious extractor hoods are gradually giving way to more unobtrusive designs – from under the cupboard to flush ceiling fits to downdraft versions. The percentage of concealed extractors has risen to 60% of the kitchen market. This trend has mirrored the adoption of kitchen islands, where food is prepared and then cooked on sleek hob units and where overhead ceiling mounted extractors are not seen to be desirable.

This sleek minimalist finish allows the kitchen units and surfaces to run visibly uninterrupted through the preparation area to the adjacent dining furniture. Smaller compact kitchens in inner city developments also rely on the less obvious extraction systems, especially those that are adjacent to the hobs.

Nevertheless, there is still the market for overhead extractors, whether these are the traditional hoods or the more discreet forms of technology – often hidden grills, which are incorporated into the undersides of wall mounted cabinets. This has been taken further by the introduction of ceiling extractors. These are often painted white to blend in with the more preferred colour of ceilings. They do not advertise their presence with lighting, as unlike hob based units, there is no need to illuminate the working area.

As the development of kitchen/dining areas proceeds, so the need for a quieter more harmonious environment is seen to be desirable. Manufacturers and designers have combined to produce appliances that no longer emphasise the mechanical noise of the former models.

Extraction still deals with excessive steam, odours and moisture within the whole open plan living area, but without the intrusive noise. Even traditional hoods now employ brushless motors, which not only reduce noise, but also offer an 85% energy saving compared to standard motors.

Some Available Systems

The Faber In-Light integrated extractor that is installed into wall cabinets, which are either 520 or 700 mm in width. Available in stainless steel or matt white, with a remote control and perimeter LED lighting.

Faber Inlight Extractor

This Caple DD900BK Downdraft extractor adds a touch of modern design to any kitchen and is perfect for space saving as it is buit into the kitchen top, rising up from behind the hob. Extremely effective, the motor can be situated either under the floor, on an external wall or in a cupboard.

Caple DD900BK Downdraft Hood

Falmec PIANO Surface Mounted Downdraft Diffuser Induction Hob works with a plinth motor at a speed of 6mps. The ducts run down the back of the cabinets. It, therefore, frees up space for drawers.

Falmec PIANO Surface Mounted Downdraft

The Miele TwoinOne induction hob has an integrated extractor with a central grill. The extractor can be ducted for either recirculation or vented and is designed to remove cooking vapours right where they are produced. Con@ctivity 2.0 automatically switches the extractor on and off and adjusts the extractor power to the cooking process. This way, you always have a pleasant room climate and can concentrate entirely on cooking. The extractor even switches off automatically when not needed. The 10ply stainless steel grease filter can easily be dishwasher cleaned.

TwoInOne induction hob