Cooktops Buying Guide
Purchasing a Cooktop
Cooktops are great compliments to kitchen counter designs, providing a stylish and versatile area that can handle all of your cooking needs. Deciding on what cooktop is right for you will depend on style, features and budget. Cooktops come in a variety of styles, have plenty of available accessories, and have smart, efficient designs.
Benefits of having a cooktop in your kitchen:
- -Gas or electric models to match your preferences
- -Advanced burner configurations and temperature control
- -Easy to clean models that do not trap food vs. a traditional stove
- -Sleek designs that mount in kitchen counters and preserve the style of your kitchen
Gas Cooktops provide a gas flame on separate burners that are sealed, with removable grates that are typically made of cast iron and coated. These features make for a very easy clean up. Cooktops using gas also tend to have a "high power" burner that can quickly produce an extremely high heat good for boiling or frying. Additionally, these models are frameless, eliminating any worries of spilling or trapping food around the edges.
Downdraft Cooktops are another type of gas cooktop. These units have their own ventilation system included, eliminating the need for a ventilation hood and are ideal for island counters.
Electric Cooktops have a flat, ceramic surface that sits flush with your kitchen countertop and offers a smooth and stylish look. These models offer differently sized electric burners to accommodate different sized pots, pans and skillets. Another common feature is that many cooktops come with digital controls, eliminating knobs and making the entire cooktop flat and more aesthetically pleasing. Additionally, electric cooktops tend to incorporate the newest technology and come with features like adjustable heat sensors, safety control locks and timer alerts.
Parts & Accessories
Whether you need a repair or replacement part, you can find several parts and accessories from top brands to match your cooktop. Cast iron rings, new burners and more are parts that can keep your appliance working like new. Portable griddles, cooktop protectant and more are accessories that can enhance the use of your cooktop.