Best Gas Cooktop Reviews 2018: Top 5+ Recommended

There’s nothing quite like cooking with gas! This is by far my favorite kind of cooktops, and I believe that many others will agree with me.

There are many reasons to support my claim (and I will get to them later), but for me, gas cooking is a sentimental thing than anything else, because it takes me back to my mother’s kitchen and my first attempts at preparing food.

When I finally decided to acquire a gas cooktop for myself, I was breaking my head about which model to buy because I had no idea what to look for.

So, with a bit of research and persistence, I learned more and decided to do a few reviews of my favorite models on the market today.

Why Are Gas Cooktops So Great?

  1. First of all, the instant heat control cannot be replaced by any other cooktop type. This characteristic is so important especially when I cook foods with a lot of spices (like Indian or Chinese) because it enables me to capture all the flavors properly.
  2. Second, they look great and give my kitchen sort of a professional feel, which in turn motivates me to spend more time cooking and improving my food preparation skills.
  3. Last but not least, they provide me with more freedom in terms of space. I can put it wherever I feel is right on the bench and not worry about making room for the entire stove underneath it.

Things To Consider Before Purchasing A Gas Cooktop

As with any other kitchen appliance, there are some crucial things to know here before jumping into a purchase and regretting it afterward (I speak from experience!).

There are plenty of gas cooktops available today, and a lot of choices bring a whole set of problems to think about.

To make your purchasing process simpler, I have comprised a list of all the essential characteristics that you need to inspect before buying your first gas cooktop.

1. Size

Well, I guess this is a very obvious feature, but still, some folks tend to overlook it.

What I first did is measured the bench surface that I had available and then saw which cooktop can I fit in there.

The sizes vary from about 22 to 37 inches. Also, another thing to consider is the size of your range hood and make sure that it is bigger than the cooktop.

2. Surface

This part is crucial when it comes to cleaning and make sure to look for a surface with little to no ‘dirt traps’ because this will save you a ton of scrubbing time.

Since spills are a normal occurrence when cooking, it would be a good idea to look for a cooktop which has spill catchment areas.

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3. Number And Output Of Burners

Gas cooktops come with different numbers of burners which usually have different heat outputs.

The heat given off by a burner is measured in BTU’s (British Thermal Units).

If you want to get all scientific – one BTU raises the temperature of a pound of water for one degree Fahrenheit.

Burners have varying numbers of BTU's, and they can range anywhere from 3.000 to 20.000.

4. Sealed Or Open Burners

There are two different types of burners open and sealed.

  • Open burners have all of their components exposed, and their flames are directly heating up the pot that stands on the grates above it.
  • Sealed burners have a seal between the burning parts and the grate which deflect the flames a little bit.

Each has their advantages and disadvantages, so saying which type is better is merely a matter of preference.

For me, sealed burners are the way to go.

5. Knobs

The importance of control knobs is often neglected, but I'm here to remind you to take a good look at them.

Make sure that they are built of metal or other quality material for maximum durability.

A crossbar knob is probably the best choice because it is easy to grip. Another important factor is a clear pointer, and it would be ideal if it is etched because the color might fade over time.

6. Grates

For those who don't know, grates are the metal bars that hold the pans, and they are placed over the burners, often covering a large portion of the cooktop.

They can be in one or two larger pieces or several smaller ones for each burner. The latter is preferable in my case because it allows me to slide the pans across the cooktop more easily.

Grates are normally made from cast iron, stainless steel or enamel. The first two options tend to stain and are harder to clean, so if you can choose, go for enamel.

7. Warranty

Since the kitchen is a hectic place and anything might happen, please check the length of the warranty for the product you are about to buy.

Gas cooktops generally come with a one-year warranty for parts and labor.

This will also cover any manufacturer defects in materials as well as workmanship.

If your cooktop doesn’t have any visible damages or deformities when brand new, then it should serve you for a long time without any troubles.

Most Recommended Gas Cooktops - Barbara's Reviews 2018

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Bosch presents us with a pretty versatile and durable cooktop that contains many useful features.

When it comes to the size, this model's width is 37" overall, and the cutout width is around 34” which places it among larger cooktops in my list of reviews.

The surface of the cooktop is simple and sleek and doesn’t contain any areas that are hard to reach by hand, so cleaning it does not present a big problem.

This product has five sealed burners with an average Btu of 12.000, which is a lot since many other cooktops of the same type usually range between 7.000 and 9.000. The smallest burner's Btu is around 5.500 and the central, and the most powerful one has an output of 16.000 Btu's.

The biggest disappointment here was the low power of all burners except for the central one when I tried them out.

The knobs on this model are heavy duty and made out of metal which should guarantee durability and long lifespan.

Grates are made out of cast iron and are continuous which allows users to move the pans around the cooktop easily since they are able to slide across the grates’ surface. The downside here is that cast iron might be a hassle to clean, but luckily you can remove the grates and pop them in the dishwasher to do the work for you.

The warranty for this cooktop is one year which is a pretty standard deal. If any problems, defects or such appear during this time period, the company will repair it or replace the product for free.

What I Liked

  • Sleek surface, easy to clean
  • Central burner has good heat output (16.000 Btu’s)
  • Five burners
  • Good knobs

What I Didn’t Like

  • Cast iron grates are hard to clean
  • Smaller burners are pretty weak in practice
  • Not great for cooking tasks that require very high temperature

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This is probably my favorite out of cooktops on this list and is easily my top pick when it comes to looks and design.

It is sized similarly to the previous model with cutout width being 33 7/8” and cutout depth 19 1/8”. This is pretty big in the world of gas cooktops for home use.

