The best electric cooktops of 2019

These electric cooktops will bring flare and cooking fun to the kitchen

Electric cooktops are versatile, easy to clean, and thanks to modern technology, come with a variety of tricks like fast heat-ups and syncing elements. If you’re looking for a new cooktop, an electric option (not to be confused with induction technology) is a good choice—and our list can help you make the right decision. Check out today’s top models.

Reminder: Cooktops are not one-size-fits-all. Most residential cooktops come in 30 and 36-inch models. Even then, there can also be small variations between brands that may make fitting a new cooktop more complicated. When in doubt, consult a professional before buying.

GE Appliances PP9036DJBB 36-inch

GE PP903DJBB 36-inch

GE Appliances’ excellent five-burner cooktop gives you a variety of options to fit every pot and pan you have – along with some impressive tech features. The middle burner has three optional size options that are certain fit extra-large pots. The two-sized side burner is a “power boil” 2,400-watt element designed to apply extra heat to bring things to a full boil. The two side burners are actually “sync burners” that you can control at the same time and heat levels, ideal for heating griddles or similar objects. The glide touch controls may take some getting used to, but they do have a handy lock option so you don’t accidentally adjust the heat after turning them on. Overall, this cooktop combines the benefits of electric heating with the best of recent innovations in cooktop technology, making it an easy recommendation.

Samsung NZ36K7570RS 36-inch

Samsung NZ36K7570RS 36-inch

Some do not like the glide touch control system, which takes time to get used to. If you’d rather avoid touch dial options, this model offers more traditional dials as well as digital touch controls, thanks to removable magnetic knobs – a neat solution. It also provides some of the same benefits as our top GE Appliances pick, including two sync burners for griddles and a rapid boil burner (3,300 watts) for quickly heating up your liquids. The Bluetooth feature links to Samsung oven ranges so that it can automatically turn on lights and fans when you start using the cooktop – also neat. There’s also Wi-Fi connectivity for remote control of the burners, which have 15 different heat settings, making this one of the most high-tech electric tops we’ve seen.

GE Appliances JP3030SJSS 30-inch

GE JP3030SJSS 30-inch

While the offset four burners may look at a little odd, this GE cooktop sports impressive, durable knob controls and powerful heating elements (no multi-size elements here, unfortunately), plus an excellent design with stainless steel trim. Two of the elements are power boil options at 2,500 watts for fast heating. The lowest settings allow you to simply keep food warm with the six-inch element, or gently melt foods with other elements.

Electrolux EI36EC45KS 36-inch

Electrolux EI36EC45KS 36-inch

Two of these Electrolux elements have multiple size options to choose from, with a variety of wattage options for different cooking projects. However, the real star here is the set of powerful controls. These controls combine on and off touch switches, preset touch settings to immediately choose temperatures for specific tasks, and gliding controls to adjust temperatures. With a little of everything, these touch options give you unprecedented control over the cooking process—and since everything is smooth, cleaning is easy, too. A Sabbath Mode is also included.

Whirlpool W5CE3024XB 30-inch

Whirlpool W5CE3024XB

This highly affordable electric cooktop makes a great option for a budget upgrade to your kitchen. The knob controls allow you to choose options like simmer and melt depending on the elements you are using – and you can easily remove the knobs for dishwashing when things get dirty. There aren’t a lot of extra features on this cooktop, but the solid, reliable Whirlpool design still carries it far.

Frigidaire FFEC3024LB 30-inch

Frigidaire FFEC3024LB 30-inch

Another affordable model for those looking to save, Frigidaire provides a basic electric cooktop with a simple design. You won’t find any bells or whistles on this model, but you do get elements ranging between 1,200 and 2,500 watts, plus easy-to-use knob controls on the right-hand side. It heats up quickly, is easy to clean, and—for those who aren’t interested in introducing new complexities into the kitchen—doesn’t require any extra training to use immediately.

