Agonizing over Downdraft vs Hood
We are replacing an very very very old JennAir downdraft clunker when we install granite counters on our peninsula. Since we already have downdraft it's the less expensive option for us to stick with downdraft. We are planning on a 36 induction cooktop, and would need to go with a pop-up vent hood if we stick with downdraft. I know an island hood would be much more effective, but it will be more expensive and my DH is concerned about it looking ugly (I like the hood look).
My concern is the reliability of a pop-up. Even if I can live with the downdraft being less effective, is it a huge risk to be stuck with the cutout for the pop up if it stops working or we just plain hate it? I'm thinking both of our satisfaction and of future resale value. Granite is not something I want to replace down the road to keep up with my appliances.
How reliable are the pop-up vents? We are looking at a Kitchenaid, but have not made a purchase yet. DH is pressuring me to make up my mind, and I have to decide if I want to push the hood issue knowing that it's money he'd rather not spend.