LG LCE3081ST
LG LCE3081ST

Best electric cooktop

The LG LCE3081ST performs well in one recent test, with excellent marks for its simmering performance and very good scores for cooking speed. This 30-inch smoothtop cooktop has five radiant burners layered under ceramic glass. Two of the burners are expandable, with sizes ranging from 5 to 9 inches. The cooktop comes in black with a stainless-steel frame, and it includes touchpad controls, a hot-surface warning light and a child safety lock. Users love its stylish design, overall performance and easy cleanup, though one user says the touch controls can be a bit confusing at first. The LG LCE3081ST has a one-year warranty.
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Kenmore 42732
Kenmore 42732

Budget electric cooktop

In one recent test, the 30-inch Kenmore 42732 matched or exceeded the performance of cooktops costing more than twice as much. The Kenmore has a white ceramic glass top with four radiant burners, including one dual element burner that can accommodate either a 6- or 9-inch pot. Two high-power burners offer quick boiling, while its Simmer Select function can keep sauces from scorching. While professional testers give the Kenmore 42732 excellent scores for low-heat cooking, some owners aren't convinced. Some complain that it's difficult to reduce the heat on its burners once they get hot. Others say the ceramic surface is easily damaged, although most users do find it very easy to clean. This cooktop is also available in black, bisque or black with a stainless-steel frame. It's covered by a one-year warranty.
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*Est. $710 Estimated Price
GE Profile PHP900DMBB
GE Profile PHP900DMBB

Best induction cooktop

Owners rave about how quickly the 30-inch GE Profile PHP900DMBB cooktop can heat food, and they say it's easy to reduce heat for simmering or keeping foods warm. The GE Profile cooktop excels in a recent test, where it beats out pricier models from Jenn-Air and Electrolux. The GE Profile PHP900DMBB comes in black, with or without a stainless-steel frame, and it has four induction elements that automatically adjust to the correct pan size. It also has touchpad controls with a child safety lock. It is backed by a one-year warranty. Like all induction cooktops, it requires magnetic cookware made from steel or cast iron.
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Thermador SGSX365FS
Thermador SGSX365FS

Best gas cooktop

The Thermador SGSX365FS is a 36-inch gas cooktop that gets excellent ratings from both professional testers and owners. It has five sealed burners, ranging in power from 9,100 to 18,000 Btu, topped by continuous cast-iron grates that make it easier to slide heavy pots from one burner to the other. This cooktop is made of stainless steel and has knob controls, which are illuminated to show the heat setting. This Thermador cooktop does an outstanding job holding a precise simmer in tests, and it is quicker than most gas cooktops when it comes to getting a pot of water to boil. Users love the quick and precise heat this cooktop delivers, though some find it difficult to clean. The Thermador SGSX365FS comes with a one-year warranty.
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*Est. $1,900 Estimated Price
Maytag MGC4436BDW
Maytag MGC4436BDW

Budget gas cooktop

The Maytag MGC4436BDW is less than half the cost of most 36-inch gas cooktops, and not surprisingly, has much more basic features. For example, it doesn't have continuous grates and the highest-powered burner delivers only 14,000 Btu (as compared to 18,000 Btu on the Thermador gas cooktop). However, it does have sealed burners and automatic re-ignition. Like other budget-priced cooktops, the Maytag is not included in professional tests, but it earns positive marks in user reviews. Owners say it performs well, although it may take time to master the dial controls. This cooktop is backed by a one-year warranty, and comes in white or black.
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*Est. $480 Estimated Price
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