Top 10 Best Gas Cooktops Reviewed In 2017
What are the benefits of using gas cooktops over electric ones? If you are planning to start cooking at home, buying a gas cooktop is one of the best decisions you can make. It is beneficial for many reasons. First, compared to electric cooktops, gas cooktops are cheaper. You do not have to spend a lot of money to own one. The amount of money that people spend on gas is also cheaper than electricity. Second, gas cooktops cook faster that electric ones. They do not require a warm-up period to work, for instance. Gas cooktops also burn hotter than most electric cooktops. No matter the type of food that you and or your family members enjoy, you will have a good time with one.
Many people who like cooking at home prefer as cooktops to electric ones. Even though beneficial, the type of product that you buy matters. Is it of the correct size? What are the materials used to manufacture it? Finally, will you enjoy using it at home? Instead of buying the most advertised model in your local store, keep these attribute in mind before buying. This way, you get a functional product that you will enjoy using for many years. To ease the process for you, we have covered these attributes in our buying guide. Read on to increase your chances of getting the best of the best gas cooktop.
№1 – GE Built-In Gas Cooktop
Top on our list, GE Cafe CGP650SETSS is a built-in 36-inch gas cooktop with an LP conversion kit. Perfect for day-to-day use, it has five sealed burners that produce between 5,000 and 20,000 BTUs. It also has a durable stainless steel case and an interchangeable non-stick girdle for roasting meat.
This cooktop is affordable. For those with space issues, it also has a compact and well-finished design that does not clutter kitchens. You will enjoy using one every day.
№2 – Verona Gas Cooktop Front Control
Perfect for cooking in small spaces, Verona VEGCT424FSS is a compact (24-inches) gas cooktop with an electronic ignition system. Instead of struggling with matches whenever you are planning to cook, it lights all burners automatically for you. Set up is simple. Finally, the four burners offered are not only durable but also have sealed systems that maximize its efficiency.
Made of stainless steel, this gas cooktop is durable. Whether you use it as an everyday cooktop or a substitute for the larger one in your kitchen, it will serve you well for long. It is also aesthetic and has stylish cast iron grates (porcelain zed) that support a lot of weight. For safety, you get an effective flame failure device.
№3 – Black Titanium Stainless Steel Built-in 5 Burner Stoves
Known for its elaborate cooktops, WindMax is a dominant brand in the kitchen niche. Inspired by the growing demand for healthy cooking at home, it also has many efficient cooktops with this black titanium model topping its list. Stylish, for instance, it blends well in kitchens. Its 34-inch design, on the other hand, is spacious and has five stainless steel burner stoves with as hob designs. By concentrating heat, they cook faster while saving gas at the same time.
Unlike electric cookers that cannot work during blackouts, WindMax Brand Design has a self-sufficient design that never disappoints. Moreover, because it uses both LP and natural gas, its versatility is desirable. All you have to do is switch its adapter to the correct one to have an enjoyable cooking experience.
WindMax Brand Design has a stable standalone design that works well with both pots and pans. It also has a high burner heat output and a convenient front panel with metallic knobs for controlling each burner individually.
№4 – Stainless Steel Gas Sealed Burner Cooktop
Forget about the best washers and dryers that Whirlpool has manufactured over the years. We are talking about gas cooktops here. Made of stainless steel, Whirlpool W3CG3014XS is a popular kitchen accessory that measures 30-inches. If you have a small kitchen or cook occasionally, you will enjoy having it at home. It is clutter-free, durable, and has a four-sealed burners (including AccuSimmer) that never disappoint.
Featuring an efficient ADA-compliant design, the sealed burners offered lower gas consumption significantly. This is unlike some traditional cooktops that burn rich and cost users a lot of money on maintenance. You also get enamel steel grates that support large pots well and convenient knob controls that ease its operation. When cooking, for instance, you can turn it on and off easily. You can also adjust heat on demand for a better cooking experience.
№5 – Bosch Stainless Steel Gas Sealed Burner Cooktop
For those shopping for new gas cooktops, Bosch NGM8655UC 800 is a solid product that measures around 36-inches. If you have sufficient space in your kitchen for one, do not hesitate to buy it. Made of heavy-gauge stainless steel, for instance, you will not think about buying a new cooktop soon. This product outlives some of the best cookers on Amazon. The material is also easy to clean and has a charming look that blends well in kitchens.
Even though its durability is appealing, the five burners offered enhance its value. Sealed, for instance, they burn hot (18,000BTU) while keeping gas consumption low at the same time. They are also durable and fitted with heavy-duty cast iron grates (continuous) that withstand abuse well. Whether you like frying food in pans or boil water for pasta in large pots often, they will withstand such abuse well for years.
Bosch NGM8655UC is easy to use. With a few basic tools, you can set it up in your kitchen. It also has centralized controls and heavy-duty knobs (metallic) that ease its use.
№6 – Dacor Distinctive Gas Cooktop 5 Sealed Burners
Do you cook at home often? You will appreciate the value of this Dacor Distinctive DCT365SNG Cooktop. Measuring 36-inches, it has a spacious yet clutter-free design that works well in homes. The five burners offered are durable. Their high BTU designs cook fast, while their sealed designs lower the wastage gas. Over time, you will notice a significant drop in gas consumption every month.
