Cooktop Buying Guide

If you're shopping for a new cooktop, this buying guide will help you select the model that best suits your cooking style and kitchen design. Installing a separate cooktop and wall oven provides abundant cooking capacity and allows for more design flexibility than installing a range -- but keep in mind that this setup will generally be more expensive.

Types of Cooktops

Types of Cooktops

Cooktops use a variety of fuels to heat the burners -- electric, gas, and induction cooktops are the most common. They are generally available in 30- and 36-inch widths. To select the best cooktop for your kitchen, consider how you usually cook and what features are most important to you. Do you want to be able to boil water quickly or simmer delicate sauces? Or is easy cleanup the top priority? Your answers to these questions can point you in the right direction.

Electric Cooktops

Electric cooktops are powered either by electric coils (in low-cost models) or by radiant-heat elements under a layer of ceramic glass in the more-common smooth-top models. These cooktops don't require a pilot light, and the smooth surface makes it easy to wipe up spills -- although the surface does require a special cleaner and can be damaged by dropped pots.

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Pyle
$41.99

The NutriChef Electric Crepe Maker and Griddle provides you with convenient food prep ability. The compact tabletop design is easy... to use, allowing you to create delicious desserts like crepes and blintzes or use it to whip up a quick breakfast... read more

Kenyon Cooktops
$114.00

Kenyon CooktopsThe optional griddle is one accessory that is a must have. It is a direct replacement for the grate so it will fit ...with all Kenyon electric grills. For Texan owners this means you can have one side for grilling and one side with a griddle or both sides with a griddle. This cast aluminum griddle is coated with the longest lasting non-stick coating available and is the best way to prepare breakfast or anything else that requires a flat surface. To clean simply take a wet paper towel and a set of tongs after you have finished using and wipe across to loosen any remnants if that is not enough after the griddle has cooled it can be placed in the dishwasher and will look like new every time.Griddle attachment for kenyon electric grills Direct replacement for kenyon grate (B96002) Cast aluminum with eterna non-stick coating Longest lasting non-stick coating available Pfoa free green friendly Dishwasher safeCountry of Origin: USA Depth: 10-5 8 Height: 1 Weight: 1 Width: 14-3 4 read more

Dacor
$4699.00

48 Inch Gas Rangetop with Illuminaâ„¢ KnobsEnhance your kitchen with the Dacor Modernist series, designed to make every meal a mas...terpiece. The cooktop features 4 dual-stacked sealed brass burners which offer two levels of flame ports for delivering precise heat. Enjoy cooking with the powerful 22K BTU burner and wok ring to meet all of your cooking needs. If the flame ever goes out due to external causes, the burners will automatically re-ignite. The Illuminaâ„¢ knobs glow blue when the burners are on, adding style and safety to the cooktop. Now you'll be cooking in style.About DacorAmerican made, family-owned Dacor has been designing and manufacturing luxury kitchen appliances for three generations. Dacor provides a full line of innovative products designed to appeal to a broad segment of the luxury kitchen appliance market. With products available through a network of over 1,500 retail locations, Dacor is bringing luxurious appliances to customers throughout North America, and into select countries worldwide. read more

Gas Cooktops

GGas cooktops feature different-size burners that offer a range of high-output heat and low heat for delicate simmering. They can heat food quickly and allow the cook to see the flame and more easily control heat output. Pilotless ignition is standard, and some cooktops offer reigniting burners, which automatically relight if the flame goes out.

