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

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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?

specialsubject Thu 13-Oct-16 11:03:02

We took it straight out when we got here - it was one of those useless recirculating ones, and perfectly positioned to block all light and hit your head on it. Kitchen is large and has windows.

no cupboard above hob, and as and when it all gets redone, that's how it will stay. Too many cupboards anyway!

EatsShitAndLeaves Thu 13-Oct-16 10:46:23

Just had a quick look on Amazon - search for downdraft extractor and loads of options come up at various price points.

Some are packages that include a hob as well. Example below.

EatsShitAndLeaves Thu 13-Oct-16 10:40:21

You can get extractors that sit behind the hob and raise up from the worktop.

Maybe this would work?

They are called down draft extractors.

This one isn't cheap but I'm sure other brands make them.

CreamCrackerundertheSettee Thu 13-Oct-16 10:28:26

We've got one under a cupboard. It is very slim and you pull it out to turn it on. I don't use it all the time but wouldn't like to be without it.

SpookyPotato Thu 13-Oct-16 10:20:40

We don't have one as the kitchen came like that and there's no room! It's fine apart from the cooking smell that ends up in the bedroom sometimes...

Spring2016 Thu 13-Oct-16 08:08:11

Our fan is via the microwave above the cooker, and a small cupboard above the microwave.

BabyGanoush Thu 13-Oct-16 07:37:54

Our kitchen doesn't have one.

It was extended and the cooker is too far from the outside wall to have an extractor fan.

I really really wish I had one, I have to close kitchen door and open patio doors when cooking!

In Winter this is totally idiotic

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.

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.

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!

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

This one I had seen on eBay.

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.

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.

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

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

Never regretted it.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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?!?

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

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!

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