In terms of style, only a few cooktops rival Dacor Distinctive DCT365SNG. Featuring a PermaClean finish, for instance, it has a scratch resistant surface that boosts its overall value. It is also stain-proof and has a bead-blasted finish that retains its beautiful look permanently. You will enjoy having this one-piece gas cooktop at home. Finally, with each original you buy, you get indicator lights that improve both its style and your peace of mind in the kitchen.
№7 – Ramblewood High Efficiency 4 Burner Natural Gas Cooktop
Do not waste money on the low-quality cooktops that some people have at home. Moreover, even though natural gas is cheaper than electricity, wasteful countertops increase running costs over time. To get a high-efficiency model for day-to-day use, Ramblewood GC4-50N is ideal. Designed to work with natural gas, it is highly efficient. It also has a stable stainless steel body with four sealed burners that never disappoint. Whether you like frying or sautéing foods, you will have a memorable time with this one of a kind gas countertop.
The BTU of a gas countertop mirrors its performance. With Ramblewood GC4-50N, for instance, you get a high-performance accessory with a combined output of 31,000BTU (9000 + 7000 + 3000+ 12000). It also has an electronic ignition (110 volts) that eliminates the need for matches and conversion nozzles for LP and propane gasses. If you do not have access to natural gas, therefore, you can still use this countertop with other gasses.
With this gas cooktop, you will never sacrifice personal safety at home. If you heavy pots, for instance, its heavy gauge cast iron grates support a lot of weight without breaking. Its stainless steel body is also stable while the flame out and thermocouple detectors it comes with are ideal.
№8 – Frigidaire Gas Cooktop, Stainless Steel
Many people own the best air conditioning systems that Frigidaire has manufactured for years. If you like how they work, you will get even better results with this Frigidaire FGGC3645QS Gas Cooktop. Perfect for day-to-day cooking, it is super-efficient. It is also durable and has a low-maintenance stainless steel body that boosts its value further. Forget about this gas countertop rusting, for instance. It also has a sturdy design that works well with the best pots and pans.
Measuring 36-inches, Frigidaire FGGC3645QS Gas Cooktop is a spacious accessory that performs better than most hyped brands. It has sealed burners that use gas efficiently. It also has sturdy cast iron grates (continuous) that support heavy pots well. Finally, this standalone gas countertop has durable Express-Select knobs that you will enjoy using every day.
№9 – Cosmo Stainless Steel Gas Cooktop
Gas cooktops are stylish kitchen accessories that have improved how people cook at home. If you are shopping for a new one and want value for money, Cosmo 950SLTX-E is a suitable model. Made of stainless steel, its performance in kitchens is desirable. The material is durable. It is also naturally BPA-free and has a smooth and stain-proof finish that you can clean easily using a wet sponge. This is unlike some models that lose their aesthetic value over time.
The performance of Cosmo 950SLTX-E is on another level. If you are tired of the low powered single burner that came with your home, replace it with this one. It has long-lasting cast iron grates that distribute heat well. You also get four burners (one rapid, two semi-rapid, and one auxiliary) with a total heat output of 16,000 BTUs. You can use it to cook up to four different types of food without lowering its performance.
Some of the best kitchen cooktops are all power with no safety. With this model, however, you will not only cook better but also stay safe doing so. Its sturdy design is very safe. You also get a safety device that will keep you safe in the event that its flame fails. Each original model has a limited 5-year warranty.
№10 – Empava Stainless Steel Built-in 4 Burners Stove
Most people enjoy cooking on gas stovetops. However, because of the low-grade accessories they have at home they fail to explore the full potential of these novel devices. If you are updating the pots and pans in your kitchen, add Empava HQ4B67A to your shopping list. Made of stainless steel, this stove withstands abuse well. It is also aesthetic and has a low maintenance design that is ideal for day-to-day cooking.
If you have a large family, meal times will be fun times. This is twofold. First, because of its advanced four-burner design, you can cook up to four different meals with good results. The burners are durable. They are also easy to clean and have fixed hobs that do not burn rich over time.
Measuring 23.23 x 20.08 x 3.94-inches, Empava HQ4B67A is a space-efficient gas stovetop. Unlike some models that clutter countertops, you get a functional accessory that works well in most kitchens. It is also safe. The flame out protection feature it comes with, for instance, maximizes the safety of users. Finally, with each original model, you get a convertible adapter that works well with both natural and liquid petroleum (LP) gas.
Types of Cooktops
There are several different types of cooktop to think about and one that many swear by is the gas range. This is going to be a range that runs off of natural gas that is piped into the home. If you do not already have an existing gas hookup this is going to be the most expensive option to consider. Before we discuss price, it is helpful to find out specifically why people prefer this type of cooktop.
For starters, those that prefer gas claim that it provides an even cooking temperature that allows you to better cook your food and to develop flavor. Another thing to consider is that natural gas is often cheaper than electricity so it may save you money if you already have an existing hookup. The last benefit that most people cite is that gas is more dependable and does offer a method of cooking that allows the cook more control over the temperature of the food.
