If you’re looking for a cooker hood that doesn’t need ducting, this roundup of the best recirculating cooker hoods is for you.
A cooker hood is a vital piece of kitchen equipment. It can stop your kitchen smelling, stop mould and damp causing issues in your kitchen and, of course, can complete the perfect look for a modern kitchen.
However, with so many cooker hoods on the market, how do you know which one to buy?
Here’s a roundup of the best recirculating cooker hoods available in the UK. We’ve tried to include something for all budgets and kitchen styles.
Most of these hoods don’t come with carbon filters included, but you will have the option to include them when buying from retailers such as Currys.
Best Recirculating Cooker Hoods in the UK
1. Neff D55MH56N0B 52cm Canopy Cooker Hood
Dimensions: 52 cm wide x 42 cm high x 30 cm deep
Functions: Recirculation and extraction
Maximum noise level: 67 dB
The Neff D55MH56N0B is a canopy-style cooker hood that offers both recirculation and extraction functions. It fits into your kitchen cabinets above the hob in an unobtrusive way, where it will remove steam and odours from your kitchen without being an eyesore.
The maximum noise level of 67 dB is quite loud, but not excessively so. It has three extraction speeds as well as an intensive boost option.
The two built-in 1W LED lights are a nice addition, and help you see what you’re doing while you’re cooking.
To use the recirculation function, you will need the Neff Z5135X3 Standard Recirculation Kit, which needs to be bought separately.
2. CIARRA CBCS6506B 60cm Glass Cooker Hood
Dimensions: 60 x 50 x 53 cm
Functions:Recirculation and extraction
Noise level: 67 dB
This stylish recirculating cooker hood combines stainless steel and glass to give a modern finish.
With a width of 60 cm, it’s suitable to use over any standard-size cooker and hob and will clean the air quickly in a small to medium-sized kitchen.
This cooker hood has three venting speeds to suit any amount of smells and sizzling plus two bright LED lights.
You can choose to use this product as a recirculating hood using carbon filters (not included), or connect it to a vent and use it as an extraction hood.
It’s compatible with CBCF004 filters, which are easy to get hold of online.
If you’re looking for a chimney-style recirculating cooker hood, this one from CIARRA offers good value for money and looks stylish, though it can be tricky to install due to the confusing instructions manual.
3. CIARRA CBCS6201 60cm Cooker in Stainless Steel
Dimensions: 60 x 57.3 x 48.2 cm
Functions: Recirculation and extraction
Noise level: 62 dB
The stainless-steel design of the Ciarra cooker hood adds a touch of elegance to complete the aesthetic of your kitchen.
At 380 cubic metres per hour, it offers a fantastic extracting rate, including the ability to absorb smoke, dust, and even grease to protect your family from unhealthy aromas.
Not only does it look expensive, but it also provides great value for money in terms of performance, with two ventilation modes: recirculation inside and duct outside.
The only design flaw would be the extremely short power wire, which may require an extension cable if you don’t have a convenient plug socket nearby.
4. electriQ eiQTMS60BL 60cm Glass Angled Chimney Cooker Hood
Dimensions: 68.1-141.1 x 59.5 x 27.8 cm
Functions: Recirculation and extraction
Noise level: 65 dB
For the price, this cooker hood has got to be one of the most stylish cooker hoods available.
It has an ultra-modern and sleek design that will suit any modern kitchen nicely. The two LED lights to aid in cooking are nicely hidden by the lovely angled front yet still provide plenty of downward light so you can see what you are doing.
This isn’t the most powerful cooker hood on the market, coming in with a 350 cubic metres of air extraction rate.
However, for small or medium-sized kitchens, this has plenty of power to extract steam, grease and odours.
This extractor comes complete with a plug for really easy installation and can be used as a recirculating or extracting unit. It is quite quiet, too, so won’t interfere with your conversation while you cook.
