A bulky overhead range hood can be a blemish on the blueprint of an ultra-streamlined kitchen. Architects despise them; they’re obtrusive and obstructive, but the issue of residual cooking residue is not insignificant. The answer? The downdraft range vent. A slim retractable design that sits flush with the range or countertop and is fairly undetectable when not in use. These are the 10 models we like most, from a range of popular makers for coordinating ranges. (For more on the downdraft see our post
Remodeling 101: Nearly Invisible Downdraft Kitchen Vents.)
Above: The Gaggenau 400 Series Retractable Downdraft Vent comes in two sizes and is positioned at the front of the cooktop. Contact Gaggenau directly for pricing on models and ordering information. Above: The GE Profile 36-Inch Telescopic Downdraft Hood (UVB36SKSS) has four speeds and a 370 CFM blower; $1,069 at AJ Madison. Above: The Faber Scirocco Plus (SCIR3614SSNBB) 36 Inch Downdraft Hood raises to a full 14 inches above the cooktop; $1,289 at AJ Madison. Above: The Viking Professional 5 Series 30-Inch Downdraft Ventilation System (VDD5300SS) rises to 18 inches high for venting stock pots and other large cooking pans; $1,499 at ABT Electronics. Above: The Adagio Vista Downdraft Range Vent from Elica has a touch control interface and comes in stainless steel, black, or white glass. Contact Elica for price and ordering information. Above: The Wolf 36-Inch Downdraft Ventilation System (DD36) rises 14 inches high and is available through AJ Madison. Contact for price and ordering information. Above: The Miele 36-Inch Island Mount Ducted Downdraft is designed specifically for a kitchen island with air flowing through the slim vent from front to back. It’s designed in stainless steel and available as 500 CFM (number cubic feet of air per minute) to 1,000 CM; $1,999 to $2,399 at Appliances Connection. Above: The Thermador Masterpiece Series (UCVP36RS) 36 Inch Downdraft rises to 18 inches; $2,099 at AJ Madison. Above: The Gaggenau Vario 200 Series Vertical Downdraft Hood (VL041715) is the only non-retractable unit on our list. It’s four inches wide and has four output levels and a washable ventilation grill. Available at AJ Madison; contact for price and ordering information. (The hood, paired with the Gaggenau cooktop, can be seen in the London kitchen of Michelle McKenna that’s featured in our first book. For more see Steal This Look: A Fairy-tale Kitchen in London.) Above: The Bosch 30-Inch Downdraft Ventilation (DHD3014UC) is $1,119.10 at AJ Madison.
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