Now for price, the cooktop itself is going to cost several hundred dollars with a cheap range being about $800 going up from there based on material, the number of burners, and options that can be added. This is a single cost if you already have gas in your home. If you do not however, having gas brought into the home can cost thousands and can cause difficulty and be dangerous if not used and installed properly. You will also need to have a natural gas holding tank added to your home.
Another cooktop option that is insanely popular in homes is the ceramic cooktop. This is a ceramic top that is completely flat and has the heating elements beneath the glass. The reason that these are so popular is that they are relatively inexpensive, they are easier to clean, and they are somewhat safer than things like gas and induction.
These ranges are also going to be more affordable than a gas range and do not require any special type of heating source like natural gas to be brought into the home. Ceramic cooktops are safer to a certain extent because they do not have exposed burners but they are still capable of causing fires and of burning users if they are not used properly.
The average cost of a ceramic cooktop is about $500 for higher end models. You can of course run into higher costs if you opt for versions that have more burners, more features, and that have special cooking options. These are often the go to choice for new homes and for those that are updating from induction or older range and cooktop styles.
This is the least popular and are often the most dangerous in homes. Induction cooktops have exposed burners that are made up of wells and heating elements that can be replaced as they go bad. This is one advantage to this type of cooktop as you can replace elements as they go bad rather than having to replace the entire cooktop as you would with a ceramic range. Induction cooktops are losing popularity because they are not all that attractive and they do get very dirty very quickly.
In most homes, an induction cooktop is the sign that they have not been updated very recently and that they are likely to run into problems. Another difficulty with induction ranges is that they do provide very uneven cooking temperature. Unlike gas where the flame can be adjusted and it forms to the pan you are using, the induction range, or coil range, is going to have specific points of contact where the heat is going to be applied more than in other areas.
These are very cheap however with a full range, oven, cooktop and all, costing on average around $300. These are going to be your best option if you need something temporary and you do not have a ton of money to spend on your cooktop.
Beware models without flame failure!
While gas cooktops are impressive for their instant heat control, some fall short in terms of safety. We don’t test or recommend any gas cooktop that doesn’t have a flame failure safety feature.
Flame failure safety implementation
A new Australian and New Zealand standard for gas cooktops has been introduced and will be implemented on the 1st of July 2017. It requires that all burners on a gas cooktop be fitted with a flame failure device. This change is an important safety initiative. After this date, all new products that are manufactured and sold into the Australian market must have flame failure devices fitted to all burners.
Gas cooktops manufactured before July 2017 without flame failure devices may continue to be manufactured and sold on the Australian market, encouraging suppliers to incorporate flame failure devices as soon as practical before 1 July 2017.
What is a flame failure device?
It’s a device which means the gas will automatically cut out or reignite if the flame goes out. This feature should be standard equipment, but unfortunately not all models are fitted with this. If the flame goes out, gas can escape silently and invisibly, building up in the room, which is why new models sold after 1 July 2017 require a flame failure device.
How can I check for flame failure?
Look for two small rods sticking up next to the burner (one is for the ignition and the other detects the flame). However, models that automatically re-ignite have both functions integrated into the one device so will only have one rod next to the burner.
- To be sure, check the specifications or ask in store.
- Things to consider
- Sizing up
Do you want a square or rectangle model? Make sure you have the necessary space on your bench to fit the cooktop, as well as ventilation space underneath. And check the specifications of the cooktop – there are minimum distance requirements for the bottom of cupboards or rangehood above a cooktop.
Gas cooktops come in 60, 70, 80, and 90 cm widths, so choosing the best size for your kitchen will depend on bench space and range hood size and or how many burners you need.
When considering how many burners you need think of how well your saucepans will fit. Cooking on a 60cm gas cooktop with 4 burners will only allow 3 saucepans to fit comfortably, there can be restricted access to some burners when in use due to proximity to other burners or the size of the cookware.
If you are not limited by size, have flexible bench space and you use larger cookware, consider a 5 burner 80 – 90cm with the wok burner positioned away from the other burners or positioned in the centre, this allows the other cookware to fit comfortably with less restriction when using other burners.
What type of burners do I need?
Wok burners have an intense rapid flow and are suited for stir-fry cooking and fast boiling as they heat up more quickly than a large burner. They’re best for stock pots, extra-large frypans and round bottom woks.
Large burners are suitable for most uses such as frying, boiling pasta and potatoes. Best for larger non-stick frypans or saucepans. Avoid high temperatures when cooking with non-stick cookware.
Medium burners are suitable for foods that require quick response to temperature change such as cooking rice or simmering casseroles and soups as the ingredients need to be brought to a high temperature initially and then reduced to a very low simmer.
Simmer burners are suitable for delicate ingredients such as making sauces, melting butter and chocolate. Best for smaller frypans and saucepans.
Laying it out
You need to consider the position and layout of the burners and their size in relation to the pots and pans you use.
- burners that are spaced out so you can use multiple pots at once and don’t have to reach over one element to get to another
- a range of simmer, medium and large sized burners
- simmer burners positioned at the front so you don’t have to lean over other burners to stir a sauce
- medium burners positioned at the back – these are best for simmering foods for a long period that don’t require frequent stirring
- a wok burner, this is best positioned at the side on its own or in the centre for accessible and continuous stirring
- an oblong-shaped burner if you’d like to use a grill or hotplate for barbecuing.
