Electrolux Icon 36' Induction or Jenn-Air 36' Gas Downdraft Stove
Item numbers are:
Electrolux Icon 36" induction drop in cooktop: E361C801SS
Fridgadaire vent: PL36DD50EC
Jenn-Air 36" gas integrated downdraft drop in cooktop: JGD3536WS
First post on this forum. I've lurked around for the past couple weeks and have searched and searched without quite getting the answers to my question.
So I currently have a center island electric stove top with a back telescoping downdraft that I am upgrading FINALLY! for my birthday. I have hated cooking on electric since we bought this house six years ago. I don't need to go into detail. Electric is electric. I had decided on the Electrolux Icon induction stovetop with a Fridgadaire 36" telescoping vent (same item number as the Electrolux but lower price). The installer came out to make sure everything would work with my current granite cutout and cabinet space. At first he said the Electrolux would not fit, but that was incorrect info and the store I'm buying through cleared that up. Anyway, the installer suggested we consider going with either a Jennair gas downdraft or the GE model. I have always cooked on gas. It's what I know. The builders in my area have finally caught on and now mainly only build using gas. So the problem is I cannot run a gas line through the outside vent line. Makes sense. Hot grease build up + possible gas line leak. An overhead vent is not an option in my house. The Jenn-Air has a conversion kit to convert it to duct free ventilation. This feature will vent onto my feet. My husband (who does not cook. I know the cook gets the say), was completely against running a gas line (he's a contractor and will run it himself but didn't want the headache) until the installer came out. After I researched for days on here and other sites about all things and brands Induction, I was sold on the Icon being my best option mainly for the HOB layout. Miele being my second choice. My husband is now thinking maybe we should go with the gas. I'm wavering between what I've always known and loved and what seems like a dream to cook on, easy to clean, and my gut says less of a headache down the road. I have read what few reviews I've been able to find online for the Jenn-Air and the Icon. I believe the Icon reviews better. Testing the Jenn-Air to see how bad the venting to the floor is is not an option. I am hoping someone can help me make this decision. Thank you for any feedback.