The best kitchen extractor fans for a comfortable kitchen

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1. The list in brief  
2. Best overall: Neff 52cm Canopy Cooker Hood
3. Best for kitchen islands: Elica TRIBE-ISLAND Cooker Hood
4. Best downdraught: Cookology Downdraft Hood
5. Best wall-mounted hood: Zanussi Chimney Cooker Hood
6. Best angled cooker hood: CIARRA Class A Cooker Hood
7. Best telescopic model: Cookology Integrated Hood
8. Types of kitchen extractor
9. How we test

The best kitchen extractor fans – or best cooker hoods – are capable of removing odours, steam and smoke quickly and quietly from your kitchen. 

A kitchen extractor fan is an essential appliance and making a selection is a key part of planning a kitchen. What's more, choosing the best cooker hood you can find is especially important if your space is open plan — you don't want to find yourself sitting down to eat in cloud of cooking smells, after all. 

Here, we have rounded up some of the best kitchen extractor fans currently on the market, from chimney cooker hoods and freestanding models suitable for kitchen islands, to downdraught extractors — so no matter what your kitchen style or budget, there will be something for you. 

There are several points to bear in mind before making your final selection, including price, noise levels and the filtration system that will best suit you.You will also need to think about size and appearance.

We've explained the different types of cooker hood you will find yourself having to choose from at the end of this guide.

The Quick List

Need a speedy way to find the best extractor fan for you? Here's a quick overview of the kitchen extractor fans on this list, along with handy quick links that allow to you skip down the page to get right into a more detailed review of the particular product that you like the look of. 

Best overall cooker hood

neff stainless steel integrated cooker hood

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Neff D55MH56N0B 52cm Canopy Cooker Hood

Sleek, efficient integrated cooker hood

Specifications

Dimensions: H42cm x W52cm x D30cm
Style: Integrated
Energy rating: C
Noise level: 67dB
Vent type: Extraction and recirculation

Reasons to buy

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Sleek and unobtrusive design
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Good integrated lighting
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Easy-to-clean filter
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Efficient ventilation even on lowest setting

Reasons to avoid

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Energy rating C

Neff's canopy cooker hood is designed to be fitted into a kitchen unit above the hob and so is perfect in sleek, contemporary kitchens where a fuss-free finish is sought after.

This model of cooker hood can be either ducted to outside in order to extract smells and steam, or used as a recirculation fan.

Featuring three speed settings and a maximum airflow rate of 575³/h, this fan also has a power boost option that will cut in when cooking odours or steam become particularly intense. It is operated by touch controls and has a smart LED display and two very bright LED lights, making it one of the best kitchen extractor fans around. 

Best for kitchen islands

Elica island kitchen cooker hood

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Elica TRIBE-ISLAND 90cm Island Cooker Hood

Stylish cooker hood perfect above large island hobs

Specifications

Dimensions: H74cm x W90cm x D60cm
Style: Island/freestanding
Energy rating: B
Noise level: 68dB
Vent type: Extraction and recirculation

Reasons to buy

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Suitable for large hobs or range cookers
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Boost mode
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Easy-to-clean grease filter
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Elegant design

Reasons to avoid

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More expensive than some

If it is a freestanding island cooker hood you are after, one of your top priorities needs to be its appearance — so the Elica TRIBE-ISLAND 90cm Island Cooker Hood really fits the bill.

The sleek stainless steel and glass design will look great above an island hob or range cooker and its generous 90cm width means it will be suitable above even sizeable hobs.

The hood features three speed settings and a maximum extraction rate of 710m³/h. If that isn't enough though, there is also a boost function that will kick in when needed, blasting away unwanted smells in no time. 

Best downdraught

cookology downdraught kitchen extractor in black and stainless steel

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Cookology 90cm Downdraft Cooker Hood

Contemporary-style cooker hood with practical features

Specifications

Dimensions: H80cm x W96cm x D49cm
Style: Downdraught
Energy rating: D
Noise level: 67dB
Vent type: Extraction and recirculation

Reasons to buy

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Cutting-edge designer looks
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Tucks away out of sight when not in use
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Reasonable price tag
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Easy to install

Reasons to avoid

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Unsuitable for use with gas hobs

If you are concerned that a downdraught kitchen extractor won't offer the same powerful extraction as overhead cooker hoods then worry no more. The Cookology 90cm Downdraft Cooker Hood has an impressive extraction capacity of 700m³/hr, along with four speed settings.

Touch slider control operation and an easy-to-clean filter make it a practical option too, while the two LED lights illuminate your hob and worktop effectively. 

Like all downdraught models, this cooker hood rises up from the worktop at the touch of a button, making it ideal for island hobs, or for sleek, contemporary kitchens. What perhaps separates this model is its comparatively low price point.

Owners of gas hobs or cookers should note that this will not be suitable for use.

Best wall-mounted hood

Zanussi stainless steel chimney style cooker hood

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Zanussi ZHC62352X Chimney Cooker Hood

Neat, unobtrusive design at a good price

Specifications

Dimensions: H60.5 x W60 x D50cm
Style: Chimney
Energy rating: C
Noise level: 71dB
Vent type: Extraction and recirculation

Reasons to buy

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Neat, stylish design
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Value for money
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Easy to install

Reasons to avoid

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Higher noise level than some

This more compact, wall-mounted kitchen extractor fan is great for smaller kitchens. With its stainless steel finish and and glass design elements it will suit a contemporary kitchen beautifully, too. One of its biggest benefits however is its very reasonable price tag. 

On the downside, it's maximum airflow rate when ducted is 500m³/h — lower than some of the other models here. It is also a little noisier at 71dB.

However, it is simple to fit, easy on the eye and offers effective extraction and three speed settings.

Best angled cooker hood