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Although most kitchens seem to have one I have never really used a cooker hood until the last couple of years. I have always cooked with the backdoor open or at least some of the windows open in order to ventilate the kitchen and remove those cooking smells. Recently however, we decorated the kitchen and decided to install a cooker hood.
This Baumatic hood was purchased as it looked good and was a very good deal in a local electrical suppliers. You can also buy it from many nationwide chains, including surprisingly M&S!
THe hood itself has a stainless steel chimney, with a class canopy. The name Baumatic is embossed into the steel chimney. On the canopy itself are the controls and underneath the hood is access to the carbon filters and the lightbulbs. The hood itself has 3 speeds you can also use it with or without the lights although we leave the lights on during the evening as an alternative to the main kitchen lights.
The 3 speeds seem to vary between slow and useless, slightly slow but fairly useless and extremely fast and not useless, but so noisy you feel like your standing underneath the engine of a Boing 747! I don't tend to cook with much fat so luckily I can live without using the extractor at all on some days however, on the days that I need it I find it very hard to work at the stove and have the extractor fan on as the noise is deafening.
The hood does appear to be doing a reasonable job though as my kitchen hasn't been decorated for 4-5 years and it is remarkably free from grease (and I am not one to scrub down the walls!). MOst of the grease from the kitchen however, does appear to have collected around the hood itself as underneath the hood has to be wiped down frequently using a very strong degreaser. The grease also collects around the controls, which doesn't make for a pretty experience when turning it on and off on occasion. This maybe a problem however, with most fans as I haven't really used one before it is hard to make a comparison.
In summary, it seems to be doing its job as my kitchen is remarkably clean considering, however, its far too noisy and collects the grease! MM maybe I should stop cooking and eat out more! that might make my kitchen cleaner!!
A chimney hood is fitted as a visible feature and adds character to any kitchen / You can choose from various styles to suit your kitchen / In recent times more attractive models have led many people to use the chimney hood as a focal point, often designing the kitchen around it / Short name: Baumatic BT7.1GL