We’ve been rounding up the best cooktops in every category — gas powered, electric, and induction. But now it’s time for the ultimate roundup. In this guide, we’ve compiled the best of the best from our previous lists to highlight the six best all-around cooktops currently available on the market. If you haven’t decided whether you want to opt for an electric, gas, or induction cooktop, this guide is an excellent place to start. We’ve featured world-class options from every category to give a well-rounded review of what’s available.
For review, each of the three main stove top types have their own pros and cons to consider.
Electric cooktops are simple to use, and provide a minimalist visual profile for your home. They use electricity to heat elements below the surface of your cooktop, thus heating up the cooktop surface and the pan placed above the element. Electric stove tops offer easy and fast heating, simple controls, and sometimes lower price points than their gas and induction counterparts.
Gas cooktops use liquid propane (LP) or natural gas fuel to ignite open flames that are used to heat and cook your food. They often feature steel or cast-iron grates, and are often considered the most ‘high-end’-looking cooktops thanks to their frequent use in commercial-grade kitchens and restaurants. They also carry distinct advantages, including the ability to deliver heat to your pot or pan even when it’s not directly flat on the cooktop surface. This lets you get creative with gathering juices at one end of the pan and basting your food while it cooks.
Induction cooktops use induction technology to send heat directly into the pot or pan. They require specialized cookware to use, but they carry the advantage of not being hot to the touch which improves the safety of your cooking experience. Induction cooktops are also known for incredibly fast heat and boil times, which is great when you’re in a hurry. Induction stove tops can sometimes carry loftier price tags than other types, so keep that in mind when shopping.
What to Look For in a Cooktop
While electric, gas, and induction cooktops all carry their own unique advantages, there are certain traits that you should look for in any cooktop that you choose regardless of type. Here are the five most important features and parameters to look for when choosing a stove top.
Cooking Power & Range
It’s important to ensure that your cooktop has the cooking power to get the job done. After all, that’s what you’re buying it for! But while it’s easy to simply look at maximum BTU (the measure of heat output of a cooktop burner), you should also make sure that the cooktop offers quality on the lower heat range, as well. The ability to simmer and heat foods at low temperatures is extremely important for a wide range of cooking tasks, so always remember that power isn’t everything.
The best brands in cooktop design don’t just make flashy products—they make appliances that are built to last. The six products on our list all rate highly for long-term reliability and customer satisfaction, and that’s because we want to make sure that our customers aren’t just happy on day 1, but also on day 100 and day 1,000 of owning their cooktop. If a stove top you’re shopping for looks good on the surface but scores poorly when it comes to reliability, we suggest you stay away.
Determining the right cooktop size comes down to a range of factors. First and foremost, you might be limited to the amount of space you have available in your kitchen. If you’re fitting your cooktop in a 30″ space on your countertop, a 36″ width cooktop won’t be an option. On the other hand, if you have more space to play with, a wider cooktop can give you more flexibility and the ability to fit multiple pans and cookware on the surface at the same time.
Generally, cooktops come in 30″ and 36″ varieties, though there are some exceptions that extend past the low- and high-end of this range.
Cooktops of all types can include a wide range of features, and how those features enhance the cooking experience can be an important factor in choosing the right product for you. You can choose between touch controls or physical knobs, WiFi connectivity or more traditional unconnected designs, and a wide range of other features. While they may not affect the overall cooking capability of your cooktop, they’ll certainly either improve or take away from the experience you have while using them.
How easy to use is your cooktop? Does the placement of heating elements, controls, and other features make sense? Are the materials used in the design stylish and built-to-last or ugly and cheap? These are all questions you should ask when it comes to picking the right stove top design for you.
More and more cooktops are including connective capabilities in their designs, allowing you to control them from your smartphone and even request maintenance or learn more about how to use your stove top. Connectivity may be more important for some users than others, so if it matters to you make sure you know whether a cooktop you’re considering features wireless connectivity.
Our Picks – 6 Best Cooktops
Now let’s look at our top six picks for the best cooktops.
1) Best 30-inch Induction: Cafe CHP95302MSS
The best of the best, the induction-style GE Cafe CHP9530 reaches the top of our list thanks to its incredible ratings and performance in just about every category we listed above. Its cooking power and range of heat capabilities is world-class, offering four elements (three of them high-powered) that can all manage incredibly high and low temperatures with aplomb.
Meanwhile, the beautiful stainless steel trim is the perfect accent to the clean induction cooktop surface. That induction design is incredibly flexible and powerful even in mid-range applications, but the GE cafe series offers induction cooking at its absolute best.
Reliable, capable of high-speed boiling, and featuring an included griddle pan for expanded cooking ability, the GE Cafe CHP9530 is one of the best standalone cooktops available in 2019.
2) Best 36-inch Gas: Bosch Benchmark NGMP655UC
Bosch is a brand that’s been known for high-end appliances for decades, and they deserve their sterling reviews thanks to quality products and a dedication to stylish and dependable appliances that get the job done.
