Best Cooktops in 2020



Empava IDC12B2 Horizontal Electric Stove Induction Cooktop with 2 Burners in Black Vitro Ceramic Smooth Surface Glass 120V, 12 Inch Review:


Nice in-counter range top. Only downside I've seen so far that I wasnt expecting is that the fans are quite noisy when in use. They spin up when the burner is turned on and they are quite noticeable without ambient noise. But the noise is just a minor criticism, doesn't take away from it's good performance. I've had large pots and pans as well as small skillets and its performed quite well on all of then.



Frigidaire FFEC3025UB 30 Inch Electric Smoothtop Style Cooktop with 4 Elements in Black Review:


I have zero complaints on this product, it looks good and was easy in install. We've updated a built in microwave and a dishwasher and now this and this cooktop was by far the easiest. If you are even remotely handy you can do this yourself. I'm so glad we ordered through Amazon instead of Lowe's/Home Depot because my parents just ordered appliances and it has taken them two weeks to arrive and their order keeps getting messed up, etc. I highly recommend this product. You can't beat 2 day shipping



Electric Induction Cooktop, iSiLER 1800W Sensor Touch Portable Induction Cooker Cooktop with Kids Safety Lock, Rotary Knob Countertop Burner Suitable for Cast Iron, Stainless Steel Cookware Review:


First experience with an induction cooktop. Bought it to use with hot pot. Even though the pot itself had an 11 or 12 inch base, we were cooking a broth, so it did great. (The directions that come with the pot say it handles a maximum pan size of 8.7 inches). I agree that if you were trying to cook something evenly in a pan, you would not want to exceed the recommended diameter. But for a soup or something like it, there was more than enough power to handle it. I turned it on Level 8 (out of 9 power settings) so we could keep the broth boiling while continually adding items (even frozen potstickers). Worked like a charm on the 13" stainless steel pot. You can see it in the middle of the table.

Simple to use. Push a couple of touch sensitive buttons to turn it on, and then use the knob to adjust the temperature or power level. Added bonus is that it is safer for my aging mother in law to use than exposed electric coils or burning gas. They are going to get one for their home for safety purposes.



Ramblewood GC2-37N (Natural Gas) high efficiency 2 burner gas cooktop Review:


Spoke to tech rep who answered all my questions at 9pm on a Friday! Used the enclosed nozzles to easily convert to LPG. Large LPG nozzle (0.93) did not allow large burner to light at all ports, replaced it with the small NG nozzle (1.0). Works perfectly! Main gas connection requires std 1/2" tapered NPT to 1/2" flare ($4 at any HW store). No idea why other buyers had connection problems.



Empava 30" 5 Italy Sabaf Burners Gas Stove Cooktop Stainless Steel EMPV-30GC5B70C, 30 Inch Review:


The packaging could use improvement. There's Styrofoam everywhere. The burners were all over in the box and I was lucky they didn't break anything else. It comes with 1/2 adapters, a regulator for lpg and I think everything you'll need to get it hooked up other than the gas hose. The main input adapter for the gas is metric I think, but you can use the adapters. The steel will scratch easily from just moving the racks. The ceramic spark thingy sticks through the lower part of the BURNERS and I think the ceramic can break easily when removing the burners for cleaning. The center burner's flame is a little crooked with yellow tips from the flame only on one side.
My biggest gripes is the two left burners don't light until you hold it down for about 20 to 30 seconds. The igniter lights like a pilot for your hot water heater, being that it will only stay lit when there's enough heat on the sensors to let the gas keep flowing. The slow to light only happens on 2 burners, leading me to belive the igniter or sensors are defective. I appreaciate the price and design, so I will try to resolve my problems through Amazon or Empava. I will keep the review updated.

Update
I've gotten use to the the igniter and I didn't return it, so the rating was updated. I think the igniter needed breaking in?



GasOne 4078 One Gas Range Stove Ceramic Head with Propane Regulator-2 Burner Glass Cooktop Auto Ignition Review:


 Very slick looking stove easy to clean with its glass top is probably the highlight of this product.



Rosewill Induction Cooker 1800 Watt, Induction Cooktop, Electric Burner with Stainless Steel Pot 10" 3.5 QT 18-8, RHAI-13001 Review:


I bought this on Black Friday for an awesome deal of a price. One of the reasons for choosing this cooktop is that it came with a magnetic pot; the pots I currently own aren't magnetic.

