The 5 Best Gas Cooktops in 2020 – Product Reviews & Buying Guide
Finding the right gas cooktop might give you some problems – you just have so many different choices that all serve different purposes.
For instance, you have the choice between electric, induction, or gas. Once you add in size and features things can get really confusing.
Now, many homeowners are reluctant to purchase a gas cooktop because of misplaced fears about safety, installation, and availability of gas.
Don’t worry, gas cooktops are easy to use and very safe, so you don’t have much to worry about in that department.
Anyway, we will do our best job to provide you with more than just a review of the best gas cooktops of 2020. We will also provide a buying guide for gas cooktops and answer all the questions you might have about these cooktops.
The Rachael Ray Brights is a 10-piece pot and pan set that has everything you need to make the most of your gas cooktop.
This cookware set is made from anodized aluminum and utilizes non-stick technology, which makes it perfect for a gas cooktop. The cookware is safe up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Finally, we like the simple color scheme of this cookware. Just a normal black color with orange trim. Nothing fancy, but it looks great in most kitchens and should match the vast majority of appliances.
The second best gas cooktop cookware on the market is the T-fal Ultimate cookware set. This cookware is a 12-piece set that includes two frying pans, three saucepans with lids, a dutch oven with a lid, a solid spoon, and a slotted spatula.
That’s a lot of cookware!
That’s an entire set for a very competitive price.
The cookware is non-stick and anodized aluminum, which makes it gas compatible and rather convenient to use.
Rounding out our list is the Rachel Ray Cucina cookware set. It’s a 12 piece cookware set with the usual saucepans, lids, and frying pans. The pots and pans have an excellent design with a non-stick surface and a maximum temperature of 350F.
There isn’t anything to complain about with this cookware set. The only difference between these and the other cookware sets listed are the design, so simply pick one that has a color that you enjoy.
Our choice for best overall gas cooktop goes to the Frigidaire FGGC304. First, this cooktop is 30” wide, so it has plenty of room for all your cooking needs.
What we really like about this cooktop is the amount of burners – 5 to be exact. Four of those burners are sealed, which means that no flame will come in contact with your cookware.
That’s extremely convenient because it prevents any unnecessary damage to your cookware. It also makes cleaning the cooktop and your cookware extremely easy.
We also like that the burners have a huge range from 460 to 17,900BTU. The center burner has the most heat of any of the burners.
The placement of the controls knobs on the top is better because it means you don’t actually have to look away before adjusting the knobs. Very convenient.
Speaking of controls, the controls on this cooktop are extremely simple to use. And yes, you can still wear a glove while adjusting the controls.
All things considered, the Frigidaire is the best gas cooktop on the market. It’s huge, has plenty of burners, and cast iron grates. The only real downsides are the cost and that the stainless steel can scratch somewhat easily.
We recommend this cooktop if you have an average to large kitchen and do a lot of cooking. Even if you don’t do much cooking, this cooktop will still look great in your kitchen.
Looking for a gas cooktop that won’t break the bank?
The Empava Italy Sabaf is the gas cooktop for you. This cooktop is an excellent budget choice, and it’s relatively affordable for a gas cooktop.
First, this cooktop has five burners, so Empava isn’t skimping when it comes to the amount of burners in the name of price. However, it doesn’t have connected grates, so that is a little unfortunate.
We still can’t complain for the price, though.
For what it’s worth, the grate is still very high-quality and even dishwasher friendly. The dishwasher friendly part about the knobs and grates is a feature that we really do like.
This cooktop has a few downsides – mainly the lack of a connected grate. However, we can’t really complain for the price of the Empava. The automatic gas shutoff is also a nice safety feature.
We recommend this cooktop to anyone searching for a gas cooktop that is affordable. It’s also nice if you want a gas cooktop, but don’t do all that much cooking.
Are you searching for a top-end gas cooktop with all the bells and whistles?
The Bosch NGM8055UC is the gas cooktop for you. This cooktop has everything you could ever want in a gas cooktop.
It has the usual five burners you would expect in a top-end gas cooktop. And yes, those burners are all sealed for maximum safety and to make cleaning easier.
The burners also have a maximum BTU of 17,999 BTU, which is more than enough heat for any cooking.
The control panel is on the front of the cooktop, which is convenient and a little safer. The knobs themselves are metal and extremely responsive.
Our favorite feature, and one that you will only find on a premium gas cooktop, is the automatic lighter feature. What does this do?
It automatically relights the burner in the event that the flame goes out while the gas is turned on. This is both convenient and safe.
There isn’t much to complain about when you look at all the features of this cooktop. The only real complaint is that it can leave burn marks on stainless steel, but those are so easy to remove that it’s barely worth mentioning.
Anyway, we recommend this gas cooktop if you’re searching for a gas cooktop that has all the extra features on it. We especially like the automatic reignite feature because that can prevent explosions and other problems.
Are you searching for a gas cooktop that has some extra features, but is still affordable?
The Empava 36” Italy Sabaf is the gas cooktop that fits the bill.
It’s similar to the Italy Sabaf 30”, but it’s 36” wide rather than 30” wide.
Anyway, this cooktop has the same sealed burners with the large 12,000BTU center burner. It has other lower powered, albeit still powerful, secondary burners. The 4,000BTU is perfect for simmering!
The grates and even the knobs are dishwasher friendly, which makes cleaning easy. The knobs are also metal, so you don’t have to worry about them melting.
