The Maytag UXD8630DYS Downdraft Hood does not need to be attached to the wall or under a cabinet like many of the other models we reviewed. Instead, this range hood can slide up and down from behind your cooktop.
This range hood is ideal for cookers that are positioned in an island as it means you won't have to have a range hood hanging down from the ceiling. Downdraft hoods do have mechanical elements that make them slide up and hide down into the counter top, so you will pay more for them than a standard range hood.
If you're looking for a cheaper alternative, check out the options in our guide to the best range hoods.
Maytag UXD8630DYS Downdraft Hood: Features
The Maytag UXD8630DYS Downdraft Hood measures 30 inches and is made from quality stainless steel.
As a retractable downdraft range hood, it pulls air down and away from the cooktop, and you can install it directly behind a traditional stove or alongside a kitchen island. The downdraft hood will stay sitting within the cooktop surface until you need to use it. It can then rise to 14 inches for the optimal removal of smoke and steam.
The retraction function is enabled with convenient touch activation. You simply retract the device when it's not in use to free up cabinet space above the stove. An automatic shut-off switch powers the fan down as soon as it's retracted, and the variable speed control allows you to adjust it to how much venting you need at the time.
The centrifugal fan pulls odor and smoke out of the air at a rate of 600 CFM, which is much more powerful than any of the other range hoods we reviewed.
This fan has four different operating speeds. You can remove the aluminum mesh grease filters and put them in the dishwasher for maintenance.
Because the fan is powerful, it may be a bit loud on its highest setting. This venting system can terminate either in the wall or the floor. When installing any ventilated range hood, you should consult a licensed HVAC contractor to determine what, if any, additional makeup air requirements are needed for your area.
What this means is that you can't operate this range hood in a ductless way like you can with other models. If you'd like the option of a ventless range hood, head to our Broan CLSC130SS Undercabinet Range Hood review.
This type of hood system stays in close proximity to your cooking surface, which can lead to problems. If, for example, something spills on the stove, the liquid could damage the internal fan. It may also misdirect some of the flames of a gas stove when the fan is operating on its highest setting.
Maytag UXD8630DYS Downdraft Hood: User reviews
Users rated the Maytag UXD8630DYS Downdraft Hood highly saying that it looks modern, sleek and the washable filters are a handy touch. Some users even added that it was their 'favorite feature in their kitchen'. However, users also mention that this downdraft hood is very loud when it's on its highest setting.
Should you buy the Maytag UXD8630DYS Downdraft Hood?
The Maytag UXD8630DYS Downdraft Hood is a stylish and useful form of range hood. It slides away when you're not using it so it won't take up much space, but you will pay a premium for it compared to other under-cabinet or wall-mounted range hoods.