Keeping it clean: The latest invisible extraction for seamless designs

KitchensFeatures Tue 19th Jan 2021 by Emma Hedges

Keeping it clean: The latest invisible extraction for seamless designs

Keeping it clean: The latest invisible extraction for seamless designs

Feature by Emma Hedges | Tue 19th Jan 2021

Editor of KBBFocus Emma has been writing about design and interiors for over 25 years. A former editor of Essential Kitchen & Bathroom Business magazine, her work has been published in a wide variety of leading trade and consumer titles. More

Even if the project you’re working on isn’t particularly minimalist in style, a bulky chimney hood or pendant extractor can interrupt the streamlined aesthetic of your design. However, the number of high-powered products that work well and can blend seamlessly out of sight is growing.

Ceiling extractors offer an ideal solution, and for clients who aren’t keen on the idea of a stainless steel plate bearing down on them from above there are an increasing number of options to customise colour. “Pando offers 15 different flat-to-ceiling units in sizes from 540mm to 1900mm so there is something to suit every kitchen,” says Inaki Iturbe of Pando. “And blending the extractor into the overall decor makes a choice of colours essential – ours are available in stainless steel, white glass or any RAL colour so the unit will totally match the overall design.” The panels come with an epoxy prime coat so they can be painted.

Pando’s E-251 hood fits inside the ceiling offering total minimalism – it measures 1230mm wide and has an A+ energy rating

“A Westin ceiling hood painted white provides the perfect blend of effective extraction combined with discretion,” says Westin’s James Raynor. “The Stratus Air can also be colour matched to any exact shade to ensure pinpoint accuracy to its surroundings.”

This kitchen design by Grid Thirteen shows Westin’s Stratus Air, which come in 880mm or 1180mm widths and has a maximum extraction rate of 880m³/h

Disguise is another design option, and multifunctional ceiling hoods that double as convenient lighting can be equally discreet. When not in use the Siemens iQ700 LR18HLT25 VarioLift in white blends unobtrusively into the scheme, but can be lowered via remote control to the desired height when activated. The ClimateControl sensor monitors steam and odours and adjust the power setting accordingly.

The VarioLift from Siemens has a maximum extraction rate of 729m³/h and a noise level rating on an intensive setting of 76dB

Where upper cabinetry allows, a built-in over-hob unit is highly effective. “Under cabinet hoods are an ideal choice where a stylish and streamlined look is desired, or where space is more limited,” says Franke communications manager Jeanette Ward.

Franke’s Atmos Steam Off cooker hood is designed for recirculating or ducted installation and comes in widths of 600mm and 900mm

“Built-under canopy models are ideal in a galley kitchen and there are a number of options for installation within slim cabinetry,” says Novy country manager Owain Harrison. Novy’s 900mm Mini Pure’line is integrated within the ceiling of the recess and out of all sightlines.

Novy’s Mini Pure’line has an A energy rating, a maximum airflow of 815m³/h and three power levels

Fisher & Paykel's integrated model has a maximum decibel rating of 74dB and maximum extraction rate of 687m³/h

Of course downdraft extraction integrated into the hob is also ideal for a sleek look. The Novy One PRO is a Plus X award-winning 780mm vented downdraft hob, with a central ventilation tower within a powerful induction hob that has a range of cooking options including a grill function. When cooking has ended, the ventilation tower retracts back flush in to the surface. It also features a compact motor that takes up limited cabinetry space beneath the hob.

The B rated Novy One PRO ventilation tower has a maximum airflow of 653m³/h, a minimum noise level of 40dB and maximum of 60dB

The 900mm Whirlpool W Collection downdraft hood (WDO 93F B K) is finished in black glass with a brushed, black stainless steel trim and has a built-in panel cover that automatically rises during operation to remove steam, grease and odours.

The Whirlpool W Collection downdraft hood benefits from a 603 m3/h boosted air flow and is suitable for both ducted and recirculation functionality

With the Viento extractor from Gutmann, which is distributed in the UK via Euroline, steam is extracted in the centre space of the hob and clean air is expelled by the removable side wings within the hob.

The Viento from Gutmann features a multi-function filter with high grease and odour absorption, and creates no air flow in the cabinet

The Bora Professional 2.0 combined cooktop and downdraft extractor features two surface induction hobs either side of a central vent

The centred downdraft extractor in the Miele KMDA 7634 FL induction hob is framed by two PowerFlex Zones, allowing the two individual rings on either side to be combined to form one single large ring or a rectangular zone. Conn@ctivity technology enables wireless hob-to-hood communication that automatically adjusts the extraction power of the hood.

The KMDA 7634FL has an A++ energy rating with its DC motor said by Miele to save up to 70% of energy compared with conventional motors

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