Downdraft Oven
Which one would you choose?

First off, let’s highlight why ventilation in the kitchen is essential. Cleanliness, proper ventilation can reduce the cleaning to be done in your kitchen as it draws grease and vapours away from your worktops. Air quality, this one might seem obvious – but as well as drawing away gasses, moisture is also reduced meaning less chance of mould. And lastly, your own comfort! Why would anyone want to work in a stuffy, stinky kitchen compared to a fresh well-ventilated one? ⁠

A downdraft hob is one that has a ventilation system built in, instead of the built-on ventilation hood. The systems main function is to vent away steam and smoke from the worktop, and is most effective if you have/are planning on placing your oven on an island or a location that does not allow for a hood to be placed. The main attraction of this appliance is the modern and sleek look that is added to your kitchen, as well as the easy cleaning functionality in comparison to the struggle that comes with cleaning a extractor hood. ⁠

But the fact is, extractor hoods are still more popular and seen. So, why is that? Although the design for downdraft hobs are more modern, with the ventilation positioned on the worktop the heat produced can be lessened, leaving an adjustment period for you to get used to the new appliance. ⁠

Let’s talk practicalities. The main concern with choosing between these two is the price tag, considering that choosing a downdraft hob means that the ventilation would take place downwards and outwards, there needs to be constructive support available for this to be an option for you. ⁠
It’s important to remember that there is no right or wrong choice here, only the best choice for you and your kitchen needs. ⁠

A comparison between appliances. Downdraft Oven vs Extractor Hood.
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