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Miele
$1099.00

This four-burner gas cooktop integrates beautifully into any home kitchen with its elegant black glass surface and stainless steel... trim. One high-speed burner (9,300 BTU), two normal burners (5,800 BTU) and one simmer burner (3,750 BTU) ensure you get the full range of cooking power - whether you need to simmer, sear or boil, you'll get just the heat you need. For the ultimate in convenience, the ComfortClean grates are dishwasher-safe, so you never have to bother with hand-washing. Miele is a German manufacturer of high quality domestic appliances and machines for commercial applications. The company was founded more than 108 years ago in 1899 by Carl Miele and Reinhard Zinkann and has always been a family-owned, family-run company.Miele aims to manufacture the highest-quality domestic appliances and commercial equipment in the world and to be seen by markets worldwide as providing an absolutely top-class household product. Available at AJ Madison. read more

Bertazzoni
$2329.00

BERTAZZONI cooking products originate in Emilia-Romagna, a region world-famous for its food. Precision-engineered to the highest s...pecifications by the Bertazzoni family, who have been making high-quality ranges since the beginning of the last century, every appliance bearing the Bertazzoni name represents an unwavering commitment to quality. Available at AJ Madison.Bertazzoni's new Brass Power Burners offer enhanced style and increased output of 18,000 BTU's.Bertazzoni sets the new standard in surface cooking flexibility with its new Design Series Segmented cooktops. Housed in a sleek and sophisticated low-profile stainless steel frame, these new 36" cooktops are available in six combinations of gas, electric griddle and induction to perfectly match your own style of cooking. Combine a segmented cooktop with Bertazzoni Design Series or Professional Series wall ovens for a perfectly integrated kitchen, or upgrade your existing cooktop and elevate your surface cooking to the ultimate level. read more

Miele
$1899.00

This five-burner gas cooktop integrates beautifully into any home kitchen with its elegant black glass surface and stainless steel... trim. One Super burner (16,500 BTU), one High-Speed burner (9,300 BTU), two normal burners (5,800 BTU) and one simmer burner (3,750 BTU) ensure you get the full range of cooking power - whether you need to simmer, sear or boil, you'll get just the heat you need. For the ultimate in convenience, the ComfortClean grates are dishwasher-safe, so you never have to bother with hand-washing. GasStop technology automatically re-ignites the cooktop if the flame goes out, and if re-ignition fails, the gas supply is automatically cut off for safety. Accessories include a trivet and a wok ring for use with the Super burner. Available at AJ Madison.Miele is a German manufacturer of high quality domestic appliances and machines for commercial applications. The company was founded more than 108 years ago in 1899 by Carl Miele and Reinhard Zinkann and has always been a family-owned, family-run company.Miele aims to manufacture the highest-quality domestic appliances and commercial equipment in the world and to be seen by markets worldwide as providing an absolutely top-class household product. Available at AJ Madison. read more

Summit
$289.00

The Summit Built-In Gas Cooktop features four 9000 BTU open burners run on natural gas It includes durable porcelain enameled stee...l grates A recessed top helps to contain spills Its attractive porcelain cooking surface adds a modern look to any count... read more

Induction Cooktops

Induction cooktops generate a magnetic field that heats the pan but not the cooktop surface, making them a safe choice for families with small children. The energy-efficient elements heat up quickly. With a smooth ceramic-glass top, they're also easy to clean. They are often more expensive than gas or electric cooktops and require magnetic cookware.

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Bosch
$2799.00

Bosch Benchmark39s newly designed and engineered induction cooktop is simply the epitome of state-of-the-art It has 5 cooking elem...ents 2 of which are Flex Induction zones and one 12 dual heating with 4500W Boil water at twice the speed of conventiona... read more

Bosch
$2799.00

The 36 ADA Compliant Induction Cooktop from Bosch will be the best addition to your place Allfive elements have boosters for extra... heat With the flexinduction you can cook on a larger cooking surface read more

Modular Cooktops

These systems can accommodate electric or gas heat and allow you to customize your setup for the way you cook. Some models come with heating elements and accessories included, while others feature open bays that allow you to select the accessories you want. Covers for the various work surfaces provide a sleek look when the cooktop is not in use.

