The GE Profile PP989DNBB is a 30-inch electric cooktop that gets very good ratings from users for its powerful heat, simple controls and features. One feature users especially like is the three-speed downdraft fan. Most users say this fan provides effective ventilation, although experts say a downdraft fan will never do as good a job as a real range hood. The presence of the fan also makes this cooktop trickier to install; several users describe running into complications with the rectangular exhaust port, which doesn't connect smoothly to round ducts.
Users are divided over how hard this cooktop is to clean; though most say it's pretty easy to do, several complain that the cooktop surface shows every little spot, so keeping it clean is an ongoing chore. We found better reviews overall for the LG LCE3081ST (*Est. $1,100), which is also less expensive, although this model doesn't include a downdraft fan.
The GE Profile PP989DNBB has not been included in any professional tests, but we found about 30 reviews for it at Buzzillions.com and another 20 or so non-overlapping reviews at AJMadison.com. We also consulted the annual appliance survey by J.D. Power and Associates for information about how users like the GE Profile brand in general.
This site has about 30 user reviews for the GE Profile PP989DNBB, gathered from a variety of retail sites and other sources across the web. Overall, the cooktop earns a rating of 4.1 stars out of 5 from users, who praise its fast heating, simple controls, high-powered burners and large cooking surface.
Review: GE Profile 30 in. Smooth Surface Downdraft Electric Cooktop in Black PP989DNBB, Contributors to Buzzillions.com
We found about 20 reviews for the GE Profile PP989DNBB at this retail site, with an overall rating of 4.6 stars out of a possible 5. Users particularly like the downdraft fan, which they say is effective but makes the cooktop harder to install.
Review: GE 30" Smoothtop Electric Cooktop PP989, Contributors to AJMadison.com
3. J.D. Power & Associates
In this survey, more than 3,800 consumers rate different brands (but not specific models) of ranges, cooktops and ovens. The GE Profile brand earns an above average rating of 788 points out of 1,000, and is rated "better than most" in every category except price.
Review: 2012 Laundry Appliance Satisfaction Study and 2012 Kitchen Appliance Satisfaction Study, Editors of J.D. Power and Associates, July 18, 2012