The Best Ceiling Cooker Hoods – Elegant, Efficient, Extraction

[Cover image – Elica]

A fantastic choice for any home with an island or peninsula kitchen layout, ceiling cooker hoods are unobtrusive and powerful extractor fan options.

Some models fit flush with your ceiling for a clean, integrated look while others hang down a little, but not nearly as much as a chimney cooker hood. Making them a great choice for low ceilings or if you don’t want anything hanging down and blocking your view.

In this post, I’m sharing my favourite ceiling cooker hoods, so let’s get cracking and dive into each one!

In a hurry? Check out my top picks below:

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Elica Skydome H30

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The Best Ceiling Cooker Hoods

These are my favourite ceiling cooker hoods that I have either personally used in the showroom, during the manufacturer’s product training days or get great feedback from customers. 👍

Elica HILIGHT-X-30 Ceiling Cooker Hood

Elica HILIGHT-X-30-WH Ceiling Cooker Hood
Best Overall

Venting Type: External / Recirculation
Max Extraction Rate: 780 m³/hour
Max Noise Level: 63 dB
Energy Rating: A
Key Features: Two boost modes / Perimeter aspiration

When it comes to ceiling cooker hoods you’re about to find out I’m a big fan of Elica. 😀

I’ve used and sold them for a number of years and I think they not only perform really well but also look great and are often available in a few colour and size options (height included), which is really handy.

I’ve picked the Elica HILIGHT 30 thas my best overall choice as it sits neatly in between the CLOUD and Skydome in terms of price and style.

Coming in at 100cm wide it’s the perfect size to cover any large hob or even a decent range cooker.

This unit is built for ducted ventilation; however, it has the flexibility to switch to recirculating air mode by using a recirculation kit. It also boasts a versatile motor that can be oriented in any direction, offering five different ducting outlet options.

The design of this model is super slim and integrates almost seamlessly with the ceiling, with its elegant panel featuring two LED strips that discreetly hide the efficient and quiet extraction mechanism.

Available in three colour options: White, Stainless Steel, and Black.

Check out the latest prices and availability at:
Appliance City
(Stainless Steel)

Elica CLOUD-SEVEN-DO 90cm Ceiling Cooker Hood

Elica CLOUD-SEVEN-DO 90cm Ceiling Cooker Hood
(Best Budget)

Venting Type: External only / Recirculation only
Max Extraction Rate: 760 m³/hour
Max Noise Level: 61 dB
Energy Rating: A++
Key Features: Excellent extraction rate / Two boost modes

Elica’s latest budget-minded model proves that a ceiling cooker hood doesn’t have to break the bank. At 90cm wide it’s still big enough to fit over large hobs and range cookers, it also tackles cooking smells with impressive efficiency.

When you really need to clear out overpowering odours, just select one of the two available boost modes and watch as the Elica puts its 760 m³/hour maximum extraction rate to work.

Occasional cooker hood clean-up is made easier with Elica’s washable grease filter. Simply pop it into the dishwasher and you’re all set.

In all, this model’s an ideal pick if you don’t want to pay a whole lot for a great ceiling cooker hood. Which is why it gets my ‘best budget‘ pick!

The model pictured above is set up for ducting only. However, there’s a separate recirculating model available if you’re not able to duct out. Just check the links below.

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AO -Ducted Model
AO – Recirculation Model

Elica Skydome H30 100cm Ceiling Cooker Hood

Elica Skydome H30 100cm Ceiling Cooker Hood
(Best Design)

Venting Type: External / Recirculation
Max Extraction Rate: 770 m³/hour
Max Noise Level: 66 dB
Energy Rating: A
Key Features: Dimmable lighting / Boost mode

For anyone craving a svelte form with exceptional function, the Elica Skydome H30 is the one to choose. Designed as part of Elica’s architectural lighting project this gorgeous ceiling hood replicates a ceiling lightwell.

The completely flush design is a marvel to behold regardless of your kitchen décor, plus it has another trick up its sleeve – dimmable and colour temperature changing LED lighting you can use to illuminate your kitchen space however you desire.

The Skydome H30 also comes with a handy remote control. So you can go from bright white task lighting to soft warm mood lighting with the click of the remote.

A beautiful appearance, packed with features makes this my ‘best design‘ pick! I love it.

Check out the latest prices and availability at:
Appliance City

AEG DCE5960HM 90cm Ceiling Cooker Hood

AEG DCE5260HM 120cm Ceiling Cooker Hood
(Best Mid-range)

Venting Type: External / Recirculation
Max Extraction Rate: 710 m³/hour
Max Noise Level: 67 dB
Energy Rating: A
Key Features: Hob2Hood / Boost mode / Six filters

This AEG is a great mid-range pick which gives you everything you could ask for in a ceiling cooker hood. Measuring in at 90cm wide, it’s a perfect fit for large hobs, not to mention the extraction rate is equally as impressive.

Even more impressive is the Hob2Hood feature that uses wireless technology to keep your kitchen steam-free. With a compatible AEG hob installed, the hood automatically adjusts its fan speed based on the hob’s cooking settings.

There’s also a boost mode feature when you need to remove unwanted cooking fumes quickly. Perfect for steak night!

With six filters, the AEG also boasts the most comprehensive filtration of any ceiling cooker hood on my list. Overall, it’s a well-rounded pick for just about any kitchen.

Check out the latest prices and availability at:
Appliance City

NEFF N50 I95CAQ6N0B 90cm Ceiling Cooker Hood


Venting Type: External / Recirculation
Max Extraction Rate: 459 m³/hour
Max Noise Level: 56 dB
Energy Rating: A
Key Features: Quiet operation / SoftLight controls / Wi-Fi connectivity

If silence is golden in your kitchen, then you can’t go wrong with this whisper-quiet ceiling cooker hood from Neff. With a maximum noise level of 56 dB, the Neff N50 offers a quiet operation that won’t interrupt conversations or annoy others nearby.

It also features LED illumination you can adjust to your heart’s content, which makes it especially handy for evening meal mood lighting.

This model also comes equipped with wireless connectivity, meaning you can link it with any compatible hob and control extraction speeds directly from the hob.

The only trade-off is this model’s reduced extraction rate, making it best suited for medium-sized kitchens.

Check out the latest prices and availability at:
Appliance City

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Can You Get A Recirculating Ceiling Cooker Hood

Yes, you can get recirculating ceiling cooker hoods.

Different manufacturers offer varying models. Some ceiling cooker hoods are recirculating only or ducted-out only, while others can be either-or.

However, with models that can be either recirculating or ducted-out, you may need to purchase additional kits and filters to use in recirculation mode.

Always check which extraction method you want and if you need any additional items with your purchase.

Top tip: Installing ducting will be easier if your joists run so that the ducting can go straight alongside them to an outside wall without cutting through the joists. Have a look and plan ahead.

Final Thoughts…

There you have it! The best ceiling cooker hoods – Ideal for kitchen islands.

With a perfect balance of features, performance and price, the Elica HILIGHT is my best overall pick.

If you’re on a tighter budget then the Elica CLOUD-SEVEN is a fantastic choice you can’t go wrong with. Just make sure you pick the correct model for the venting option you need.

However, if you don’t mind spending a little bit more to get something incredibly stylish then the Elica Skydome is the one for you. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

What do you think? Will you go for a ceiling cooker hood in your next kitchen?



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Michael is a kitchen designer from the UK. He's been designing and project managing new kitchen installations for over 10 years. Before that, he was an electrician and part of a team that fitted kitchens. He created Kitchinsider in early 2019 to help give people advice when it comes to getting a new kitchen.