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36" Retractable Downdraft System, 600 CFM

36" Retractable Downdraft System, 600 CFM is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 56.
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This retractable downdraft vent rises 14 inches to help filter steam from tall stockpots, and remains flush with the cooking surface when not in use. The 600 CFM Pro Motor has the power to provide effective venting for most cooktops or ranges. The vent system is reversible to help fit in the cabinet space under the vent.


Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel  -  KXD4636YSS


65K BTU Threshold

Compatible with most 36- or 30-inch cooktops, including some commercial-style cooking surfaces.

Retractable Downdraft Design

Makes it easier to clean the inside of the vent hood by providing a space for grease to collect.

14" Rise

Enhances overall capture above the cooktop for more effective venting, particularly over tall stockpots.

Reversible Motor Box

Lets you create versatile installation options by allowing the motor box to be installed on either side of the downdraft to free up the space beneath the cooking surface.

4-Speed Slide Control

Makes it easy to select and adjust fan speed depending on your ventilation requirements.

Auto On Function

Helps ensure effective ventilation performance by automatically starting the vent at the last used speed when it extends above the cooking surface.

Dishwasher Safe Premium Mesh Filter

Help keep the kitchen environment fresh and also provide proper filtration of grease and odors to help reduce contact with ceilings and countertops.

Optional Interchangeable Trim Covers

Change the look of the vent to coordinate with existing cabinetry, countertops, and appliances.


