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B&Q Cooke and Lewis CLVH60SS-C
Member Name: lak11
B&Q Cooke and Lewis CLVH60SS-C
Date: 24/03/13, updated on 03/04/13 (726 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to fit. reasonably priced, works quickly.
Disadvantages: Re-circulates rather than extracts outside the kitchen.
NEW COOKER, NEW HOOD
I bought a new gas cooker last year in a graphite finish. This shade matched most of my newer kitchen appliances. The cooker it replaced had been won in a competition by my younger son many years ago and it was a brown colour. The cooker hood above it was also brown and so, with a new cooker it had to be changed. However, we didn't change the cooker hood immediately on buying our new cooker because although it didn't match, as it was slim line, and a telescopic model, it didn't show too much, especially when closed. In fact, I didn't use it very often and so it was usually closed. But recently we had a kitchen re-fit and the old cooker hood was disposed of along with all the old kitchen units.
We weren't really sure which type of cooker hood to go for but, as it had to fit onto an internal wall with no external outlet, we were told by our kitchen suppliers that we were rather limited. I think the best types of cooker hoods are vented so that the heat is extracted outside but for us this wasn't possible. We did look at some telescopic re-circulating models but anything we saw which fitted in the available space seemed tricky to fit. The new cooker hood would have to fit exactly into a space between two units (either side) and a bridging unit (above) and be relatively easy to fix onto an internal wall. We didn't want anything expensive, and by this I suppose we considered anything over about eighty pounds to be more than we wished to pay for a recirculating type of hood.
We chose the Cooke and Lewis CLVH60SS-C COOKER HOOD. This is a visor type hood in a stainless steel finish.
The cooker hood is a silver stainless steel design. It has a glass visor which pulls out. I wasn't sure if it would look ungainly once up as it seemed large after the slim line telescopic model we had used prior to it but, next to the units and once fitted I think it looks okay. I think a telescopic hood might have looked better but those we looked at were more expensive and seemed much trickier to fit. All things considered, this cooker hood seems a good choice for my kitchen.
WHAT IT DOES
The cooker hood, when switched on, will extract the air from the kitchen around the cooker and remove cooking odours and steam. It does this by drawing hot air and unwanted cooking odours into the unit and into the carbon filter and these are re-circulated back out as cleaner air. Because the air is re-circulated I don't think this type of hood can perform as well as a true extractor fan but it is proving to be much better than having no cooker hood.
There is a light on the front of the hood along with the controls. The light shows when the extractor is on. There are also five push in switches, one to switch on the light at the rear of the hood, closest to the wall, an extractor off switch and settings for extractor modes:- one, two and three. One is the minimum power and three the highest/most powerful.
The CLVH60SS-C is relatively easy to fit. It had to be screwed to the bridging unit above it but in the case of there not being a unit above it then it would have to be screwed into the wall behind it. It took about half an hour to put in place. All fixings were supplied.
The small energy saving light bulb was supplied with this appliance. It had to be fitted inside and then the hood was plugged in and ready to go.
We purchased a carbon filter to fit inside the hood and this should be replaced approximately every three months although really this depends on usage. Infrequent use will mean it should last longer and with very frequent use it will need to be changed more often.
*From manufacturer: Important: increase the filter cleaning/replacement frequency if the hood is used for more than 2 hours a day.
An aluminium filter can also be used with this hood and this is re-usable. It can be washed with washing up liquid or, alternatively, in a dishwasher.
I don't find it too noisy although it certainly can be heard. I suppose my kitchen at cooking times is usually fairly noisy anyway and so this appliance doesn't make too much difference. I mostly use it on the lowest mode which is the least noisy but this is because I find the lowest power is usually adequate.
I purchased from a B&Q superstore when I ordered my kitchen but I have seen it on the shelf at B&Q stores so it doesn't have to be ordered in.
I paid £49.00 for this cooker hood.
The cooker hood is easy to keep clean with a quick wipe over with a soft cloth or sponge and detergent. The manufacturer warns not to use harsh, abrasive or corrosive cleaners on the hood.
As mentioned previously the carbon filter needs to be replaced every so often and if an aluminium filter is used this must be cleaned regularly by hand or in a dishwasher.
It is stated that you should always use the
MY THOUGHTS OVERALL
We did wonder if a cooker hood was really essential in our kitchen because we didn't use the last one very often and, when the kitchen gets too steamed up a window or French doors can be opened but the windows are a bit awkward to get to and open quickly and it isn't always practical to open the French doors (especially with a dog ready to run out and bark at any opportunity). I have found several times that when I notice the kitchen becoming steamy and it's necessary to switch the hood on, condensation from around the cooker is extracted very quickly, even if I only choose the lowest level.
As for smells, it doesn't work quite so quickly but it certainly does seem to reduce odours. If I am cooking with garlic, onions or anything spicy and strong, I find that turning the fan on at mode two for ten minutes or so will lessen the cooking smells. The manufacturer recommends that to obtain the best results the hood should be left on for about fifteen minutes after cooking.
I don't think, in all honesty, it looks as good as some of the high tech looking hoods that are around but as I have explained we didn't have many options available.
I turn this extractor hood on much more than the last one and now realise that the old model really wasn't up to much. This, on the other hand doesn't work miracles but, in my opinion, it certainly makes a difference in the kitchen and quickly. For the price paid I think it is a good purchase.
Power supply: 220-240V~ 50Hz
Power consumption - Fan: 95 W
Power consumption - Luminary: 1 x 9W Max
Power consumption - Total: 104 W
Protection class: II
Light bulb: Max. 9 W (E-14)
This appliance is covered by a full manufacturer's 24 month parts and
Summary: Not a bad purchase.
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