Category Archives: Ventilation

Live Beautifully – Breathe Easier!

CatturaCompleteCaptureSmoke, steam, grease, heat, odors…..all things you don’t want in your kitchen. And while we all know we need ventilation to remove these special effects during our cooking adventures, we don’t always like the options available to do the dirty work. Here’s an option you will now have that you may not have considered.


Best has come out with their Cattura downdraft ventilation unit that is available in  30″, 36″, and 48″. Why would this be important to anyone? If you have a view you don’t want to obstruct or an island you don’t want a hood hanging down from….keep reading.


This powerful ventilation is incredibly versatile! You can put it behind any gas or electric cooktop, a drop-in gas range-top, a free standing or slide-in range, OR with a built-in oven over a cooktop. Best has managed to do this by provided 9 different venting options up, down, and sideways! Rear and recirculating options too!


There were not many options for downdrafts until this piece. Many manufacturers wouldn’t recommend their downdraft with anything but their own brand of cooking products and/or they were limited by the types of cooking products they could pair up with in the line-up. The Best Cattura will match up with any indoor cooking product that is 30″, 36″, or 48″.


The stainless steel mesh filters and heat deflectors are dishwasher safe and easily come out to be cleaned. Conveniently it will remind you to clean the filter after every 30 hours of use. The housing stays cool due to these easily removable heat deflectors. There are two levels of LED lighting with the Best logo hidden in the cabinet when the downdraft is in the down position.  For additional flexibility there is an optional, wired remote control that can be positioned away from the hood. It’s complete capture design can be seen in this video using shadow imagining.


So if you had your heart set on a beautiful, social, unobstructed cooking view that won’t choke you or your guests….consider the Best Cattura. After all, their motto is “Live Beautifully”….and this product is a testament of this mission statement.


In Living Color

TLK_4C_SMAn old show jingle used to play “Do what you want to do – in living color”. Do you remember it? Before your time? It came to mind to me today because if you know Aggressive, you know we do what we want to do and that usually means changing…..all the time.


Our latest change is in our Subzero-Wolf section aka “The Living Kitchen” and it is very close to completion. We have a few finishing touches along with a few holes to fill in….but this area of our showroom is fast becoming my favorite spot to wander through. It really showcases the beauty of Subzero, Wolf, and Asko lines.


I really love the way the Subzero wine storage column looks in its new home! The design elements selected really make the Wolf Pro 48″ range “pop” while the Asko dishwasher is set in a beautiful, cozy cove. The three brands come together with vivid textures and metallic finishes to truly showcase the beauty and quality of the appliances.


Our showroom always has surprises springing up. We’d love for you to stop by so you can touch, feel, and look at “The Living Kitchen” in living color….TileCropCV

In The Breeze…

Ventilation serves a great purpose in an active, creative kitchen. Are you the type of cook that takes cooking to another level with smoke, grilling, frying, griddle pans, searing, high heat, and generally put pots of passion into cooking? Is it safe to say on occasion you’re done cooking when your smoke alarms go off? Did you ever try searing a steak on an indoor grill pan only to have the recirculating range hood spit all the smoke back into the house creating a heavenly affect for arriving dinner guests? (Funny story, actually). Then my friend you are in need of quality ventilation.

Vent-A-Hood. Magic Lung. Have you heard of them? Probably not, because their Magic Lung series is so quiet you wouldn’t know they are on. Grease? The centrifugal force spins it right out of the air so it neatly lands into a grease tray that easily snaps on and off to clean.

Smoke? It is easily sucked out of the room without air resistance because they don’t use a baffle filter to catch grease. Noise? Noise is drastically reduced because, again, no baffle filter in their Magic Lung line. At 1200 cfm it only creates 6.6 sones. Heat? The capture area directs the heat directly to the “lung” so it is removed along with the smoke and grease. Clean? The motor is completely encased and therefore never collects grease to gunk it up, slow it down, or ruin it.Fire Safety? This may or may not be something you considered. The way a Vent-A-Hood is designed (without baffle filters that can collect grease), flames aren’t able to escape to a secondary source of combustion. All of this and a full 5 year warranty that covers parts and labor? It’s safe to say that one day I’ll own one and my smoky steak days will be in the breeze…

I sound like a broken record, but yes, this is on display live in our showroom so you can hear, see, and try out for yourself, the “magic” in this kitchen “lung”. See you soon!