opinions about downdraft vent for induction cooktop?

infohound2006July 13, 2008

I'd love to hear others' experiences with downdraft ventilation, especially with a high-power remote blower.

I really like the looks and advertised quietness of a downdraft vent for an island cooktop. And the Dacor with a remote 1600CFM blower is wonderfully flat under-cabinet -- it would only eat up some 4" of the interior cabinet space.

However, my DH and the salesperson advise a hood, that "smoke rises, so you're fighting physics". Is it really a bad idea even with a 1600CFM remote blower and an induction (i.e. non-gas) cooktop?

We're definitely not gourmet cooks, though we do cook curries, stir-fry, etc., so do want a vent that is sufficient job. However, I don't want the kitchen dominated by an overhead hood, and we plan an island range so we could see and interact with others while cooking. Since we're remodeling the whole kitchen (and roof) this is the time to decide.

Here is a link that might be useful: Dacor 36

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I had the same dilema. I am not a fan of a huge hood, and I went with the downdraft with a remote blower. Although we really didn't have much choice with change in ceiling height and a host of other obstacles. I'm not a chef, just a regular cook. The downdraft is only effective on the back two burners. In my case, the 2 large burners are in the front and it's totally ineffective on those. Because of this, and some other reasons, we're going to replace our island cooktop with one that has at least one of the larger burners on the back. In a nutshell, your DH and the salesperson are right. Sorry, I know it's not what you want to hear - but it's the truth. Good luck!

    Bookmark   July 13, 2008 at 2:20PM
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I cooked for 19 years on a GE electric cooktop with a built in downdraft down the middle of the cooktop. I actually thought it worked pretty well. It was not a remote blower and I am sure it was not 1600CFM but more like 300CFM. Because the downdraft went right down the center, each of the 4 burners was equally close to the draft and it did a good job of pulling the steam down even with boiling pots of pasta.

I have now had my new Thermador 30" induction cooktop working with a popup vent system for 1 week. The vent system is at the back of the cooktop, nearest to the 7 inch and 12 inch burner. Another 7 inch and 6 inch burner is at the front of the cooktop and further away from the vent.

I am finding it is taking some adjusting, but I do think it will work fine once I figure out the nuances. For instance, boiling a pot of water with the lid on creates a tremendous amount of steam when I take the lid off and I found my vent could not handle all the steam even when on the high setting. (it is a 600CFM integral blower) But if I keep the lid slightly askew so that the steam can escape as the water heats up, I find the vent can create a proper draft and pull the steam down consistently even on the medium setting.

I am very glad that the large 12 inch burner is at the back because the burners closest to the vent popup are definitely easier to vent. I am still learning my way around the new system though...both using an induction cooking system and the popup vent vs a downdraft. My popup is the 14 inch Thermador brand so the extra height does help when using tall pots. But honestly, my old GE flat downdraft did a great job of sucking steam right out of the tall pots and down to the surface.

So far I am not overly impressed with the popup vent system, but I AM impressed with the induction cooktop. I have no regrets about making the switch to induction.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2008 at 11:27PM
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I am considering a small 2 burner induction cooktop for the island. It will be fairly close to the big 42 1200 CFM hood over the gas rangetop. I live in California and my kitchen is very open to the outdoors. Do I still need a ventilation system for a little bitty 15" induction that will be used primarily for boiling water and making breakfast.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2008 at 10:31PM
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Check out the worlds only integrated induction downdraft ventilated cooktop made by Western Premium at www.westernpremium.com

Here is a link that might be useful: Western Premium Products

    Bookmark   June 12, 2010 at 10:33AM
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That Western Premium cooktop sure looks interesting. It has knobs.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2010 at 2:53PM
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Here is a video of the Western Premium Downdraft Induction cooktop on test...

Here is a link that might be useful: Western Premium Downdraft Induction Cooktop Video

    Bookmark   August 15, 2011 at 9:28PM
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i've had a center downdraft in electric cooktop for 20 years---it works fine as long as you tilt pan lids to vent steam toward the downdraft. we are remodeling kitchen and i'm also looking at an induction cooktop to be put in island, either bosch or thermador most likely. what popup downdrafts are good options? i've seen a kitchenaid with internal 600 cfm blower, KitchenAid KXD4636YSS. Thermador has a taller downdraft at 14", Dacor has a 15" tall downdraft with separate blower. Anyone who is using popup downdraft with induction cooktop, please tell us what you like/don't like. Thank you!

    Bookmark   March 3, 2013 at 1:01AM
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