The 10 Best Air Venting Hobs

We Reviewed dozens of Air Venting Hobs and Listed the 10 Best Options
By Jen Hammond
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    An air venting hob is either a ceramic or induction model, with a built-in downdraft extraction fan situated in the centre of the unit.

    This rids the need for a separate cooker hood above the hob and are primarily designed with kitchen islands in mind, where other forms of cooker hood may not be available or suitable for installation.

    They’re a relatively new appliance on the market, but luckily they’re taking off in a big way so there is a competitive choice. Here is our pick of the best venting hobs.

    The Best Air Vent Extraction Hobs 2020

    1.
    Elica NikolaTesla HP NT-HP-DO

    Elica NikolaTesla HP NT-HP-DO

    Elica prides itself as one of the best cooker hood brands in the world, and Nikola Tesla needs little introduction. Combine the two names, and it is no wonder that this is a superior and innovative hob.
    It takes the best of the induction hob world and combines it with the latest technology. You can bridge the four different zones to make larger cooking areas, so it can adapt to your cookware. When a pan is placed on the area, it automatically detects it, providing instant heat and energy-efficient cooking.
    You can choose from three different power settings, 42°C, 74°C and 92°C, so it can do everything from accurately boil to searing frying. We loved the Stop & Go feature, which allows you to pause the heat immediately and resume where you left off. Perfect for those surprise phone calls or when the kids need attention.
    It looks incredibly futuristic, and there is a timer to keep you on track as well as a child lock to ensure there is no accidental switching of settings.

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    Features

    • Type: Ceramic Induction
    • Dimensions: (H)5 x (W)78 x (D)52cm
    • Air Flow: 625m³/h
    • Noise Level: 59dB
    • Features: Timer, Child lock, Stop and go
    • Venting Type: External

    Reasons to Buy

    • Residual heat indicator
    • Touch control
    • Huge air flow rate

    Reasons to Avoid

    • Price

    2.
    Bosch Serie 8 PXX875D34E

    Bosch Serie 8 PXX875D34E

    Bosch are innovators when it comes to the latest kitchen appliance technology, particularly with hobs. Like their other new models, this one is Wi-Fi enabled and packed with sensor monitoring for a perfect cooking experience.
    When the pan is in place, just select the ideal temperature and it will control itself without you having to lift a finger. There are four zones which gives a good amount of flexibility, with the ability to bridge two together for a larger area for grill pans or fryers.
    A Power Boost setting can give an instant impact of heat to get water boiling in under two minutes. You also have a PerfectFry function which monitors frying food and changes the settings according to the state of your food.
    It also has a PerfectAir sensor, so can tell if its services are needed without you having to manually switch it on.

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    Features

    • Type: Ceramic Induction
    • Dimensions: (H)19.8 x (W)81.6 x (D)52.7
    • Air Flow: 550 m³/h
    • Noise Level: 69dB
    • Features: Timer, Control panel lock
    • Venting Type: External / Recirculation

    Reasons to Buy

    • Packed with features
    • Glass surface is easy to keep clean

    Reasons to Avoid

    • On the louder side

    3.
    AEG IKE85431FB

    AEG IKE85431FB

    This super affordable yet still stylish black induction hob is likely to look the part when installing in any kitchen. Therefore, make a point of checking out AEG’s super fast heating times, as well as the roomy and flexible five cooking zone standards on display here. This system should always be easy for you to install and set up on your own thanks to clear guidance provided on purchase.
    One of the best reasons to invest in this model is the fact that it arrives fitted with the Hob2Hood technology AEG is famous for. This means that the hob and almost any cooker hood will communicate with each other, making your life easier and your cooking experience all the more efficient. What more could you possibly need when you have multiple pans on the go?
    The PowerBoost function on these hobs will also ensure that your food scorches as high as possible before crashing back down to a lower temp when you need to cut the heat. It’s a fantastic, modern hob system which really will give you back plenty of power and precision when cooking all kinds of dishes.

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    Features

    • Dimensions: H4.4 x W78.0 x D52.0cm
    • Zones: 5
    • Fuel Type: Induction
    • Automatic Safety Shut Off

    Reasons to Buy

    • Hobs communicate directly with your hood
    • Smart temperature system gets things as hot as possible before cooling back down again
    • Really easy to clean
    • Nice and simple to install

    Reasons to Avoid

    • None to really speak of!

    4.
    AEG IDE84243IB

    AEG IDE84243IB

    This superb integrated cooking solution not only boasts four hard-working burners to give you stacks of room to cook up a storm,you also have access to Hob2Hood, which means that you will be able to control your hob from the hood itself – a real feat of engineering from AEG. You will also benefit from a superb zone bridging solution, which allows you to merge cooking panels together to create bigger spaces.
    The biggest selling point of this hob for us is, of course, the fantastic venting solution, which allows you to keep all that nasty grease off your cooktop. This will, of course, mean that it’s really easy to clean down when it comes to getting out the cloth later on! There’s a stack of filters inside the unit, meaning that you can always be sure that it is working hard to get greasiness out of your kitchen without any kind of fuss or hassle.
    It’s a touch control system, and you will also benefit from a residual heat indicator to let you know when the burners are safe to touch or use afresh. This is a premium hob built with Italian engineering – it’s amongst the best.

