The 30-inch GE Profile PP945BMBB electric smoothtop cooktop gets consistently good reviews for overall cooking performance, but its standout feature is its smooth digital controls. It has four burners, including two that expand to accommodate larger pots and pans, and individual hot-surface indicator lights. Reviewers say the GE Profile cooktop is easy to clean and heats up quickly, but one owner reports that it has a bit of a learning curve. Another option among electric cooktops is the Electrolux Icon E30EC65ESS (Discontinued), which has five burners instead of four and uses dial knobs instead of digital touch controls.
ConsumerReports.org is our top review source for the GE Profile PP945BMBB cooktop. Editors don't go into detail about any of the 13 electric cooktops included in their latest report, but they do base their rankings on well-designed tests for rapid heating, melting and low-temperature simmering. J.D. Power and Associates uses a different technique, conducting a large consumer survey on appliance brand satisfaction. Unfortunately, while GE Profile is included in the rankings, individual models aren't mentioned. User reviews of the GE Profile PP945BMBB are scarce, but Sears.com did have one entry at the time of our visit.
ConsumerReports.org is a consumer publication with a good reputation for unbiased reviews. The GE Profile PP945BMBB is included along with 18 other electric smoothtop cooktops in their latest report. Each is assessed through four tasks including heating water rapidly and keeping melted chocolate warm without scorching it.
Review: Cooktops and Wall Ovens, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, August 2009
Only one owner reviews the GE Profile PP945BMBB at HomeDepot.com, where the cooktop earns a 4-star rating. This reviewer appreciates the expandable elements, but says cooking on it takes a little getting used to.
Review: 30 In. Built-In CleanDesign Electric Cooktop, Contributors to HomeDepot.com
The GE cooktop earns a 5-star rating from one owner at ABT.com. The reviewer praises the cooktop for being stylish and easy to install.
Review: GE Profile 30" Built-In Black Electric Cooktop - PP945BMBB, Contributors to ABT.com
4. J.D. Power & Associates
GE Profile receives a "better than most" rating in J.D. Power's latest satisfaction survey for cooktops, ovens and ranges. Individual cooktops are not rated, but this offers a useful glimpse into overall brand satisfaction.
Review: 2009 Home Appliance Study: Range/Cooktop/Oven, Editors of J.D. Power and Associates, August 2009