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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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$3,778.20

Cook like a pro with the LG Studio LSWD305STbuilt-in double wall oven that offers the perfect balance of style and performance The... beautifully designed exterior along with the numerous features benefit the inner chef in you The convection system allo... read more

Summit Appliance
$251.85

SUI1123FeaturesEasy cleanup and elegant style on a smooth ceramic glass surfaceSingle heating elementPush-to-turn control: Prevent...s accidents by requiring a small amount of force to turn on cooktop heatResidual heat indicator light: Indicates when surface is still hot to touchBurner: SingleUS Electrical Safety: ULFinish: BlackPrimary Material: CeramicCooktop Surface Style: SmoothtopVoltage: 115 VoltsNumber of Burners: 1Hot Surface Warning Light: Yes Generic SpecificationsSingle 115V burner: Fits 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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$5,079.00

VGRT7488BSS Viking Professional 7 Series 48" Gas Rangetop - 8 Burners - Stainless Steel The Viking Professional 7 Series Rangetops... boast unrivaled heat distribution with Viking Elevation Burners that reach up to 23,000 BTUs while still achieving a low, even simmer thanks to the VariSimmer Setting. Adapted from the Viking Commercial product line, these rangetops allow for kitchen design flexibility without sacrificing power and performance. Commercial-Type Surface Power EXCLUSIVE Viking Elevation Burners with brass flame ports boast 23,000 BTUs across the front of all width configurations, with multiple 15,000 BTUs and one 8,000 BTU burner across the rear Three burner sizes efficiently deliver heat to any size cookware EXCLUSIVE VariSimmer Setting on ALL burners provides gentle, even simmering at precisely low cooking temperatures EXCLUSIVE SureSpark Ignition System, ensures automatic should the burners extinguish at any time while cooking Easy Operation and Cleanup SoftLit LED Lights accent the control panel and illuminate knobs EXCLUSIVE seamless, heavy gauge porcelain burner pan with elevated flame ports prevent spillovers from baking on, making cleanup easy Continuous grate design allows easy movement of pots and pans from burner to burner Grates, burner caps, knobs, griddle and accessories can be easily removed and taken to the sink for cleaning Reversible Grill/Griddle ? Optional Accessory Reversible non-stick aluminum grill/griddle accessory if perfect for healthy cooking without oil Interchanges with ViChrome griddle providing versatility for grilling, griddling, and defrosting Approximate Dimensions (Inches) Height: 8 3/4 Width: 47 7/8 Depth: 30 Consult product installation guide for exact dimensions. > Don't forget to double check your dimensions. For additional range color options, please call us for assistance. 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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Mr. Induction
$79.99

Micro-Induction Cooktop provides the best in cooktop performance, safety and efficiency. Induction heats as electricity flows thro...ugh a coil to produce a magnetic field under the ceramic plate. When a ferromagnetic cookware is placed on the ceramic surface, currents are induced in the cookware and instant heat is generated due to the resistance of the pan. Heat is generated to the pan only and no heat is lost. As there are no open flames, inductions are safer to use than conventional burners. Once cookware is removed, all molecular activity ceases and heating is stopped immediately. Note: With unit's lowest possible power at 700 watts, the 3 low power settings cannot be actually achieved, but are "simulated": 100W = 700W intermittently heats for 1 seconds and stops for 6 seconds; 300W = 700W intermittently heats for 3 seconds and stops for 4 seconds; 500W = 700W intermittently heats for 5 seconds and stops for 2 seconds. read more

$1,613.10

PHP9036DJBB GE Profile Series 36" Built-In Touch Control Induction Cooktop with 5 Induction Elements - Black Features Include Five... Induction elements Enjoy a new level of rapid, precise heating with a cool-to-the-touch surface that?s easy to clean Digital touch controls Accurately control your heating and enjoy an easy to clean surface 11" 3,700-watt induction element Rapidly boil water with GE's most powerfull induction element SyncBurners Control two 7? elements simultaneously to evenly heat large cookware or griddles Kitchen timer Helps coordinate meal preparation and cooking Control lock capability Protects against unintended activation Pan presence & size sensor Cook efficiently with elements that heat to the size of your pan and shut off when no pan is present Approximate Dimensions (Inches) Height: 3 1/4 Width: 36 1/8 Depth: 21 Consult product installation guide for exact dimensions. 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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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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Featuring a deep-recessed design that contains spills for quick and easy cleaning, this built-in gas cooktop gives you flexible an...d dependable cooking capability. Best of all, its GE Fits! Guarantee ensures an exact fit to make replacement easy. 15,000 BTU Power Boil burner produces fast, intense heat deluxe cast grates offer lasting performance dishwasher-safe grates and knobs are safe to clean in the dishwasher 3 3/16 x 30 x 21" read more

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$1,849.00 $1,664.00

Featuring a powerful downdraft exhaust system that effectively pulls smoke and steam out of the kitchen, this built-in gas cooktop... handles a variety of cooking tasks. Best of all, its GE Fits! Guarantee ensures an exact fit to make replacement easy. 4 all-purpose gas cooking burners cook foods quickly and evenly 11,500 BTU all-purpose burner delivers a wide range of heat output for most cooking needs knob controls with glass surface let you achieve a modern look with the convenience of knob controls dishwasher-safe grates and knobs are safe to clean in the dishwasher 2 3/16 x 29 3/4 x 21 7/8" read more

GE
$999.00 $899.00

Featuring a deep-recessed design that contains spills for quick and easy cleaning, this built-in gas cooktop gives you flexible an...d dependable cooking capability. Best of all, its GE Fits! Guarantee ensures an exact fit to make replacement easy. 15,000 BTU Power Boil burner produces fast, intense heat deluxe cast grates offer lasting performance dishwasher-safe grates and knobs are safe to clean in the dishwasher 3 3/16 x 36 x 21" read more