5. Currys Essentials C60SHDX21 Integrated Cooker Hood
Dimensions: 90 x 59.7 x 45 cm
Functions: Recirculating and extracting
Noise level: 66 dB
This Currys Essentials cooker hood is ideal if you need a cooker hood that is easy to use and simple to install.
It has very simple-to-use button controls with three-speed settings. Anyone will be able to dial in the perfect amount of power with this cooker hood.
Speaking of power, this cooker hood moves 177 cubic metres of air an hour. This isn’t the most powerful hood in the world, but for smaller kitchens, it will work perfectly.
Plus, as it can be used as an extraction or recirculating hood, we feel this one would be ideal for a flat.
The size makes it perfect for a kitchen in a flat, and if you can’t drill a big hole in the wall, you can use it as a recirculating hood.
For the price, this cooker hood is really good value for money. It may not win many design competitions for its style, but it is simple to use, simple to install, and it works perfectly well in the right-sized kitchen.
What Is a Recirculating Cooker Hood?
A typical cooker hood is set up to extract air from your kitchen via a vent or duct. They’re called extraction hoods, for obvious reasons.
These types of cooker hoods expel the smells and damp air from your kitchen and out into the world.
By contrast, a recirculating cooker hood passes the smells and the air through carbon and grease filters and then recirculates it back into your kitchen.
This means you don’t need to drill a massive hole in the side of your house and install ducting.
The biggest advantage of recirculating hoods is that they don’t require ducting.
The ducting you need for an extraction hood can look unsightly in your kitchen, and could cause damp issues if it isn’t properly sealed. The installation requirements also make extraction hoods more expensive to install.
One good thing about recirculating cooker hoods is that they can be installed anywhere in your kitchen. So, if your cooker isn’t placed on an external wall, it doesn’t matter at all.
One of the only downsides to recirculating cooker hoods is that the filters may need to be replaced more frequently than the filters in more traditional cooker hoods.
However, the filters may only need to be changed once a year, so it is hardly going to break the bank!
Many cooker hoods offer you the option of functioning either as a recirculating hood with the use of carbon filters or as an extraction hood with the use of ducting.
Often neither the carbon filters nor the ducting is included, so you need to decide how you will use the hood and remember buy the necessary extras when you buy the hood itself.
Pros and Cons of Recirculating Cooker Hoods
Here’s an overview of the pros and cons of cooker hoods versus extraction hoods.
- Easier to install
- Cheaper to install
- No ugly ducting in the kitchen
- Usually quieter
- Less effective at extraction
- Filters require replacing regularly
Choosing a Recirculating Cooker Hood
Here are some things to think about when looking for a recirculating cooker hood for your kitchen.
Of course, one of the biggest selling points for a cooker hood is how it looks. It has to add some style to your kitchen, but that shouldn’t be the only thing it adds!
You also need to consider which type of cooker hood you are buying. Types of cooker hood include integrated, visor, chimney and island.
Which type you need will depend on where your cooker is located in the kitchen, how much space you have and whether you want the hood to be discrete or be a feature in the kitchen.
As well as the look of your cooker hood, it’s worth thinking about how it will function too.
It’s no good getting a beautifully stylish cooker hood only to find out that it’s no good. Style and function need to go hand in hand.
Other things that are worth thinking about when buying a recirculation cooker hood include how often the filters need changing and how easy it is to change them.
We all like to keep things simple, and so the task of changing the cooker hood filters should be as simple and easy as using the thing daily. Otherwise, the lovely cooker hood you just bought may become the stuff of nightmares.
You should also find out how easy the cooker hood you’re considering buying is to install. Whether you are installing it yourself or not, if the install is a bit more complicated, it may cost more for a company to do it or it can cause you a lot of stress.
Also, by finding out how difficult the cooker hood is to install, this can help you price this part of the cost up and keep within your budget.
The best recirculating cooker hood for you depends on the layout and style of your kitchen as well as the size of your cooker. Our favourite in this list is the Neff D55MH56N0B, but check that it fits your kitchen layout before considering ordering it.
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