The best cooktops for 2019

From induction to gas, here are the best cooktops that cook and look great

If you’re looking for a new cooktop for your oven, we’ve got your back. Let’s talk a little about the styles of cooktops available these days, and then jump into a collection of our favorite models, and the exciting features that they come with.

Fuel types

When it comes to home cooktops, you have three different fuel options, each with their own advantages.

Gas: These are basic burners that channel a natural gas flame up through a durable metal framework where cookware can rest. Open flames are a bit more dangerous than other options, and gas fires aren’t quite as consistent as more carefully controlled heat. However, gas heats immediately with no warmup needed, and it’s a very cheap fuel option.

Electric: Electric tops use burners that channel an electric current and produce heat via resistant, much like an electric space heater. This heat is very precise and continuous, excellent for accurate cooking and generally easier to clean than gas. However, this heat uses a surprising amount of energy to work.

Induction: Induction tops look like electric tops, but they channel an electromagnetic current through the panels and into the cookware itself, essentially making the pots and pans into the burners themselves. Induction is fast, safe and very efficient. However, it doesn’t work on all cookware: Stainless steel in particular might not allow induction cooktops to function correctly. You need to make sure you have the right cookware (as a rule of thumb, if a magnet sticks to the bottom of your pot, it’s induction-friendly).


Cooktops generally come in either 30-inch or 36-inch sizes. Know which size you need before you buy. We’re focusing primarily on 30-inch models for our list, since these are the most common in homes (although even here “cut-out” requirements can differ a bit). However, if there’s a model you particularly like that’s the wrong size, check with the manufacturer to see if it comes in additional sizes. You should also make sure the cooktop is compatible with the rest of your oven before you make a purchase—this may require a call with a local appliance expert once you have narrowed your options down.

Frigidaire FFEC3024LB 30-inch Electric Cooktop

best cooktops frigidaire ffec3024lb

If you’re looking for a great electric cooktop with all the latest features at a discounted price—well, you probably can’t do better than this Frigidaire model. It includes four burners on a smooth black surface and easy-to-use, durable temperature knobs. The cooktop also includes red light indicators for each burner that warn if they are on or not, an important little feature that helps keep you safe when using electric tops. Also, see that the knob controls are placed in an unusual configuration along the side, which means you are closer to the back burners and may not have to lean in as much.

 Bosch 30-inch Gas Cooktop

Bosch NGMP655UC

This Bosch line of gas cooktops is often considered one of the best around: Rated at around 20,000 BTUs at its hottest, this model includes a once-piece steal design, LED indicators when burners are on, and an auto re-ignited in case a burner unexpectedly goes out (usually a sign that you need to clean them). Also, note the unique, minimalistic lines of the burner grate. That makes this cooktop particularly easy to clean. While extra little stars and loops on your gas burners may look impressive, all they do is make the grate more difficult to clean off, so this simple design has big advantages.

Frigidaire FGIC3066TB 30-inch Induction Cooktop

Frigidaire FGIC3066TB

If you want to upgrade to an induction cooktop, Frigidaire again comes in with one of the best models on the market in terms of affordability and features. This cooktop utilizes auto-sizing pan detection, which detects the bottom of your pan and adjusts the cooking area accordingly so it’s only charging around the cookware and nowhere else (this also allows you to only heat one side of a pan, etc, with ease). However, it’s important to note the controls are modern-style “sliders” that you slide your finger along to indicate the correct temperature, which is displayed numerically in LEDs by each slider. This may take some getting used to.

Frigidaire FPGC3077RS 30-inch Gas Cooktop

Frigidaire FPGC3077RS Professional cooktop review
Bill Roberson/Digital Trends

If you want to explore more gas cooktop options, take a look at this durable cooktop from Frigidaire (18,000 BTU max). It has a corner-to-corner grate arrangement with an extra-small burner that is perfect for simmering and large, easy-to-use knob controls. The grates are more complex than some burners, but they are dishwasher safe, so you don’t have to hand-clean them if you don’t want to. Note that this particular purchase comes with a liquid propane converter if needed.

Electrolux EI36EC45KS 36-inch Electric Cooktop

Electrolux EI36EC45KS

This 36-inch electric cooktop has a few useful features. First, a couple of the burners are, as you can see by the concentric circles, elements that you can adjust between sizes for different cookware, giving you more options for fitting elements to what you’re cooking. You should also take a look at the control panel, which uses the touch-sensitive slider option for setting your temperatures. There are also digital preset buttons for up to 25 various automatic settings.

