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Cooktop Buying Guide

Britney, 10/03/2016

BUYING A NEW COOKTOP?

Built-in cooktops are becoming increasingly popular cooking appliances for the seamless, customized look they offer modern kitchen designs. Most cooktops are 30” or 36” wide, but they can be as small as 12” wide. Designed for installation in a standard 24” deep counter, cooktop depths vary from 19” to 22”. They are available in either gas or electric with 1-6 burner options. Some also come with an integrated griddle, charbroil grill, or French top burner. Another innovative option is induction cooking. So whether you have a small space or big dreams to cook like a pro, the choice is yours.

GAS COOKTOP FEATURES

SELECT THE FUEL TYPE THAT’S BEST FOR YOU

Heat food with a flame. Chef’s choice for fast heat up and exceptional control. Features you’ll want when it’s turned on:

POWER BURNERS

Supply high cooking heat instantly to quickly boil or sear foods. Approx. 15,000 BTUs.

SEAMLESS GRATES

Allows you to slide heavy pots between burners without any lifting.

COOKING GRATES

allow you to slide heavy pots between burners without doing any lifting.

SIMMER BURNERS

Provides low heat for delicate cooking, like preparing soups and sauces. Approx. 500 – 5,000 BTUs.

SEALED GAS BURNERS

Makes clean-up easier by preventing food from getting trapped underneath the burner.

CONTROL PANELS WITH STAINLESS STEEL KNOBS

Attractive and removable for cleaning.

ELECTRONIC IGNITION

Great for easy starting.

OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES

Depending on how you like to cook you might want a Simmer Plate, Griddle, Wok Ring, Deep Fryer. (Not shown)

ELECTRIC COOKTOP OPTIONS

CHOOSE THE BEST COOKTOP FOR YOUR LIFESTYLE

Heat food without a flame. Electric cooktop coils heat the surface, which in turn heats the pot or pan. Three types:

COIL COOKTOPS

Coils sit above the cooktop surface or in a recessed cavity. The coils are more vulnerable to spills, but drip pans capture most messes and are easy to clean.

INDUCTION COOKTOPS

Use electromagnetic coils below a ceramic glass surface that transfers energy directly to metal objects. Not all pots and pans can be used on an induction cooktop. Induction ready cookware has a “ready” stamp on its bottom. By heating the cookware directly, it speeds cooking without making the cooktop hot to touch – a safer option for busy kitchens.

SMOOTH RADIANT COOKTOPS

Have radiant elements much like coils that heat quickly and evenly. They’re installed beneath a smooth, easy wipe glass surface that provide a sleek, integrated appearance.

ADDITIONAL COOKTOP FEATURES

OPTIONAL COOKTOP FEATURES

DUAL ELEMENT BURNERS

Provides an inner ring for smaller pans and a large outer ring for larger pots and pans.

RECESSED CERAMIC COOKTOPS

Flush with the countertop and are designed for a sleek built-in appearance.

HOT SURFACE INDICATORS

Alerts you that a surface may still be hot even though it is turned off.

BRIDGE ELEMENTS

Combines cooktop elements into one large cooking area, ideal for bigger pans like griddles.