This Bosch Benchmark series gas burner continues this impressive history. This model features 5 sealed and double-stacked burners which ensures easy cleaning and powerful heating capacity.
The heavy-duty metal knobs are large and easy to turn and manipulate, making adjusting your temperature simple and fast. The cast iron grate is sturdy and coated for long-term use, and it’s all housed in a stylish and minimalist package that will be right at home in any stylish kitchen.
Bosch consistently rates extremely well in both reliability and build quality, so if you’re willing to pay for a more expensive gas cooktop, the Bosch Benchmark series is among the absolute best money can buy.
3) Best 30-inch Electric: GE JP5030SJSS
The GE JP5030SJSS topped our list of electric cooktops, and for good reason. It features a 30-inch profile with 4 burners capable of a wide range of temperature levels. Rated extremely highly for both reliability and overall customer satisfaction, this GE standout has been impressing critics and consumers alike since its release.
The touch controls on this electric cooktop are incredibly responsive, with high-contrast lighting so that you can always easily read them even in bright daylight. Heat indicators always keep you informed on where heat is remaining on the cooktop surface while a stainless steel trim surrounds the top and bottom edges of the cooktop for a stylish profile.
The two heating elements on the lefthand side of the cooktop can be bridged and controlled via a single knob in order to heat griddles and large pans, rounding out the impressive features of this electric cooktop from GE.
4) Best 24-inch Electric: Miele KM5621
Miele’s electric KB5621 cooktop earns a spot on our list thanks to its impressive combination of heating power, features, reliability, and all-around design. The strikingly built cooktop features 4 elements and is notably smaller than many competitors at just 25 inches in width. But don’t let that fool you—for compact spaces, no cooktop packs more punch into such a small package.
With strong and easy-to-turn control knobs, plus zone indicators that let you know where areas are still hot, you’ll have everything you need for powerful cooking. Plus, the KM6375 rates highly in reliability and customer satisfaction scores, so you can rest assured it will deliver for years to come.
5) Best 30-inch Gas: Samsung NA30N7755TS
Compared to other brands that have been manufacturing kitchen appliances for decades, Samsung is relatively new to the game. But in just a short period of time, they’ve climbed the ladder to become one of the most dependable and impressive appliance designers in the market. They also stand out when it comes to modern features, contemporary visual style and all-around capabilities.
This Samsung gas cooktop features 5 burners, including a high-powered output burner for fast boiling and searing capabilities. It also gets high marks in reliability and customer satisfaction thanks to features like a continuous grate design that makes moving cookware across its surface easy and seamless. Meanwhile, this model features WiFi connectivity that allows you to control the cooktop from your smartphone at the push of a button. That’s the power of Samsung—features and reliability where you need them, and connectivity and convenience when you want them.
6) Best 36-inch Induction: Bosch NIT8669UC
Rounding out our list is the Bosch 800 Series model found in our roundup of the best induction cooktops. The jet-black design is distinctive and stylish while also being capable of fitting into any decor style, and it features four high-powered elements that are also capable of low-level heating for melting chocolate and other delicate tasks.
This Bosch cooktop also features AutoChef, which allows for programmed and preset cooking settings that allow for impressive customization if your cooking experience. You’ll also find a range of other features, including Auto-Sizing designed to accommodate pots and pans of various sizes to suit your unique needs.
Don’t let its position as the last item on our list fool you—this Bosch 800 series model boasts plenty of cooking power, reliability, and high-end features that make it a smart choice for a wide range of kitchen applications.
We can’t tell you whether induction, gas, or electric cooktops offer the best features for your unique needs—only you can decide that for yourself. But we can tell you that the various cooktops on this list all offer the combination of cooking power, style, reliability, and world-class design that would make them excellent additions to any home.
Is one type of cooktop better than the others?
There’s no one cooktop style that’s overall better than the others. They each carry their own advantages and disadvantages. For example, gas cooktops with open flames allow for more flexibility when cooking, induction ranges offer high-speed heating, and electric ranges offer convenience and ease of use. Choosing the right one for you is all about selecting the style that works for your needs and preferences.
What’s the difference between a cooktop and a range?
A range is the name for a combination appliance that features both an oven and a cooktop. A cooktop is a standalone appliance that features only the stove top feature.
Are gas cooktops more dangerous than electric or induction cooktops?
While gas cooktops do feature an open flame, they’re not significantly more dangerous than electric or induction cooktops when used responsibly.
What are BTUs and what do they mean for cooking?
BTU stands for “British Thermal Unit,” and in basic terms it’s a unit for measuring how much heat a burner or heating element can produce. The best cooktops are capable of approaching 20,000 BTU for powerfully hot searing.
What is a sealed burner?
A sealed burner is designed with a cap over the central section where the flames emit on a gas stove. One of the main benefits of this design is that it makes cleaning easier, while also preventing oil and food bits from dropping down into the burners. While not essential, sealed burners can be a great feature on gas cooktops.
What are the most common sizes for cooktops?
Cooktops are most commonly found in 30” and 36” sizes, but you can also find varieties available for 24” or 45”, plus more custom sizes that can be found in specific models from certain companies.
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