Designer cooker hoods brand AIRUNO has responded to market demand by introducing a new downdraft extractor into its collection.
Available in either black glass or stainless steel, the retractable Elektra Downdraft Extractor is a discreet appliance that combines eye-catching aesthetics with a powerful maximum extraction rate of 730 m3/h. The glass version can also double as a splashback while in use.
The Elektra is available in both 90 and 120cm, with both options boasting a full-length LED strip light to illuminate the cooking area. The new extractor also features a customisable top plate, which can be fitted with the same worktop material as used in the rest of the kitchen. There is also a collection channel to prevent spillages; washable metal grease filters for easy cleaning and an anti-crush safety system to prevent injury when the downdraft retracts.
The Elektra rises to a height of 30cm above the work surface when in operation and retracts completely when not in use. It includes a remote control to alter the downdraft’s four speed settings and to operate the retracting mechanism.
The A energy-rated Elektra also operates at a noise level of just 42-66dB. For those wanting an even quieter operating volume, remote and external motors, which reduce the noise level further still, are also available.
AIRUNO Chairman Geoff Baker said: “Retractable downdraft extractors work differently to traditional hoods or ceiling extractors because they are closer to the source of the odours and fumes, so they draw them backwards and downwards, rather than upwards. Downdrafts are enjoying a period of sustained popularity due to being discreet and powerful and they are also easier to clean than wall or ceiling mounted appliances.
“Because they are designed to be installed behind or alongside hobs – even those in hard to reach positions, such as under wall cabinets – they’re also very versatile, which adds to their popularity. Our new Elektra model does all this and more and we’re sure it will prove to be a hit with consumers and designers.”