Kitchen focus: How discreet extraction offers more design flexibility

KitchensFeatures Mon 4th Mar 2024 by Lisa Hibberd

Kitchen focus: How discreet extraction offers more design flexibility

Kitchen focus: How discreet extraction offers more design flexibility

Feature by Lisa Hibberd | Mon 4th Mar 2024

Lisa has a background in working on consumer titles, and as the former associate editor of Your Home magazine, over 15 years' experience writing about kitchens and bathrooms. She now works as a freelance, contributing to both consumer and B2B platforms. More

Subtle, concealed extraction is fast becoming a must-have for those looking for kitchen design freedom. Lisa Hibberd takes a look at some of the latest options, and shares advice from those in the know.

“There are various types of discreet or concealed extraction, each offering a range of benefits depending on the consumer’s personal preferences as well as the size and layout of the kitchen space they are going into,” says Jo Sargent, sales & marketing director at Franke UK. “Hob extractors are one of the most flexible types of discreet extraction available, offering the advantage of seamless integration into almost any kitchen, whether on a single worktop run or an expansive island unit. Their availability in vented or re-circulatory mode, diverse width options and their ability to blend seamlessly with the worksurface to provide a stylish and streamlined appearance means they offer both practical and aesthetic benefits. What’s more, the fact that they offer an all-in-one cooking and extraction solution can simplify consumer decision-making.”

Franke’s Mythos 2gether Glass features a frameless black glass design. Its powerful extractor is centrally positioned between the 4 induction zones, which can be transformed into 2 for larger pans. The extractor has 8 operating speeds plus 2 intensive settings with a maximum extraction rate of 620m³/h and sound level of just 67dB at maximum, plus an A+ energy rating

“The integrated nature of discreet extraction allows for greater flexibility in kitchen layout and design as it eliminates the need for a traditional bulky hood,” adds Jessica Rhodes, product & marketing manager at ASKO. “This gives consumers a variety of options to enhance the kitchen with additional features such as cabinets and shelves. These systems also integrate seamlessly into the cooking surface, creating a clean and modern look – especially desirable for consumers who prefer a sleek and minimalistic kitchen design.” Where a kitchen layout features the main cooking area situated on an island, a vented hob or downdraft extractor frees up the space above it, which is often the perfect spot for statement lighting.

ASKO’s HIHD854MM Elevate Hood-in-Hob has an automatic extraction tower, strategically positioned in the centre of the induction space, rising automatically when the extraction is turned on. The maximum extraction rate is 617 m3/h in recirculation Airflow boost mode, and it’s rated A for energy efficiency

Smeg’s KDD60VXE-2 60cm downdraft cooker hood in black can be vented or recirculated, depending on the client’s preference, and is rated B for energy efficiency. The design lends itself perfectly to an island unit, but could also sit close to the wall behind a hob. Its maximum extraction rate is 570 m3/h in intensive mode

Willi Bruckbauer, founder of BORA, suggests that although the benefits of open-plan living are numerous, there are some considerations. “One of these is cooking odours – in an open-plan kitchen it is important that smells from cooking aren’t left to linger long after the meal has been enjoyed unless the extraction system is sufficient. However, a head-height extractor hood can constrain the room’s design – depending on where it is sited it can create a visual obstacle and restrict the room’s layout, particularly when it needs to be sited above an island unit right in the centre of the kitchen. The solution is the downdraft extraction hob, quite literally removing the steam and odours away from pots and pans exactly as they arise, drawing them downwards before they have the chance to permeate the air. A downward extractor will be also significantly quieter than a head-height model, dealing with the important issue of acoustics in open-plan spaces.”

The new A-rated BORA M Pure is the most flexible of the brand’s compact cooktop extraction systems yet. The 2 surface induction zones on the right can be connected together by the bridging function to create a large zone. It offers 9 extraction speeds with noise levels ranging from 28dB to 54dB

Miele’s A+ rated KMDA 7272 FR-U Silence Downdraft Hob comes with integrated vapour extraction with Silence motor, perfect for open-plan kitchens. Combining energy efficient induction cooking and integrated extraction in one, this hob is the quietest TwoInOne from Miele with a motor that is 25% quieter than its predecessor at higher levels. It can be installed anywhere thanks to the Plug&Play design with a choice of ducted or recirculation modes, and has a maximum extraction rate of 510 m3/h

Maurizio Severgnini, MD at Bertazzoni UK, adds: “Discreet extractors work in the same was as visible models, so need to be within the vicinity of the hob. Maximum efficiencies can be achieved with the extraction rate when ducting is kept to a minimum and it’s worth knowing that every bend and metre in the pipework reduces the extraction rate by 10%.”

Bertazzoni’s P804ICH2M37NT 80cm induction hob with integrated hood is rated A+, has a maximum air extraction rate of 640 m3/h, and a maximum noise level of 66dbA. The hood has 5 speed selections, and the Automatic function will adjust the speed of extraction based on the power used during cooking

So how can retailers and designers assure their clients that such subtle extraction doesn’t compromise on performance? Simon Plumbridge, category manager at Gaggenau, says: “It is important to stress that the discreet design of the extractor should not affect its functionality. A quality extractor is not only visually appealing but also highly efficient in performing its job. It effectively removes cooking odours, smoke, and grease from the kitchen, ensuring a clean and fresh environment for cooking and dining. It is worth mentioning that the integration of functionality and aesthetics has been a gradual development in the industry. In the past, there have been phases where functionality took precedence over appearance, and vice versa. However, the current trend is to strike a balance between the two. This ensures that the extractor not only looks good but also functions effectively, meeting the needs of modern kitchens and homeowners.”

Gaggenau’s A+ rated VL414115 Vario 400 series downdraft ventilation has a maximum sound level of 71dB in normal mode. It’s designed for either flush installation or surface installation with a visible edge, and can be combined with other Vario appliances from the 400 series

The Küppersbusch K-Series.5 KMI8560.0, an A+ rated 80cm vented black hob level extractor is ideal to combine with matching appliances for those seeking a seamless look. It boasts 97.7% grease removal and offers 10 power levels, with a maximum, and there’s the option to add a self-cleaning air filter with the latest Plasma technology

Jenny Hyatt, sales and marketing director, Middleby Residential UK – premium channel, notes that power and performance will differ from brand to brand. “The most important consideration for any client seeking a vented hob is that it offers a range of advanced induction cooking functions whilst delivering extraction that does not compromise the sound of conversation in the kitchen. Novy’s powerful vented hobs, including its Panorama collection of vented downdraft hobs, are certified by Quiet Mark for their ultra-quiet performance.”

The Novy Panorama Pro is a powerful 90cm 4-zone vented downdraft induction hob. Rising to any height level up to 30cm, the Panorama Pro efficiently extracts cooking vapours at source. With a maximum free flow rate of 1160m³/h, it features 5 speeds plus 3 intensive speeds and has a B energy rating. Noise levels range from a minimum of 37dB at level 1 and a maximum continuous level of 57dB

The new Westin Lisser Stone takes discreet extraction to the next level. By customising the top panel of the surface mounted rising downdraft with a section of the worktop material, the Lisser Stone ensures that when not in use and in the ‘down’ position, the downdraft is the ultimate in discreet extraction

Tags: kitchens, features, discreet extraction, downdraft hoods, vented hobs

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