Stop Fuming

What is the most important appliance in the kitchen? Believe it or not, it might actually be the cooker hood.

Cooking produces fumes that both pollute the air and are bad for your health. Smoke, grease and steam, all by-products of cooking, coat your walls and are inhaled by you, your family and dinner guests.

Another dangerous by-product of cooking is carbon monoxide. Colourless, odourless and tasteless, carbon monoxide in high doses is extremely toxic to the human body. Prolonged exposure to it can cause flu-like symptoms and respiratory issues.

A cooker hood circumvents all these problems by acting as a filter, cleaning all those dangerous fumes out of the air. They offer protection to everyone in the household, especially for those with open kitchens.

Cooker hoods also allow you to cook in comfort. Anyone who cooks knows that it produces a lot of heat, smoke and steam. Selecting a cooker hood can be tricky though. Most people don’t know much about them beyond the fact that they filter the air. Here are a few tips for selecting the ideal cooking hood for your kitchen.

Do you have an open kitchen?
A cooker hood is going to occupy a very prominent spot in your kitchen. Choose the wrong design and it’s going to stick out like a sore thumb. Fortunately, there are many designs available in Vietnam to choose from, including the compact slim line hood to the elegant glass chimney hood.

How big is your kitchen and what are your cooking habits?
Your cooking habits and the size of your kitchen will determine the suction capacity needed. If you prepare food on a regular basis in a small kitchen, the hood should have a suction capacity of 300 to 400 m3/h. Average-sized kitchens should get a model that has a capacity of 400 to 500 m3/h.

Cooking enthusiasts who like to experiment with exotic recipes and have a sizable kitchen should get a hood with at least 600 m3/h suction capacity. Look for high-powered models like the chimney hood with dual filter and heavy-duty turbo fan which will ensure your air is ultra clean.

How big is your stove?
Your cooking hood should be at least the size of your stove. If your hood is smaller than your stove, pollutants and fumes will still be able to escape. Ideally, your hood should actually be a few inches bigger than your stove for perfect ventilation.

Elizabeth Png is the brand and consumer communications director for Electrolux Vietnam. She can be contacted at elizabeth.png-reade@electrolux.com