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This hood which sits over our matching Neff hob top and oven was installed already when we moved in. It was brand new at the time and we were the first tenants so have been the sole users for the last 3 years.
The hood is impressive and powerful and my only problem with it is that it is a pain to clean and seems to be a dirt magnet on the top and panels (I know the whole point of the underneath is to attract the smells and fumes from any cooking directly beneath it).
The hood is a pale silver colour and size wise it matches the hob beneath it inch for inch. For me it sits at the right height and being short I do not notice it's presence above my head when I am cooking. For my 6ft husband this is not the case and he has to be particularly careful not to clout himself on one of the alarmingly sharp corners as they sit around his head height. As I am only just over 5ft this is not an occupational hazard for me (and luckily it is me that does most of the cooking).
The hood doubles and both a light and an extractor fan. Right at the front there are two sliding switches, one turns the light on and off and the other has two speed settings and an off setting for the fan element.
The light is incredibly useful and I frequently use it as we have spot lights in our kitchen and often when cooking I only use the floor lamps (energy saving bulbs) and then use the extractor light as it is dedicated above the cooker and provides specific light where I need it. In the three years we have been here I have not as yet had to change a bulb but the two 40w bulbs are either side of the sliding switches right at the front of the hood so this would be easy enough.
The grille is easily removed by pressing in a clip device in the centre just behind the switches. This means it is easy to clean and believe me you do need to clean it regularly, you will be amazed at how much sticky, greasy gunk it accumulates over the space of a few months.
I have to say it is very powerful and reliable, I frequently use it when cooking curries and other particularly fragrant dishes to drag the odours away from our living space as our kitchen and living area are all open plan. This is very useful and it seems to work. It has also proved very handy when my husband griddles things as he loves to get the griddle smoking and this fan is capable of pulling all the smoke efficiently in.
The top panels do need cleaning regularly, as I have said. They seem to get covered in a lesser residue similar to the grille mesh, sticky and a bit greasy. Because of the colour this looks less than appealing and you have to keep on top of it, you also need hot soapy water to get it off as a damp cloth will not do it.
We use this hood all the time and it has proven useful, reliable and efficient. Living open plan as we do this is an integral bit of kitchen kit and I am very glad to have it. We did not pay for this item, it was already installed when we moved in, but it costs around £199 RRP. If we ever install our own kitchen in the future I would certainly look for one of these based on our experience.
Short name: Neff D8600