Patent Number: 6,297,482

Title: Ceramic-based downdraft cooktop having angled front face portion

Abstract: A unitary, one-piece, bent ceramic-based cooktop, mounted on a countertop or upon an appliance cabinet, includes a main plate portion, which defines varies spaced heating element zones, and a face plate portion, which is integral with the main plate portion, and extends forward and downward from a frontal section of the main plate portion. The face plate portion defines a control panel having various knobs and/or switches for use in regulating the operation of heating elements of the cooktop, as well as a control device for a downdraft venting system that includes a grill provided in a generally, laterally centered portion of the main plate portion. In accordance with the most preferred form of the invention, electronic control components are utilized and openings are formed in the face plate portion to accommodate mounting of the electronic control components generally flush with the exposed surface of the face plate portion.

Inventors: Becker; Theodore A. (Cleveland, TN)

Assignee: Maytag Corporation

International Classification: F24C 15/20 (20060101); F24C 7/08 (20060101); H05B 003/68 (); F24C 003/00 ()

Expiration Date: 10/02/2018