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Electrolux EW30GC55GS 30 Inch

As far as looks go, the Electrolux EW30GC55GS gas model has it all. The stainless steel surface contrasts perfectly with the black-colored grates. The Electrolux EW30GC55GS model has four burners, with the most powerful one getting up to 18,000 BTU’s. One of the cool features of this cooktop is that the same powerful burner can go all the way down to 450 BTU’s with the flick of a wrist, giving it one of the widest ranges in the industry. The professional grade knobs are very accurate, simple to turn and also look great. For easy cleanup, the deep well design allows you to catch spills more easily and have room to clean them up. Also, the grates are dishwasher-safe, so no more washing them by hand.

Now, let’s go over any potential negative aspects of the Electrolux EW30GC55GS gas cooktop. First off, the $1,100 price tag is on the higher end – especially compared to other 30 inch models. Another thing is that it’s hard to keep the surface looking spotless. Stainless steel tends to show a lot of fingerprints and dirt quite easily, so you can almost always see some sort of little spot on the surface. Last issue is how hard the installation of the Electrolux EW30GC55GS cooktop can be, if you are doing it yourself. Getting the brackets lined up can be a real pain if you’re not used to this type of installation. Overall, I’m giving it a 4 / 5 star rating.

Bosch NGM5664UC

The Bosch NGM5664UC is a 36 inch gas powered model with five burners. The all-black exterior is classy and will fit into just about any kitchen. In this review of the Bosch NGM5664UC cooktop, I’ll be going over this model’s best and worst features. Here’s a rundown of features you’ll find on this unit: centralized front controls, low profile continuous grates, sealed burners to reduce foods and liquids from falling under the unit, a burner that can go as high as 16,000 BTU’s and one that can go as low as 400 BTU’s. The main surface area is also deep recessed to allow for easier clean up. This cooktop currently costs right around $850, which is a pretty reasonable price for what you get – especially for a 36 inch model.

Now, onto the negative aspects of Bosch NGM5664UC. While I really like how the exterior looks, it seems like the enamel finish could get scratched up pretty easily – especially if you use any sort of wire brush. Also, it’s hard to keep it looking clean. I’m not talking about spills, I’m talking about small spots that really stand out because of the black surface. I also wish there was a stand to lift up the Bosch NGM5664UC cooktop. Overall, I really like the features and price of this model, so I’m not going to complain too much. I’m giving it a 4 / 5 star rating.

Wolf CT36G/S Gas Cooktop Review

Pros: Quality performance; Different burners to suit different cooking tasks

Cons: Expensive

Our Scoop

Users love the way the Wolf CT36G/S performs. They like that there are three different burner sizes, each emitting varying levels of heat energy. You can choose the right burner for your task, whether you’re melting butter, stir-frying vegetables or simmering a big pot of soup. They also mention the ease of sliding pots and pans from grate to grate without any heavy lifting or sloshes and spills, thanks to the way the  grates form a flat, continuous support structure across the entire cooktop. The knobs are all grouped together in the same configuration as the burners, so you can easily tell at a glance which of them are on and at what heat level. The control panel illuminates to indicate which knobs are turned on as an additional safety and convenience measure.

The Wolf CT36G/S earns accolades for high quality of materials and construction. Users deem it solid and better-constructed than some other high-end cooktops. They also note the ease of cleaning. The grates simply lift off to provide access to the seamless burner pan.

Reviewers seem pleased with the appearance of this model, giving it high marks. In their product material, Wolf touts that the grates are “low profile”. So if you want to keep your cooktop in your kitchen’s supporting cast rather than making it a focal point, this is a plus!

Purchasers of this cooktop consider it expensive, but worth the price.

Specs and Features Highlights

  • Measures 36″ by 21″ across
  • Five dual-stacked, sealed burners of varying sizes with varying heat energy output (up to 15,000 btu/hr)
  • Individual spark ignitions for each burner
  • Available in natural or LP gas
  • Stainless steel top
  • Continuous Grates are cast iron with a matte porcelain finish
  • Seamless burner pan
  • Single control panel with illuminated indicators

If you’d like to see more details about the Wolf CT36G/S and get all the specs, Wolf provides this quick reference guide and this User Manual (for the seriously interested!).

Best Cooktop Surface

The best cooktop surface in my opinion is a ceramic glass smooth cooktop. I can’t speak for everyone, of course, but I think the smooth cooktop surface has some distinct advantages. As far as cleaning goes, it’s by far the easiest. This is due to the fact there are no nooks for food, grease or other “junk” to get into. Enamel cooktops aren’t usually that difficult to clean either, but it does usually require more effort than just a swipe.

Besides being easy to clean, I think the ceramic glass cooktops are also the best looking. They have a very sleek, modern look to them. Enamel models are definitely more classic looking, for the most part. Some people really love the classic enamel / gas cooktops, and I actually like them too. But, if you are looking for a simple, modern, easy-to-clean model, I’d go with the smooth cooktop.