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    Features

    • Dimensions: H21 x W80.5 x D49cm
    • Noise Level: Min 46 Max 76 dB
    • Touch Control
    • Energy Class: A
    • Type: Electric
    • Warranty: 2 year

    Reasons to Buy

    • Residual heat indicator for extra safety
    • Extendable hobs through the bridge - four cooking zones
    • Premium build, exceptional quality
    • Built to fight back against grease

    Reasons to Avoid

    • Very much a premium price for a premium model

    5.
    Elica NT-PRIME-DO

    Elica NT-PRIME-DO

    Elica are the biggest name in this category for a reason. While this model is cheaper than their latest option, you still get the glimpses of innovation which shows they lead the way.
    You can pause and restart the cooking when something comes up, such as a phone call or if the dog/cat/kids need attention. The heat automatically dispels for safety, but starts up again in record time when you’re back to normality.
    AutoCapture will also monitor the cooking and atmosphere, starting up the venting process if it is needed as well as setting the perfect extraction level. You also get two different Boost modes, so can flash fry without overcooking and ridding the food of nutrients, or you can quickly boil up that pasta when you can’t wait any longer for dinner.
    It is slightly more powerful and less noisy than a few of the others on the list because it is extraction-only, which is a brilliant combination. And price-wise, it is actually a huge bargain.

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    Features

    • Type: Ceramic Induction
    • Dimensions: (H)21.1 x (W)83.0 x (D)51.5
    • Air Flow: 610 m³/h
    • Noise Level: 61 dB
    • Features: Stop&Go, Timer
    • Venting Type: External

    Reasons to Buy

    • Price
    • Really effective fan

    Reasons to Avoid

    • Control panel lets it down - hard to see and quite compact

    6.
    SMEG HOBD482D

    SMEG HOBD482D

    Are you looking for the height in induction cooking technology? Trust Smeg to bring the best to the table. This impressive vented induction hob system promises to help make cooking on the top even more efficient than ever, with four different zones that heat up as soon as you need them to. No more hanging around waiting for pots to boil!
    This super-stylish, modern kitchen installation is likely to appeal to anyone looking for premium cooking technology. It boasts advanced pan detection, which means that you don’t have to worry about spending too much time waiting around for things to heat up, or for you to even get to the best ring. The built-in hob merging technology here, too, will allow you to combine zones into bigger cooking spaces if you need them.
    Therefore, we can safely say that this induction hob system is likely to be great for those who use their cooktops a lot, have an abundance of big pans, or simply lack the time to wait around for things to bubble up! Just make sure you have plenty of savings to hand!

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    Features

    • Dimensions: (H)23.0 x (W)83.0 x (D)52.0
    • Noise Level: 65 dB
    • Features: Control Panel lock, auto safety shut off
    • Fan Efficiency Class: A
    • Type: Electric
    • Warranty: 2 year

    Reasons to Buy

    • Super-quick heating thanks to pan detection
    • Four heating zones ideal for small to larger pans
    • Super-stylish - one of the best-looking cooktops
    • Venting helps to keep things safe and precise as you demand

    Reasons to Avoid

    • Not much to speak of!

    7.
    Bosch PVS851F21E

    Bosch PVS851F21E

    Super easy controls to ensure quick zone and heat selection, as well as an automatic venting system, ensure this is a hob which can get you up and running in no time.
    It is great for people who regularly fry, as FryingSensor Plus means the sensors regulate the temperature so that chicken is never going to be overdone and dry. As it is an induction hob, it will automatically detect when a pan is placed on the zone, so all you have to do is pick the cooking level.
    You can pick from 17 different heat levels which makes it one of the most extensive hobs around, and great if you cook a massive range of foods. Like the others, CombiZone will bridge together two areas to make a larger space for grill plates or roasting dishes.

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    Features

    • Type: Ceramic Induction
    • Dimensions: (H)19.8 x (W)80.2 x (D)52.2cm
    • Air Flow: 557 m3/h
    • Noise Level: 69 dB
    • Features: Timer, Panel lock
    • Venting Type: External / Recirculation

    Reasons to Buy

    • EcoSilence drive
    • Three different hob zone sizes

    Reasons to Avoid

    • Price

    8.
    NEFF N70 T47TD7BN2

    NEFF N70 T47TD7BN2

    This striking-looking vented induction hob is another modern cooktop that focuses on minimal appeal. It also offers up four induction zones on a traditional ceramic top, along with steam detection technology. This means that you’re likely cooking with some of the smartest hobs on the market right now.
    This premium vented hob solution is likely to appeal to anyone looking for the height in instant cooking technology, particularly as the ventilation here will start kicking into gear automatically. That means less faffing about for you on the whole, and it also means that it more than starts paying for itself!
    This touch control model also offers a zone merging system, meaning that – like its Smeg counterpart in this list – you won’t have to shy away from using larger pans unless you really want to. There’s a lot to take in here, even though the look is extremely minimal – which explains its popularity.