Rectangle models are generally more spaced out, but you can find square models that have good element layouts too.
Control knobs should be a good size – ideally with a crossbar, so they’re easy to grip, and a clear pointer. Controls shouldn’t be positioned too close to the trivets or burners.
Any labels should be etched as opposed to bonded. Bonded labels sit on the surface and can fade if you use harsh cleaners, whereas etched are in the surface – you can feel the difference.
Look for a surface that’s easy to clean with minimal dirt traps. The cooktop should be able to contain reasonable spills. Some gas cooktops have a spill catchment area and separation between burners to contain spills, whereas others (particularly those with a ceramic top) don’t.
Single piece burners and burner caps that overhang the actual burner head are easier to clean and maintain.
Trivets or pan supports should be flat and stable on the cooktop. Those with rubber feet are less likely to move and won’t scratch the surface. Trivets without large gaps allow you to slide pans around the cooktop without lifting them. Most cooktops come with bulky, heavy cast iron trivets, but if you can find enamel ones they’re much easier to clean. Stainless steel trivets can stain easily so avoid these. Some cooktops have a trivet for each burner – you won’t be able to slide pots around these cooktops but they’re much lighter to lift and will fit into your kitchen sink with ease.
The first rule to cleaning a gas cooktop is clean up any spills as soon as possible as clogged burners can cause poor gas flow and uneven heating. Baked on residue is difficult to clean.
Cleaning a gas cooktop can be tedious with so many parts. The cast iron trivets can be heavy and awkward to clean in a domestic sink and the cooktop surface can show smudges and scratches.
If you like the look of stainless steel choose a fingerprint resistant coating as it’s less likely to show smudges, and makes wiping up spills a little easier. Enamel coated surfaces are much easier to clean and show no finger marks or smudges. Glass surfaces can show smudges and may need a ceramic cleaner. Warm soapy water and a microfibre cloth are all you need on most gas cooktop surfaces.
Control knobs can be removed and washed in warm soapy water. Be careful not to scrub or use harsh chemicals when cleaning surfaces or controls with printed labels as they can fade and rub off overtime.
Cleaning the cast iron trivets, enamel trivets and stainless steel trivets may require soaking if residue has been baked on. Soak trivets in a sink with hot soapy water. If your cast iron trivets have burnt-on residue, a grease cutting cleaner and a scourer may be needed (avoid putting them in a dishwasher as they can rust). Look for trivets that have a smooth surface for easier cleaning.
Cleaning burners is very important to prevent clogging of the burner holes and uneven gas flow. Burners are usually made of aluminium so avoid cleaning them with bicarb soda and vinegar as this can discolour the metal. Soaking in warm soapy water is best, using a soft brush or a paper clip to remove food residue from the tiny holes in the burners. Cast iron burner caps can stain, but residue will burn off over time. Avoid aluminium burner base surrounds, as they are virtually impossible to clean when residue is baked on.
- Finally, dry parts well, especially the burners otherwise the gas flame can flow unevenly. Drying will also prevent the cast iron trivets from rusting.
- Installation and flame height adjustment
- You’ll need to get a licensed plumber to install and connect your new cooktop.
You can’t always expect good heat control straight out of the box. We’ve found that some gas cooktops need to have their flame heights adjusted on some burners, typically the simmer and medium burners. Initially the “low” setting on these burners can produce too high a flame and in some of our low-temperature cooking tests (rice and white sauce) the result has been burned food. In these cases, we have a licensed gas plumber adjust the low setting on the affected burners to the lowest possible flame and this significantly improves their low-temperature cooking performance.
If you get a new gas cooktop, make sure the flame on the low setting in particular is adjusted to the lowest possible height, especially on the small and medium burners where you’re more likely to simmer a pot. The high setting is usually OK and probably won’t need adjustment. You may find some plumbers are unwilling to do this in case they void the warranty, but product installation instructions usually specify how to adjust the flame height, and service departments usually advise that a licensed installer or gas plumber can do this for you. If in doubt, call the brand’s customer service centre first. Usually there’ll be no problem with having the flame height adjusted by a professional, as long as they follow the supplied instructions.
Lowest BTU Simmer Burner
All the brands allow you to simmer soups or sauces, but if you need extra low heat, then your two best options are Thermador and Wolf. They both offer heat so low that you can melt chocolate on a paper plate and you can also do so without using a double boiler.
- Wolf is a constant 350 BTUs. Thermador is an intermittent (on/off) 200 BTUs on two burners.
- Burner Configuration
The placement of the burners and control knobs are important for style and performance reasons and for that I feel the Thermador is the best designed. First, their highest power burner is located in the center of the cooktop, this is important for venting reasons. If you are using a range hood then the burner will be centered under the hood. If you are using a downdraft this burner will be right next to the intake, so on both venting options the most used burner has the best capture.
The control knobs of the Thermador and Bosch Benchmark are located at the front center of the cooktop. This configuration allows for the most useable room within the cooktop compared to controls on the side… Big advantage.