I think the cooktop itself is really good, so far I'm pleased with that. But the first time I used it, the pot it stained terribly; tonight I used it for the second time and things burned and stuck to the stains even though I'd scrubbed it well. In other words the pot is unusable after just two uses. It's just so thin and flimsy. What a shame because the pot is the perfect shape and size for the type of cooking I do. Now I have to spend more money to buy a decent pot and of course Black Friday sales are over.

So word to the wise, the cooktop seems to be really good so far, but if getting a pot with it would sway your choice of models, forget about it and just choose it or don't choose it based on how good the cooktop is and consider the pot to be a one use thing. It would probably be ok for boiling water but not for any actual cooking.



Frigidaire FFEC3024LB 30 Electric Cooktop - Black Review:


Truly excellent value! Stand alone stoves seem out of date and beyond ugly in a small kitchen, but these cook tops are sleek and extremely efficient; almost as responsive as gas.

My first one was white, and lasted well over 15 years, still looking like new even after having renters in the condo after I moved to a new location.

It's important to know that this black cook top does NOT come with a plug. Depending on your own power source for stove hookup, you will need to buy and/or have an electrician install the connection.
I needed a three prong male plug for connection to an available female three hole socket.

Also, if you plan to install over a kitchen cabinet, you'll need to know that the underside of the cooktop will be too tight, and it
will be necessary to cut away on three sides at the top of your cabinet. Will fit just fine in a 30" wide opening between counters, though you'll want/need to support the front and back somehow.

The knobs are excellent ~~ large, easy to read, and with definitive clicks for positions.
The burners light up immediately and regulate fast with each adjustment; also cool fairly quickly after use.

For the price, it would hard to beat this model of Frigidaire Cooktop ~~!!
The Black colour is stunning when trimmed with black marble.



GE PP9830DJBB 30 Inch Smoothtop Electric Cooktop with 4 Burners, 3-Speed Downdraft Exhaust System, 9"/6 Inch Power Boil, Bridge Element and Review:


This GE range was a replacement for a Jenn-Air CVE1400/4180/4210/4270 series downdraft for which we could no longer easily get parts. If you are considering the same swap, then you'll probably find challenges lining up with the existing duct-work. The required opening is the countertop is almost identical, the GE requiring 5/8" less distance from front to back and just 1/16" less side to side. So it slips into the old aperture easily, and with sufficient overlap that there are no gaps. The outlet to the ducting is 7/8" more to the right and 1-7/16" further to the back than the Jenn-air, which isn’t much but enough to cause problems because the fan box (plenum) on the GE is considerably longer, at a distance of 6-3/8" lower than the Jenn-Air. Added to that is the need for a 10" x 3-1/4" rectangular to 6" round transition adapter, which is longer than the required Jenn-Air 5" round to 6" round transition, all in all coming almost to the bottom of a standard cabinet, which leaves very little room to crank over toward the old duct-work.

For me, the ducting was by far the most difficult and time consuming part of the install. When I later noted that the Amazon price for installation is $180, I thought that it was a great deal. Then looking at, "What's included with service" there is no mention of the duct-work. If you choose this option I advise checking with the installer.

When installing the GE range you alternate between thinking, "this was thoughtful design" to, "why didn’t they just do this to make it easier". For example, when fitting the fan box you see an apparently useless hole in the top of the range cavity but you soon realize that it happens to line up with a dimple in the fan box that together mean that the weight of the box is supported while you install the fixing screws; good thinking. On the other hand, the first operation is placement of an adhesive foam gasket seal around the periphery of the underside of the glass top, and while doing this you wonder why the customer has to fit this, and not GE. The electrical box is attached with 2-screws, one at the back that is really hard to get to and one at the front for which your screwdriver will be difficult to access should your cabinet have a central divider. There seems no good reason why this box could not have been retained by screws to the sides. The instructions say that the electrical box takes a ¾" conduit, but mine had a hole for a 1" conduit, which could be a nuisance if you're not prepared.

The GE range itself looks very sleek on the counter and so far has operated just as advertised. There is, however, room for improvement. There is only a single light to indicate that a heated element is on, but to see which requires checking the position of each control, which on our black control knob on black surface range, isn’t that easy. There are, however, "Hot Surface Indicator Lights", one for each side that remain on after switch-off as long as the glass on that side remains hot. The indicator to show if the front left control is on front-burner only, or front-burner and bridge, is a minute rectangle which is either filled or open, and is very hard to see.

At the time of writing we are scared to death of spilling anything just in case it spoils the looks forever. I think that this range's surface is going to need a lot more cleaning than that of its predecessor, just like our granite countertops and stainless steel fridge. Progress? Form over function?