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Best Buy cooker hoods

by Jane Darling

Best Buy cooker hoods will remove steam, smells and grease from your kitchen quickly and quietly. Our tests identify the best and the worst.

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It's no good getting a cooker hood that makes a lot of noise but doesn't quickly clear your kitchen of unwanted steam, grease and odours. 

Which? tests the most popular types of cooker hood to pinpoint which models will make your life in the kitchen easier, cleaner and fresher-smelling. Our Best Buy cooker hoods can be relied upon to clear the air in your kitchen quickly and quietly.

  • The worst cooker hoods we've tested are four times as noisy as the quietest and they struggle to remove steam, smells and grease. These cooker hoods will leave your kitchen damp, greasy and smelly as well as giving you a headache while you cook.
  • Every cooker hood sent to the Which? lab is tested in 14 different ways to find out how effective it is at removing steam, smells and grease, how easy it is to use and how well it's built. After eight weeks of solid testing we know which cooker hoods are best.
  • We test each cooker hood with someone over six feet tall and someone under five feet to see if it'll be easy for everyone to use. We also assess how straightforward each one is to install.

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How we uncover the best cooker hoods

Cooking in a steamy, smelly kitchen isn't pleasant - and grease settling on your kitchen surfaces is something we all want to avoid. Cooker hoods get put through rigorous tests by our lab experts to find the models that will promptly remove steam, smells and grease from your kitchen. If you buy a cooker hood which has been awarded a Which? Best Buy you can be confident that you'll be rewarded with a fresh-smelling kitchen.

  • Steam: We get the humidity in our test chamber up to 90%, as humid as a shower-fogged bathroom, and then see which cooker hoods are powerful enough to clear the steam, so you won't have to suffer when you're cooking.
  • Smells: We make our test chamber reek using the pungent chemical methyl ethyl ketone (which smells like nail polish remover) dripped into a hot pan. A powerful cooker hood should have no problem removing strong smells, making your kitchen a more pleasant place to be while cooking. 
  • Grease: We drip vegetable oil with water into a pan to create the greasiest of atmospheres and see how the cooker hood filters deal with capturing air-borne grease. The worst scoring cooker hoods will result in grease settling on your kitchen surfaces.
  • Ease of use: We get people of different heights and hand sizes to see how convenient to use each hood is. The poorest hoods have fiddly or unresponsive controls, a dim light and are a nightmare to keep clean.
  • Noise: The best hoods will quietly and unobtrusively suck out steam and smells from your kitchen, while the worst will be so loud that you'll want to abandon your cooking.

Cooker hood reviews you can trust

Models from the biggest cooker hoods brands on the market – including Bosch, Miele and Samsung – are tested in the Which? lab and we've discovered that sometimes even the most trustworthy names occasionally underperform.

Which? is independent – we work for you, the consumer, so you can be sure that our product recommendations are influenced only by our test results. We're not influenced by third parties and we don't accept freebies from product manufacturers or retailers. We buy all the products that we test ourselves, so our advice helps you to make the right choice first time and avoid costly mistakes.

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