I purchased this in order to have burners that pots can slide on. The grates are cast iron which mean the coating won't rub off like on all other gas stovetops I've owned. It would have cost nearly the same to replace my 4 worn out grates as it did to purchase a whole new stovetop. What I love: High quality look of stovetop. The big burner on the left has 2 rings of gas fire. It quickly boils water and produces high heat. In fact, all the burners are much better than my old stovetop. There are 3 grates which lie vertical - much less work to remove and clean around. They don't wobble. SS seems to clean up easy and doesn't leave water marks. The knobs are in front - not on the side taking up space. The knobs feel quality and heavy - nicer than the plastic ones Shipped in a secure box to protect stove. What I don't like (but I've learned to get over it!): All the burners fire to light when you try to ignite a single burner (an outcome of the cheaper price). The knobs are different than my old ones. You press, turn and hold for a few seconds and then release to ignite. The grates sit high off the stovetop. The metal ring around the gas burner is not rolled. When cleaning the stove, my finger slid under it and sliced it open. They also tend to discolor with use but I imagine a quick scour or spray with oven cleaner will remove it. The knob lighting symbols are painted onto the stove top surface. I have to be sure to NEVER use a magic eraser or abrasive cleaner. Installation tips: You may need to adjust the flame height after installation for optimum lighting. They give you solid directions on how to do this. Use the packaging materials to help protect your stovetop when installing it. The SS surface will scratch (like all metal surfaces). I installed this myself. Be sure to check and tighten all preinstalled gas lines before dropping in your stovetop. There is one piece that is loosely screwed on from the manufacturer and needs to have gas tape/sealant and tightened. I found out quickly after I turned the gas back on.
We purchased this cooktop and we are not disappointed. It looks great and cooks great.The burners adjust continually from very high to very low, unlike my last cooktop that would not adjust to a true simmer low. I've cooked on this cooktop daily for about 6 weeks, and splattered grease all over it many times, still looks brand new.
After buying our first house, we realized the cooktop from 1987 needed to be replaced immediately. We chose this one for its features and design. It was easy to install and works perfectly. The burners get hot very quickly and the lockout feature is helpful when there are children visiting our house. It's a little difficult to clean between the knobs but otherwise it's exactly what we were looking for.
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