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The best electric cooktops of 2020

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

An electric cooktop isn’t a hotplate. It’s a fully functional electric stovetop, perfect for kitchens without a standard stove/oven combo. Whether you are updating your kitchen, installing a kitchenette, or building a tiny home, they are versatile and fit your needs.

These cooktops “have range” in both price and functionality. You can choose the space-age tech that feels like something out of the future, or a simple one with dials like your stove. You can also expect quality with brands like GE, Electrolux, Samsung, Frigidaire, and LG.

GE 36-inch Radiant Electric Cooktop JP5036DJBB

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 can certainly fit extra-large pots and provides 3,000-watts of power. 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 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 Profile 30-inch Radiant Electric Cooktop PP7030BMTS

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. It has the Power Boil 3,100-watt flexible element that produces rapid, powerful heat when you need it and you can sync two burners together to cook larger pots. It also has a melt setting for when you make candy or other delicate foods. Plus, all of the knobs are backlit.

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.

Frigidaire 36-inch Radiant Electric Cooktop FFEC3625UB

This is a very affordable model for those looking to save. Frigidaire provides a basic electric cooktop with a simple design. You get easy-to-use knob controls on the right-hand side, a 3,0000W Quick Boil Element, and a keep warm zone. 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

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.

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