Jenn-Air JGD3536WS Review: Looking Closer at One of the Best Downdraft Cooktops on the Market

Jenn-Air JGD3536WS downdraft cooktop

Jenn-Air JGD3536WS downdraft cooktop
The Jenn-Air JGD3536WS downdraft cooktop features five sealed burners and a powerful downdraft ventilation system for removing cooking odors.

The smell of warm chocolate chip cookies, cinnamon muffins, or pumpkin bread wafting through the air is always welcome. The scent of spices from a pot of chili or pan-fried chicken warming on the stove, perking up the family and letting them know dinner is almost ready, is also pleasing to the senses.

However, the repugnant smell of fish or day-old garlic remaining in the air long after the fresh flavors have been enjoyed at the dinner table is never desirable.

We may enjoy when our kitchens give off the scent of our fresh culinary creations, but none of us wants the rest of the home to smell of our dinner.

The Jenn-Air 36” downdraft cooktop is designed to prevent pungent smells from lingering in the air or spreading through the home. Recognized as one of the best downdraft cooktops on the market, this unit features Jenn-Air’s unique ventilation system, which claims to be the top-performing ventilation system available. The powerful, but quiet, three-speed ventilation system captures steam and odors at their source, just as they’re wafting from the pan, and pulls them down and out.

Jenn-Air downdraft vent
Cooking smells are drawn immediately into the downdraft vent and won’t linger in the house after cooking.

To make its unique gas cooktop with downdraft ventilation more accessible, Jenn-Air offers convertible duct-free ventilation with a separate kit. Thus, the cooktop can be placed anywhere in the kitchen, even in a kitchen island with no access to air ducts.

Additionally, Jenn-Air offers three distinct looks for its downdraft cooktop. The JGD3536WS features stainless steel, while the JGD3536WB and JGD3536WW models feature black and white floating glass, respectively.

While the effective downdraft system is one of the most prominent traits of the Jenn-Air 36” gas downdraft cooktop, it is not the only feature worth noting. The cooktop has five sealed burners to keep spills and crumbs from falling down inside the cooktop. The continuous grates are formed from porcelain-covered cast iron for ultimate durability. This unique blend of materials also allows the grates to withstand high heat, which is important because the burners range in heat output from 5,000 BTUs to 17,000 BTUs. (One BTU heats one pound of water by about 1°F.) The high-power 17,000 BTU burner brings water to a boil quickly, minimizing wasted time in the kitchen, and allows you to stir-fry or sear like a pro.

Jenn-Air sealed burners
Powerful sealed burners provide a consistant and even flame of up to 17,000 BTUs.

The electronic ignition on the Jenn-Air downdraft cooktop features a reignition system that senses when a flame has burned out and automatically reignites the burner so cooking is not interrupted.

While the quality cooktop aids in quality cooking, it also makes clean-up a breeze. The burner grates, burner caps and air grill are all dishwasher-safe.

With all its alluring features, the Jenn-Air 36” downdraft cooktop may be as enticing as the delicious-smelling food cooking on the stove — the food that with the help from the powerful downdraft, won’t be lingering in the air come morning.

Jenn-Air JGD3536WS downdraft cooktop
The Jenn-Air JGD3536WS downdraft cooktop features five sealed burners and a powerful downdraft ventilation system for removing cooking odors.
Jenn-Air downdraft vent
Cooking smells are drawn immediately into the downdraft vent and won’t linger in the house after cooking.
Jenn-Air sealed burners
Powerful sealed burners provide a consistant and even flame of up to 17,000 BTUs.

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