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The Best 36-Inch Gas Cooktops for 2019 (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

Amy Ross  |  February 27, 2019  |  9 Min. Read

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Purchasing a gas cooktop should be easy. After all, it's half of your stove. However, you read a ton of information over the internet, and it then becomes confusing.

The most critical factors in finding the best cooktop for you is configuration, high output, and simmer burners.

In this article, you will learn the best options and prices from 6 popular brands. These are 5-burner 36-inch cooktops, but there are available in a four burner, 30-inch model.

However, before starting, let us first understand the difference between a cooktop and a rangetop.  

The terms are interchangeable, yet are very different in features and especially for installation.

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The Best 36-Inch Gas Cooktops for 2019


Bosch, Jenn-Air, Thermador, Wolf, BlueStar, and Miele are the best 36-inch gas cooktops.

For comparison, these are the categories: highest BTU burner, lowest BTU burner, burner configuration, and value.

Bosch Benchmark NGMP655UC - $1,599



Thermador SGSX365FS - $1,999



Miele KM3475LP - $1,999



Jenn-Air JGC7636BS - $2,099



Wolf CG365P/S - $2,090



BlueStar RBCT365BSSV2 - $2,395


Highest BTU Burner

  1. BlueStar (2*) 22,000 BTU
  2. Bosch Benchmark – 20k BTU’s
  3. Jenn-Air – 20k BTU’s
  4. Thermador – 18k BTU’s  
  5. Wolf – 18K BTU’s  
  6. Miele - 15.3k BTU’s  

BlueStar has two 22,000 BTU burners. However, the burners are open and not sealed like the others. If you spill a lot, you have to clean under the cooktop surface. Every piece is removable and can be cleaned at the sink.


BlueStar RBCT365BSSV2 Burner

For sealed, Bosch and Jenn-Air are the hottest at 20,000 BTU’s


Bosch Benchmark NGMP656UC Burner


Jenn-Air JGC7636BS Burner

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Lowest BTU Simmer Burner

  1. Thermador- 100s  BTU’s 
  2. Wolf – 350 BTU’s
  3. Miele – 620  BTU’s
  4. Bosch Benchmark – 500 BTU’s   
  5. Jenn-Air 900 BTU’s  
  6. BlueStar 130 degrees

All of these cooktops allow you to simmer soups or sauces, but if you need extra low heat, then your two best options are Thermador and Wolf.

They both offer heat so low that you can melt chocolate on a paper plate and you can also do so without using a double boiler.  

Wolf has a constant 350 BTU’s. Thermador is an intermittent (on/off) 100 BTU’s on two XLO burners.

Burner Configuration

  1. Thermador
  2. Wolf
  3. Bosch
  4. Jenn-Air
  5. Miele

The placement of the burners and control knobs are important for style and performance.

Thermador maybe a proper consideration. First, their highest power burner is in the center of the cooktop. This is important for venting reasons.

If you are using a range hood, then the burner will be centered under the hood. If you are using a downdraft this burner will be right next to the intake, so on both venting options, the most used burner has the best capture. Read our Ventilation Buying Guide to understand how to vent correctly.

The control knobs of the Thermador, BlueStar and Bosch Benchmark are located at the front center of the cooktop. The configuration allows for the most available room within the cooktop compared to controls on the side.


  1. Bosch Benchmark
  2. Thermador
  3. BlueStar
  4. Jenn-Air  
  5. Wolf  
  6. Miele  

All of these brands are tested by our staff chefs in our showroom kitchens.

Bosch may be the best value at $1,599. This is less than the other five and still offers good configuration and decent power. They are consistently rated well with rebate incentives and have appliances in every category to complete a whole Bosch kitchen.

Overall, Thermador will offer the broadest range of temperature management and has a great burner style offering the star shape. If you are looking for a very low simmer, the Thermador is a great option.

Aesthetically, Jenn-Air is another decent consideration. They offer a 6-burner configuration, whereas most brands only offer 5 burners. The Jenn-Air’s output is excellent, reaching 18,000 BTU’s and well as a low simmer.