We have had all brands tested by local chefs in our showroom kitchens, except Viking…To be totally transparent, we opt not to sell Viking any longer.
Based on their feedback and my opinion, the Bosch Benchmark is the best value at $1,399. This is significantly less that the other four, and not only does it offer a great configuration, but the power of the burners gives some of these other brands some competition.
They offer the highest output on their largest center burner of 20,000 BTU and offer a pretty good low-temperature range as well. Bosch is consistently rated well, often with rebate incentives and has potentially everything in every category to complete a whole Bosch kitchen.
Overall, Thermador will offer the broadest range of temperature management and has a great burner style offering the star shape. For someone that is really looking for a low consistent even heat, the Thermador is a great option.
Aesthetically, I think the Jenn-Air has the most to offer. They, with Viking, will offer a 6-burner configuration, whereas most brands only offer 5 burners. The Jenn-Air’s output all around is very good, reaching a super high 18,000 BTU, as well as a really low simmer.
They also offer brass burners which typically deal best with high heat. In addition, this cooktop is definitely a must see! It’s super sleek and almost flush with the countertop surface. It’s very appealing and because it’s made of one piece of galvanized stainless, it does not only reduce fingerprints but is also very easy to clean.
Wolf is 100% American made and consistently among the least serviced in premium appliances. They also offer a great range of power, and I like that their signature “red” colored knobs are on the side. It makes the access to the front burners super easy, especially when cooking with large heavy pots, you do not have to reach over the knobs to get to the burners.
Viking offers a three-year warranty, whereas Jenn-Air, Thermador, and Wolf, all offer a two-year warranty. Bosch offers the traditional one year warranty.
Cooktop Buying Guide
Today’s cooktops supply generous helpings of good looks and cooking convenience in sleek forms suited to an array of installations. Review these buying tips before you select a model for your kitchen.
Meant to partner with wall ovens, cooktops make for versatile kitchen layouts. Opting for a cooktop allows you to locate cooking operations in a perimeter countertop, island, or peninsula (with storage space below) and position a wall oven elsewhere in the work core to maximize efficiency.
Cooktops range from 30 to 48 inches in width and are commonly found in white, black, stainless-steel, and bisque finishes. Inset into a countertop, a cooktop offers a streamlined silhouette that doesn’t intrude, no matter its finish. So, even a basic white model can complement old-world and modern kitchens alike.
The sleek appliances are available in gas, electric, halogen, induction, and modular models. Gas remains a popular choice for its quickly adjusted flames and fuel efficiency, while electric models are becoming more in demand thanks to their easy-clean surfaces and high-tech features. Halogen cooktops rely on quick-heating bulbs for heat. Induction cooktops, which stay cool to the touch, employ electro magnets that heat pots crafted of magnetic materials. Modular cooktops might combine gas and electric heating elements and/or offer varying configurations of burners, grills, woks, and deep fryers; some customizable types come with empty bays awaiting chef-style additions.
A cooktop’s low-profile design creates safety concerns, so look for smooth-top ranges equipped with front controls to eliminate reaching across hot burners; lights that indicate burners are on; sensors that switch off not-in-use burners; and safety locks that ensure burners stay off when you’re wiping up spills or when little tykes are about.
Much like ranges, cooktops supply ample utility at every price point but deliver more flexibility and features as costs rise. Here’s an overview of what your money will buy.
Standard cooktops, which range from $350 to $750, are 30 or 36 inches wide with four to five burners or heating elements. Lower-end electric cooktops sport traditional coil elements; at $500 and above, you’ll find smooth-top ceramic-glass surfaces with ribbon heating elements. Gas cooktops might have standard burners or burners set within a continuous grate that allows for easy moving of pans from burner to burner. You’ll also find cooktops with simmer and high-output burners and indicator lights.
Midrange cooktops, costing between $750 and $1,500, have the features mentioned above but offer more high-tech features, including electronic touch controls, power-boil burners, low-simmer burners that maintain low temps for cooking sauces, automatic reigniting (gas models), and warming zones for holding foods at temperature until serving. Electric cooktops might be equipped with bridge elements and different-size heating elements that can be adjusted to suit different pan sizes.
Top-of-the-line cooktops, priced between $1,500 and $5,000, are available in 30-inch, 36-inch, 42-inch, and 48-inch widths with four to eight burners or heating elements. Modular and induction models appear in this range, as do professional chef versions equipped with fryers, griddles, grills, and woks plus melt burners for scorch-free chocolate-melting and dual-stacked burners, with one burner offering two tiers of heat so cooks can easily switch between boil and simmer. High-tech overflow alarms, temperature-limiting controls, and child locks ensure safe operations.
Ovens and ranges don’t compare with the fuel-guzzling power of the big energy hogs in your house, like the refrigerator or water heater, but there are some simple things you can do to save energy in the kitchen.
First, pick a good range. It doesn’t matter if it’s an all-in-one cooktop-and-oven combo or if the two are separate. Putting them together won’t save energy.
No Energy Star Ratings: Don’t look for an Energy Star rating. Ovens are not part of the Energy Star program for green appliances. Electric ovens are somewhat more efficient than gas but tend to cost more to operate, although their purchase price is lower.