The deep-set pan catches all the drippings and spills, and the surface has a stainless finish which is super easy to clean.

When it comes to the burners, this model has five of them. The strongest one has an output of 20.000 Btu's there is one with 11.500 and one with 9500 and two 5.000 Btu burners. They are all sealed and perform quite well.

The knobs are simple and high quality, made out of die-cast metal. If they get stained, you can put them in the dishwasher without any problems.

The grates come in three parts, but they all connect very well making it easy to slide the pans around the cooktop. They are made of heavy cast-iron, and their shape is slightly curved which I liked a lot visually.

The GE Profile has a typical, one-year limited warranty. If anything goes wrong, I assure you that the technical support team is easy to reach and they are beyond helpful.

What I Liked

  • Surface is easy to clean
  • It has 5 burners
  • The knobs are high quality

What I Didn’t Like

  • It could have more Btu’s
  • Cast-iron grates are hard to clean

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This product comes to us from Frigidaire and, in my opinion, it is visually stunning with a very interesting design (very cool-looking grates!).

This model is a bit smaller than those I previously reviewed today. The cutout width is 28 1/2“, and the cutout depth is 19 ¾”, which is pretty news for folks who have a cramped up, small kitchen.

The stylish design is also quite practical when it comes to cleaning since there are no spots for stains to hide in. However, the surface tends to scratch easily, so be careful when scrubbing it.

Similar to other cooktops from our list, this one has five burners as well. The Btu’s range from 7.500 on some of the smaller burners to an incredible 18.000 on the big, center one. This is a very good score when it comes to heat output.

The knobs are sturdy and metal, but one downside is that I noticed is the paint which started to chip off after less than a year of use. If you want to wash them, you can take them off the cooktop.

The grates have a very interesting design, they are made of cast-iron, and the surface is connected so moving pans across them is not a problem. They come in three parts, two on the sides and one in the middle.

The manufacturer includes a one-year limited warranty. Again, this is pretty standard.

What I Liked

  • Beautiful design
  • Surface is easy to clean
  • Central burner has a great heat output (18.000 Btu’s)
  • It has five burners

What I Didn’t Like

  • Surface is easy to scratch when cleaning
  • Paint from the knobs started to chip off after less than a year
  • Cast-iron grates are hard to clean

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Here is another Bosch cooktop, because this company is very good at manufacturing these things. It is fairly similar to its ‘cousin' from today's list, but it has a few key differences.

This model is slightly smaller than the other Bosch cooktop we mentioned, and it has a cutout width of 28” and a cutout depth of 21 ¼”. Because of this, it might be a good choice for Bosch fans with small cooking spaces.

Because of this, it might be a good choice for Bosch fans with small cooking spaces.

The surface is sleek, simple and easy to wipe off any stains that might occur.

There are five burners here, and this is where NMG8055UC shines. Two burners have an output of 5.500 Btu’s, other two 10.000, and the center burner can go up to 18.000. The problem here is that only the most powerful burner actually works properly; the other ones are quite weak.

Similar to the previous model from the same company, the knobs are metal, heavy-duty, removable and easy to clean. They are all centralized and neatly organized for easier handling.

The grates are cast-iron and are composed out of three separate parts. They connect nicely for good functionality.

One-year limited warranty on parts and labor is a standard deal when it comes to these types of products. Any defects will be covered by the manufacturer free of charge.

What I Liked

  • Simple design
  • Surface is easy to clean
  • Central burner has a great heat output (18.000 Btu’s)
  • It has five burners
  • Good quality knobs

What I Didn’t Like

  • Only one burner (central) heats properly
  • Not great for cooking tasks that require very high temperature
  • Cast-iron grates are hard to clean

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This is a simple and a bit lower-power cooktop when compared with other products from this review, but is still packs plenty of practical features.

The cutout width of this model is 28 ½” and the cutout depth 19”. These dimensions place this cooktop among smaller ones out of all those that I reviewed today. It might be a good solution for a tiny cooking space yearning for a professional feel.

The deep-recessed surface catches spills effectively and makes cleaning a breeze. This characteristic is a big time and effort saver.

This cooktop has only four burners. The ones on the left side have a Btu of 9.500, the right rear one packs 5.000, and the right front one is the most powerful with 11.000. As you can see, this is significantly less than other cooktops we looked at today.

The control knobs are placed on the right side of the product. The downside here is that they are plastic, which is not as durable as metal, of course. However, they are brushed stainless and are dishwasher safe.

The grates come in two parts, are made from medium-cast, and they connect well, which makes it simple to move pans around.

Parts and labor warranty is one year long, which again, is nothing new for gas cooktops.

What I Liked

  • Easy to clean
  • Good design
  • Lightweight

What I Didn’t Like

  • Knobs are plastic
  • Less powerful than most other cooktops
  • Only four burners

And Now The Time Has Come For Me To Announce The Winner Of Today's List Of Reviews

It has been a tough decision to make, but I chose GE PGP986SETSS as the best one.

It is by far the most powerful, with the maximum output of 20.000 Btu’s.

I consider this to be a very important point especially when cooking foods which require high temperatures.

Also, the beautiful design makes my kitchen look even better, and it's a joy to cook on it.

The price might be slightly higher than its competition, but I found that it was worth it long-term. 🙂

Barbara Whitney
 

For the last 20 years, I’ve been cooking, preparing, researching, and gathering recipes, tools, and knowledge about food and the way we prepare it. Raising two lively boys and spoiling one great husband later, it’s safe to say that I’ve optimized my kitchen to deliver the best possible meal, no matter the occasion.

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