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Cooktops: Ratings of Sources

Total of 11 Sources
1. ConsumerReports.org
As of August 2014
Cooktops and Wall Ovens
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org rates more than 65 gas and electric cooktops, including several induction models, though some of the models here are now discontinued. Each cooktop has been tested on its speed at boiling water, its ability to melt and hold chocolate without scorching, and its ability to hold tomato sauce at a steady simmer. Overall, electric cooktops -- especially induction models -- fare better than gas cooktops in testing. The site also includes a useful buyer's guide and a consumer survey of brand reliability.
2. Reviewed.com
As of August 2014
Cooktops
by Editors of Reviewed.com
Our AssessmentWhile there are fewer cooktop reviews here than at ConsumerReports.org -- under 20 at last look -- discussion is bit more detailed and most are current models. Gas, electric and induction cooktops are covered, with top performers called out as Editor's Choice winners, and where merited, as a Best of the Year. Reviews are testing-based and balanced, and editors are not bashful about handing out a poor scores. Value, performance and available alternatives are all considered in naming top choices.
2014 Range/Cooktop/Oven Ratings
by Editors of J.D. Power and Associates
Our AssessmentJ.D. Power and Associates surveys more than 3,200 consumers to learn their satisfaction with their brand of oven, range or cooktop. Samsung is the satisfaction leader in this category, but the company does not sell cooktops in the U.S. Viking comes in a close second. Other brands with above average overall satisfaction include Kenmore Elite, LG, and Whirlpool. Ratings are based on owners' satisfaction with their appliance's ease of use, performance and reliability, styling and feel, features, warranty and price. While this survey reports on user satisfaction with brands, satisfaction with specific models of cooktops (or other appliances) is not addressed.
4. HomeDepot.com
As of August 2014
Cooktops
by Contributors to HomeDepot.com
Our AssessmentHomeDepot.com lists around 150 gas, electric and induction cooktops. Most receive only a handful of ratings, but others enjoy much more feedback -- 50 reviews or more, and in some cases over 100. One caveat is that while some of the reviews are unique to HomeDepot.com, others are drawn from manufacturer web sites and appear on numerous other sites as well. Regardless, cooktops receive an overall score as well as sub-scores in areas such as features and value. Reviewers can also say whether or not they would recommend the cooktop to a friend.
5. Lowes.com
As of August 2014
Cooktops
by Contributors to Lowes.com
Our AssessmentLowes.com lists many more cooktops than HomeDepot.com -- nearly 350 models in all. That means a few more makes (such as KitchenAid) and models are represented here. However, the two sites have one thing in common: review totals are inflated by feedback taken from manufacturer web sites. In addition to an overall rating, owners can leave sub-ratings in a number of categories, and say if they would recommend the cooktop.
6. AJMadison.com
As of August 2012
Cooktops
by Contributors to AJMadison.com
Our AssessmentThis appliance retail site sells hundreds of cooktops, more than HomeDepot.com and Lowes.com combined. Some cooktop brands and models not found elsewhere are well represented, but only a few get very much feedback. Otherwise, cooktops with numerous reviews are the same models as seen on other sites, and while some that are unique to AJMadison.com can be found, most are the same reviews drawn from manufacturer's sites and posted and reposted at other retailers.
7. Amazon.com
As of August 2014
Cooktops
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAt first glance, Amazon.com looks to have lots of cooktops to choose from. On second look, you see that the hundreds listed include portable appliances and hot plates. Still, there are a number of full-sized cooktops listed here, and a handful of those have attracted enough reviews to be revealing. Amazon.com has two advantages compared to other retailer sites: Reviews here are unique to the site, and they tend to be longer and more detailed than elsewhere. Still, since so few cooktops get any feedback, Amazon.com is mostly useful for getting additional information once you've narrowed down your choices.
8. BestBuy.com
As of August 2014
Cooktops
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentBestBuy.com is another retailer-owned, user-review site that does not mix feedback from their own customers with those gleaned from elsewhere, such as manufacturer sites. That means that, while not especially plentiful (most cooktops draw just a handful of reviews), the feedback posted here is at least unique. The site also lists lots of cooktops, more than 225 at last look.
9. Sears.com
As of August 2014
Cooktops
by Contributors to Sears.com
Our AssessmentSears.com carries lists more than 450 cooktops on its website. Some cooktops look to have received a lot of feedback but as is typical, that's been inflated by reviews taken from manufacturers web sites. However, Sears.com is the only site where you can get reviews of Kenmore and Kenmore Elite cooktops, and some of those have attracted enough reviews to help separate the top performers from the also-rans.
10. TopTenReviews.com
Not Dated
Electric Cooktop Reviews and Comparisons
by Editors of TopTenReviews.com
Our AssessmentTopTenReviews.com lists 10 electric cooktops in this roundup. There's a fair amount of discussion of features as well as usage tips, though testing, if any, is not described, and cooktops are not rated. A couple of cheaper, old-fashioned open coil electric cooktops are covered -- something not done by most other professional reviewers. Despite being tagged as being a 2014 report, some models are discontinued. TopTenReviews.com gives gas and induction cooktops similar treatments elsewhere on its site.
11. Viewpoints.com
As of August 2014
The Best Kitchen Cooktops: Kitchen Cooktop Reviews & Ratings
by Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Our AssessmentUnlike retailer-owned user-review sites, such as HomeDepot.com, Viewpoints.com is an independent user-review site. Unfortunately, few current cooktops receive very much in the way of coverage -- usually just a comment or two at most. Still, since reviews are typically more detailed than at retailer sites, Viewpoints.com is worth checking out to see if a cooktop you are considering has received any feedback.
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