Convection: In conventional ovens, hot air rises to the top and stays there, meaning the inside of your oven isn’t one uniform temperature. That can make baking a little tricky. Most ovens on the market now are convection ovens, which are basically conventional ovens that incorporate a fan to circulate the warm air. (There’s usually another heating element near the fan to make sure it’s circulating hot air.) These ovens are much more efficient, in addition to being more convenient: they’ll cut about a quarter off your energy use.
Electric Ignition: If you’re buying a gas oven, find one with an electric ignition instead of a standing pilot light that eats up energy all day long.
Rapid-Cook: There are some rapid-cook ovens that use some of the high-speed, high-efficiency power of a microwave oven but give you the flavor you can get only from a real oven.
Gas vs. Electric: Choosing a surface to cook on is mostly an exercise in personal preference. About 60 percent of U.S. households use electric stoves, although many cooks prefer gas, which allows for more control. There’s not an overwhelming difference in efficiency between standard gas and electric cooktops, but gas has a slight edge (as opposed to ovens, where electric has the edge).
Induction Cooktops: The gold star for efficiency goes to induction cooktops. They’re the smooth-topped ranges that don’t even get hot—they generate heat electromagnetically, so energy isn’t wasted heating up the burner, when really all you need to heat is the food inside your pot.
The downside there is that you need specific pots and pans made of ferrous materials for this kind of stove. Non-conducting materials like glass and ceramic won’t work.
Ceramic Glass Cooktops: Ceramic glass cooktops that use halogen elements for heating provide some savings, too, but only if you have very flat pans that maintain good contact with the burner. Otherwise, you’ll lose heat.
Hot Plates: At the bottom of the list are solid-disk burners, such as hot plates, that take a long time to heat up. These burners can be easier to clean, but they don’t involve any significant energy savings.
Other factors to consider before buying:
When buying a cooktop, your first consideration should be size. The smallest cooktops start with a width of 30cm (featuring a maximum of two cooking zones), while the largest go up to around 120cm. While all cooktops are different, the most common size is 60cm (with four cooking zones).
If you are replacing an old cooktop, please measure the space available on your kitchen benchtop and then check the dimensions of the cooktop you’re planning to purchase. Cooktop sizes have changed over the years, and you don’t want to learn the hard way that your new cooktop is too big/small for the space.
Number of gas burners
A 60cm wide stove will give you four gas burners, which should provide ample space if you only need to cook basic meals. Wider stoves provide space for additional burners – the more burners you have, the easier it is to prepare large quantities of food.
Before you make a purchase, think about what kind of dishes you enjoy making. If you do a lot of wok cooking, for instance, look for a gas stove with a specialised wok burner. Some cooktops also provide teppanyaki plates and fish burners (i.e. an oblong-shaped burner) for added versatility.
- A wide stove will safely and easily accommodate large pots and pans – which is fantastic if you have a growing family and need to cook a lot of food.
- Cast iron trivets
Cast iron trivets are more expensive than the standard enamel trivets, but they’re sturdier and more durable. They also create an exciting and dynamic aesthetic for your kitchen.
Enamel, glass or stainless steel baseplates
Gas cooktops are available in basic white enamel, stainless steel, or glass (usually black). White enamel is available on basic models, whereas stainless steel and glass tends to be more expensive. Ultimately, your decision will come down to your budget, and your aesthetic preference.
- Specially designed to cradle round-based woks, a wok burner provides high-power heating for your favourite Asian dishes. Available of selected gas cooktops.
- Fish burner
While normal gas burners are round, fish burners have an elongated oblong shape. This makes it possible to use rectangular-shaped cookware, or to place your metal roasting tray directly on top of the cooktop. (You would normally cook a whole fish in a rectangular pan – hence the name ‘fish burner’).
Available on selected gas cooktops, fish burners are particularly useful for making homemade gravy. After you’ve removed the meat from the pan, you can simply whack the pan on top of your fish burner, add a little flour and water, and stir until you have gravy perfection. Mmm!
Also known as a ‘griddle plate’, this is a flat metal cooking surface that can be placed on top of the gas burner to produce the same cooking effect as an outdoor barbeque. This feature is perfect for searing meat and for cooking food quickly to retain its flavour and freshness.
Why Use a Gas Stove?
- Gas stoves use LPG to function so there is no risk of electric currents and short circuits.
- Almost every utensil can be used to cook over a gas stove. There is no specific requirement of cookware.
- It is cheaper than electric and induction cooktops.
- The flame can be increased or reduced simply by turning the knob.
- The temperature of cooking can be judged by seeing the flame. Many people just like the idea of being able to see the flame.
- Power cuts do not affect the cooking.
Types of Gas Stoves
There are mainly 4 types of gas stoves based on the number of burners which are sold in India:
- 1 Burner
- 2 Burners
- 3 Burners
- 4 Burners
How the Choose the Best Gas Stove for Your Needs
1. Based on ignition type, you can go with either manual ignition or automatic ignition. Gas stoves with manual ignition need to be manually lighted up by matchstick or lighter. Auto ignition models get lighted up just by turning on the knob.
