What every best Cooktops has:
- Easy cleanup.
- The right types of burners.
- A useful burner layout.
Excellent performance, useful features and a stylish look make the 30-inch GE Profile PP9030SJSS smoothtop electric cooktop easy to recommend. It includes two expandable heating elements to handle virtually any size of stovetop pot or pan. Gone are old-fashioned knobs, replaced by easy-to-use Glide Touch controls. Cooking performance is excellent, whether bringing water to a boil in no time flat or gently simmering delicate sauces. The PP9030SJSS has a black ceramic glass top with stainless steel trim, the GE Profile PP9030DJBB (Est. $1,200) is the same cooktop in plain black.
Although its MSRP Is $629, it's not unusual to find the price of the Frigidaire FFEC3024LB hovering around $400, which makes a compelling case for seeing if you'd like to switch to a smoothtop cooktop. In spite of the low price, it gets raves from experts and owners for its terrific performance and fast heating. There aren't a lot of features, and it's only offered in black, but that doesn't seem to bother too many people; especially those who bought it to upgrade their kitchen and say it looks plenty upscale.Buy for Too low to display
If you still love an electric coil cooktop -- as many people do -- you'll be very happy with the GE JP328SKSS. Owners say the JP328SKSS is very easy to install, heats up quickly, and consistently maintains the chosen temperature. The hinged lid with support rod makes it very easy to lift and clean underneath the cooktop, too. This is the stainless steel version, it also comes in black as the GE JP328BKBB (Est. $300) or white as the GE JP328WKWW (Est. $300).
The 30-inch GE Cafe CHP9530SJSS induction cooktop gets great ratings in owner and professional reviews. Performance is excellent, it's very stylish, and it's loaded with features -- including digital Glide Touch controls that allow you to precisely set power levels. Other pluses include a feature that syncs two elements together for use with large pots and pans, or a griddle -- and one is included with the cooktop. The cooktop comes in gray ceramic class with stainless steel trim, and a similar 36-inch version is also offered.
The GE Café CGP650SETSS is a 36-inch, stainless-steel, pro-style gas cooktop that looks as good, and performs as well, as models that cost hundreds more, earning raves from experts and owners. It has five heavy-duty sealed burners that range from 5,000 to 20,000 BTUs, topped by continuous cast-iron grates that make it easy to slide heavy pots from one burner to another, and the grates are easy to remove and are dishwasher safe for cleaning. For smaller spaces, there's also a 30-inch version.
The 36-inch Whirlpool WCG51US6DS isn't a pro-style cooktop, but most owners say it looks plenty high-end in their kitchen. They also love the continuous grates, report that the WCG51US6DS is very easy to clean, and that it performs very well. Five burners offer plenty of flexibility, and the simmer burner comes in for particular praise. This version is stainless, but it also comes in black as the Whirlpool WCG51US6DB (Est. $630) or white as the Whirlpool WCG51US6DW (Est. $630).