I have been shopping for a range as well. As far as down-drafts go, all I have seen is Jenn-Air. My in-laws have a 20+ old Jenn-Air with down draft and it works better than more up to date stove with an under-the-cabinet microwave vent.
Is putting in a vented hood an option? I current have an electric stove and like I said a microwave "vent" that just spits all my smoke back in the room. I typically take the batteries out of my fire alarms when doing any high heat cooking
I am looking at putting in a gas or dual-range electrolux with a ventahood. I am going to put a whole in the wall and vent outside. The total cost for this will probably be around $3600 based on the quoted I received.
I was also looking at the GE Cafe, but I have been swayed towards the Electrolux. I like the features, and the design. I have also heard that the Cafe is not built well. Does anyone else have any pros/cons between these two?
1. 30" Dual-Fuel Built-In Range with Wave-Touchô Controls (EW30DS65GS)
2. GE Cafeô Free Standing Dual-Fuel Range Model#: C2S980SEMSS
Also what about all gas vs. dual fuel? Is is worth the extra $100 bucks for the dual range?
I know one person who got the new Electrolux Dual-Fuel 30 in range last September and immediately had problems with the oven - apparently the wiring harness for the probe had a flaw and caused the oven to shut down at odd times, even when the probe was not being used. After several service calls he gave up and returned the range and got a Jenn-Air that has two ovens. I thought it sounded odd but when I saw it, I was impressed. So far it has worked out great. He got a good deal at Pacific Sales $1540. for the range, delivered and installed. I don't know where you are located but a lot of places are hungry for customers so you have plenty of leverage right now.