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As the hearth of the home, we put a lot of effort into creating a warm and beautiful atmosphere for our kitchens. Sometimes, it may prove to be too difficult to sacrifice cabinet space for a sizable range, while other times it simply may be overkill if you're searching for a beautiful but simple design.

A creative solution to this is to consider installing a cooktop or rangetop, which are renowned for their perfect visual craftsmanship, and powerful cooking abilities.


Jenn-Air JXD7836BS Review: An Innovative New Downdraft Vent

Jenn-Air offers several cooktops with built-in downdraft vents. These discreet downdraft vents work to eliminate smoke and cooking odors at their source, just as they rise from the cooktop surface. Now the brand offers a new downdraft system, the Jenn-Air Accolade downdraft vent. The new Jenn-Air JXD7836BS offers a combination of exquisite style and remarkable functionality.

Jenn-Air Accolade Downdraft Vent
Jenn-Air's Accolade downdraft vent in action.

The unit sits unassumingly behind an existing cooktop within a stainless steel setting, and only when needed, the Jenn-Air telescopic downdraft rises from beneath the countertop and draws steam and scents rising from the cooktop into its curved vent.

The unit is constructed from glass and stainless steel for a modern yet subtle appearance, and ambient LED light from the translucent glass softly illuminates the cooking surface when the ventilation system is in use. In order to maintain the elegance of the design, the controls are hidden. However, they remain conveniently in reach.

When summoned from beneath the countertop, the unique Jenn-Air downdraft vent rises a full 19 inches above the counter surface in order to absorb odors from the shallowest to the deepest cookware.

Jenn-Air Retracted Downdraft Vent
The Jenn-Air JXD7836BS sits fully flush against your countertop when retracted.

The powerful ventilation unit offers four fan speeds, so you can adjust it to the amount or potency of the food on your stovetop.

The Jenn-Air ventilation system also has a few automatic features to make your life just a little easier. First, a timed setting allows you to continue running the ventilation unit after you've left the kitchen without fear you'll forget and leave it on all night. Second, the blower has an automatic shut-off that kicks in when the unit retracts back into the countertop, so you can feel confident the blower is never running unnecessarily while the vent is trapped beneath the counter. The unit also has an indicator light that lets you know when the filter needs cleaning.

When the light indicates it's time for cleaning, there's no need to grumble. Simply remove the aluminum, mesh filters from the stainless steel frame, and put them in the dishwasher. Keeping the filters clean also helps protect the ductwork.
From use to maintenance, Jenn-Air has created a seamless system that is both effective and easy to use.

Side Angle of Jenn-Air 36 Inch Retractable Downdraft Vent
Side view of the Jenn-Air Accolade downdraft vent.

This Jenn-Air requires an external blower, model number UXI1200DYS (sold separately). The blower runs at an astounding 1,200 CFMs, meaning 1,200 cubic feet of air per minute is displaced by the fan blades.

Find out more about the Jenn-Air Accolade downdraft vent at Elite Appliance.

Jenn-Air JX3 Downdraft Cooktop Review

Jenn-Air JX3 Downdraft Cooktop in Action
Jenn-Air's JX3 downdraft vent in action.

We all appreciate a fresh-smelling kitchen, but not all of us have the space or desire to install a large chimney-shaped ventilation hood over our cooking space. If this is your dilemma, a Jenn-Air downdraft cooktop might be the answer to your predicament. Jenn-Air JX3 downdraft cooktops are available in a variety of sizes and formats to accommodate the preferences of any home chef.

While many ventilation systems rely on a hood to collect smoke and odors, JX3 downdrafts eliminate the need for a hood by relying on a combination of their close proximity to the cooking surface and their powerful, three-speed fans. Boasting the best downdraft cooktop on the market, Jenn-Air prides itself on its 425 to 475 cubic feet per minute airflow through its downdraft vent. This powerful system captures odors at their source before they are able to infiltrate the air in your kitchen. Even when you're cooking with the most pungent herbs or spices, your home will remain odor-free.

Another benefit of JX3 cooktops is their ability to function without ductwork, allowing you to install your cooktop anywhere in your kitchen. Adding ductwork can be a major undertaking and an added expense, so Jenn-Air's duct-free conversion kit is a welcome alternative for many homeowners.

Jenn-Air JX3 JED4430WB
The Jenn-Air 30" JX3 electric cooktop.

The JX3 series includes both gas and radiant cooktops in both 30" and 36" widths. The JED4430WS radiant cooktop offers four burners on a sleek surface with electronic, glass touch controls that illuminate on an LED display. The ventilation unit runs down the center of the cooktop, allowing it to capture smoke or odors from each of the four burners with ease. The air grill can be easily removed and cleaned in the dishwasher.

The radiant heat elements heat quickly and efficiently with no heat lost to the surrounding atmosphere. Two six-inch burners offer 1,200 watts of power, while two larger eight-inch burners offer 1,800 watts of power.

Jenn-Air JX3 36 Inch Gas Downdraft Cooktop
The 36" JX3 gas downdraft cooktop offers powerful burners and reliable ventilation.

An alternative, the JGD3536WS cooktop, offers gas power and is 36 inches wide. This cooktop features five burners with the downdraft ventilation unit situated between the four standard burners and the larger ultra-high output burner.

The high-output burner offers 17,000 BTUs of power. (One BTU heats one pound of water by about 1°F.) All five burners are sealed, and all burner caps and grates, like the air grate on the downdraft, are dishwasher-safe. The burners also ignite reliably with an electric ignition and reignite automatically if the flame flickers out.

With powerful and efficient heat settings, a range of options, and the satisfaction of odor-free air with minimal effort, Jenn-Air JX3 cooktops are a good fit for nearly any home.

Get more JX3 product info at Elite Appliance.