You might never get used to seeing steam coming out of a cooking pot and streaming downwards, but you could surely get used to not having to clean a range hood.
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Check out the X Pure, the latest cooktop from German manufacturer Bora. The sleek, minimal, flush-mounted induction cooking surface features four “burners” and a centrally-located air inlet containing a charcoal filter.
The mounting depth required is under 200mm, so you can place drawers beneath it (assuming you’ve foregone an oven).
The grate for the air inlet, which is the part liable to become greasy over time, can be cleaned in a dishwasher.
The charcoal filter can be removed and replaced from the top, so you don’t have to deal with the hassle of trying to get at it from underneath.
The only thing I don’t like is that they went with touch-sensitive controls. To me, removing physical buttons and knobs is taking minimalism too far.
Bora was started by German inventor Willi Bruckbauer, who pioneered cooktop-based extractors back in 2005. By doing away with range hoods, Bruckbauer’s invention opened up kitchen design possibilities. You can check out more of their offerings here.