“ Brand: Premier Range / Type: Island Hood „
When we first moved into our house 16 years ago, the one room in the house that wasn't in need of immediate renovation was the kitchen. 16 years later the kitchen was in need of a major update and so just before Christmas we set about giving it a facelift.
Top of our list for attention was our cooker hood. We needed an island hood which tend to be quite a bit pricier than standard ones. Having looked at all the usual D-I-Y stockists such as Homebase and B&Q we looked on the internet and came across Premier Range via ebay.
Premier Range are a web based company although they do have a showroom at their base in Todmodern, Lancashire. They design and produce all their own products - ovens, hobs and cooker hoods.
This is very stylish hood. We went for the 100cm version as we have a large 6 ring hob but it also comes in 60 and 70 cm sizes. It has a stainless steel cylinder telescopic chimney with a curved smoked glass cover. There is a strip of LED lights on either side of the extractor fans which are controlled by 3 push buttons giving varying speeds.
~ The spec ~
3 Speed control
Exhaust capacity: 900m3/hr
Noise 59dB On Full Power
LED Strip Lighting
5 Layers washable metallic filter
~ Dimensions ~
710mm (Height) can go to 1190mm
The hood came beautifully packed in two large boxes. It arrived within two days and Premier Range responded very quickly when we phoned them to ask for the instruction and fitting booklet which we couldn't find in the packing. Actually it was there - Mr P had put it in a safe place and promptly forgot about it as we unpacked! - but the company immediately emailed us through a pdf version.
The hood came with a ducting kit for external ventilation. If you don't have an external wall you can choose to re-circulate the air in which case you need to buy an additional filter.
Mr P is an experienced D-I-Yer (actually he used to have a small building company many moons ago) who was able to fit the hood without too much difficulty but as a mere observer it all looked a bit complicated ! If in doubt, I'd suggest you get someone to fit the contraption for you. It's definitely a two person job. My son was roped in to help and judging by the lack of swearing and arguing, they didn't have too much of a problem putting in the chimney. Once that was in place, an extra pair of hands (ie muggins) was needed to get the glass cover in place but all in all the hood went in without a hitch.
The blurb says that the hood "Has A Powerful Yet Silent Motor That Refreshes The Air In Your Kitchen".
Well, it's certainly a very effective extractor. Silent, NO! My one big disappointment with this fan is the noise it makes. Regardless of which setting (and in truth there is only minimal difference between the three speeds) it sounds as if the whole kitchen is about to take off! Well that may be a little harsh but it is noisy. The lowest speed sounds as fierce as the highest setting on our old hood. It's a real shame that this lowest setting isn't quieter. If I'm at the hob for any length of time, I have to turn off the hood after a while just to be able to hear myself think! That said, I am fairly sensitive to noise - I'm forever turning down the tv volume when I can wrestle the remote from Mr P - and no one else seems to be so bothered.
The ebay buy it now price is £229.99 but after a bit of to-ing and fro-ing, they accepted my offer of £215. Carriage was another £24.99.
This compares very favourably with other island hoods - the cheapest Homebase has to offer comes in at over £579 and is only 90 cm.
It comes with a one year guarantee although this is void if you change the plug. You might wonder why you would want to do this but we did consider it because the black plug rather stood out. Not wanting to invalidate the guarantee we opted to paint the plug white.
It is very good value and looks great. It looks an expensive bit of kit and it's really enhanced our kitchen. The previous cooker hood was enclosed in a large tiled box that had a country kitchen look. It was fine at the time but fashions change and the one big problem with it was that if you're 6' 3" (ie Mr P height; I'm a mere a 5' 6") you could easily bash your head on one of the corners. This new hood looks so much better - and there is no danger of Mr P sustaining head injury. It's really opened up the kitchen and with freshly scrubbed cupboards and a new tiled floor has given it a new lease of life.
If it weren't so noisy, I'd have no trouble in giving it the full 5 stars but as it is I have to knock at least one star off . If I could award half a star, I'd go for 3.5. 3 seems a bit mean and I've been wavering as to whether it really deserved to be marked down quite that much. Finally I asked myself whether I would have paid a further £300+ for a hood which might or might not be quieter. Since the answer is no I'll settle for 4 but anyone considering buying this should weigh up the great price against their tolerance for noise.
A lovely island hood, shame about the din.