How To Choose A Cooktop

Written by: Erica Spangler
Design Specialist
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Cooktop Application Examples

Cooktop Sizing

Determine the sizing and the number of burners you need based on how you cook and your available space.
Cooktop Dimensions

Dimensions

Choose your cooktop based on the body's width first. There are typically two standard widths (30 inches or 36 inches). Then consider the depth that your counter space can handle with usable space surrounding three of the four sides. You will want to place the cooktop within a few inches of the counter's edge for a comfortable reach.

Number of Burners

Typically, the width will determine the number of burners you can select from. Four or five burners are the most common to choose from. But we do sell anywhere from 1 burner to 6 burners.
Four Burner Cooktop

4 Burner

  • Standard number of burners
  • Great for many households
  • Many typically offer different sized burners
  • Typically 30 inches wide
Shop 4 Burner Cook Tops
Five Burner Cooktop

5 Burner

  • Great for larger pans and dutch ovens
  • Fifth burner is typically in the center
  • Many times all 5 burners are flush for extra stability
  • Typically 36 inches wide
Shop 5 Burner Cook Tops
Six Burner Cooktop

6 Burner

  • Recommended for those who entertain
  • Great for cooking with several large pans
  • Sometimes the knobs are on the front rather than on top
  • Typically 36 inches wide
Shop 6 Burner Cook Tops

Cooktop Fuel Type

Gas

If you have a line for either natural gas or propane, then consider gas.
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Pros

  • Instant control over the flame
  • Once flame is out, then cooking potential stops
  • Natural gas is typically cheaper than electric
  • Heats pans quicker as flame heats bottom and sides

Cons

  • Can be more expensive for initial purchasing costs and installation fees
  • Can be hard to keep clean as food can spill and clog the burners
  • You may need a liquid propane conversion kit

Electric

If you do not have a gas hookup, then choose an electric cooktop.
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Pros

  • The most economical option
  • Easy to replace parts
  • Even heat distribution – more coils, more efficient
  • Drip pans lift out for easy cleaning

Cons

  • Heat lingers, so it potentially still cooks food in your pans
  • Electricity costs may be more than natural gas costs in particular areas
  • Only heats the bottom of the pan

You Chose Gas Cooktops

There are two different gas cooktop options: sealed burners and open burners.
Sealed Burner Cooktop

Sealed Burner

  • There is no gap between burner and inside of cooktop area
  • These are easier to clean
  • More common gas burner style
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Open Burner Cooktop

Open Burner

  • There is a gap between burner and inside of cooktop area
  • Meant to be more efficient at heating
  • More parts to clean
Shop All Open Burners

You Chose Electric Cooktops

There are three different types of electric cook tops to consider: smooth top, induction or coil.
Smooth Top Cooktop

Smooth Top

  • More affordable – Plug in and ready to cook
  • Easy to clean surface
  • Stable, flat surface for cooking
  • Even heat distribution
  • Burner may take time to cool off
  • Consider hot surface indicator feature
Shop All Smooth Tops
Induction Cooktop

Induction

  • Most energy efficient electric option
  • Boils water faster than any other option
  • Heats up cookware, so surface stays cool to touch
  • Most expensive upfront costs for an electric option
  • Special cookware needed
Shop Induction Cooktops
Coil Cooktop

Coil

  • Most affordable electric option
  • Provides consistent heat
  • Safer to use than gas
  • Reduces the amount of heat loss into the kitchen
  • Takes a while to reach desired temperature
  • The more coils, the more efficient
Shop Coil Cooktops
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