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The best gas cooktops for 2020

Is your gas cooktop falling behind the rest of your kitchen’s gas-powered appliances? If you’re frustrated with the lack of even heat, or with your cooktop taking too long to actually cook your meal, it might be time for an upgrade. The best gas cooktops have the power you need to cook your food, but they don’t have to break the bank.  

We’ve taken a look at some of the many gas models on the market, and we selected several of our favorites to share. The following six cooktops are at the top of their game in terms of cooking features, space, safety, aesthetics, and price. 

If your kitchen is only equipped for electric cooking, check out our list of the best electric cooktops of 2020.

Bosch 30-inch NGMP056UC

Bosch 30-inch NGMP056UC

Bosch is well known for its high-quality cooktops, and this gas model is highly durable, with a minimalistic grating over its five burners that provides all the support you need while still being easy to clean. But, just because the cooktop looks simple, doesn’t mean it foregoes advanced features. In fact, Bosch has equipped this model with a number of useful features for those who prefer gas. An electronic re-ignition sequence will re-light any burner that suddenly goes out, and each burner is marked by a subtle red LED light to let you know if it’s on or off. One of the burners is a particularly powerful 20,000 BTU model that lets you choose between extra-fast boiling or low simmering that won’t scorch your more delicate creations.

Frigidaire 30-inch FGGC3047QS

Frigidaire is another brand well known for its long-lasting kitchen appliances. This four-burner gas cooktop combines great quality with a more reasonable price tag than some of the other top-line cooktops on the market. The no-nonsense knobs are particularly sturdy, and the continuous cast iron grate, while heavy, does a great job of supporting any size of pot or pan, no matter where you want to put it. Burners range from 450 BTUs to a powerful 18,000 BTUs, excellent for quick boiling. There’s even a dedicated Low Simmer burner for more delicate foods like sauces and broths. When you’re done cooking your next meal, wiping down the cooktop is quick and easy, thanks to the SpillSafe surface and recessed burners. The grates themselves are even dishwasher-safe.

GE 30-inch Stainless Steel JGP5030SLSS

GE JGP5030 kitchen image

This mighty cooktop from GE sports a dedicated 15,000 BTU Power Burner. Use it for all of your fast-boiling needs, whether you’ve got to steam up some water for a batch of spaghetti or a more elaborate meal. Like other cooktops on our list, the five sealed burners are continuous, so shifting pots and pans around is a breeze. If you’re concerned with receiving optimized heat across the whole cooking surface, rest assured, as the GE MAX burner function ensures the same heat intensity across the whole cooktop — whether you’re using propane or natural gas. The icing on the cake with this system is the bonus cooktop griddle. Cooking a grilled cheese or giant plate of pancakes will never be the same.

Thermador 36-inch SGSX365TS

Thermador’s very powerful gas cooktop offers 58,400 BTUs in total, with a high-powered burner that can output up to 16,000 BTUs for instant boils. However, it also offers two small simmer burners if you want more low heat, with five incremental adjustments you can make to keep foods warm or lightly cooking. There’s also a re-ignition feature that automatically reignites burners if the flame goes out, and indicator lights for all burners. The grates are particularly minimalistic for this model while allowing full access to the burners — which are themselves sealed to prevent any spills from reaching the flames. There’s also a 30-inch version of this model available for smaller ovens.

Samsung 30-inch NA30N6555TS

Samsung 30-inch NA30N6555TS

Samsung’s five-burner model comes with a griddle you can switch in for larger cooking projects — and a whole lot of style. We are particular fans of the large, weighty knobs, which are widely spaced out and backlit with blue LEDs so you can tell which burners are active at a glance. The three-piece grate is easy to use and clean, and the burners range from 5,000 to 19,000 BTUs depending on what kind of heating you want. Since this is Samsung, we were also not surprised to see Wi-Fi connectivity built into this cooktop: You can monitor and control the burners and heat via an app, wherever you are!

Empava 30-inch 30GC5B70C

Those $1,000 to $2,000 burners are fine, but maybe you’re looking for a much more cost-efficient option to save money. This Empava cooktop is extremely affordable, and you still get cast iron grating, stainless steel design, and heating options up to 12,000 BTUs. There’s also a continuous grate, rare on a cooktop at such a low price, to help make cleaning and the moving of pans around easier. There aren’t a lot of extra features available, but there are safety sensors that will automatically shut off a burner if they detect a heating problem. The knobs are made of coated stainless steel.

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