Mesh and baffle filters are both good, for different people.
Mesh is generally more efficient, but requires cleaning often and some might find difficult to clean. Hoods with mesh filter is usually much thinner, could be an important feature some people look for.
Baffle is less efficient, but is easier to clean and also needs less cleaning. However, I personally dislike having the oil cup in the centre. Look for hoods with the cup situated close to the wall instead ( Electrolux and Fotile has this if I'm not mistaken )
So if you are the lazy type, use baffle
It's true for recirculating hoods, only mesh filter works well because it's simply more effective at retaining oil.
to say "mesh filters restrict much more air and that's why you need to buy baffle type filter" is just plain incorrect.
this unbiased video is much better in showing what you should be considering in buying a cooker hood - but it doesn't have one criteria that I always look out for - aesthetics ....hahaha
almost all hoods work so well these days, it doesnt really matter which you choose so might as well get one that also look good and least noisy
This post has been edited by idoblu: Dec 29 2013, 02:35 PM