This cooktop has an automatic gas shutoff. More importantly, it’s compatible with natural gas and propane without a conversion kit. You don’t lose any power when making the switch from natural gas to propane.
Finally, it has a two year manufacturer warranty, which is twice as long as the average warranty on a gas cooktop.
Overall, we really like this gas cooktop. We don’t have any complaints about it, but we are a little disappointed that the stainless steel scratches more than it probably should for the price of this cooktop.
We still find it worth the price, though. And the 36” width gives you plenty of space for cooking everything at once on this cooktop.
A 36” gas cooktop is large enough for most residential cooking
12,000BTU center burner
Natural gas and liquid propane compatible
Automatic gas shutoff
Two year manufacturer warranty
Advantages of Using a Gas Cooktop
Here are some of the advantages of using a gas cooktop for cooking.
Fast Heat Up Time
The instant you turn on the gas cooker it’s ready to start cooking. Of course, you have to wait a little bit for it to gain temperature, but you can begin cooking immediately.
This makes a gas cooktop perfect if you’re someone that wants to get your cooking done quickly.
Plenty of Temperature Control
Professional chefs use gas cooktops for one reason – they have much more temperature control compared to electric cooktops. Why?
An open flame is much easier to regulate than an electric burner that often radiates heat rather than operating at a constant temperature.
Compatible With All Cookware
Gas cooktops work with all cookware. The same cannot be said about induction or even electric cooktops.
That’s a huge positive when it comes to cost of ownership. And it’s a benefit that can’t be understated.
Low Cost of Use
Gas cooktops have a higher upfront with the price of the cooktop, but once the upfront cost is taken into account the cooktop is very affordable to use.
Gas is much cheaper than electricity.
Gas Cooktop Buying Guide
This section will cover some features to look at before purchasing a gas cooktop.
You really should take into account the size of your kitchen before purchasing a gas cooktop.
Here are some questions to ask before making your purchase:
Is there enough space on my counter for a gas cooktop?
Will I have room for a five burner cooktop?
Where is the gas line?
If you plan on installing a gas cooktop on your counter, then make sure that the countertop is smaller than the gas cooktop.
Number of Burners
The amount of burners is determined first by the size of your kitchen and then by your cooking needs.
If you have a small kitchen, then you’re going to be stuck with a two burner cooktop. However, if you have a larger kitchen and do a lot of stovetop cooking, then you should strongly consider purchasing a cooktop with five burners.
Price is obviously a factor to consider. A cooktop that has more features, burners, or a bigger size will cost more than a smaller cooktop or one with less features.
Types of Burners
Gas cooktops have a variety of burner types. Here are some of the ones you should look for in your gas cooktop.
Big Burners: Big burners are great for large pots and pans. But they do heat up fast, so please be careful when using them to prevent burning food!
Simmer Burners: These burners are great for any type of cooking that requires little heat. These are great for warming sauces or melting chocolate.
Wok Burners: Wok burners are burners that heat up very fast. We recommend using a wok burner for sauteeing or stir-frying hence the name. We also recommend purchasing a cooktop that has a wok burner because they are very convenient.
BTU measures the amount of heat required to increase the temperature of water by one degree. In layman’s terms, more BTU means faster heating times. Burners have anywhere from 3,000BTU all the way up to 20,000BTU. The average is around 5000-8000BTU.
A gas cooktop will have a control knob to adjust the flow of gas, which allows you to control the temperature. We recommend cooktops that have metal control knobs because they are less likely to melt.
Also, if you have small children, then you will probably want a cooktop that has lockable controls. Trust us, this is especially important on a gas cooktop.
Most gas cooktops are relatively straightforward to clean. Simply remove the grate and clean with the recommended cleaning products.
However, you should look for a gas cooktop that has an easily removable grate.
Trivets are the grates that you place the cookware on. They are available in cast iron or enamel.
We recommend cast iron trivets despite the price.
Cast iron is much more durable than enamel. It’s also a little more sturdy, which should prevent accidents.
A continuous grate is very convenient because it means you don’t have to manually lift the pots. Simply slide them from one burner to another.
It’s not a must-have feature. However, it’s very difficult to switch away from continuous grates once you have a cooktop with continuous grates.
Finally, safety features are something you should look for in a gas cooktop.
Everyone makes mistakes.
The safety features we really like are child safety locks and hot surface lights. Child safety locks are almost an essential feature if you have small children in your home.
Also, you should have an automatic reignite feature or automatic gas shutoff. Most cooktops will have an automatic gas shutoff.
If your cooktop doesn’t have an automatic gas shutoff, then you should install one.
Cleaning a Gas Cooktop
Cleaning a gas cooktop is not difficult. Here is a basic outline of how to clean your gas cooktop.
Turn off the gas.
Wait for the cooktop to cool down.
Remove the grate.
Scrub off any built up grime with a gas cooktop cleaner.
Reinstall the grate.
Now, you should clean up any spills immediately after they happen because they have a tendency to get stuck on if you don’t immediately clean them.
Also, make sure to keep the gas valve clean to ensure proper gas flow to the flame.
Well, that’s about it for the best gas cooktops. You can’t go wrong with any of the choices on this list. They’re all great gas cooktops, but some have more extra features than other cooktops.
Personally, we really recommend a gas cooktop if you have a gas hookup in your home. They are simply more efficient and easier to use than an electric cooktop.
On top of that, they are cheaper to use.
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