What should I look for in a cooker hood?

An eye-catching, efficient extractor will be the crowning glory of any smart country cooker.

1 Best for…retro style
With its 1950s curves and an enamel-look ivory finish this chic extractor has a classic country feel. A cut-off timer lets you leave it running until the air is clear.
BER600IV Retro & Rustic extractor, H885-1085xW600xD500mm, £359, Baumatic.

2 Best for…adding colour
The rounded-edge block shape of this high-spec hood looks stylish in soft Cameo Pink. Low-level perimeter LEDs will illuminate the hob.
Faber Thalia extractor, H320xW600xD400mm, £1,139, KitchenEX Limited.

3 Best for…head room
The snug wall-mounted fit of this dynamic extractor prevents accidental bumps, while its sail-like upper duct glides up to capture steam during use.
HVSD970B Décor hood, H990xW900xD441mm, £600, Hoover.

4 Best for…island units
This remote-controlled hood fits close to the ceiling to avoid obstructing sightlines above an island unit, only lowering towards the action when required.
Vesper extractor, H1305xW515xD515mm, £962, Rangemaster.

5 Best for range cookers
The industrial design of this sturdy hood is ideal for professional style range cookers, and its built-in steel splashback will keep walls protected from spashes.

Steel Ascot extractor, H500xW700-1200xD500mm, £1,332, Bradshaw Appliances.

6 Best for…British design

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Sebastian Conran is behind the Spitfire-inspired soft curves of this UK-made hood. Its built-in utensil rail will keep ladles and spatulas close to hand.
Sebastian Conran SCCHIM90 extractor, H850xW900xD480mm, £489, Belling.

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