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Electric Cooktop with Downdraft - Replacing an Old Unit?

Posted by Bob Allaire on Jul 11, 2022 9:15 AM
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The downdraft cooktop, originally manufactured and sold exclusively by JennAir, offers a unique combination of cooking and venting in one appliance. Take note though that downdraft ranges and cooktops are getting hard to find. Downdraft is becoming less popular, so KitchenAid is the only option available right now. 

If you are replacing an older JennAir electric cooktop with downdraft, KitchenAid offers the same combination of cooking and venting as well as new options in styling, features, and price points. KitchenAid offers electric cooktops (and gas cooktops as well) with downdraft in 30-inch widths. The KitchenAid 36" models come with five burners. More choices are always better, and this company offers great products in this and every appliance category. Let’s take a look at one of the best downdraft electric cooktop model from KitchenAid!





The KitchenAid KCED600GSS - 30" - $2,149 MSRP

The KitchenAid KCED600GSS is a 30-inch electric cooktop with downdraft featuring four radiant burners. This unit sells for $2,149 in stainless steel or $2,049 in black, and offers a lot of features for the money!

The elements range up to 3,200W and include a dual 6"/9" element plus two 6" elements and a 10" element. One of the 6" elements includes a Melt setting for especially gentle heat. The stainless steel knob controls are located on the front right side of the cooktop with power on and hot surface indicator lights.

The downdraft system has a 300 CFM rating with three speed settings. It can be converted to ductless operation. Like many KitchenAid products, it has a premium look and feel that might be a great fit for your kitchen! Starting at around $2,249, you can check out the 36" KitchenAid KCED606GSS, which has similar specs and features overall but with five burners instead of four. If you love cooking that much but you also want to keep your house well-ventilated, this might be the best option for you! 


Click here to read over 55 real customer reviews of this product!

Note: Customer reviews on our website are mixed, but overall reviews are positive on other retailer websites.



KitchenAid KCED600GSS Electric Cooktop with Downdraft


Features Summary 

  • Burner: KitchenAid offers a burner element at 12" plus an 8" burner, which is a common pan size. It also comes with some type of convertible burner diameter option for added versatility. 

  • Other Features: It comes with hot cooktop surface indicator lights. KitchenAid also has premium styling - check it out in person and you'll see what we mean! This model can be vented from the rear or from below and have optional recirculating venting available if external venting is not an option.

  • Great Price: In regards with the pricing, your best bet is to see what promotions and rebates are currently available. This one may be available for a much lower price depending on promotions!


Check out this model in person and see how you feel about the control placement, burner option, and overall styling to decide if it is the best model for you! A downdraft cooktop is a compact and stylish option for your kitchen, and can be less expensive than hooded cooktops. For more products, check out our reviews of the best electric cooktops of the year.

We hope you enjoyed this review of this great electric cooktop with downdraft ventilation from KitchenAid. Feel free to leave us a comment below. We'd love to hear from you!


Editor's Note: This blog was originally published in November of 2016 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy as of the publication date noted above.

Topics: Ranges, Cooktops

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