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$1,399.00 $1,079.00

Featuring a deep-recessed design that contains spills for quick and easy cleaning, this built-in gas cooktop gives you flexible an...d dependable cooking capability. Best of all, its GE Fits! Guarantee ensures an exact fit to make replacement easy. 17,000 BTU Power Boil burner produces fast, intense heat precise simmer burner delivers a low setting of 140F control lock capability protects against unintended activation matte black medium-cast grates holds cookware securely over burners white LED backlit knobs indicate when burners are on so you dont forget 3 1/4 x 36 x 21" read more

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This built-in electric cooktop lets you enjoy a premium look with the convenience of knob controls. Best of all, its GE Fits! Guar...antee ensures an exact fit to make replacement easy. 5 radiant cooking elements cook foods quickly and evenly on a sleek, glass surface 8" Power Boil element gives you rapid heat from a powerful, 2,500-watt element 12"/9" dual element lets you use different pan sizes on a single, 2,700-watt flexible element control lock capability protects against unintended activation keep warm setting keeps food warm with GE's lowest heat setting or lets you boil water in minutes melt setting gently melts delicate foods without burning or scorching hot surface indicator lights let you know when elements are too hot to touch with a quick glance cooktop on indicator light lets you know when an element is active 4 3/16 x 36 x 20 3/8" read more

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Bring a fully digital cooking experience to your kitchen with this built-in cooktop featuring powerful and flexible burners that p...rovide the perfect heat setting for any size pan you use. Its black glass surface and red LED display give it a great look, while the GE Fits! Guarantee ensures an exact fit that makes replacement easy. five radiant cooking elements cook foods quickly and evenly control two 7" Syncburners simultaneously to evenly heat large cookware or griddles 12"/9"/6" 3,000-watt flexible tri-ring element allows you to cook with multiple size pans 8"/5" 2,400-watt flexible Power Boil element produces rapid, powerful heat red LED display on black glass surface with stainless steel trim for a modern look that's easy to clean glide touch controls let you precisely control heat with an instant swipe control lock capability protects against unintended activation multi-element timer lets you manage up to five pans at once with individual timers for each element custom settings allow you to personalize your cooktop setting to fit your cooking style Keep Warm setting keeps food warm with GE's lowest heat setting Melt setting gently melts delicate foods without burning or scorching GE Fits! Guarantee ensures an exact fit that makes replacement 6x36[x20" read more

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Keep your kitchen fresh and looking great with this built-in cooktop featuring an exhaust system that helps pull smoke and steam f...rom your cook space. With its sleek look and a bridge burner for griddles, it's the perfect upgrade for your home chef. four radiant cooking elements cook food quickly and evenly 9"/6" 3,000-watt flexible Power Boil element produces rapid, powerful heat that lets you cook with multiple size pans knob controls on true-white sleek glass surface give a modern look that's easy to clean Bridge Element combines cooking elements into one cooking area for griddles downdraft exhaust system effectively pulls smoke and steam out of the kitchen control lock capability protects against unintended activation hot surface indicator lights let you know when an element is too hot to touch at a glance cooktop "On" indicator light lets you know when an element is active GE Fits! Guarantee ensures an exact fit that makes replacement easy 2x29x21^" read more

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With its easy-to-clean glass surface and easy-to-use knob controls, this built-in cooktop is perfect for the everyday chef. Flexib...le two-in-one burners allow you to cook with any size pan, while unique heat settings make everything simple, from boiling to melting. five radiant cooking elements cook food quickly and evenly control two 7" Syncburners simultaneously to evenly heat large cookware or griddles 9"/6" 3,100-watt flexible element that produces rapid, powerful heat 8"/5" 2,200-watt flexible dual element allows you to use different pan sizes red LED backlit knobs on black glass surface help you achieve a modern look control lock capability protects against unintended activation hot surface indicator lights let you know when elements are too hot to touch with a quick glance Keep Warm setting keeps food with GE's lowest heating setting Melt setting gently melts delicate foods without burning or scorching cooktop "On" indicator light lets you know when an element is active GE Fits! Guarantee ensures an exact fit that makes replacement easy 6x29x20^" read more

GE
$1,099.00 $989.00

Featuring a deep-recessed design that contains spills for quick and easy cleaning, this built-in gas cooktop gives you flexible an...d dependable cooking capability. Best of all, its GE Fits! Guarantee ensures an exact fit to make replacement easy. 15,000 BTU Power Boil burner produces fast, intense heat deluxe cast grates offer lasting performance dishwasher-safe grates and knobs are safe to clean in the dishwasher 3 3/16 x 36 x 21" read more

GE
$1,299.00 $1,099.00

With its easy-to-clean glass surface and easy-to-use knob controls, this built-in cooktop is perfect for the everyday chef. Flexib...le burners allow you to cook with any size pan, while unique heat settings make everything simple, from boiling to melting. five radiant cooking elements cook food quickly and evenly control two 7" Syncburners simultaneously to evenly heat large cookware or griddles 12"/9"/6" 3,000-watt flexible element allows you to use pans of different sizes 8"/5" 2,400-watt Power Boil flexible element produces rapid, powerful heat red LED backlit knobs on black glass surface with stainless steel trim control lock capability protects against unintended activation hot surface indicator lights let you know when elements are too hot to touch with a quick glance Keep Warm setting keeps food warm with GE's lowest heating setting Melt setting gently melts delicate foods without burning or scorching cooktop "On" indicator light lets you know when an element is active GE Fits! Guarantee ensures an exact fit that makes replacement easy 6x36[x20" read more

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