By choosing a hob with an integrated extractor, you won’t be limited by having to position a hob over it. Instead, you’ll have complete freedom over how you design your kitchen.
These hobs are ideal for kitchen islands where you wouldn’t want a hood getting in the way. You’ll have to pay a bit more for this new and innovative technology, but it could be worth it if you’re designing a luxury kitchen.
Many of these hobs come with advanced features such as sensors that sense how much extraction power is required and adjust it accordingly.
Some of the advantages of induction hobs with a built-in extractor are:
- No cooker hood required – This is great for kitchen islands, open-plan kitchens and countertops where there isn’t enough space above for a cooker hood. It means you won’t accidentally bang your head on the cooker hood, and if you’re cooking on a kitchen island you can talk to people elsewhere in the kitchen without a hood getting in the way.
- No rising steam – This makes them safer and prevents moisture from accumulating on the wall/kitchen cabinet etc.
- Steam & smells tackled at source – It’s less likely that cooking odours will spread into the room.
However, there are a few drawbacks:
- Vent takes up room on and under the cooktop – You’ll need more space on your kitchen countertop than you would with a regular induction hob. You’ll also need space underneath for the extractor itself and any ducting.
- Expensive – Hobs with an integrated extractor are uniformly expensive. There don’t seem to be any budget models on the market.
Best Induction Hobs with an Integrated Extractor in the UK
We’ve researched the market and picked out some of the best induction hobs with a built-in extractor currently available in the UK.
1. Elica NikolaTesla Prime Venting Induction Hob
Dimensions: 83 cm wide x 51.5 cm deep x 21.1 cm high
This is one of the cheapest induction hobs with an integrated extractor currently available in the UK. It’s made by Italian brand Elica, a manufacturer of hobs and cooker hoods with a good reputation.
This hob has four induction zones, and ventilation starts automatically when the sensors detect steam. It has an AutoCapture feature which detects how much extraction power is needed and adjusts the extractor accordingly.
There’s also a Stop & Go feature that lets you pause cooking, saving the settings for when you’re ready to start again.
2. Bosch Serie 8 PXX875D67E 82cm Venting Induction Hob
Dimensions: 81.6 cm wide x 52.7 cm deep x 22.3 cm high
At 82 cm in width, this electric hob from Bosch offers everything you need to benefit from the best cooking experience. With four induction zones available, you can make use of magnetic components designed only to heat up your pan, rather than the hob surface itself. This allows for safer, more energy efficient cooking.
Thanks to the built-in downdraft cooker hood, you can ensure that your kitchen stays clear and fresh whilst creating the most complex of meals.
Despite a minor learning curve in the beginning, the design itself is quite intuitive, and the manual provides clear instruction to guide you on the more advanced features.
3. Bosch Serie 8 PXX875D34E 82cm Venting Induction Hob
Dimensions: 81.6 cm wide x 52.7 cm deep x 19.8 cm high
Designed with a wide array of innovative features, this is another fantastic venting induction hob from Bosch, which provides you with everything needed to create your favourite dishes with ease.
With the built-in “PerfectCook” sensors, you can control temperatures via Wi-Fi to allow for flexible manoeuvring around your house whilst you cook. This means you can adjust heat levels for simmering from the comfort of your own living room couch!
Despite the premium price tag attached to this product, the integrated downdraft cooker hood allows for a consistent style and performance right across the board, giving you the perfect all-in-one solution.
How Do Induction Hobs with Integrated Extractors Work?
The hob itself works like any other induction hob. It heats pans directly, using a magnetic field. Induction hobs offer more speed, responsiveness and energy efficiency than regular electric hobs (read more about induction hobs here).
The built-in extractor is what makes these products special. Instead of drawing the air up, they draw it down, like in a separate downdraft extractor.
Although you might assume that downdraft extraction wouldn’t work as well as an extractor hood positioned over the hob, this isn’t the case. Integrated extractors are designed and tested to make sure they actually do draw the steam down very effectively, as you can see in this video:
The integrated extractor can be either ducted or use recirculation. If it’s ducted, this means it will be connected to outside. If it uses a recirculation system, it will filter and clean the air using a carbon filter and then release it back into the kitchen.
It’s important to remember that you will need space (usually at least 20 cm) underneath your kitchen countertop for the extractor itself and any ducting.
Will Spilt Liquid Damage the Extractor?
One thing you might worry about with venting hobs is what happens when a pan boils over. Will it damage the extractor?
Most venting hobs are designed to be able to handle water and other spilt liquids, so this won’t be a problem. It will be held within a container, which can then be emptied.
If we had to pick just one of these induction hobs to recommend, it would be the Elica NikolaTesla as the built-in extractor works very well and the hob looks exceptionally stylish.