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A hob with an integrated cooker hood is a hit.

ICRT* (Which?) has tested a dozen different induction hobs with integrated extraction hoods. The overall performance is convincing.

When we look more into the test details, here are the pitfalls to avoid…..

Now I understand why a cooker hood does not work in an apartment

This is particularly true when you live in an apartment! If you live in a flat and have a feeling that your cooker hood is not working, you should continue reading.

Can you imagine a cooker hood without an engine or a fan?

The problem with extractor hoods in flats with central ventilation is:

  • you should not extract cooking fumes into a centralized ventilation system, AND
  • for some reason – manufacturers invented a standard (EN13141) that allows them to install quite expensive “look-a-like” cooker hoods without fans. This is misleading for the users.

The solution is a real extractor hood (according to IEC61591) for each apartment with extraction to the outside.

In most apartments, ventilation is centralized, which makes the extractor hood just a chimney-shaped passive hood, catching the heated air that is drifting upwards from the stove. It is therefore not surprising…

Indoor Climate with clean air instead of a dangerous VOC Cocktail.

If you move to a newly built home: Watch out for dangerous chemical cocktails. In recent studies two important observations ...

Pure aire and a great indoor climate with a new cooker hood.

I have tested and analysed more than 4000 new cooker hoods. My old extraction hood is fantastic, though ?. Should your NEW hood provide clean air and the best indoor climate?

Bora Basic

If you are looking for a down draft extractor and you have your mind set on Bora, you shouldn’t read any further! You will probably be happy with your aesthetic choice. And in the right conditions, it may even be a decently working solution...


Cooker hoods from IKEA have become much better. I’m impressed by the progress over the last 5 years.

→ Our average NeutraTEST Score for all IKEA extractors hoods has increased by 17%.

Now my favourite hoods from IKEA all give excellent value for money:

More and more cooker hoods are being bought online. Klarstein is a German online sales specialist now selling in a dozen different countries.

Klarstein cooker hoods are not the most expensive. Below you can read what models to look for, and you’ll find some interesting deals, too.

Buying a Klarstein, it’s certainly the case that ...

1. How important is the design?

2. Must your cooker hood "do the job"?

3. How sensitive are you to noise?

4. Should your cooker hood last for 5 or 20 years?

5. How much are you willing to pay?

6. Do you have any possibility extracting the air?

We suggest that you go over the list once again, and answer each question slowly and seriously. If you want to be sure to remember your initial stance, you can write down the answers.

When you have answered the questions, please click the "read more" button.

Our indoor air quality suffers tremendously when we light candles or when we are not good at airing our homes in the winter. That we already know.

However, we are less aware of the fact that cooking a delicious dinner may also damage our health.

A properly mounted kitchen hood plays an important role here. With it, you’ll avoid ...

Update: September 2019

Makes sense? The conclusion from Tænk (the Danish Consumer Council, equivalent to ‘Which’) is …

PriceRunner may be the UK’s No1 price comparison site!

It’s easy to find dozens of price comparison engines. However, PriceRunner was chosen by Tænk, the leading Danish consumer magazine, as the best price comparison site of all. The reason is simple:

PriceRunner was the only portal that found all Tænk’s test winners at the best prices.

“If you’re in the United Kingdom, PriceRunner is the first ...

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The NeutraTEST Score explained

Based on our analysis of official EU data, compulsory as of 1 January 2015, we evaluate with one single character, called the NeutraTEST Score, the overall performance of each hood.

The scale ranges from 0 to 10, with 10 being the best.

We weight the extractor capacity of the hood measured in m3/h and the sound level measured in dB SPL (A), both at minimum, maximum and boost, by 60%. The remaining 40% is equally distributed between energy consumption and fat filter efficiency.

In addition, we continuously test hoods in our own laboratory.

To see which cooker hoods and extractor fans get the best NeutraTEST Score, head straight to our comparator!

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