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Not enough air flow...
Comments about GE Profile 30" Black Telescopic Downdraft System:
I have to say I'm not happy with this downdraft vent. There's not enough suction power, and I end up smoking up my house whenever I do any high heat cooking, unless I use the two burners closest to the vent. And, when I do that, the vent will inevitably get spattered by whatever I'm cooking. I suspect it's a fundamental conceptual problem, and probably not specific to this model. If you're cooking on a front burner and you're using a tall stock pot, it's unrealistic to expect a vent that's shorter and ~16" away to pull away any smoke. However, it also doesn't pull any smoke when I'm using a skillet on the front burners. I'd expect it to work in that case. If you have to use a downdraft vent like I do, I'd strongly suggest getting a cooktop with a built-in vent that runs down the center, so that it only has to overcome the distance to the top of the cookware you're using.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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looks good and works
This product is a vast improvement on the 15 year old model we had. It is expensive.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Great appearance but pulls heat from gas cook top
from Fort Mill, SC, United States
First time using one of these retracting vents. I do like the fact that it doesn't show when not in use, and is quiet on the lowest setting. But on a higher setting, it seems to pull the heat from the flame of the gas cook top.
from Nashville, TN, United States
We just installed the unit and the filter cover is very flimsy. It is only connected in the center so both ends are not secure to the unit. It is quiet but the upper part of the unit seems cheap.
It's a vent
from Big Sandy, TN, United States
It does what it is suppose to do. Sucks out the smoke & little noise.
Discontinued colors caused me issues
from Sammamish, WA, United States
I had a white cooktop and now am working with a replacement vent which is black. Also this newer model doesn't have the same suction power of the ~10 years old model that I replaced.
from Maryland, United States
This works great for the back to burners, right next to the vent, but it doesn't seem to pull the steam from the front two burners without being turned on VERY high. Then it's very loud.
That is what everyone says when I show them my new kitchen appliances especially the downdraft setup. It was easy to install and works great with my GE cooktop.
Does the job
from Wright City, MO, USA
I replaced a white one with the control switch on the top. This black one has a "remote" control switch. Performance - It works as it was designed Quality - Solid and functional Features - the "Remote" is a long wire connected to a flat control. I had no choice but this for an island cook-top. It was going in granite counter tops, therefore, there was no place to mount the remote without having the wires dangling in the pots and pans and we ended up drilling a hole in a drawer and running the wire through it and mounting the control on the side of the drawer. So you have to open the drawer to use it. Kind of klutzy but its not something I use very often. Appearance- Down, it looks good when it's down. Not so pretty in use, but I see no way to change that. Value - more than I wanted to pay but if you have an island in a vaulted ceiling, this is your only option.
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