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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...

Bora has an excellent high-end image and a lot of experience in manufacturing hobs with integrated tabletop extractors.

However, let us draw your attention to a few things.

How silent is a Bora down-draft extractor? Not easy to know ...

When you look at their spec sheets you see TWO sets of values:

  • One is standard and comparable to other manufacturers and thus other cooker hood solutions.
  • The other has significantly lower values like 48 dB instead of 62 dB. By doing this Bora has now caught your full attention. Both sets of data are measured according to EN 60704-2-13, but in different ways.

But what is the purpose of these ‘additional’ measurements? I would like to think that high-end manufacturers in particular aim to provide honest, useful information, but… this is confusing!

Bora has a good-looking website. It whets your appetite. Fair enough.

Bora also has a vision : “The end of the extractor hood”. Also OK: visions are a good thing, particularly when they are as clear as Bora’s.

At NeutraTEST we do not share this vision but prefer a large choice of cooker hood types and we have a preference for the more efficient wall-mounted hood types.

I think that down draft extractors have good reasons to exist. They are attractive for certain things and less attractive for others. However, the manufacturers should provide comparable data – and give a true and fair view of their products.

Take a look at our comparator, choose “integrated worktop” as cooker hood type, and you can compare all Bora extractors with those of other manufacturers, free of charge.

For your information, Bora extractors are only available in combination with Bora hobs, and the different Bora product lines (Basic, Classic, Pro and Pure) cannot be combined.

From a Bora EU 65/2014 data sheet:

Bora spec sheet example

** The sound pressure level has been determined at a distance of 1m (distance-dependent level recording) on the basis of the sound power level established in EN 60704-2-13.

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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.

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