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Old 06-26-2014, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Historic Gulfport
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Inherited an electric glass/ceramic cooktop in house we just bought. It looks nice, but can't say I'm crazy about electric, as we had gas for the past 11 years at other homes. Alas, there is no gas pipeline near us and the only place to put a propane tank (if I went that route) is smack dab on the front lawn.

The cooktop area does not currently have sufficient ventilation, so we are looking for one with a downdraft (no attic above).

Anyone with an electric cooktop with downdraft that they would recommend? We are especially wanting a downdraft fan with sufficient power to pull smoke/odors out of the house.
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Old 06-27-2014, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Can you vent an overhead outside tge house? Downdrafts, unfortunately, never work well. And are messy as hell. No one who actually uses their electric cook top frequently will ever recommend it.
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Old 06-27-2014, 10:21 AM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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Gas is definitely best choice but with propane as only other option I'd likely choose electric. It's difficult for a suction vent located at burner level to catch all the naturally rising heat and smoke. JennAir comes to mind as one of the first if not originator of the downdraft vent cooktop.

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Old 06-27-2014, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Historic Gulfport
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The kitchen configuration puts the stovetop next to a open 'window' into the adjacent living area and a hood would hinder the openness, plus there isn't much of an attic (old FL home).

I had a downdraft Jennaire range with a downdraft back in the 90's and it was powerful enough for us. But the only Jennair cooktop's I've seen online are 45" and DH isn't in favor of a major re-do at this time.

I should add that we eat dinner out every night and have an outdoor gas grill for meal prep too; just looking for something to keep the smell of sauteed brussels sprouts down a bit!
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Old 06-28-2014, 12:27 AM
 
Location: San Antonio. Tx 78209
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We have a whirlpool, glasstop electric downdraft. It looks great and works well.
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Old 06-28-2014, 02:22 AM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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Originally Posted by smuboy86 View Post
...It looks great...
Now that's a feature I rely on when purchasing anything - if it looks great it must work well.
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Old 06-28-2014, 04:25 AM
 
Location: Historic Gulfport
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SMUBoy: Thanks for the info. How well does the downdraft work....and do you have any other exhaust fan in the kitchen (we won't be able to)? Did you self-install it and do you think it's a DIY job for a handy husband....I know he can handle the mechanics of it, but am worried about the weight of it.
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