2. Check that the spacing between the burners is enough for cooking with two utensils simultaneously like pressure cooker and kadai.
3. Check the position of the gas pipe inlet whether it will be reachable from your cylinder.
4. Make sure that the knobs are smooth in operation and do not get stuck in same position.
5. Check that all the burners can light up simultaneously.
6. Do check that the gas stove is ISI certified and has the ISI mark.
What style of range do I need?
While the industry terms used to describe range styles may sound interchangeable, they each have very different meanings. Each style offers unique advantages and disadvantages in relation to installation and appearance in your kitchen. The four main range styles in the market today include freestanding, slide-in, drop-in, and professional.
The freestanding range is the most commonly used range style in the industry. Featuring finished sides and a flat back, this range can sit flush against a back wall. Generally the rear control panel or back console stands 5 inches from the cook top. Burner controls are located either on the back console or on the front of the range, depending on the model.
The freestanding range provides for the easiest installation in the industry due to the fact that its size has been relatively standardized for many years, making replacement a cinch. The range is typically installed with its back against a wall, in-between two countertops, but sometimes with one or both sides exposed. Freestanding ranges are also the most affordable style, giving cooks on a budget the best bang for their buck.
With the growing trend of kitchen islands and decoratively tiled backsplashes, the slide-in range has become one of the fastest growing segments in the industry. Featuring unfinished sides and back, this style is designed to be built-in between two cabinets. The body of the range is typically 30″ wide and the top of the range is slightly wider so as to lip over and hug the edges of the countertop. This prevents crumbs from getting in the crevices between the countertop and range while providing a more built-in appearance. The oven and burner controls are located on the front of the range, just above the oven door.
When a slide-in range is pushed back against a wall, there is a gap between the back of the cooktop and the wall. In most installations, a strip of countertop is used to fill the gap between the cook surface and the wall to complete the built-in appearance. In the absence of countertop along the back, most manufacturers will offer a filler strip that can make up this distance between the cook surface and the wall.
A common misconception about the term “slide-in” is that it simply means the oven controls are located on the front of the range. Although all slide-in ranges feature front-controls, the term “slide-in” actually refers to the unfinished sides and wider cooktop of the range.
There are many applications for which the slide-in design is appropriate. When installing a range into an island, a slide-in range offers a seamless look with no protruding control panel. The same is true if a range is being installed against a wall with a decoratively tiled backsplash. In cases where it is required that all oven & burner controls are located on the front of the range (such as when working with a handicap-accessible design), a greater selection is available in the slide-in range style versus frees tanding. Ultimately, the slide-in range style provides a built-in design that cannot be matched by a freestanding style.
While at one time a more dominant style in kitchen design, the drop-in range has waned in popularity in recent years. A drop-in range shares many characteristics with a slide-in range. It too features unfinished sides and a cooktop that overlaps the counter. A strip of counter or a manufacturer’s filler strip can be installed behind the range to fill in the gap between the back of the cooktop and the wall.
The primary difference is that while a slide-in range touches the floor, a drop in range sits on top of a cabinet baseboard. One advantage of this design is that it provides a greater built-in look as compared to a slide-in range.
One disadvantage of a drop-in range is that it is more difficult to replace. Standard countertop height is 36″ so consumers generally need not be concerned about replacing a freestanding or slide-in range. However, replacing a drop-in range may require modification of the cabinet baseboard, which would incur additional costs. Also, the selection of available drop-in ranges is significantly less than any other range style.
While it is the most expensive range style available in the industry today, the professional range has seen increasingly large growth in recent years. For chefs who have cooked in commercial kitchens, the professional range is designed to replicate the cooking performance and appearance of a true commercial range, while also allowing for safe-use in a residential environment.
Similar to the freestanding range, the professional range style features finished sides and a flat back which allows it to sit flush against a back wall. The oven and burner controls are always located on the front, just above the door. Typically, you have the option of adding a back guard, ranging in height from 1″ (for use with decorative tile backsplashes or island applications) up to 24″ (with options of built-in shelves for food or utensils).
The professional range style represents the highest level of craftsmanship in the industry. Its body is predominately constructed in stainless steel and only the most durable components are utilized for construction of the burners, grates, racks and other elements. Professional ranges feature multiple burners that can achieve high temperatures for rapid boiling as well as extremely low temperatures for delicate and precise simmering. Larger models (36″, 48″or 60″ wide) offer flexibility in the cooking surface, allowing for the addition of built-in griddles, grills, and other specialty surfaces. Its large oven(s) generally boast convection capabilities and intensely high-temperature broiling.
Professional ranges generally come in a stainless steel finish although some manufacturers such as Viking and Bertazzoni offer a palette of designer colors. Special colored knobs, bezels, and accents provide more of an industrial appearance, reflecting the commercial heritage of the product. Professional ranges are typically designed with a gas cooktop and the choice of either a gas oven or 220 volt electric oven.
What range size will best fit my kitchen?
Unlike many other appliances, range sizes have become standardized throughout the years in both height and width. The majority of freestanding, slide-in, and drop-in ranges are designed to fit a 30″ wide opening. Standard countertop height is 36″ and most ranges also have a surface height of 36″. This allows for the range to fit seamlessly between two countertops, with the cooking surface and countertop perfectly aligned. While range depths vary slightly, most models protrude only an inch or two beyond a standard 24″ deep cabinet.
