Viking Downdraft Ventilation Review

Typical wall-mount or island range hoods draw air up into a chimney-like apparatus. Downdraft ventilation is a unique alternative kitchen ventilation method that drives cooking fumes down into a rear-facing vent on or behind a cooktop. Most cooktop downdrafts are retractable, leaving you with more space to prepare meals. With the press of a button, downdrafts withdraw flush with the counter when you’re finished cooking. Like other ventilation systems, downdrafts remove smoke and grease from a cooktop or stovetop while a home chef prepares a meal.

Viking downdraft ventilation is a great alternative to a bulky wall hood. Wall mount canopy hood systems do a great job of keeping the air clean and circulating when you’re cooking – but they can look huge and unwieldy in some kitchens. And some kitchen layouts are just not built to fit large range hoods above a cooktop. So when cooktop owners need ventilation, a downdraft vent is often the best choice.

The Viking Professional Series VIPR101SS, a 30” rear downdraft, is easily installed on a wall or kitchen island. This downdraft is compatible with any 30” Viking Professional cooktop or rangetop. You can raise or lower it as needed with the touch of a button. This retractable Viking downdraft has four fan speeds, so you can increase the amount of ventilation when preparing several dishes at once, and lower it when warming a tea kettle or other small task. It shuts off automatically after ten minutes of continuous use, and comes with removable, easy to clean filters. The downdraft must be paired with a Viking ventilator kit, either a 500 CFM interior power or 900 CFM exterior power.

The Viking Designer Series DIPR150RSS, a 45-inch wide rear downdraft, fits 45” Viking Designer Series cooktops. This retractable unit comes with a remote control module that installs near the front of your countertop so you don’t need to reach over cooking vessels to adjust it. With four fan speeds, automatic shut off and button control, the stainless steel downdraft disappears flush with the countertop at the push of a button. After 30 hours of use, the filter alarm lets you know it’s time to remove and clean the filters. The DIPR150RSS Vikingdowndraft should be paired with a Viking 500, 900 or 1,200 CFM ventilator kit. The smaller Viking Designer Series DIPR101RSS Versavent™ rear downdraft is a 30” model for use with Viking cooktops and rangetops. Like the 45-inch model, it’s suitable for installation on a wall or island, and comes with a filter alarm. It requires a 500 CFM interior ventilator kit or a 900 CFM exterior ventilator kit.

For more information on how downdraft ventilation works, and how a discounted downdraft from Viking can save you money, time and keep the air in your kitchen cleaner, contact our sales staff at Designer Homes Surplus.

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