Another day, another Bosch appliance review! In keeping with the theme of my previous appliance reviews, this cooker hood was purchased as part of our kitchen earlier this year. It cost £234 as the company we bought it from price matched it for the cheapest online price. Looking online, this seems reasonable as I can't find it for less than £260 online. If you'd asked me before we sat down with a kitchen designer and planned our kitchen, there was no way I would have seen us spending this much on a cooker hood, but it got to a point where we were planning the finishing touches, and we decided that as we weren't having any wall units on the wall above the hob, we would need something to act as a feature.
The chimney hood is a 90cm chimney hood, in comparison to smaller ones which are usually around 60cm. This is one of the reasons for the higher price tag. Anyone who has read my hob review will know that we opted for a larger than average five-pan hob, and so we had to have a wider cooker hood to go above it otherwise it would look a bit silly. The full dimensions are 90cm wide, 50cm deep, and 97cm high.
The cooker hood is stainless steel, and is stylish as well as functional. We have ours externally vented, and we had it installed as part of the kitchen fit. This basically mean that cooking odours and grease are directed outside rather than being circulated around the kitchen and settling on your walls and work surfaces. The other option with this cooker hood is to use carbon filters, so if it's not possible to have it fitted externally you can use filters to filter the air and then recirculate it round the kitchen minus the grease etc. The downside to this obviously is that you would have to replace the filters regularly which is a bit more maintenance.
The cooker hood doesn't have too many "features" as such, but it does the job it was intended for. It has two speed settings and two lights which are operated by a slider control. It also has three filters which cover a lot of the surface area of the underside of the hob, and are quite reassuring as I am put at ease it will extract all the horrible odours and grease. According to the product description, the hood has a maximum noise level of 52db when running at full extraction. I'm not entirely sure how this compares to other cooker hoods, but personally I find it quite noisy when it's on full extraction. I would certainly have to raise my voice to continue a conversation with the cooker hood going, and I can hear it from the living room across the hall. That said, I would expect it to make some noise to be fully effective.
Speaking of effectiveness, I do find this cooker hood makes a difference in terms of extracting smells from our kitchen. Apart from when I've been baking (which is usually a pleasant smell!), I never really walk into the kitchen and turn my nose up because of lingering smells. This makes the air much fresher in the kitchen.
The lights are useful for task lighting, as there are two bulbs which give off good light on the hob below. We have spotlights in the ceiling which do a good job of lighting the kitchen, but sometimes when we have the breakfast bar lights on for a bit of atmosphere in the evenings for example, the cooker hood light gives a little extra lighting to help you see what you are doing. There is only one control for the two lights, so having one on without the other isn't an option.
I don't really have much experience with cooker hoods, so I have little to compare this one to, but it definitely does the job in our kitchen and looks stylish at the same time. The only downside for me is the noise, but this is infinitely preferable to having nasty smells lingering in the kitchen, especially if we've been cooking fish or something that tends to linger. I would definitely recommend this cooker hood.
(Review also appears on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)
The Bosch Cooker Hood DWW091350B is 90cm wide and is a chimney hood design and has a stylish brushed steel finish.The DWW091350B is designed for wall mounted Installation and is suitable for ducted or recirculating operation.It has a 2 speed operation via slider switch controls and 2 x 40W lights ensures that the cooking area is clearly illuminated. There is an option to use this cooker hood either as a vented or recirculating extraction appliance. If using the recirculating option you will need to buy the optional filter kit, Model: DHZ5145. A Steel back panel for this cooker hood can also be bought as an optional accessory, Model: DHZ9551.