Downdraft extractors have been around for some time, but until recently the technology hasn’t been up to scratch and for many who had any experience with downdraft extractors, the experience was fraught with noise, and an appliance that didn’t work as well as an overhead rangehood.
With developments in technology these issues have been mitigated and downdraft extractors now perform as well or better than traditional rangehoods. They’re also incredibly discreet, designed to blend in with the cooktop, and they allow for a remote motor, which incorporates a silencer so noise is no longer an issue. The remote motor can also be placed anywhere, even in a different room if desired, which allows for space constraints.
“We’re also seeing downdraft extractors becoming more popular as we use more glass in our designs. It means you can retain views if the cooking area is placed in front of glazing because you no longer need an overhead extractor,” IKON’s Jarna McLaughlin says.
“And as kitchen design has changed, there has been a clear shift away from using the rangehood as a centrepiece in the kitchen. People are now trying to hide them, which is why the downdraft extractors are so popular.”
Downdraft extractors work slightly differently to the typical range hood too, working to extract air at the source, rather than from above it. “This means that it has to work less than an overhead range hood does, which reduces the cost of running it,” Jarna says.