The 36-inch Thermador SGSX365FS might be a bit on the pricey side, but expert reviews indicate that you get what you pay for. Cooking performance is great in most respects, with high-heat performance approaching that of induction cooktops. The star-shaped burners look great, but whether they actually do a better job of delivering heat more evenly to a pan is open to debate.
A top-rated gas cooktop. The 36-inch Thermador Masterpiece SGSX365FS is an excellent gas cooktop, earning high ratings and impressing expert reviewers. It's dubbed an Editors' Choice and a Best of the Year by Reviewed.com and earns a Recommended label elsewhere. No cooktop -- gas or radiant electric -- can match the speed at which an induction cooktop can bring a pot of water to a boil. However, the SGSX365FS doesn't miss by much, with its center burner (rated at 18,000 Btu) bringing six cups of water to a boil in 4.5 minutes. An ExtraLow feature improves simmering performance, something that's borne out in testing by one reviewer. Reviewed.com does express concern that only the two highest-powered burners generate temperatures greater than 400 degrees F. "It's not unusual for gas burner temperatures to fall a little low, but we'd have preferred a little more heat, says Ethan Wolff-Mann.
It hits all the hot buttons. The Thermador Masterpiece SGSX365FS cooktop has five burners ranging in power from 9,100 to 18,000 Btu topped with continuous cast-iron grates -- a useful feature that makes it easier to move pans from one burner to another. The burners feature Thermador's signature star-shaped burners. The company says those improve heat distribution to a pan, but tests by Reviewed.com can't confirm that. The control knobs are made of die-cast metal, not the typical plastic, and the control panel is backlit, with a progressive blue light that indicates burner settings. Other special features include single-point ignition (only the burner being lit receives a spark) and automatic re-ignition, in case a burner blows out. The surface is made of stainless steel, which users say is stylish but scratches easily and can be difficult to keep clean.
Reviewed.com grants the Thermador SGSX365FS an Editors' Choice award and names it a Best of the Year winner. Ethan Wolff-Mann calls it "a classic cooktop that lives up to its reputation." Cooking performance is among the best seen by the site by a gas cooktop. The price is a concern, but if you can afford it, the SGSX365FS cooktop is said to be "nearly without fault."
Review: Thermador SGSX365FS 36-Inch Gas Cooktop Review, Ethan Wolff-Mann, June 28, 2013
ConsumerReports.org includes the Thermador SGSX365FS among the more than 30 gas cooktops it currently tests. The SGSX365FS cooktop is tested for its performance on both high and low heat. While we could not find very many user reviews at retail sites, a small handful for this cooktop can be found here.
Review: Thermador SGSX365FS, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated
User reviews for the Thermador Masterpiece SGSX365FS are hard to find, but a handful can be seen at the site of New York-based retailer AJ Madison. Nearly all are raves -- only a single 4-star review stands between the cooktop and a perfect score. "Well Built and Beautiful" and "Best cooktop I have ever owned" exemplify the feedback posted.
Review: Thermador Masterpiece Deluxe Series SGSX365FS, Contributors to A.J. Madison.com, As of August 2014