At 30 inches in width, the Whirlpool GLS3064R is smaller and significantly cheaper than most gas cooktops. Yet it has several features found on pricier models, such as automatic re-ignition (in case a burner accidentally blows out) and continuous cast-iron grates, which makes moving pots and pans between burners easy. We found one professional review and an assortment of user reviews that give the cooktop good marks for performance, saying it heats quickly, offers good temperature control and has a layout "versatile enough to satisfy even a picky cook."
The one feature it lacks, a simmer setting, is something most users can live without. It's worth noting that some owners say the cooktop is difficult to clean, though others disagree. If you need a larger cooktop and you have no budget constraints, you may prefer the top-rated Thermador SGSX365FS (*Est. $1,900), which gets outstanding reviews from professionals and users.
The Whirlpool GLS3064R earns a Best Buy recommendation from the expert reviewer at ConsumerGuide.com. However, this review focuses on the cooktop's features, and it isn't clear that the reviewer subjected it to any hands-on testing. We found about 20 user reviews for this cooktop on Google's shopping search engine, which pulls together product reviews from a variety of sources across the web. We also referred to the 2012 Home Appliance Survey from J.D. Power and Associates for information about customer satisfaction with Whirlpool appliances in general.
The editors of ConsumerGuide.com name the Whirlpool GLS3064R as a Best Buy, giving it 4 stars out of 5 overall and 5 out of 5 for value. The reviewer praises this cooktop's "clean, appealing design," convenient layout and easy cleanup. However, it is not clear whether this recommendation is based on any actual testing.
Review: Expert Review: Whirlpool 30-Inch Gas Cooktop GLS3064R, Editors of ConsumerGuide.com, Aug. 2007
2. Google Shopping
The 20-plus reviews for the Whirlpool GLS3064R at Google's shopping site are pulled from various sites around the web. Users say this cooktop offers powerful, precise heating and easy-to-use controls, but they disagree about how hard it is to clean. We also saw one complaint about reliability.
Review: Whirlpool GLS3064R Gold 30-Inch Stainless Steel Gas Cooktop, Contributors to Google Shopping
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 Whirlpool brand earns average ratings in most categories, with an overall score of 761 points out of a possible 1,000.
Review: 2012 Laundry Appliance Satisfaction Study and 2012 Kitchen Appliance Satisfaction Study, Editors of J.D. Power and Associates, July 18, 2012