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Down Draft Ranges

Steve Sheinkopf  |  March 04, 2011  |  3 Min. Read

Jenn-Air  |  Ventilation  |  Downdrafts

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When I started at Yale in 1986 (full time), there were several downdraft ranges.  A downdraft ventilates through the range itself with the blower usually housed at the base of the range.  GE, Roper, Modern Maid, Thermador and JennAir competed in this segment. 

Most of these companies exited the business in the last recession.  Factories will always concentrate on commodities and cut niches during a crisis.  Unfortunately, as more people are combining kitchens and dining rooms into one space, there is now more of a need for this type of product.

Currently, however, there are only two options.

JennAir Downdraft

JennAirJennAir manufactures the only downdraft range in electric and dual fuel.  The top is modular with a grill and choice of accessories









Downdraft - Several companies manufacture a componentary downdraft system for cooktops, Viking, Electrolux, Thermador, KitchenAid and Bosch.  Have a look at this video...

If you would like more information about downdrafts, hoods and ventilation in general, check out our ventilation buyers guide.


A few review sites have placed this at the bottom of their articles. So here is our take: Our mission is to find reliable products for you to buy. Other review sites may say this as well.

However, we don’t love every product. Quite frankly, it costs us way too much money in repair costs to support less reliable brands.

In fact, we sell fewer brands than most appliance stores. Here is why:

We feel it is our responsibility to repair your appliances after you buy them.

We now have 30 service technicians, each averaging 8-10 calls a day Monday through Friday, plus another 110 on Saturday. That's over 30,000 service calls logged in one year.

The labor rates of fixing an appliance do not come close to the true cost in any product’s warranty period.

That is why no major retailer has a service department. It costs too much labor, money and time.

Our Blog is a bit different than most others you will read. We cannot write glowing reviews of unreliable products.

Hopefully, the bloggers and organizations who write such glowing product reviews for every brand consider servicing these products first. Only then they will understand the consequences of their marketing.

Steve Sheinkopf

My goal has always been simple: I want Yale to be the best retail experience anywhere. I have tried to create a compelling environment for customers and employees alike.

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