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It is a bit surprising that Falcon, as the oldest and probably most prestigious British cooker brand, with a very strong identity and typical look, has been in and out of mergers, acquisitions, take-overs and change of product portfolios for the last 20 years.

Italian Elica is perhaps the world’s largest manufacturer of extractor hoods.

The number of different models they have is impressive and NeutraTEST has analyzed a good number (109) on the British market.

It could have been more, BUT for unknown reasons in Great Britain Elica 1) has chosen not to publish test data for its models, and 2) has given the models different names. This makes comparisons more difficult, for example when utilising test data from the continent for identical models.

On our cookerhood tests leaderboard we have chosen to use both the names used by Elica for each model: so, what we call “Edith Diva” is thus called “Edith” on the continent and “Diva” in the UK; “Audrey-Belle” is called Audrey in Europe and Belle in Great Britain and so on and so forth.

Test data for 15 cooker hoods!

The Italian brand, Zanussi, has been part of the Electrolux Group since 1984, and perhaps the name retains its association with Italy’s image for designer quality and tradition. In reality, Zanussi now constitutes the Electrolux’s entry-level brand for cooker hoods and other white goods (alongside AEG, Arthur Martin, Electrolux - and Faure in France and Voss in Denmark). Therefore, you may get a good deal price-wise, but you should not be too optimistic with regard to the overall performance.

In an article from 24th October The Economist concludes that “Should Britain ditch Ecodesign, EU manufacturers would not be entirely disappointed. They would at least have a nearby market where they could flog the below-standard, out-of-date appliances they could no longer sell on the continent.”

This may, to some extent, already be the case: some of the leading cooker hood manufacturers do not publish the EU datasheets, despite the fact that this has been compulsory since 1st January 2015.

A review of more than 40 Smeg cooker hoods!

Get a quick overview for each cooker hood category right here.

Read the up-dated news on Smeg cooker hoods, click right here!

Thanks to the NeutraTEST Score you can now compare no less than 160 cooker hoods on our leaderboard.

We add new hoods as quickly as we can, and the latest addition is 11 hoods from the Italian manufacturer Smeg. More will follow …

43 cooker hoods have been added to NeutraTEST’s data base for extractor fan test results!

From January 2016 NeutraTEST's British data base for cooker hoods is up and running for you to search in order to find your favorite extractor fan.

The best cooker hood for your kitchen island

... is a wall-mounted cooker hood! Explanation follows.

The fundamental question is can we trust the data supplied by the manufacturers and controlled by the 28 EU member states?

Get to know more about cooker hoods! Please find below our comments regarding the cooker hoods tested by NeutraTEST in 2014 and 2015. By reading through our evaluations you will gain a rapid and concise understanding of what is important when choosing your cooker hood.

All models can be found on the NeutraTEST comparator where you can:

- scroll through hundreds of models with EU data
- use the “search” function to find a specific model or brand
- view test details by clicking “the NeutraTEST Score”.

In early summer 2014 we tested cooker hoods from 9 different manufacturers:

Bosch – Broan – Electrolux – Faure – Glem – Rosières – Sauter – Scholtes – Whirlpool (alphabetical order).

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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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