Rockhouse Barn conversion Shaker Kitchen with Smeg SYD4110 induction range cooker

Extractor Fans

Choosing the right extractor for your kitchen can be a tricky task, there are plenty of choices to fit a variety of budgets so where do you start?
1 – Ducted Outside or Recirculating?
Where possible, we would recommend using ducted extractors, as these are the most effective appliances to extract air from your kitchen. This type of extractor will need to be ducted to an external wall in order to remove the air from the building. It often works best to have an extractor on an external wall so you don’t have lots of unsightly ducting to conceal.
However, we know this isn’t always possible. Recirculating appliances can still remove a high percentage of smells and have made a lot of progress over the years. Recirculating extractors filter the air before exhausting it back into the room, and the filters will need to be cleaned every few months to remain effective. You don’t need to plan for ducting, so this could be an attractive option for some situations.
2 – Noise and Capacity
It is also important to consider how loud the extractor will be (check out the decibel rating dB) and its capacity. For larger rooms you will need a higher capacity extractor. These are more powerful and can be a little noisier. Any stockist should be able to help you with working out your requirements.
3 – Style
Understated or Focal Point?

  • Shaker Canopy (Built in Extractors) – A firm favourite amongst our clients, the Shaker Canopy is a classic design and complements Shaker furniture beautifully. It consists of a simple plastered box with a cornice, with the extractor concealed inside. We recommend painting this the same colour as your walls, to create a subtle, elegant extraction solution.


  • Lipped Canopy (Built in Extractors) – This is similar to the Shaker Canopy, but instead of a cornice an Oak lip has been used. This is a great way to add an Oak accent into the room and is a much simpler look than the Shaker canopy.


  • Chimney Breast (Built in Extractors) – If you kitchen has a chimney breast, its an idea place to conceal an extractor. This is a really traditional arrangement, and the chimneybreast creates a lovely frame around the cooking area.


  • Freestanding Extractors – These are often stainless steel and can be used to create a focal point in the room. This style of extractor is more commonly used in flat panel, contemporary designs and can work well with other stainless steel appliances and accessories. This style of extractor creates a more open feel to the room, and there are plenty of designs available. You can also find this style of extractor suitable for island extraction.
  • Downdraft Extractors – These extractors are ideal to use in an island. When not in use they sit below the worktop height, creating a sleek and slim line finish. When in use the extractor rises up out of the worktop, and sits close to the hob, so is a very effective method of extraction. It pays to think ahead with this style of extractor – it is possible to vent these out side, but you will need to add ducting under the floor. This isn’t always possible but if you are having building works done, it can be built into the process as the floor is constructed.
  • Ceiling Extractors – This type of extractor is built into the ceiling, either sitting flush, or concealed in a box. You need to take your ceiling height into consideration, and the height the extractor needs to sit to be effective.

Most styles can be used to duct out side, or recirculate the air.
*Please note that the information provided is advice only. We cannot help individuals with their queries unless they are undertaking a full kitchen project with us. We are not responsible for any damage incurred by following the advice*

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