Cooktop Buying Guide
Choosing a cooktop can be a complicated process with many brands, designs and features to consider. Kitchen layouts, number of people in the household and design style are other factors in the decision making process. Please use this handy buyer's guide from Goedeker's to educate yourself on all the different choices we have to offer when purchasing a new cook top.
Types of Cooktops:
The Electric Cooktop uses electricity as its power source and usually has a less expensive purchase price. These types of cooktops come in two basic designs:
Coil Element - uses coiled metal to heat the surface
Smooth Top - great for cleaning with a contemporary appearance
The Gas Cooktop is available in open burner and closed burner models and a gas hookup must be available in your kitchen before installing. The cooking surface can be heat up in an instant for quicker cook times and fast results.
Style & Look:
Only available on the electric range and has a smooth glass heating area. Smooth top ranges are easy to clean and have a modern look.
Only available on the electric range and uses a “coiled” metal element to provide heat.
Only available on the gas range and has a wide opening in the cook top for the burner.
Only available on the gas range and has recessed burners below the surface of the cook top.
Features & Issues to Consider When Shopping:
This is the metal coverings of the coil element or gas burner where the pot or pan is placed.
Warming Element on Cook top
This feature allows for low heat to keep food warm without over cooking.
Provides less heat than standard burners to avoid overcooking food.
High Watt Coil Burners
These use more energy and heat up faster than standard coil elements.
Connects two burners to increase cooking surface for larger pots and pans.
Hot surface indicator lights
Lets you know when the surface of the cook top is still hot to the touch.
Collects food drippings on cooking surface and burners to make cleaning easier.
Option to allow ventilation to go down through the oven instead of through a range hood.
Dual-size Heating Elements
These have two size settings so they can be used to heat both small and large pots and pans without wasting energy.
Halogen Burner Elements
Heat up quickly and cool down quickly for energy savings.
Uses electromagnetic energy to “induce” heat into the cooking surface such as a pot or pan.
Heating elements that can be removed for easy cleaning.
Replaces the dial controls on cook tops for a fresh, modern look.
A hood typically accompanies the cook top to remove smoke and exhaust. There are also cook tops that have downward ventilation to cancel need for hood.
Electronic temperature controls
The give you the ability to maximize cooking temperature and time for best results and replaces the dial controls.
Feature to start gas burner automatically with electric spark, standard on gas cook tops today.
Smooth cook top surface that can be mounted flush with the surface of the countertop.
Pan Presence Sensor
Detects when a pot or pan has left surface to turn on/off burners and elements.
Pan Size Sensor
Detects size of pot or pan and matches heating size for maximum heating and energy efficiency.
Ribbon Heating Elements
This is the heating element on smooth/glass cook tops.