Is downdraft ventilation a worthy upgrade?The KitchenAid KSEG950ESS electric slide-in range includes a downdraft ventilation system designed to eliminate smoke from stovetop cooking. It's not perfect, but the system makes this $3,149 range stand out.
(MUSIC) KitchenAid has added something really cool to this latest oven. An electric oven called the KSEG950ESS This oven includes a down draft ventilation system, which means there's a vent built right into the middle of the oven, that's supposed to suck in all the smoke and the steam that comes from cooking on your cook top. And I have to admit, they did a great job. However, there was still some smoke that managed to make it into the air, and when I was cooking two batches of bacon at once, I really needed to turn on the overhead fan that we have in the test kitchen to make sure that the air was nice and clear. The down draft ventilation system would be great if you don't have an overhead fan or vent in your own kitchen. It's better than nothing, but it still isn't gonna work perfectly. You also have to keep in mind that the ventilation system takes up valuable real estate on the cook top. Where there would traditionally be a fifth burner on oven Such as this one, there's the vent, which takes up a lot of room and can kind of get tricky to manuever around. So there are some quirks with the down [UNKNOWN] system. This is a pretty good oven to put into your kitchen. The vent works pretty well and the oven cooks really, really great. Now, this oven comes at a pretty hefty cost; $3,149.00. So, if you are willing to make this investment, be prepared to shell out a good amount of money. For more information about this KitchenAid range, check out the full review at CNET.com For CNET appliances, I'm Ashlee Clark Thompson. [MUSIC]