“ Brand: Hotpoint-Ariston / Design: Built-in / Lighting Type: Halogen „
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Recently we decided, or more my wife decided, to re-fit our kitchen due to the fact that it was out dated and a little on the dull side, her words that is not mine as I always thought the kitchen we had had for many many years was fine, even if it looked like something from the nineties with a few bits of the noughties thrown in.
Anyway, during our re-fit we looked at many kitchen items, (again I should say my wife looked and I simply nodded in agreement), choosing certain items that would go well in her grand plan which she had spent an age thinking about.
One of the many ideas she had was that she wanted a stylish built in oven, hob and a hood, all matching and stainless steel in colour. Luckily we came across a cracking deal where we could buy all three at a discounted price.
And it is the actual cooker hood that I am going to talk about today, the hood with the well known name Hotpoint etched on the side and a rather dashing design all round.
The cooker hoods full name being the Hotpoint HTC6T.
* Size is 1130mm high, (fully extended), by 600mm wide by 450mm deep.
* Weighs 13KG
* Single motor
* 3 speed settings
* 2 light settings
** Other bits, (more technical ones that aren't so important...
* Maximum air flow rate is 420m³ per hour.
** MY OPINION...
This stainless steel cooker hood really does look good in the kitchen, sitting rather nicely on the wall just above the built in hob, and to be honest, although I did not agree with spending money like it was going out of fashion, I am now quite pleased with the finished result, even if I didn't fit any of the item in to the kitchen myself.
The hood is designed well and the slightly curved toughened glass visor gives the stainless steel main body a little bit of that extra style, although it can get quite greasy if not cleaned after each cooking experience.
The lights are halogen bulbs and give out a brilliant light so that you can see exactly what your cooking.
The 'dirty air' gets dragged from your cooking area and is then taken through the filters, then the air can then either be extracted to the outside, via a ducting kit, or just simply back into the kitchen via the re-circulated system. Either way the air is a lot fresher having passed through the filters.
As for the controls, which are situated just below where the glass visor connects with the unit itself, they are so simple to use.
There are only five button to choose from, they are...
* Slow speed
* faster Speed
* Fastest speed
That's it for the controls.... I did say they were simple.
The noise from the fans when they are on are nothing to worry about, the firsts setting is quite, with the fans getting slightly louder each setting, but at not one point does it sound too noisy when in use, in fact, it's about as loud as a kettle on the boil.
The two anti grease filters are meant to last a long time between washes, two months is the recommendation, although I would say this is dependant on how much cooking you actually do. As I have not had to do this as yet I can not state how long that period is, but I have taken them out just to see how difficult it was to change them and I can safely say that it is as easy as opening a book. You simply push a small catch and the filters drop out of position, so they can be cleaned or changed.
Looking through the instruction manual isn't really needed, although I did notice that the height of the unit can be easily adjusted to fit under the lowest or highest of kitchen ceilings, which explains the line in the upright of the unit.
Would I recommend this cooker hood?
Yes I would as it is stylish and very handy indeed, getting all those nasty smells and condensation from your cooking area, helping you keep your kitchen odour free.
As for the price, well, as a single unit I have seen it selling from £140 to over £200, but, as I said earlier, I managed to get a discount due to the fact that it came as a triple package.
Short name: Hotpoint HTC6T