The Whirlpool Gold G7CE3034XB is a 30-inch electric cooktop that reviewers say offers good performance for a relatively low price. It has a ceramic glass surface with four heating elements, ranging in power from 1,200 to 3,000 watts -- as powerful as the high-powered burner on the top-rated LG LCE3081ST (*Est. $1,100). In professional tests, it performs as well as the LG for both high-temperature and low-temperature cooking. However, it doesn't boil water quite as quickly as the Kenmore 42732 (*Est. $710), our top-rated budget electric cooktop.
Nonetheless, users say this cooktop offers quick, responsive heating; one user says it's "more like cooking with gas" than most electric cooktops. A couple of reviews note that, like other smoothtops, this cooktop requires the use of a special ceramic cleaner to prevent scratches, but most users still find it easy to clean.
ConsumerReports.org includes the Whirlpool Gold G7CE3034XB in its latest test of cooktops. Along with 24 other electric smoothtops, it is rated on its speed at bringing water to a boil and its ability to melt chocolate and simmer tomato sauce at low heat. User reviews for this cooktop are scarce; we found fewer than a dozen, scattered across sites such as Amazon.com, AJMadison.com and Buzzillions.com. The 2012 Home Appliance Survey from J.D. Power and Associates provides information about customer satisfaction with Whirlpool appliances in general (although Whirlpool Gold, a higher-end brand, is not rated separately).
ConsumerReports.org rates more than 40 gas and electric cooktops, including the Whirlpool Gold G7CE3034XB. Each cooktop is tested for its performance on both high and low heat. A handful of user reviews are also available.
Review: Cooktops and Wall Ovens, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, As of July 2012
We found just a handful of reviews for the Whirlpool Gold G7CE3034XB at this retail site, but all of them are positive. Owners give the cooktop an overall rating of 4.8 stars out of 5, praising its sleek looks, performance and value.
Review: Whirlpool Gold G7CE3034XB, Contributors to AJMadison.com
Amazon.com also has only a handful of reviews for the Whirlpool Gold G7CE3034XB. The cooktop earns an overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 from users, who say it heats up fast and is easy to use. Only one complains that it is "a little hard to clean."
Review: Whirlpool Gold G7CE3034XB 30 Smoothtop Electric Cooktop 4 Radiant Elements, Contributors to Amazon.com
The Whirlpool Gold G7CE3034XB receives only one brief review at Buzzillions.com. The reviewer gives the cooktop 5 stars out of 5, saying it's powerful, easy to clean and so responsive that it's "more like cooking with gas."
Review: Whirlpool G7CE3034XP 30" Smoothtop Electric Cooktop with 4 Radiant Elements, AccuSimmer Burner, Hot Surface Indicator Lights and Dishwasher-Safe Knobs: Pure White, Contributors to Buzzillions.com
5. 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. (The higher-priced Whirlpool Gold brand does not receive a separate rating.)
Review: 2012 Laundry Appliance Satisfaction Study and 2012 Kitchen Appliance Satisfaction Study, Editors of J.D. Power and Associates, July 18, 2012