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.
    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

    4.
    Siemens IQ-700 EX875LX34E

    Siemens IQ-700 EX875LX34E

    This is a hob packed with features which go beyond the venting system. From a Boost function for flash frying and boiling to the ability to pause and pick up where you left off, it has all of the modern technology you could wish for.
    Four zones give you plenty of room to fry the meat, boil the vegetables and roast or mash the potatoes, and if you have an extra large pan for any of this, two zones can be bridged together in order to create a larger surface.
    The venting system will automatically start up as soon as it detects heat, smells or smoke, so you don’t have to worry about manual operation or leaving it seconds too late.

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    Features

    • Type: Ceramic Induction
    • Dimensions: (H)19.8 x (W)81.2 x (D)52.0
    • Air Flow: 550 m³/h
    • Noise Level: 69dB
    • Features: Control panel lock, Timer, Auto shut off
    • Venting Type: External / Recirculation

    Reasons to Buy

    • Washable grease filter for easier care
    • Responsive touch controls

    Reasons to Avoid

    • On the louder side

    5.
    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

    6.
    NEFF N90 T58TS6BN0

    NEFF N90 T58TS6BN0

    Do you want the most futuristic hob on the market? Well, this Neff is going to be top of your list.
    TwistPad®Fire controls make sliders, dials and buttons seem ever so dated. No smudged fingerprints everywhere or difficulties with responsiveness – a twist will have you on your way.
    The ventilation system automatically starts up when it detects steam, working to remove it before it spreads around your room. A washable grease filter means it is easy to care for and will always be able to work at its best, without you having to mess around with replacements.
    Unfortunately it is quite pricey, but on a more positive note it is a hob and fan in one so could work out at a similar cost anyway. Plus it is one of the most advanced models so you are getting more for the money.

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    Features

    • Type: Ceramic Induction
    • Dimensions: (H)19.7 x (W)82.6 x (D)54.6
    • Air Flow: 550 m³/h
    • Noise Level: 69dB
    • Features: Control panel lock, Timer
    • Venting Type: External / Recirculation

    Reasons to Buy

    • Good choice of heat settings and fan speeds
    • Easy to control and set once you get the hang of it

    Reasons to Avoid

    • Price

    7.
    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

    8.
    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

    9.
    Bosch Serie 6 PVS851F21E

    Bosch Serie 6 PVS851F21E

    You could be mistaken for thinking that this type of hob is a bit of an energy guzzler, with both heat and fans going to make the perfect cooking experience.
    Well, the induction technology combined with a clever and responsive venting system means that it is actually rated A for both modes, so won’t cost the earth to run no matter how much you cook.
    Nine different fan speeds will banish everything from a slight bit of steam from the pasts to full-on smoke from frying steak. Not a single bad particle will be able to escape into your kitchen area.
    The ventilation starts when steam or smoke is detected so even if you forget to switch it on or leave something unattended, you won’t come back to an immersed kitchen. The perfect level will be chosen too, so it isn’t going to be any louder than needed.

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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: 69dB
    • Features: Auto shut off, Control lock, Timer
    • Venting Type: External / Recirculation

    Reasons to Buy

    • PerfectFry technology to monitor food
    • Restart function so you can pick up where you left off

    Reasons to Avoid

    • All controls are a bit packed in which could be hard to get things exact

    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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