Although the 30″ wide range continues to be the most common in the industry, several freestanding ranges are also available in 20″, 24″, 36″, and 40″ wide configurations. Professional ranges can be ordered in varying widths from 24″ to 60″. Slide-in ranges are available only in a 30″ width, and GE continues to manufacturer a 27″ wide drop-in range for replacement purposes of a popular model sold during the 60s and 70s.
Rear control panels and/or back guards on freestanding ranges typically vary between 2-6 inches high. Some professional style ranges offer back guards from 1″-24″, some including options for additional shelving and lights. Depending on the configuration of your kitchen, the height of the rear control panel and/or back guard could be a factor in determining which model you need. As always, you will want to assure that it will fit.
When replacing a built-in range and/or when installing new countertops, it is important to note that each range model requires unique cutout specifications. If you are installing new countertops such
as granite or quartz, you will want to select your range prior to installing the counters. Cutout specification sheets should be provided to your countertop supplier so that the countertop opening can be cut exactly to size.
What is the difference between gas, electric, and dual-fuel?
One of the most common questions regarding a range is: what’s best – gas cooking or electric cooking? The answer to the questions is: it depends. Each fuel source has its own unique advantages and disadvantages. Understanding the differences in relation to your cooking style can help guide you towards the model that best suits your needs.
Highlights of Gas Cooktop / Gas Burners:
A gas cooktop is generally preferred by professional and aspiring chefs. Most gas burners have electronic ignition for quick and easy starting. The majority of ranges feature a power burner that can output high temperatures needed for rapid boiling, and a simmer burner for more delicate cooking needs, such as sauce preparation. Most importantly, gas burners offer an instant range of heat zones – from very high temperatures to extremely low temperatures – with the turn of a knob.
Highlights of Electric Cooktop / Electric Burners:
Though true in the past, a common misconception remains that electric ranges perform inferior to gas ranges. Electric ranges, which run on 220 volts, can, in most cases, boil liquid as quickly as their gas counterparts. Certain models feature electric burners that reach extremely low temperatures for delicate and precise simmering.
Due to the heat-retention qualities of electric coils and ceramic, electric cooktops (with the exception of induction surfaces) cannot range from high heat to low heat instantaneously as their gas counterparts can. This is one main difference between gas and electric cooktops. One advantage of an electric range is the option of a glass (or ceramic) cooktop. With fewer crevices and less surface area than porcelain/coil or gas ranges, glass surfaces are the easiest to clean and maintain.
A glass top, if properly maintained, will retain its appearance longer than any other range surface in the industry. Though brittle and expensive when first introduced decades ago, today’s ceramic cooktops are extremely durable and scratch resistant. Another good piece of news – the electric glass cooktop is not substantially more expensive than comparable coil cooktops.
Electric Oven vs. Gas Oven:
Electric ovens provide slightly more even temperatures than gas ovens. Most ovens have some degree of variance in baking temperatures. Electric ovens, however, have quicker response time to temperature changes, providing less heat variance overall. Lower amounts of variance yield to more even heat and more consistent baking results. Gas ovens provide more “moist heat” than electric ovens, which is more desirable when cooking foods such as meats & vegetables.
Highlights of Dual-Fuel Cooking:
For cooks who want the best of both worlds, the dual-fuel range is the preferred choice. A dual-fuel range features gas burners on the cooktop with a fully functional 220 volt electric oven. This configuration provides the flexibility & control of a gas cooktop, while maintaining the accuracy and precision of an electric oven.
Natural Gas vs. Liquid Propane:
Gas ranges are designed to connect with a natural gas line. Most gas ranges can be ordered for or converted to use with liquid propane (LP). Liquid propane connections are most commonly seen in remote areas including applications in lake homes and trailer homes. Running a gas line or electrical connection to the kitchen is a process that requires varying degrees of effort given the existing setup of the home.
There are pros and cons on using gas cooktops or induction cooking. When choosing between these two, weigh your priorities, financial capability and safety concerns.
It is important to consider safety for your family (which is best achieved with induction cooking) but it is also a necessity to cook for your family without any interruption (which gas cooktops can provide).
I hope this article helps you with your decision.
So, TOP10 of gas cooktops:
- №1 — GE Built-In Gas Cooktop
- №2 — Verona Gas Cooktop Front Control
- №3 — Black Titanium Stainless Steel Built-in 5 Burner Stoves
- №4 — Stainless Steel Gas Sealed Burner Cooktop
- №5 — Bosch Stainless Steel Gas Sealed Burner Cooktop
- №6 — Dacor Distinctive Gas Cooktop 5 Sealed Burners
- №7 — Ramblewood High Efficiency 4 Burner Natural Gas Cooktop
- №8 — Frigidaire Gas Cooktop, Stainless Steel
- №9 — Cosmo Stainless Steel Gas Cooktop
- №10 — Empava Stainless Steel Built-in 4 Burners Stove
by Don Oliver | Last Updated November 1, 2017