Cooktop Buying Guide

Looking for a new cooktop? Discover our selection of induction cooktops, electric stovetops, and gas cooktops, and learn all about their innovative features. Find the perfect countertop stove for you in our Cooktop Buying Guide.

Get Cooking with a New Cooktop

Cooktops are perfect for countertop or kitchen island cooking. We offer a large selection that includes many innovative features. Explore our selection of induction, electric, gas, and compact cooktops online or in-store today!

Considerations When Purchasing a Cooktop

BTU Output

British Thermal Units (BTU) are the measure of heat on your cooktop. A residential cooktop usually has about 7000 BTUs per burner. A cooktop with a simmering or low-heat burner will have a BTU output between 3000 and 5000.

Number of Burners

The number of burners on your cooktop is dependent on how much cooking you plan on doing. Cooktops range from two burners to as many as six burners. Some cooktops include an additional warmer burner to the side.

Electric vs. Gas

Depending on the hookup in your kitchen, you will have to decide whether you want an electric or gas cooktop. If you do not have a gas hookup but want to make the switch from electric, you will have to make arrangements to have a line installed before your cooktop installation day.



When you’re deciding the placement of your cooktop, you must measure the width of your counter. The standard size of cooktops is a width of 36 inches and a depth of 25 inches. Make sure you measure the surface where you plan to install your cooktop before you make any purchases.

Types of Cooktops

Induction Cooktop

Induction cooktops are electric and use magnetic induction to heat up the element. Through alternating electric currents, stainless steel, cast iron, copper, and aluminum pots and pans become magnetized. This process heats only the pan and not the burner, making it safer than gas or electric. Induction cooktops are heat-efficient because they cool down quicker than the gas or electric models.

Gas Cooktop

Gas cooktops offer precise temperature control and have high-power burners. Their enamel-coated grates are usually dishwasher-safe.

Note: Make sure you have a professional install your new gas cooktop.


Electric Cooktop

Electric cooktops usually have a flat cooking surface, which mean it’s flush with your countertop and will be easy to clean. They also come with features like touch controls and auto-turnoff.

Compact Cooktop

Compact cooktops are smaller than the average cooktop, usually measuring under 30 in. wide. This is a great option for condo-dwellers. They come in both gas and electric.

Popular Features

Expandable Burners

Expandable burners adapt to the size of your pot or pan for an even cook. This feature is commonly found on induction cooktops.

Downdraft Exhaust

Downdraft exhausts are a great alternative to range hoods. They work by collecting the smoke or steam from cooktops through a pipe in a floor. This feature is recommended if you’re installing the cooktop in a kitchen island.

Touch Controls

To keep things looking sleek, flat surface cooktops feature touch controls for quick access to the elements.

Cooktop Finishes

Cooktops come in a variety of finishes. You can match your other appliances or opt for a different finish and turn your cooktop into a focal point of your kitchen. Choose from:

  • Black
  • Silver
  • Steel
  • White

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