Very good looking design. Relatively quiet for a 600 cfm fan, when using the inline fan. Maybe we're lucky, but we've had it 12 years, with I believe no maintenance.
The problem is that the intake is so low it is basically useless. The top of the intake is less than 7" above the counter; most pans, even a skillet, is about that high when on a stove. We pretty much need to use the back burners for anything that we want to vent. Also means that we cannot have a back burner on simmer when the fan is on, the fan keeps blowing out (sucking out?) the flame.
Dacor, and other companies, make models with a much higher rise. Pick one of those instead.
January 12, 2015
This product is worthless
This was already in the house we bought. The downdraft is so strong, it blows out the burners. We have an open kitchen/family room and it is so noisy, I cannot use it if we have family or company in the rooms.
I guess we will have to replace it with a traditional hood. VERY DISAPPOINTED in this product. The company should offer a workable replacement.
September 12, 2014
This product is not good
We will replace this product with an overhead vent hood. It is a terrible product and should be removed from the market. I am an Engineer and see these products that look good but don't work. This is definitely one of those.
July 7, 2014
A great conversation piece but.....
When I first got this downdraft (to match my stove - which I absolutely love) it was great. But, shortly after (about 2 yrs) the downdraft stopped working. All this time I have gone without a kitchen fan. I guess from reading the other reviews that this unit has a lot of 'kinks.'
June 10, 2014
Very noisy. Looking for a replacement.
I have been using this vent for past 11 years. It matches with my other Dacor appliances, works good but its extremely noisy. The entire family is tired of its loudness. Requires maintenance. We are looking for a replacement.
May 22, 2014
I do not recommend purchasing this.
The expensive control board burned up so it has to be replaced. it is extremely noisy and very expensive although nice looking. I enjoy the stovetop it matches but the vent is not worth the money. it is also easy to drop the vent down the shaft when cleaning. You cannot retrieve it without a repair man.
December 3, 2013
We have had this downdraft now for 3 years and have not been thrilled with it. It's loud and doesn't draft as well as a different brand that we previously had. It's not the easiest to clean either. If you're not careful you could drop the cover down into the works of the downdraft like I did and had to call the installer to help me out. I bought it because it went with our stove which I love but have been disappointed. Sorry
November 18, 2013
The stainless steel finish "bubbled" almost immediately. The ventilltion is good, but the noise level quite loud ( motor noise).
It is a great design for a modern house, but just not up to par for this price, indeed for any price.
November 16, 2013