Kitchen hoods are among the essential elements of any modern and functional kitchen, playing a crucial role in eliminating odours and smoke produced during cooking and helping to maintain clean and fresh air in the cooking environment. However, when it comes to choosing between large hoods and small hoods, there are several considerations to ensure you find a fully satisfactory solution.
The size of the cooker hood should be a decision based on various factors, including the space available in the kitchen, the size of the cooker hob, the specific needs of the consumer, and the search for a balance between design and functionality.
So let’s try to find out more in order to make an informed choice.
Space in the Kitchen: to each their own hood
One of the main considerations when choosing between large and small hoods is the space available in the kitchen. If you have a small kitchen with limited space above the hob, you may have to opt for a smaller hood to avoid visually overloading the room and to ensure that there is enough space to work unobstructed.
On the other hand, if we are fortunate enough to have a larger kitchen or a more open space, a larger hood might be the ideal choice, as it can handle a greater volume of air and capture the vapours and odours released during food preparation more effectively.
The size of the hob: dimensions that matter
The size of your hob is another important element to keep in mind. A large hob, containing four or more cooking zones, will require an adequately sized hood to cover the entire area: this will ensure that the extraction element is able to effectively capture and filter smoke and odours from all sources.
On the other hand, if you have a smaller hob, you could opt for a more compact and discreet hood.
A strategic solution for large hobs, T-SHELF island hood by Faber stands out for its trendy, multifunctional design and trellis structure with fumè glass shelves and double LED bar with adjustable light intensity. Here, the central and symmetrical position of the user interface and lights, and the possibility of inserting shelves both to the right or left of the hood, allow for perfect all-round use, offering the possibility of organising the space available in your kitchen in an efficient and personalised manner.
Preferable for hobs of a more minimalist size, at 45 cm the BEAT hood from Faber perfectly combines freshness and compactness, guaranteeing a high extraction capacity for cooking fumes and odours. With its contemporary conical design, versatile colour options and easy-to-clean materials, it is a respectable solution for informal kitchens and small spaces characteristic of younger homes. If you enjoy the design of the BEAT, but you have a bigger hob, then the award-winning BEAT XL is the ideal choice for you.
Consumer needs: home chef or occasional cook?
Every cook, as we know, has different attitudes and habits in the kitchen. Some of us love cooking elaborate dishes, using a wide range of utensils, pots and pans. Some of us like to fry, roast or grill, and frequently invite friends and family to share our delicacies. Experienced and enthusiastic cooks will certainly benefit from a large and powerful hood, which can cope with the intense steam and smells produced by their spectacular preparations.
On the other hand, there are people who cook only occasionally or prefer to prepare simpler, lighter or ready-to-eat dishes: in these cases, a less powerful hood may be sufficient for their needs.
Capable of responding to different cooking and extraction needs, the elegant wall-mounted Vertical hoods range, including PURE BLACK TRUE BLACK and TRUE DOUBLE BLACK is a range of hoods that encapsulates all the class of Faber in 80 cm of essentiality.
What makes it an attractive range for both occasional cooks and experienced chefs alike is not only the refined design, but also its effective smoke extraction. This is enhanced by the timed intensive extraction system, which can activate maximum power for special cooking requirements. Other aspects that must not be underestimated are the ease of cleaning and maintenance and the excellent illumination of the surface, afforded by its classic sloping shell.
Design vs. Functionality : in search of the perfect balance
When it comes to design and functionality, the choice between large and small hoods is a real dilemma – and not an easy one to solve. While large hoods can become a focal point in the kitchen, lending a touch of grandeur and personality, in some situations this bold design might clash with a more minimalist furnishing style or with a furniture layout that favours clean, essential lines.
A larger hood that avoids this problem is the PAREO Plus by Faber, which, thanks to its spiral modular structure, looks more like a contemporary sculpture than a traditional extractor hood. Its advanced Up&Down technology makes the cooker hood lower towards the hob only when activated. Once the task is completed, the geometric shapes and lines recompose around the engine, freeing the worktop from any possible visual encumbrance.
Another model with a discreet and essential design, the IN-NOVA ZERO DRIP by Faber is a built-in hood for 60-cm wall units (but also available for 90-cm and 120-cm units) that harmonises with your kitchen décor. Despite its size, it never looks invasive. With a white glass panel, it is characterised by an innovative anti-condensation system that provides maximum comfort and safety in the cooking space.
In spite of this, it cannot be denied that smaller hoods blend into their surroundings more easily and are less aesthetically intrusive. This option can be ideal if you want your kitchen to maintain a sober and elegant design without any interference.
In conclusion, the choice between larger or smaller hoods is a decision that must be carefully considered. Finding the balance between design and functionality is not always easy – but it is essential to ensure that your cooker hood is both practical and a harmonious part of its environment, creating a place where you enjoy spending your leisure time. Cooking, tasting, inventing, drinking, chatting and sharing special moments in good company.