LG LCE3010SB 30-inch

LG LCE3010SB 30-inch

On the other hand, if you like the high-tech controls, this LG cooktop will ensure your Sci-Fi dreams come true. The touch-based control panel looks more like something you would find in a spaceship than a kitchen, with an arc of gliding dials that lets you immediately control the five different elements and see what state they are in at a glance. Multi-size elements and syncing elements are also included, as well as a “keep warm” setting, a child lock to prevent tampering, and auto shut off for safety.

Deals

Walmart offers big price cuts on air fryers from La Gourmet and Farberware

Walmart made deep price cuts on air fryers from La Gourmet, Farberware, and others. Air frying is faster, healthier, and easier to clean than traditional deep frying. You also can use most air fryers for baking, roasting, and grilling.
Deals

Get Kingdom Hearts 3 at its lowest price yet during Walmart’s Xbox One sale

Walmart reduced the prices on some new and popular Xbox One games. Kingdom Hearts 3 is at its lowest price yet, while Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Red Dead Redemption 2 get some stout discounts as well.
Deals

Dreaming of a Peloton? These exercise bikes are just as good (and cheaper, too)

Modern technology certainly helps us stay fit and healthy. Whether it's fitness watches, or interactive treadmills, there are plenty of options out there. But perhaps the most popular name right now in fitness tech is Peloton.
Gaming

The last gen had some hits! Take a look at the best PS3 games of all time

Choosing the right PlayStation 3 game can be a conundrum, especially when there are nearly 1,500 titles to choose from. Thankfully, we've rounded up the best games to have ever made it to the platform.
Deals

Amazon and Best Buy halve the price of the Facebook Portal for Mother’s Day

Amazon and Best Buy both cut the price in half for the Facebook Portal smart display for Mother's Day. The Portal's smart camera will follow you as you move around the room during video calls. The Portal also has Amazon Alexa built in.
Smart Home

From the kitchen to the bedroom, here are the best Alexa tips and tricks

Amazon's voice assistant Alexa has plenty of neat skills. So many, in fact, it seems like new ones appear every day. We've rounded up the top Echo tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your virtual assistant.
Smart Home

Ring home security system now works as a hub for smart home devices

Ring is helping the issue of smart home fragmentation with its Works With Ring program. It lets thousands of smart home devices built on Z-Wave connect to Ring's Alarm Base Station.
Smart Home

Philips Hue users can activate their favorite routines through Google Home

Philips Hue expanded its Google Home integration through the Gentle Sleep and Wake routine. Just give Google the proper instructions are your lights will brighten or dim over half an hour.
Smart Home

There will be 200 million smart speakers by year’s end, analysts say

A new report by the research and analysis firm Canalys predicts that more than 200 million smart speakers will be engaged by users by the end of 2019, which is a growth of over 82% from last year.
Smart Home

Oh, Zuck, no! Facebook rumored to be creating a voice assistant to rival Alexa

Facebook hasn't been a big player in the smart speaker market, but that may be changing: The social media giant is reportedly working on a digital assistant to compete against Alexa and others.
Smart Home

SMEG debuts colorful dual-fuel Portofino 48-inch ranges for no-compromise cooks

When SMEG launches new kitchen appliances, you can count on retro-classic design, gorgeous high-end finishes, envy-inducing functional wizardry, and lofty prices. This week SMEG launched its Portofino Dual-Fuel 48-inch Pro-Style Range.
Deals

Amazon drops a killer Instant Pot deal, with prices under $60

Instant Pots are the popular kitchen device known for making cooking easier and faster. Thinking of finally getting yourself one? Amazon dropped the price of the Instant Pot Duo Mini. Prepare delicious meals this Easter Sunday with this…
Smart Home

I have seen the future, and it’s full of salad-making robots

Think that robots bussing tables, tossing salads and baking bread is a futuristic concept? It's actually not as far away as you might think. Robots took center stage at a food robotics summit in San Francisco this week, where they showed…
Product Review

4K in home security is finally here, thanks to Arlo’s Ultra UHD smart cam

The 4K home security camera is finally here! Class-leading image clarity and a super-wide field of vision makes Arlo Ultra an early contender for the year’s best smart cam. While there are definite quirks to the device, the device…