Good downdraft ranges?

zagyzebraMarch 14, 2012

I'm looking for recommendations on downdraft ranges. Anybody have a newish one they particularly like?

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Jennair and Dacor are the only brands of ranges that work with downdrafts. With cooktops you have more choices.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2012 at 9:05PM
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I don't know about good ones but my last kitchen had a down draft Jennair.

I loathed it. Exhaust air removal was very weak but the down draft fan pulled my gas flames toward the vent.

It was terrible.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2012 at 11:31PM
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They are all horrible.

The downdraft is working against the laws of physics.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2012 at 1:09AM
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Sophie Wheeler

That's an oxymoron. They all suck because they don't suck.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2012 at 2:22AM
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We have a smoothtop Jennair. Horrible range. Takes forever to boil water on 3 of the 4 burners. The oven bakes hot on one side, underdone on the other. The oven temp is off by 15-20 degrees, although the repairman says it is fine. The electronic control board has been replaced once.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2012 at 7:33AM
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Fori is not pleased

I'm not sure how newish my JA downdraft is. It came with the house. It has the swappable electric elements. I haven't swapped them. It has a convection oven which is excellent. The cooktop is about as good as electric gets. (I prefer induction or gas, but for electric I can't complain.)

The downdraft...I can't review it properly because it is not ducted. It just dumps directly into the crawlspace. So I don't use it. I have tested it and it absolutely does suck down effluent like it's supposed to do. How good would it be with a duct? Probably less good.

You may be told differently by the hood police here, but downdraft is absolutely better than no ventilation. I sure wouldn't do it on purpose, though.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2012 at 3:20PM
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