Building Miele downdraft systems into a countertop frees up space in the kitchen. Room heights and other obstructions are no longer an issue. At the touch of a button, the downdraft extractor is raised and activated to extract cooking vapors and odors. When the extractor is no longer needed, it simply disappears into the worktop. In terms of form and function, this appliance is a highlight amongst ventilation hoods and can be built into any kitchen.