GE FirstBuild Paragon Induction Cooktop

GE FirstBuild Paragon Induction Cooktop
Bill Roberson/Digital Trends

Need a little cooktop on the go for get-togethers, tailgating, and cooking in unusual places? This little induction cooktop could be just what your list needs. Its 1200 watt burner is surprisingly powerful, and it includes Bluetooth capabilities in an included probe so you can accurately judge temperature for quick cooking projects, with updated temps sent right to your smartphone. If you need to measure base temperature instead of liquid, an included mat has similar capabilities, giving you two different monitoring options to use as needed. While the unit is primarily designed for liquid dishes and sous vide cooking, it can also sear, simmer, saute and so on with no trouble.


Get Nindie with it and check out these awesome indie games for the Switch

The Nintendo Switch's portability makes indies feel at home on the platform. Luckily, there are plenty of great titles to choose from. Here are our picks for the best Nintendo Switch indie games.

Your PlayStation 4 game library isn't complete without these games

Looking for the best PS4 games out there? Out of the massive crop of titles available, we selected the best you should buy. No matter what your genre of choice may be, there's something here for you.
Smart Home

Too hot and humid? These are the best window AC units you can buy

Trying to keep a room cool? Today's window AC units use less energy than ever, and they won't keep you awake all night either. Check out the best window air conditioners on the market.

Keep your portable computer safe and shiny with the best laptop bags for 2019

Choosing the right laptop bag is no easy feat -- after all, no one likes to second-guess themselves. Here are some of the best laptop bags on the market, from backpacks to sleeves, so you can get it right the first time around.

Beat the summer heat: Walmart cuts 51% off the Honeywell portable air cooler

This is a perfect moment to get your own air conditioning as Walmart slashed the price of Honeywell CO25AE Portable Evaporative Air Cooler by over 50%. It mormally sells at $672, you can now get it at a stunning price of $330.

Best air conditioner deals: LG, TCL, and Frigidaire get discounts

We’re well into summer, but the hottest days are yet to come. Here are a few air conditioner deals available online right now for both portable and window-mounted units in a variety of BTU outputs so you can find the right one for your…

Kenzie wants to hide smart assistants inside its cute, crocheted animals

Kenzie is a company that just launched on Kickstarter with the intention of hiding smart speakers beneath adorable, crotcheted stuffed animals. The firm's intention is to disrupt the tech industry with cuteness.
Smart Home

Walmart knocks down prices on Dyson handheld vacuums in post-Prime Day sale

Post-Prime Day sales often include great deals when sellers clear out extra inventory after the sales event. Walmart knocked down the prices on two Dyson V6 Trigger handheld vacuums and one of the deals is clearly better.

Walmart slashes prices on Dyson Ball multifloor upright vacuums

Walmart continues to offer attractive post-Prime Day deals on Dyson vacuums. In addition to significant price cuts on Dyson cordless handheld vacs, Walmart also slashed the prices of two Dyson upright vacuum models.

Amazon Prime Day deals are ending, but you can still get great bargains

Prime Day 2019 has come to an end for Amazon, but that doesn't mean the Prime Day deals are over. With deals from Walmart, Best Buy, and Amazon still going on, this massive shopping event is continuing on through the week.

Check out these hacks on BOGO deals for Echo Dot, Google Home Mini

The Prime Day 2019 tsunami has receded, but you don't have to wait for monster sales events to get excellent prices. We discovered what amount to buy-one-get-one-free (BOGO) deals for the Amazon Echo Dot and the Google Home Mini. 
Smart Home

How to protect your home from brownouts during this weekend's heat wave

A nationwide heat wave will bring sweltering temperatures to most of the lower 48 states this weekend. Fortunately, your smart thermostat can help protect your home and loved ones during this crisis.
Smart Home

Eight Sleep's Pod bed cools, heats, and tracks sleep data for couples

The Pod bed by Eight Sleep measures data to determine a sleep fitness score. It also creates the ideal temperature environment to help you get better sleep. How does the Pod bed measure up?

Looking for a smart ceiling fan? Amazon has a $95 Post-Prime Day discount

If you are looking for a cooling solution that is more economical than an air conditioner, check out the Haiku Home L Series 52-Inch Smart Ceiling Fan. Buy it on Amazon now to get a $95 post-Prime Day discount.