Benton Harbor-based luxury appliance company Jenn-Air today announced a new brand of downdraft cooktops to maintain sightlines in open concept kitchens, while utilizing a ventilation system that eliminates the need for an overhead hood. Proximity ventilation located on the cooktop captures smoke, steam, and odors at the cooking surface, ushering them down before they can escape into the kitchen.
“Since inventing downdraft ventilation in 1961, we have continued to refine this highly efficient ventilation system,” says Brian Maynard, Jenn-Air’s marketing director. “With our duct-free option, the benefits of downdraft ventilation can be realized in spaces where exterior venting may not be possible, like condominiums or high-rise buildings.”
All of Jenn-Air’s new cooktop models feature the three-speed JX3 Downdraft Ventilation System designed to effectively capture cooking vapors. A redesigned ventilation system designed to maximize the capture rate of cooking odors allows a low 310 CFM blower capacity that performs quietly without compromising functionality. A shorter plenum, unique to Jenn-Air’s downdraft cooktops, makes cleaning the chamber located beneath the range’s surface easier, and the air grill is dishwasher safe.
The cooktops are available in 30- and 36-inch configurations and feature parametric ventilation, which helps concentrate air suction to quickly and quietly capture cooking odors. Other luxury features include glass touch electronic controls and an amber LED display on a knob free ceramic surface. The surface is available in a black floating glass design, with an optional stainless steel border.
The suggested retail price is $1,999 for the 30-inch model and $2,199 for the 36-inch model. More information can be found here.