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Love this unit.
This unit works well and is very quite and really removes the smoke and smell. We really like this design. We had a small area and it fit perfectly.
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Retraction feature is innovative but does not always work pr
Love the retraction feature but the system often does not function properly. The unit will not come up properly with a simple push of the button. It requires holding the button and waiting for...Read complete review
Love the retraction feature but the system often does not function properly. The unit will not come up properly with a simple push of the button. It requires holding the button and waiting for the system to engage then releasing the button. Proper timing and fiddling with it is frustrating because the system will disengage and retract instead of coming on. (Possibly an installation error!?) Also, downdraft system does not draw as much as I had hoped although it is much better than our old downdraft system (Jenn-Aire).
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vent won't operate correctly
By kymm Lange
from Ponte vedra bch fl
Comments about KitchenAid 30" Specialty Series Stainless Steel Retractable Downdraft System:
we had the 36" vent installed a little over a year ago(5/22/14) and have not used it very often. initially it would go up with just a push of the button then this spring (it wouldn't go up unless i held the button but once i let go it would retract. since it was under warranty i had a service call and the repairman worked with it and it was working fine - however it would go up initially then retract and then go up again and stay up. he informed me that was how it was suppose to operate. have used it maybe a handful of times since then and now it won't stay up at all. very frustrating - it was expensive and haven't used mush. not looking forward to a service bill especially since i called about this problem while it was under warranty! i have always looked kitchen aid - all my appliances are kitchen aid but this one is a dud!!!
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Looks good, doesn't work
from Hilmar, CA
I purchased an entire kitchen with kitchen aide appliances. The downdraft looks great but I've had problems from the get go...wouldn't go up/down correctly as per other reviews and now goes up but does not turn on. I am getting ready to replace it after multiple service calls, but now that I'm reading these reviews it sounds like I'm not the only one. Have any of you followed up with the customer service rep?
Will not properly recess after use
from The Woodlands, Texas
We bought this unit a couple years ago, along with the KitchenAide cooktop, refrigerator, oven, warming drawer & microwave. The motor that pulls the vent fan back down does not work properly to recess the unit back to the non-use position. Ours sticks about 4" above the cooktop & locks up. Can't get it to move at all. Also just scheduled technician thru KitchenAide to have the "3rd" ice maker installed in the fridge. KitchenAide not what they used to be.
from Portland, Oregon
About Me Avid Cook
Great fan. Not to noisy and it truly works and cleans well.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Does not work properly!
from Seattle, WA, United States
At this point we are waiting for the 3 visit from our installer because this vent is sucking air from the backside. On the last visit the installer said it was defective and would need to be replaced. Also the top stainless piece that rests on the counter top area is absolutely hideous! While I am very happy with all of the other Kitchen Aid appliances we purchased at the same time as this downdraft, oven-micro combo and dishwasher, this was a bad choice. We cannot have a exhaust vent above our cook top and a downdraft is the only solution. I wish I had chosen another brand.
from Hartland, Michigan
We haven't finished the installation yet. Had to mount the blower remotely.
Downdraft air vent
from Overland Park, KS, United States
So happy this type of air vent is available ... easy to clean and it really sucks the air!
(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
KitchenAid Down draft
By Annie B
from Parker, CO, United States
This is the second, KitchenAid, down draft I bought, as the other one blew a motor after 7 years. I hope this one lasts longer. The motor does not suck up the air from the farthest burner. I had no choice but to buy the same one again. After all these years, you would think they would have improved the suction of the down draft! They did NOT improve it at all, in fact I liked the old one better. Don't you trail test them at all???
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
from Greenville, SC, United States
I love kitchenaid... but... I am so disappointed in this product. It was installed and didn't work correctly. I had it repaired through an authorized service provider and, after 5 visits, they had basically rebuilt the unit. Now, approximately 1 year later, the product is not working again and, of course, is 1 month past the 1 year warranty. I have used the unit minimally and only with great care, so it shouldn't have any issues.Basically, the unit does not go up and down properly. It is currently stuck in the down position. I have contacted the company so hopefully they will remedy the situation. I am hopeful that I just received a 'bad apple' and this is an isolated incident. Nonetheless, consider purchasing the extended warranty on the product.
from Ulverton, QC, Canada
Very good product, I have some doubts about the quality of the sliding speed control.
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