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Dacor
$2049.00

36" Gas Cooktop with 5 Sealed BurnersThis cooktop from Dacor features 5 sealed burners with a combined total of 40,500 BTU's. The ...touchtop configuration allows you to control each burner from the touch controls at the front of the cooktop. Just the touch of a finger will ignite and manage a burner element. Enjoy continuous cooking with the Perma-Flame instant re-ignition, which relights burners automatically should they go out. The cooktop's smooth, glass surface makes it easy to clean messes after cooking, and brings a touch of style to any home kitchen. A wok ring is included with the cooktop, so you and your family can enjoy a more versatile cooking experience. Prepare delicious meals at home in style with this fantastic cooktop selection from Dacor. Available at AJ Madison.About DacorAmerican made, family-owned Dacor has been designing and manufacturing luxury kitchen appliances for three generations. Dacor provides a full line of innovative products designed to appeal to a broad segment of the luxury kitchen appliance market. With products available through a network of over 1,500 retail locations, Dacor is bringing luxurious appliances to customers throughout North America, and into select countries worldwide. read more

Fagor
$449.00

Interlocking Continuous GratesTransfer pots and pans easily from burner to burner with interlocking cast iron continuous grates.Au...tomatic Re-IgnitionFagor gas cooktops are equipped with individual spark generators on each burner. If the flame is extinguished by draft, the cooktop will spontaneously generate a spark, re-igniting the burner.Powerful Sealed BurnersSealed burners allow for easy clean up and prevent cooking spills from damaging interior components.Fagor believes in designing appliances that consistently perform when you need them to. They strive to offer appliances that are ultra reliable and energy efficient, giving you the freedom to spend less time worrying about your chores and more time living your life.Available at AJ Madison.They are a leader in home appliances manufacturing, using the most cutting edge technology and modern design innovations with an ever-constant focus on eco-friendly living. read more

Product Features

Product Features

Look for features that enhance the versatility and safety of your cooktop. Some models offer adjustable burners that can better fit the size of your cookware; others feature simmer or high-heat burners that can help you cook delicate sauces and boil water faster. Still other burner designs make the cooktop easier to clean. Also look for safety features that can help prevent burns, and consider adding accessories that enhance convenience.

Sealed Burners

Gas cooktops feature open or sealed burners. Open burners reach maximum heat output more quickly, but the pan sits farther from the flame; sealed burners position the pan closer to the flame and make the cooktop easier to clean because they prevent liquid and food debris from getting below the cooktop surface.

Simmer/High-Heat Burners

Gas cooktops generally feature burners with various heat-output rates, measured in British thermal units (Btus). High-heat burners are ideal for searing, stir-frying, and heating large quantities of food. Low-heat burners are good for simmering delicate sauces.

Continuous Grates

Continuous cast-iron grates on gas cooktops make it easy to move a pan from one burner to another. Look for durable porcelain-coated cast-iron or stainless-steel grates.

Dual Elements

Expandable elements let the cook choose between a small and large burner to match the size of the cookware. Bridge elements connect two standard-size burners to accommodate oversize cookware or a griddle.

Indicator Lights

To increase safety, some cooktops feature lights that alert you to a burner that is turned on or a surface that is still hot.

Lockout Controls

Particularly helpful in models with controls on the front, lockout controls help prevent children from turning on the burners.

Wok/Griddle/Grill

Optional accessories allow you to expand a cooktop’s standard features and customize it for the way you cook.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

As you're shopping, be sure to consider how easy the cooktop is to clean, what type of ventilation you'll need, and the size and finish that will work best in your kitchen.

Easy-Clean Features

Opt for a smooth-top electric cooktop to make it easy to wipe up spills, or look for a gas cooktop with sealed burners and dishwasher-safe grates and knobs. Gas cooktops with open burners include drip pans to prevent spills into the inner workings of the cooktop; these usually need to be replaced periodically.

Ventilation

You'll need to place the cooktop under a wall-mount or ceiling-mount ventilation unit, or opt for a cooktop with downdraft ventilation. Downdraft vents are the least effective, but they provide greater flexibility in terms of cooktop placement.

Size

Most cooktops include four or five burners and are either 30 or 36 inches wide. Electric cooktops typically measure 30 inches wide, while gas models are more often 36 inches wide. Look at the burner layout to make sure there's enough space between burners to accommodate multiple pots and pans.

