The downdraft cooktop, originally manufactured and sold exclusively by JennAir, offers a unique combination of cooking and venting in one appliance. If you are replacing an older JennAir electric cooktop with downdraft, you now have options from GE, Frigidaire, and KitchenAid that offer the same combination of cooking and venting as well as new options in styling, features and price points. Although downdraft ranges are getting hard to find, downdraft cooktops are still kicking!
GE Profile and KitchenAid offer electric cooktops (and gas cooktops as well) with downdraft in 30-inch widths. You can also find 36-inch models from Frigidaire Professional and KitchenAid, although Frigidaire has discontinued their lineup and it is uncertain if they will update it with new models. The KitchenAid 36" models come with five burners. More choices are always better, and these companies offer great products in this and every appliance category. Let’s take a look at a couple of the best downdraft electric cooktop models on the market!
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1. The GE Profile PP9830SJSS - 30" - $1,829 MSRP
The GE Profile PP9830SJSS is a 30-inch downdraft electric cooktop with four radiant burners and a powerful exhaust system to take care of your ventilation needs. At a price of $1,829 in stainless steel, it offers a lot of style and function, combining two appliances in one package. It's also available in black starting at $1,729 and white for around $1,779.
The 3,000W right front burner can be adjusted from 9" to a 6" to accommodate different pan sizes. It has two 7" burners on the left side that can be joined together by using the bridge burner, making one large oval 4,400W cooking surface. In the right rear, it has a 6" 1,500W burner for your smaller pans.
The convenient heat knob controls are located in the front center of the cook top for easy access. The downdraft vent system has three speed settings and a CFM rating of 330 at high speed (see our ventilation buyer's guide for more information on cooktop venting). You can also set a control lock to protect against accidental activation.
This cooktop offers the flexibility and burner options you need to get the job done and do it well, so be sure to take a look at it while you're shopping around!
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2. The KitchenAid KCED600GSS - 30" - $1,699 MSRP
The KitchenAid KCED600GSS is a 30-inch electric cooktop with downdraft featuring four radiant burners. This unit sells for $1,799 in stainless steel or $1,699 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 $1,899, you can check out the 36" KitchenAid KCED606GSS, which has similar specs and features overall but with five burners instead of four.
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Burner Options: If you're looking for a bridge burner, check out the GE Profile options. KitchenAid offers the largest burner element at 12" plus an 8" burner, which is a common pan size. They both come with some type of convertible burner diameter option for added versatility.
Other Features: The GE model comes with a control lock, which is a nice extra feature. They both come with hot cooktop surface indicator lights. KitchenAid has the most premium styling - check it out in person and you'll see what we mean! All models can be vented from the rear or from below and have optional recirculating venting available if external venting is not an option.
Best Price: Frigidaire was once the clear winner, with retail prices $400+ below the other cooktop options in the same size, although the styling wasn't as nice. When comparing GE vs KitchenAid, your best bet is to see what promotions and rebates are currently available. One may be available for a much lower price depending on promotions!
Check out these models in person and see how you feel about the control placement, burner options, and overall styling to decide which model is the best 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 comparison of these two great electric cooktops with downdraft ventilation. 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.