Cooking produces pollutants such as smoke and grease, which accumulate on surfaces and gives an unpleasant odor. To avoid this, most of us use vents to ventilate the contaminants out. There are two types of vents, updraft and downdraft.
The pop-up downdraft vents are one of the modern inventions in kitchen vents. What are the pop-up vents? Does anybody Like the pop-up downdraft vents for stoves? Does anybody use them? Are they better than updraft vents? Let us find out.
The conventional updraft ventilation consists of a vent positioned above a cooking surface. The fan acts like a vacuum cleaner and pulls the air that comes out while cooking, which passes through filters and is exhausted outdoors through a metal duct.
On the other hand, pop-up downdraft vents absorb fumes within and then push them downward, pass through filters, and exhaust out through a duct. They are hidden behind and below the burner area until needed.
Let us understand the characteristics of pop-up downdraft vents for stoves.
The design is simple. The vents are behind the burner or cooking area. Essential parts include gear motor, grease filters, limit switch, and an Up/down switch. The gear motor raises and lowers the pop-up vent when you push the activation switch.
The grease filters are aluminum mesh filters that trap grease suspended in the exhaust. Limit-switch regulates the electrical circuit that controls the motor and its moving parts. The Up/down switch controls the vent and brings it up or down based on the usage.
It will also have buttons to power on and off, adjust the fan speed, adjust the height, setting the timer, etc., (depending on the company that offers them). It looks very sleek as most of the parts are below the stove and does not take up much space. It has a very modern look.
The installation must be carried out by the company that sells it. Here is a brief procedure on how it goes.
Before installation, we must make sure the following are right.
Check that the downdraft vent and cooktop location will clear the cabinet walls, backsplash, and rear wall columns inside the cabinet. Check for the minimum distance between the countertop’s front edge and the front edge of the cooktop. The minimum horizontal distance between the overhead cabinets is the same as the installed downdraft vent’s width.
All openings in the ceiling and wall where the downdraft vent will be installed and sealed A grounded electrical outlet is required. When installing the downdraft vent, remove the cabinet drawer, and the drawer front is mounted permanently to the cabinet.
Make sure there is proper clearance within the wall or floor before making exhaust vent cut-outs. Use a substantial (rigid) metal vent. The venting system must terminate to the outside. Do not end the vent system in an attic or other enclosed area. And make sure not to use plastic or foil vents. If the installation is on an island location, the venting is
After following the above steps, make sure the cabinet is safe and secure and proceed to installation.
For installing, you need one stabilizing bracket installed on each side of the downdraft vent. Place the downdraft in the cabinet and make sure there is an opening for the pop-up. Secure the screws of the bracket and ensure that it is secure.
Power down the leading electricity and install the Limit switch to control the motors. After this, Install the Up-down switch. Make sure the positive, negative, and ground are connected correctly. Make sure to join the vent to the outside duct. Now power on the main switch.
After this, install the filter and connect the vent to a power source. Press the on/off button and check if the vent is rising. Check the fan speed by changing it regularly using the button, set it to high, and make sure it is working. Check the timer, height adjustment buttons, and make sure they are working correctly.
The usage of the vent is effortless. All the buttons are there on the top, and just a click away. You can set the timer of when the vent turns off and turns on. You can adjust the fan speed based on the smoke you get while cooking.
You can also change the vent’s height based on the size of the pot you are cooking. It is one of the smartest devices in usability, as everything is just a fingertip away. Even the kids or people who are old will quickly learn to use this as the controls are intuitive.
The downdraft vents are less efficient compared to the conventional updraft vents. The updraft vents have more powerful fans, and they absorb more air compared to the downdraft vents.
Comparing the cost to efficiency, the downdraft vents are way costlier than the traditional updraft vents. The updraft vents perform relatively better as they have better fan speed and can remove all odors.
However, downdraft vents are more convenient compared to updraft vents. Because you can hide it when not in use, and they look very modern and have very minimal yet beautiful designs.
Advantages and Disadvantages
Every product will have advantages and disadvantages based on many factors. Let us discuss them.
- It takes relatively less space.
- It has a very sleek design.
- You only see it while cooking.
- It is effortless to clean.
- It is effortless to install where they have cathedral ceilings.
- Very easy to use.
- It is easy for the owners who want an island cooktop and an open kitchen.
- Very useful when used for grilling, frying.
- This product is best for using shallow pots and pans.
- It is not very efficient, relatively.
- It is challenging to install in an old kitchen.
- It is costly.
- You will have less cupboard space in the kitchen as the motors occupy the space.
- It does not remove all odors comparatively.
- It is not ideal for the ones who do heavy cooking.
- Not very efficient with large pots.
As we can see that both vents are functional at most things and have their drawbacks. Therefore, it is tough to bring them to a standard level and declare better than the other. If we look at the overall picture, both are better relatively.
Downdraft vents are technologically very advanced. It has everything that a technology lover who loves to cook would dream of. It does not block the view like the conventional updraft vent. They can enjoy the view and cook. It has button controls that are intuitive and fun to interact with. It is effortless to maintain and clean.
Filters can also be changed very quickly. Comparatively, the updraft vents are getting better day by day. They are getting efficient and are improving in the field of convenience to give fair competition to the downdraft vents. They have a powerful fan system that can clean almost all odors and keep the environment livelier to cook.
So, to answer the question, does anybody LIKE the pop-up downdraft vents for stoves? It all depends on usability. If anyone wants a more efficient product, wants to spend less money, okay with a bit of an old design, can happily purchase an updraft vent.
If they’re going to have an island cooktop and an open kitchen, want a vent which takes less space and wants to have a minimalistic design, has a modern and sleek look, and are ready to spend the money, this is a perfect device and a dream come true for them.