Induction cooktops with downdraft are different from cooktops with a hood. A cooktop with a downdraft has a fan that pulls the smoke resulting from cooking. The smoke is absorbed through a tube and extracted from the room via a pipe running along or under the floor or a vent. An induction cooktop with downdraft is a great option for homes and establishments that can’t accommodate a hood for exhausting smoke and steam from the room. Induction cooking technology heats your pan directly using a magnetic field instead of having its bottom sitting on a flame as with a gas cooktop or on an element as with an electric stove. With an induction stovetop, the entire bottom of the pan actually heats up, and there’s no need to fit your pan to the burner or install a gas line in the kitchen. They are easy to install and maintain and may be cheaper than purchasing a cooktop and a hood separately. If you are looking for an induction cooktop with downdraft, here are a few great models that you can consider.
Elica is an Italian manufacturer that has been around for 50 years and they specialize in induction cooktops and exhaust hoods. With that in mind we were not surprised to find that their Elica 33″ Tesla HP Induction Cooktop with Downdraft made the top of our list. For starters it is actually very difficult to find an induction cooktop with a fully integrated downdraft fan, let alone a good one. The Elica 33″ Induction cooktop meets our expectations for everything that we were looking for including (of course) having a downdraft fan – this one pulls up to 400 CFM if the duct run is short enough. In addition it is very powerful and boils water very fast, it includes a bridge element in case you need to cook on a skillet, and the smooth cooktop is very easy to clean when you are all done. Finally, we really liked the Elica 33″ Induction Cooktop simply because the design is just so simple and beautiful!
If you are looking for a 36 inch electric cooktop with downdraft you are in luck because Elica makes a similar model that is 36″. If you think the 33″ version is sharp then you will really love the Elica Nikola Tesla 36″ Electric Induction Cooktop with Downdraft because it looks super sharp. The downdraft vent stays closed when it is not on and only opens up when it is engaged. We really love this cooktop because it performs at a high level – the induction cooktops heat up pots and pans a lot faster than the traditioner electric cooktop. In addition, this model has a high power “boil” burner that is designed to heat up water very quickly. Add the flexibility of this cooktop to be able to heat up different sized pans and the easy cleanable surface and we really can’t find anything that we “don’t” like about the Elica NikolaTesla Switch 36″ Electric Induction Cooktop with Downdraft.
The GE 36″ Induction Cooktop is a reasonably priced induction electric cooktop that homeowners can consider. It comes with five heating elements including a 9”/6” power boil element, two 7” elements with a bridge element in between them that can be activated to create a large cooking surface and another 6” element. Smart heating elements efficiently adjust heating area to the size of your pans, and there are indicator lights that tell you if the elements are hot in addition to a light that indicates if the cooktop is on or off. This induction cooktop does not come with an integrated downdraft but GE offers a “standalone” downdraft that can be installed directly behind the cooktop:
The GE 36″ Black Downdraft Range Hood ( UVB36DKBB) – Its downdraft fan is rated for 330CFM and can be operated at three different speeds. The knob controls of the cooktop make it easy to operate.
The GE Profile Series 30″ PP9830TJBB is another reasonably priced electric cooktop with downdraft that homeowners can consider. It comes with four heating elements including a 9”/6” power boil element, two 7” elements with a bridge element in between them that can be activated to create a large cooking surface and another 6” element. There are indicator lights provided that tell you if the elements are hot in addition to a light that indicates if the cooktop is on or off. Its downdraft fan is rated for 330CFM and can be operated at three different speeds. The knob controls of the cooktop make it easy to operate.
JennAir 36” Induction Downdraft Cooktop
The JennAir 36” Induction Downdraft Cooktop is an excellent choice for individuals who want to buy an induction cooktop with downdraft. It has four different cooking areas that rely on electric induction for heating cookware. The areas can be bridged in pairs of two for cooking in cookware that requires more heating surface area. It comes with a downdraft ventilation system for exhausting smoke, steam, and odors from your kitchen. The fan is rated for 350CFM and has two different speed settings. You can also buy a separate kit to convert the ventilation system into a duct-free one. It has electronic touch controls that make it easy to use. The cooktop has a wide range of features including pan detection sensors, control lock, separate timers for each element, hot surface indicators, timer, warming functionality, and quiet operation mode.
Gaggenau Flex 200 Series Induction Cooktop CV282110
The Gaggenau Flex 200 Series Induction Cooktop model CV282110 is a premium offering when it comes to induction cooktop with downdraft. It has four flex induction cooking areas which can be combined in specific pairs of two for increasing the heating surface for large cookware. The center of the cooktop features a ventilation system for removing smoke, steam, and odor. It can be used to extract as well as recirculate air as required. The ventilation system is controlled automatically using sensors. Cooking features include automatic pot detection, a stopwatch, a cooking timer, and a short-term timer. There are multiple safety features also provided such as child lock, safety shut-off, heat indicator for each zone and operation indicator. It comes with a stainless-steel frame though a frameless model is also available for flush installation.
KitchenAid Electric Downdraft Cooktop KCED600GBL
The Kitchen Aid KCED600GBL is an affordable choice for homeowners requiring a cooktop with downdraft. It has four heating elements, a 10” Ultra Element with simmer settings and another 6” elements with melt settings. Both these elements feature Even-Heat technology for proper heat distribution. Besides these, it also has a 9”/ 6” Ultra Power double-ring round element. The fan is rated for 300CFM and exhausts smoke and steam via a 6” round duct. The user can select from three different fan speeds as required. There are five stainless steel knobs provided for controlling the cooktop. The Hot-Surface indicators let the users know if any surface of the cooktop is running or hot for added safety.