They also offer brass burners which typically deal best with high heat. In addition, this cooktop has a sleek, almost flush to the countertop look. It's comprised of one piece of galvanized stainless, which not only reduces fingerprints but is very easy to clean.


Wolf is 100% American made and consistently among the least serviced in premium appliances. They also offer a great range of power.

The signature red knobs (black or stainless are also an option) are on the side for easy access to the front burners. You do not have to reach over the knobs to reach the burners, especially with heavy pots.

BlueStar is by far the most powerful with two 22,000 BTU burners but you have to clean under the top. Still, the unit is built with solid construction and is worth a look.

Jenn-Air, Thermador, Wolf, and Miele offer a two-year warranty, whereas Bosch and BlueStar offer the traditional one-year warranty.  

What gas cooktops are the most reliable?

The most reliable cooktops are the Wolf, KitchenAid, and Bosch. They come with the best warranty from the manufactures and offers the widest range of BTU outputs to handle any type of cooking.

  Service Qty Shipped Qty Service Ratio
Kitchenaid 1 41 2.44 %
Samsung 1 9 11.11 %
Bosch Appliances 14 123 11.38 %
Fisher & Paykel 1 8 12.50 %
Wolf 23 168 13.69 %
Jenn-Air 22 137 16.06 %
Thermador 22 130 16.92 %
Bosch - Benchmark 5 26 19.23 %
Miele 6 27 22.22 %
Gaggenau 8 18 44.44 %
Bertazzoni 1 1 100.00 %
Grand Total 104 724 14.36 %

Which Cooktop Should You Buy

This depends on your budget and how you use the cooktop. For cooking faster and for larger quantities, BlueStar may be your best option. Bosch is the most affordable with Thermador offering you the best simmer. Wolf and Jenn-Air are great overall choices with a bit of every attribute.

Frequently Asked Questions

What's the difference between rangetops and cooktops?


Rangetops are simply the top of a professional range. They have front controls, higher BTU’s and the option for a grill or griddle on top.

A cooktop has controls on the top and is cut into a countertop. Typically, a cooktop has less BTU and no provision for a built-in grill or griddle.

rangetops vs cooktop comparison

Most importantly, there is a huge difference in installation. Rangetops are placed on base cabinets and require more work than a drop in cooktop.

For more information, click on this more detailed article.

What is the best gas cooktop with a downdraft? Can I use a downdraft with my gas cooktop?

It won’t be as efficient as have an updraft hood but you can use a downdraft with a gas cooktop. There are two types of downdraft systems.

Jenn-Air has the ventilation integrated into the cooktop. Most others offer a separate ventilation system located behind the cooktop.

With the first system, Jennair JD3536GS would be the best gas cooktop with an integrated downdraft system. It has the downdraft system built into the cooktop and still manages to offer 5 burners.

Since the downdraft is separate from the cooktop, you would choose the cooktop that best fits your needs and gets the matching downdraft.

Although Jenn-Air has closer proximity to the burners, a separate downdraft will have way more power at 1000 CFN versus 350 for the Jenn-Air

Still, hoods are better, because smoke travels up and hoods have a capture area to hold and channel the smoke.

How many BTU’s do I need in a cooktop?

Amount of BTUs needed depends on your type of cooking. Most cooktops on the market now offer at least one high output burner, that is usually enough for daily cooking.

Instead of looking at how much BTU the cooktop puts out, I would look at how well the cooktop controls the BTU output. Do you cook a lot of soup, sauce or rice? I would consider cooktops that are better at controlling lower BTU output like Wolf’s dual-stack systems or Thermador’s Extra Low burners. Fry or boil a lot more? Bluestar's burner layout will offer better heat distribution.

Additional Resources

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Editor's Note: This article was originally published on December 10, 2014, and has been updated for accuracy, freshness, and comprehensiveness.


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Amy Ross

Amy Ross is an Appliance Sales Consultant at Yale Appliance + Lighting. Amy once competed in the junior Olympics and enjoys spending time with her family .

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