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    Features

    • Dimensions: H22.3 x W70.8 x D54.6
    • Noise Level: 69 dB
    • Features: Control Panel lock, auto safety shut off
    • Fan Efficiency Class: A
    • Type: Electric
    • Warranty: 2 year

    Reasons to Buy

    • Truly stunning modern look - stands apart from the pack
    • Very easy to use with touch controls
    • Automated ventilation and heating system
    • Flexible to create larger cooking zones if need be

    Reasons to Avoid

    • Not the most energy efficient of hobs

    9.
    NEFF N70 T48TD1BN0

    NEFF N70 T48TD1BN0

    This Neff N70 is very similar to the Neff N90, except it uses the good old touch screen control method and doesn’t cost near as much.
    You can still join two zones together for a larger cooking space, and the venting will automatically get to work when it detects steam.
    If you have little ones about or are prone to accidents, the control panel lock and residual heat indicator will no doubt come in handy, and all of the controls are nicely situated at the front of the hob for easy and safe monitoring.

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    Features

    • Type: Ceramic Induction
    • Dimensions: (H)19.7 x (W)82.6 x (D)54.6
    • Air Flow: 557 m³/h
    • Noise Level: 69dB
    • Features: Child lock, Timer
    • Venting Type: External / Recirculation

    Reasons to Buy

    • Stylish
    • Clear displays

    Reasons to Avoid

    • Can take a while to get used to controls

    10.
    Siemens IQ-500 ED851FS11E

    Siemens IQ-500 ED851FS11E

    With AutoOn ability, this hob detects when a pan is placed onto its surface as well as when steam starts to emerge, so is always ready to go no matter its role.
    The perfect level of extraction is always set automatically, so it will never underperform or unnecessarily be too loud and powerful.
    It has a nice self-explanatory touch screen control system in place, so you can always pick the correct heat level and hob. With a timer and a control panel lock, your food will always be ready at the perfect time and there will be no accidental changes in the settings.

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    Features

    • Type: Ceramic Induction
    • Dimensions: (H)19.8 x (W)80.2 x (D)52.2
    • Air Flow: 557 m³/h
    • Noise Level: 69 dB
    • Features: Control lock, Timer
    • Venting Type: External / Recirculation

    Reasons to Buy

    • Easy user panel
    • Boost function

    Reasons to Avoid

    • Gets quite loud on the most intensive setting

    10.
    AEG IDK84451IB

    AEG IDK84451IB

    This 2-in-1 hob and hood is able to be placed pretty much anywhere in your kitchen, so you’re no longer restricted over positioning and design.
    Not only does the glass ceramic surface make it easy to clean up any spills and splashes, but the circular grid in the centre of the hob can be rotated and removed too. This gives you easy access to the aluminium grease filter which can be cleaned and freed of any debris to keep it at its best. There is also a highly efficient odour filter inside, which will trap that horrid greasy smell which can so often linger.
    Hob2Hood functionality automatically controls the speed of the fan, but you can always override this too. We do have to say it wasn’t the absolute best overall though. It worked perfectly with shallow frying pans, but the taller saucepans often allowed a bit of steam to go past so you do have to ramp up the power.

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    Features

    • Type: Ceramic Induction
    • Dimensions: (H)21 x (W)80.5 x (D)49
    • Air Flow: 581m³/h
    • Noise Level: 59dB
    • Features: Timer, Child lock
    • Venting Type: External / Recirculation

    Reasons to Buy

    • Very stylish
    • So easy to keep clean and maintained

    Reasons to Avoid

    • Struggles with deep pans

    Air Flow

    This is how powerful the fan is at removing the bad particles from the air. As the vent is right next to the hob it will have an easier job, but you still want something which can work in your room in case there is also smoke from an oven or other cooking device.

    Use the basic “kitchen height x kitchen length x kitchen width x 10” sum to work out the best rate for your kitchen. If you find the ventilation may struggle, it could be worth getting a standalone cooker hood.

    Noise Level

    All of the levels we have stated are when the hood is being used on its standard setting. When on boost mode or lower, the noise will fluctuate.

    In general, they are about as loud as an average conversation at under 70dB which is rated A, but there are a few models which excel at being quieter if you regularly entertain or are bothered by noise.

    Venting Type

    The majority of air venting hobs can either externally extract the air or recirculate it, depending on the positioning of the hob. For example, the former will mean a pipe needs to be linked to the outside of the house so could require a wall position, but the latter could be good for a kitchen island.

    Talk to your chosen electrician for some advice before you buy as some homes could be more restricted than others. Also bear in mind that the equipment for both venting types is usually not included so this will be an extra cost.

    Features and Functions

    • Timer – the majority of the hobs above feature a timer, which means perfectly cooked food and less stress from your end
    • Control Lock – This prevents the settings being changed when the hob is in use, which is good for any homes with inquisitive children or simply if you’re a bit clumsy
    • Auto Shut Off – Once the pans are removed, it will turn off automatically. Most induction hobs are like this, but it is still worth ensuring that the venting system will do the same once the smoke is all gone
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