Finish

The most common finishes are stainless steel, white, and black. Consider what finish will complement your other appliances and your kitchen decor.

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Cuisinart
$270.00 $149.00

Cuisinart's efficient and easy-to-use induction cooktop uses 70% less energy, safely and quickly heating up foods. Featuring eight... heat settings, the cooktop has a smooth glass top to provide even heating, stopping automatically 30 seconds after pots... read more

Improvements
$89.99 $59.97

This portable induction cooker with lidded pot will come in handy at home or on the go.Need an extra burner to keep food warm on y...our buffet table line? Here's a high-quality induction cooker that fits the bill. Induction cooker generates heat only... read more

Whirlpool
$999.00 $799.20

Delicious results are within reach with this Whirlpool 30 in. 5-burner gas cooktop. The fifth burner maximizes the cooktop space. ...The 17000-BTU FlexHeat burner has two rows of flames for high heat tasks and a smaller row for low heat tasks, making this... read more

KitchenAid
$3,099.00 $2789.10

Enjoy great grilling flavor all-year long with this KitchenAid 36 in. rangetop that includes an Even-Heat Gas Grill and four burne...rs. A 20000 BTU Ultra Power Dual-Flame Burner offers both power and versatility including the ability to reach the high... read more

Viking
$2,669.00 $2489.00

Please give us a call at 855-484-3292 to speak to our appliance experts about pricing, manufacturer rebates, delivery options, and... whole kitchen package discounts. Features: Easy Cleanup for Gas Wok/Cooker: The removable, stainless steel pull-out drip tray and grease pan mean you will spend more time creating and less time cleaning Versatile Gas Wok/Cooker: 27,500 BTUs of versatility allow you to do everything from a normal stir-fry, to shrimp and crab boils with ease Wok/Cooker: Get your wok on with the exclusive high-powered wok burner -- Simmer, sauté, or stir fry to crispy perfection Electronic Ignition: Push button electronic ignition makes getting things going quick and easy Viking Blue LED Illumination: An elegant ray of blue light illuminates each control knob for nighttime grilling -- your guests will truly be impressed Specifications: Cutout Depth: 27-3/8" Cutout Height: 10-1/4" Cutout Width: 24-3/4" Depth: 32-3/4" Fuel Type: Liquid Propane Height: 11-3/4" Outdoor Approved: Yes Width: 26-1/4"Product Variations: VGWTO5241L (This Model): 24 Inch Wide Stainless Steel Liquid Propane Wok Cooktop for Outdoor Grill Installations VGWTO5241N: 24 Inch Wide Stainless Steel Natural Gas Wok Cooktop for Outdoor Grill Installations read more

Samsung
$949.00 $648.90

This gas range features an extra-large 5.8 cu. ft. oven so you can easily cook a roast and multiple casserole dishes at once. The ...stovetop is flexible, featuring a variety of burner types and sizes, including a high-power burner and a large oval burner... read more

Samsung
$1,699.00 $1529.10

This gas range features an extra-large 5.8 cu. ft. oven so you can easily cook a roast and multiple casserole dishes at once. The ...stovetop is flexible, featuring a variety of burner types and sizes, including a high-power burner and a large oval burner... read more

Samsung
$999.00 $648.90

This gas range features an extra-large 5.8 cu. ft. oven so you can easily cook a roast and multiple casserole dishes at once. The ...stovetop is flexible, featuring a variety of burner types and sizes, including a high-power burner and a large oval burner... read more

Samsung
$949.00 $648.90

This gas range features an extra-large 5.8 cu. ft. oven so you can easily cook a roast and multiple casserole dishes at once. The ...stovetop is flexible, featuring a variety of burner types and sizes, including a high-power burner and a large oval burner... read more

GE Profile
$1,999.00 $1799.10

Your 5.3 cu. ft. GE Profile Electric Range in Stainless Steel features True European Convection with Precise Air allowing you to e...njoy perfectly baked goods without turning the pan. With Induction Technology, enjoy fast innovative and efficient... read more

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