Configuration and Overview

Hood Type
Retractable Downdraft
Venting Type


12 1/8
28 1/2


Control Type
Push Button
Control Location
Number of Fan Speeds
Dishwasher-Safe Grease Filters
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great features. Easy to operate. Excellent suction. Very happy with the product. Excellent suction. Looks pretty. Perfect for daily use. Easy to clean too!
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Looks great but.... So we purchased this brand new and have used it, not everyday, but for the past 4-6 weeks. We're trying to be good by keeping the filters clean. The last time we took them out, the downdraft descended on its own. No where in the manual does it tell you how to troubleshoot an occurence like that. We called kitchenaid and they sent out a technician. He tried all he could by checking the breaker, and unplugged the unit to get it ro reset. Nothing happened. He in turn ordered a bunch of parts in anticipation of replacing. This was on Saturday, we're waiting for the parts to come in. Like I stated earlier, this was brand new. This shouldn't be happening already. If anything, I should be thrilled it's still under warranty. I hope whatever the technician does, we will never have issues again for at least 10 years!
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Looks great. Quiet , Bought about month ago. So far we like it
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice Looking unit The draft is very weak for such a large unit. Everything operates well it just does not remove steam or smoke while cooking
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Looks cool but not reliable Mostly works but had an issue or two, the first fixed under warranty in the first year, the second I recently heard from the repair company the these things are junk. It's a 1.5-2 hour job to remove it and replace the switch that frequently fails. In short, the wow factor is there but the quality/reliability is not.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Awful Worked just OK for the most part on high which is very, very loud. Always had to help "lift" the unit to the upright position since day one. Was cleaning it today and pulled the filters when the unit closed on me and I cannot get it to raise back up. Of course it's out of warranty. Would NOT recommend to others.
Date published: 2017-03-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Purchase A definite improvement over my 26 year old builder-installed KitchenAid downdraft system. Sleek looks and MUCH quieter. Not sure any of these downdraft systems are a true replacement for actual vent hoods, but given my kitchen configuration it's all I can have.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 36' Retractable Downdraft System 600 CFM When we opted for an electric cooktop in our new house, we were not aware it came with the downdraft system. But we're very happy with the exhaust system - vents down and out so there are no overhead intrusions. Three speeds, quickly raises and lowers. Relatively quiet - same as an overhead system. We'd do it again!
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Less than thrilled You must always push the button twice to make the unit rise and sometimes three times to make it retract. Not sure why this is. Also the fan is very noisy and doesn't move enough air if you are cooking on the "burners" that are not right beneath the exhaust.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So Cool Love that the vents go into the dishwasher. Just wish the unit would go down while the vents are being washed.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love the sleek look I bought this when I converted my cooktop from electric to gas and needed a downdraft. this is just perfect for the look I wanted on the counter and perfect for the job that it does!
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK features Problems going up and down
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Stove Wonderful stove --I couldn't be more satisfied
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great features We just put this in our new house and it is great. I love that you can just push a button to hide it.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Kitchen Aid Downdraft Don't run it that much when cooking. Wish it wasn't so loud. Have to turn the TV way up to hear it over the down draft.
Date published: 2016-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 36" Retractable Downdraft System, 600 CFM Absolutely great-I could not be more pleased! I love the height because if I am using a tall stockpot the vent is still higher than the pot and vents wonderfully! The majority of my appliances are KitchenAid and I have been very pleased with them all!
Date published: 2016-10-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Thermador Replacement... Came severely damaged, even had trash inside the unit. Had to call and knock heads at PacSales to get it replaced. Appeared to be damaged and used. The continuing nightmare with all "new" Kitchenaid appliances bought from Pacific Sales. The second one appears to be ok, holding my breath. Seems tinny and cheaply made. Very Noisy. If I didn't have to have this type of blower, I'd not do this again. Or I would have gotten the Thermador that I had originally.
Date published: 2016-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great downdraft This vent really works well
Date published: 2016-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does a Good Job I have seen the reviews and looked at them carefully but decided to go ahead and purchase this anyway. I am glad I did. It does a good job, it's a sleek and cool design, plus I don't have an ugly, visually detracting overhead hood to contend with. I put the cooktop in the island and now I can interact with my guests while cooking. The fan has variable speeds to it can evacuate the entire room of smoke if needed, but on a lower setting it does not affect the flames and still does a good job.
Date published: 2016-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from works great beautiful design, works great
Date published: 2016-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looks Nice Works fine
Date published: 2016-06-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from squeaky, yet powerful Not sure if it's the design, or the poor manufacturing, or the installation, but we are now on our 2nd blower. The seller is definitely at fault for selling us the first one as new, when it clearly was used and damaged. The blower squeals and squeaks going up and down and we hope it will settle down over time. We had no choice but to use this type of design, as that is what we had previously, except we had Thermador. In retrospect, we should have stayed with Thermador, but it is twice as expensive. The blower is powerful and does a good job. Fortunately, Pacific Sales replaced the first one at no cost, but this whole thing has taken at least a month.
Date published: 2016-06-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible Product - do not buy Gets dirty quick and designed specifically to force you into service calls. Removed filters to clean and accidentally closed the unit, now its locked in the down position and we need to get service in - of course this happens 1 year and a few days after buying so need to pay for service.
Date published: 2016-05-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great but tough installation I haven't had the chance to use it for real yet, since we're still finishing the construction of our house. However, it appears to work great. Not as quiet as I would have liked. But definitely suggest having it professionally installed. It was a pain to installed and takes a lot of space under the counter! We had a foot behind the cabinet and it took most of it and about 6" of the inside cabinet. Be sure you drill holes in the back and side of cabinet and have access to those holes after the countertop installation, because you will have to adjust the height. I know I'm going to love this solution instead of a hood unit in my island but be ready for a long and difficult installation. This is coming from a homeowner that is building their own house and is very handy.
Date published: 2016-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great. Love my new induction cook top and retractable vent! They work great!
Date published: 2016-05-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I agree with Gina from Boston, DO NOT PURCHASE Same scenario as Gina, remodel, purchased the downdraft, worked a couple months then the level of venting reduced to the point that it doesn't move steam from boiling water and it also only rises a third of the way out of the counter so we have to pull it the rest of the way. We had it checked out by a service rep under warranty (hired by KitchenAid). KA says it works fine but when on high power, it only measures 75 cc air flow on the meter (KA reported that measure of units falls within the acceptable range and deems the DD functional). KA will not replace the unit nor the motor. KA doesn't seemed bothered that it doesn't rise either. Very disappointed in KA. The distributor we bought it from is appalled by KA service.
Date published: 2016-04-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't know what to think at this point. Doing a complete kitchen remodel with all Kitchen Aid products. Just had my contractor and electrician install our new cooktop & venting system. Cooktop seems to be working fine but the fan does not rise up. The button only goes down just a fraction of an inch. The electrician thinks the problem is with the button. I really don't know what to think.
Date published: 2016-04-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good ventilation for a downdraft I replaced my older appliances (DD, DW, CT and oven) with KA based on brand reputation and user reviews. But I guess not many people are in market for downdrafts. So the options are limited. KA dd pulls out fumes and smoke well at mid to high speeds. But it is very noisy as compared to my older Broan. I would prefer a regulator with consistent speed change rather than 4-5 stage button. Filters are great. They look good and are DW safe. Drawback- it comes on and out with a button on top. which needs to be pressed twice. That's weird. Sometimes I have to press multiple time. This has been like so from day1 when it was installed. "This is how it is with KA" that's what the installed told me. I would not expect something like this from KA. Not that this is a high end DD but it is not cheap either. working so far is smooth. Goes up and down quietly. I am planning to update my reviews later as I use my appliances.
Date published: 2016-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love this downdraft system it's much more powerful than the one we had before, which is GE. Very pretty too, and quiet as well. Highly recommend it.
Date published: 2016-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's amazing! I love my downdraft's just like on the cooking shows. It's very efficient..a bit noisy on high but it works really well and looks fabulous! Piece de resistance in my new kitchen!
Date published: 2016-01-12
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