Cooktops fall into four basic groups: gas drop-in, range tops, electric, and induction. We’ve rounded up our favorites in the 36-inch gas category that offer the power and performance of full-size ranges but with a sleeker stature.
The cooktops featured are pro-style in looks (stainless steel, prominent knobs, iron grates) and in burner power. These drop-in models fit into a cutout in the counter (and typically require at least four inches of room underneath). Many of the models are also available in a 30-inch size (a standard for electric cooktops). They all have high-power burners and very low heat or simmer options. The biggest differences are in burner and control configurations. Here are 10 to consider.
A range loyalist? See our recent post: Remodeling 101: Range vs. Cooktop, Pros and Cons.
For more kitchen appliances see our posts:
- 10 Easy Pieces: Choosing An Undercounter Refrigerator
- 10 Easy Pieces: Induction Ranges
- 10 Easy Pieces: Speed Ovens
- 10 Easy Pieces: Built-in Microwaves
N.B.: This post originally published on May 14, 2008. We have updated it with new and additional product selections and current pricing.