Blue Star drop in cooktop with downdraft?

fourquinnJuly 10, 2012

I need to replace a jenn air cooktop on my island. Due to costs, the replacement will be be another drop in cooktop with downdraft/pop-up ventilation. I know most on this forum are anti pop-up/downdraft ventilation, but it's our only viable option. I was planning to get the six burner 36" Viking Pro drop in cooktop, but after reading this forum have concerns although I don't think I have seen negative posts specifically on the cooktop itself. I would love to go with the Blue Star drop in cooktop as it seems to get positive reviews here. Their site strongly suggests an overhead hood, but does mention under FAQ that a downdraft may be used. Does anyone have experience with the Blue Star drop in cooktop and downdraft? Any thoughts/feedback would be appreciated. I considered Capital, but the center Wok grate is not useful for us. I wish I liked the Wolf more...visually, the knob placement bothers me. I want a reliable cooktop that also looks good...especially since it is so visible on the island. Thank you in advance!

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philwojo

From what I recall in my research on BS for my kitchen remodel the cooktop model they have is NOT like other cooktops on the market. By this I mean that the BS cooktop is much deeper or thick compared to other cooktops, so keep that in mind in your decision. I think, from what I can recall that it is about 8 inches deep (thick). So, if you have any drawers or anything under your current cooktop and it is not that thick it might mean you need to make changes.

Check out the specs on the BS web site to confirm this information as it is just off the top of my head.

Phil

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 10:16AM
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Sophie Wheeler

Downdraft doesn't even really work well with consumer grade cooking. A downdraft with a pro style cooking appliance is completely unworkable. If the vent is able to suck strong enough, it will pull the flame and affect the heating of the pots on the top. It's also completely useless with any of the front burners.

If you want pro grade, then you need to plan on changing out to real overhead ventilation. Or give up pro grade.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 1:14PM
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deeageaux

The downdraft is useless whether you have a standard cooktop,pro cooktop or Bluestar.

The questions are....

1) How much grease can you live with?

There are a few people on here that have a Bluestar with no ventilation and a few with MW hood ventilation. Are you a steak/fried chicken family or a vegetarian family. The more oil,lard,fatty foods you cook the more grime will end up on walls,cabinets,and ceilings. If you cook with little to no fat not that big of an issue. Some people are ok with this. Some clean from time to time while others paint from time to time.

2) How much heat can you live with?

Are you a one burner cook or will you have 2/3 burners going full blast and 2/3 at medium. If you are a one burner cook then you should be fine. Using the Bluestar cooktop near its BTU potential would make most kitchens unbearably hot to most people IMO. A few people insist they only need an open kitchen window.

If it was me I would rather have the Bluestar and adjust to the poor ventilation rather than not have the option of adjusting the burners to a full 22k.

BTW Typical depth for a cooktop is 3-3.25".

Bluestar is 5".

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 1:50PM
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weedmeister

If you are forced into a downdraft / popup, look for something tall, like 12" - 18" tall when extended. That may give you a fighting chance.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 2:24PM
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weedmeister

BTW: you'll need to look at the cabinet depth in order to fit the popup / blower unit into the cabinet. A standard cabinet and countertop may not be deep enough (24").

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 2:27PM
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fourquinn

Thank you all. and weedmeister and deeageaux, thanks for the depth info. Unfortunately, the cabinets on the island are only 24" deep so installing a pop up/blower will be an issue. We have an overhang for seating at the island so I suppose it's possible to build out the cabinetry, but not sure how it would look. The kitchen is 12 years old and I would love to start all new as I feel like I'm putting money into a poorly configured kitchen. Just started a list of costs if I were to re do the entire kitchen...appliances are easy to figure out (we're getting a sub-zero either way), but I'll need to get estimates for cabinets, counters etc.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 2:48PM
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ashik

Deeageaux --- Wondering - since you mentioned the necessary 5" for the depth of Bluestar drop-in cooktop - do you know if that is 5" from the top of the counter or from under the counter? Their specs on their website is terrible!

    Bookmark   September 20, 2012 at 8:35PM
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pvrick

We put the Bluestar cooktop with a 36" downdraft in our kitchen 3 years ago. It works OK. the fan is 400 cfm with internal fan. If you could find something with a stronger external fan motor that provided more draw it would help.

Overall it is just OK. We have an ocean view from our kitchen so did not want to block the view. I am certain an overhead fan would work much better

Rick

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