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I had bought a built in oven and hob and needed something to compliment the look plus update the kitchen. This was to replace a bog standard Wickes extractor fan that was starting to look very grubby. At just over £200 you may think it would be more cost effective to buy another extractor fan, but if you are style conscious, you cannot do without one of these.
Packaging wise, it was a bit of a pain to get out, the instructions were not really that easy to follow, i found that i had to go over them again and again in order to fully understand what they were trying to get across. You get all the screws you need with this and some extras, either that or I missed a step in the instructions, but it hasn't fallen down yet so i think I'm safe.
You do not get a vent kit, which is basically an aluminium pipe, some silver gas tape, expanding foam and a wall plate. The screws are also only good if you happen to live in a modern house with not much space between the plaster and the bricks.
After buying some extra long screws with the right plugs and also the above mentioned vent kit, i set about installing this. I made some screw holes for the body in the wrong place, and then realised it would not fit so I drilled a bit further down, which again were not quite right. A few more attempts later i had it in the perfect place. Its a good thing all these holes are hidden behind the vent and the hood.
The hard part was getting the body onto the screws which took me about 20 minutes, once this was done, the rest was easy. It was just a matter of fitting the pipe into the existing hole which lead outside, using the foam to fill the hole, then taping the gas tape to the other end. I then fit the bracket to the ceiling and fit the steel hood to it. All that was left was to screw on the glass bit and job done. All in all, it took about an hour, but then I took my time. If the instructions had been a little more clear i may have done it in half the time.
Style wise, it looked superb, it instantly made my kitchen look a lot classier, plus all my mistakes were hidden behind the hood. Using it is simple, there is a button to turn on the lights, which are a pair of energy saving light bulbs. And 3 speed settings for the suck action. 1 being the lowest and 3 being the highest. It does get noisy at the highest setting but not enough to distract you. It apparently has an extraction rate of 470m3 per hour, which does not mean a thing to me, at 3 though it does work quite well and gets rid of all that greasy, steamy smoke.
It comes with a pair of filters that are probably only useful if you do not have it attached to a vent kit. These are easy to remove and clean. There is also an option to buy a charcoal filter in the manual. Again probably only useful to people with no vent kit.
Overall, I would recommend this as it will make you kitchen look better as long as you also go for a built in oven and hob at the same time.