Cooktops are often considered the upmost in luxury. The reasons are rather simple: they allow a lot more freedom in cooking and style, and they often cost quite a bit more than a simple range. However, they truly do extend what is possible in your kitchen. Cooktops allow you to sever the ties to traditional space, and simply build wherever you would like. They take up only countertop space, and often afford many more burners and options for control. Plus, at the end of the day, there is nothing quite as stunning as a cooktop/double wall oven combo.
Best Electric Cooktop:
Though electric cooktops might not have the fine temperature control of a gas or induction cooktop, electric elements have come a long way in recent years. With modern technology, these cooktops provide excellent performance and stylish design, thanks to improved temperature control and sleek glass tops. Electric cooktops also tend to be more budget-friendly, allowing people to spend less and still get the versatility of a cooktop arrangement.
We’ve selected models representing some of the best cooking performance with even temperatures and quick heat-up times. Included features do vary widely amongst our picks, due to the need to serve a variety of price points, but some of the most useful include the ability to bridge elements together, as well as safety features such as child safety locks and hot surface indicators. However, each of the following electric cooktops will deliver some of the most stable cooking performance for their respective price range.
This stylish electric cooktop offers excellent performance and ease-of-use. Though this does come at a premium, LG's customer service may be worth paying more. Read Full Review
This electric cooktop offers a full suite of convenience features while still retaining rotary knob controls, something which many buyers may appreciate. The GE CP9530SJSS is not inexpensive, but it delivers excellent performance and features that justify the cost. Read Full Review
The Whirlpool G9CE3065XS offers good performance and stylish looks. This electric cooktop features a smooth cooktop surface and touch controls, making cleanup as simple as just wiping the entire surface off. Read Full Review
This electric cooktop offers basic performance and features while still offering a modern smoothtop design. The GE JP3030DJBB is relatively affordable without giving up the smooth cooktop surface in favor of ultra budget-friendly coil elements. Read Full Review
This basic cooktop will not give you modern styling or lots of features, but it does offer solid performance that can be had at a very low price. If you're looking for utmost simplicity, the Frigidaire FFEC3603LW is a solid choice. Read Full Review
Best Gas Cooktop:
Gas cooktops are often used as a space-efficient partner to wall ovens, allowing for a more versatile kitchen layout. The design of a separate cooktop allows you more options than having to fit an entire range into your kitchen, and can also lend itself more easily to a custom, high-end appearance. Since most cooks agree that gas burners are ideal for precise cooking, gas cooktops are an excellent choice for those wanting that extra level of temperature control. The cooktops on this list have been chosen for their overall excellent quality both in terms of performance and sleek design, allowing them to look good in your kitchen while also working reliably. All of the following cooktops have burners which can be precisely adjusted to perform a variety of cooking tasks, ranging from fast boiling of water to more delicate culinary procedures which require consistent, specific temperatures.
Excellent temperature control and thoughtful design make the Bosch NGM8054UC a solid choice. This gas cooktop can often be had for under $1,000, making it also a relatively budget-friendly option. Read Full Review
The KitchenAid KCGS550ESS offers well-rounded performance that more than justifies the price. This cooktop is versatile and capable, with touches such as metal ADA complaint controls and an electronic pilotless ignition system. Read Full Review
This high quality gas cooktop offers five sealed burners, a recessed cooktop to corral spills, and several other options to make life in the kitchen easier. Easy to clean and offering high performance, the GE Cafe CGP350SETSS is a safe bet. Read Full Review
The Maytag MGC7536DS is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a larger gas cooktop that won’t break the bank. Although this 36-inch cooktop isn’t fancy, it features five burners with variable temperature settings, designed with stain resistant surface, and includes cast iron grates. Read Full Review
This is an affordable gas cooktop offers sleek styling, and performs well. Straightforward in use, Whirlpool WCG51US0DS has the versatility to perform cooking tasks ranging from quick boiling water to gentle simmering and comes protected by a one-year warranty. Read Full Review
Best Induction Cooktop:
Induction technology is relatively new to mainstream consumer appliances, but is catching on fast. This isn't surprising, since induction cooktops can reach super-high temperatures within seconds, while keeping the surface of the cooktop itself cool. An induction cooktop is also considerably more efficient than gas and electric cooktops. The major downsides of this are the initial cost of purchasing an induction cooktop or range as they’re quite expensive and the added cost of potentially needing to replace a lot of your cookware as not all metals will react to the electromagnets that power this technology.
The following picks have been chosen for their superior performance, showcasing induction technology’s ability to produce fast, powerful, precise, and efficient heat. They also include multiple features such as the ability to sense when cookware is present, as well as stylish, modern designs that conveys the premium price these cooktops command.
The Miele KM5753 is a true high-end product, offering cutting edge technology and design at a premium price. This induction cooktop has a sleek, completely smooth surface that is operated using touch controls. Read Full Review
The stylish Bosch 500 Series NIT5665UC not only offers top-notch performance, but also a laundry list of built-in safety features that ensure that the power of this cooktop will never get out of hand. Though all of this comes at a high price, this is a great choice if you want absolutely no compromise. Read Full Review
The GE PHP9036SJSS offers all the features and performance you’d expect from an induction cooktop in this price range. This cooktop has five cooking zones, touch controls, and plenty of flexibility and versatility such as the ability to simultaneously control two elements to create a large cooking surface. Read Full Review
This induction cooktop is easy to clean and offers a premium appearance to match its premium price tag. The Electrolux E30IC80QSS has four cooking zones that offer fast, accurate heat with precise control. Read Full Review
Although induction cooktops are never inexpensive, the Frigidaire FGIC3067MB is relatively affordable for what it is. This induction cooktop is designed to be easy to use and convenient to keep clean, with simple controls and efficient performance. Read Full Review