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.
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.
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.