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to insist that I don't want a cooker hood?

(57 Posts)
happyon Fri 12-Apr-13 12:31:23

Sorry to be dull but have been quite amazed at how much debate this has caused. My kitchen is small but open plan and has a huge window so I'd rather have the cabinet space. Builder claims he won't put in new kitchen without it confused. His refusal is not about building regs. He just thinks I'll 'regret it'. AIBU not to have one?

forevergreek Fri 12-Apr-13 13:48:56

We have a hood extractor and a cupboard smile

Wouldn't like to not have one. All the steam from cooking goes through it.
The cupboard isn't that big and is high up, but just has extra cooking dishes/ cake trays etc in

I think it's called an under cabinet range hood...

marquesas Fri 12-Apr-13 13:49:23

I have one but I very rarely use it, I prefer an open window as the extractor is pretty noisy. However, I would always have one as I've been told that it could make it more difficult to sell the house in the future.

happyon Fri 12-Apr-13 18:07:12

Thanks. I guess I was hoping I could find a tiny one that could just be fixed on the bottom of the cupboard but they all seem to be fixed into the cupboards.

Does anyone have experience of the non-vented ones?

EuroShaggleton Fri 12-Apr-13 18:13:36

I also think you will regret it.

Bunbaker Fri 12-Apr-13 19:16:26

My window is nowhere near the cooker and on cold days the cooker hood with extractor is essential.

Chottie Fri 12-Apr-13 19:21:13

I have a cooker hood and I use it a lot when cooking and I have the window open. I make soups and jams and chutneys and lots of things which need lots of simmering.

kelda Fri 12-Apr-13 19:23:07

I have an extractor fan and a small, flat cupboard above it, just enough to put a few rows of glasses in.

I always use the extractor fan. The steam would damage the kitchen if we didn't have it.

madamecake Fri 12-Apr-13 19:26:35

We have no cooker hood, just a bridging cupboard so we have plenty of height above the hob. No problems with condensation or odours, but we do have 2 windows so tend to just open them.
In our last house we had a non vented hood it didn't do anything other than look nice!

kinkyfuckery Fri 12-Apr-13 19:28:27

I don't have a cooker hood and don't seem to notice any ill effects confused

olivertheoctopus Fri 12-Apr-13 19:34:34

We use ours mainly for the light rather than the extractor, love that light!! Could never have a cupboard though as ceiling too low so kinda irrelevant. Anyway, your builder should be building whatever YOU ask him to build. What's it to him if you regret it later anyway?!?

owlface Sat 13-Apr-13 12:16:11

I had my cooker hood removed as I kept banging my head on it! I only used it for the light as it ventilated into the kitchen and I have an extractor in the ceiling anyway. Now I have two shelves in its place, I keep glasses on the lower shelf and breakfast cereals on the top shelf. I have Ikea LED lights under the shelf, they are great.

Gales Sat 13-Apr-13 12:29:15

I have a cooker hood that I have only every used for the light - I open a window to get rid of smells and condensation. TBH, unless it's on an outside wall I don't think they're that effective anyway. I don't think you'll regret not having one, but I'm not sure how useful a cupboard over the hob would be either.

Poppy716 Thu 13-Oct-16 05:08:30

Can anyone recommend a recirculating cooker hood? Various reasons I can't have an extraction one

MesM Thu 13-Oct-16 05:24:49

We assumed we wouldn't need one as barely used it and would ruin the beautiful line of our beautiful kitchen hmm however have noticed an upsurge in mould. I'd get one.

girlwithamoonandstaronherhead Thu 13-Oct-16 05:27:00

Yanbu I hate cooker hoods the noise makes me feel like I cant think (or cook) straight, I prefer to open a window.

FrancisCrawford Thu 13-Oct-16 05:49:15

I only ever use the light on mine too.
An open window works just fine. I can't stand the noise. I cook a lot and I've never had an issue with mould.

MakeJam Thu 13-Oct-16 06:16:22

I wish I had an extractor. Grease accumulates on everything and it's yuck!

There's no reason why you can't have a slimline extractor and storage above the cooker. It's handy to have a light too.

@ WillieWaggler We had the same problem in our bathroom and kitchen and bought a portable dehumidifier with an integral heater (about £140). It's brilliant. No more condensation or mildew.

topcat2014 Thu 13-Oct-16 06:53:59

We have a narrow (from top to bottom) cupboard above our hob. We use it to keep all the oven trays in. You need to clean the underside a bit, but it is far from minging.

Good extractor fan on another wall.

We used to have a hood as well - but it bust so we took it out - no regrets.

PikachuSayBoo Thu 13-Oct-16 06:57:18

I don't have a hood. Don't have an extractor fan.

Never regretted it.

WhoKnowsWhereTheTimeG0es Thu 13-Oct-16 07:01:57

We have one and use it all the time, as well as having the back door open pretty well all the time weather permitting. The ILs never use theirs and their house stinks of cooking. I'd never not have one.

YellowCrocus Thu 13-Oct-16 07:10:26

Like others I use the light on my hood all the time, and the fan occasionally. A slimline fan under a cupboard sounds like the best solution here.

cathaka15 Thu 13-Oct-16 07:10:52

This one I had seen on eBay.

ryderandthepups Thu 13-Oct-16 07:29:12

I don't have one, although hob is under a window. There's a small cupboard directly above that with the fuse board in it.Never had any problems!

BrainPrions Thu 13-Oct-16 07:31:37

Yeah, that's one of those things you don't need.

Until you do.

We have one that doesn't work, and we don't realize what a pain it is until we need it.

GreenHen Thu 13-Oct-16 07:37:32

I haven't got a cooker hood but my hob (induction) is on an peninsula, and not directly under a cupboard (in a large open plan area).

I wouldn't put a hob directly under a cupboard but I've had no issues or regrets about deciding to not have a hood. Previous to that we did have one but never/very rarely used it.

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