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Best 36-Inch Gas Cooktops For 2020 (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

Mark Bennett  |  April 13, 2020  |  9 Min. Read

Gas Cooktops  |  Cooking

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Purchasing a gas cooktop should be easy. After all, it’s half a stove.

You go to an appliance store and online, and for some reason, cooktops are a much harder decision.

It's almost easier buying the stove and cutting the top off. Just kidding, don’t do that.

You are familiar with popular stove brands like GE, Maytag, Whirlpool, LG, and Samsung. None of these brands are popular cooktops.

Most of the popular cooktops like Thermador, Wolf, Miele, and BlueStar don’t sell a conventional stove, but only pro ranges.

In this article, you will learn the six most popular brands, their features like output, simmer, along with reliability based on 35,256 service calls.

The Best 36-Inch Gas Cooktops for 2020 are:

  • BOSCH 800 Series Gas Cooktop NGM8656UC
  • Thermador Gas Cooktop SGSX365TS
  • Miele Gas Cooktop KM3475LP
  • Jenn-Air Gas Cooktop JGC7636BS
  • Wolf Gas Cooktop CG365P/S
  • BlueStar Gas Cooktop RBCT365BSSV2

You will learn a lot about cooktops and gas cooking. Let me make this decision easier: Buying a cooktop is about output, simmer, and reliability.

However, before starting, you have to understand the difference between a cooktop and a range top.

The terms are not interchangeable. Cooktops and range tops are very different in features, especially for the installation.

Cooktops Vs. Range Tops

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

A Range top is the top of a professional range installed on your cabinet. They have front controls, higher BTU’s, and the option for a grill or griddle on top.

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A big misconception: The cooktop does have less BTU, but many cooktops have at least 1 or 2 high output burners of 15,000 BTU or more. Cooktops also are less expensive at $500-$1000.

Range Tops Vs Cooktops [VIDEO]

 

 

Which Gas Cooktop Brands Are The Most Reliable?

Most Reliable Gas Cooktops For 2020

  Service Qty Shipped Qty Service Ratio
Bosch Benchmark 8 16 50.00 %
Miele 6 27 22.22 %
Jenn-Air 14 92 15.22 %
Wolf 25 176 14.20 %
Thermador 22 155 14.19 %
Bosch 15 149 10.07 %
KitchenAid 3 30 10.00 %
Samsung 3 31 9.68 %
Gaggenau 13 147 8.84 %
Whirlpool 1 13 7.69 %
Fisher & Paykel 1 19 5.26 %
Grand Total 111 855 12.98 %

The most reliable cooktops are the Wolf and Thermador. They come with the best warranty from the manufacturers and offer the widest range of BTU outputs to handle any type of cooking.

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The Best 36-Inch Gas Cooktops For 2020

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 800 Series Gas Cooktop NGM8656UC - $1,129

NGM8656UC

 

Thermador Gas Cooktop SGSX365TS - $1,999

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Miele Gas Cooktop KM3475LP - $2,099

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Jenn-Air Gas Cooktop JGC7636BS - $2,099

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Wolf Gas Cooktop CG365P/S - $2,230

CG365PS

 

BlueStar Gas Cooktop RBCT365BSSV2 - $2,595

BlueStar-RBCT365BSSV2

Highest BTU Burner

  1. BlueStar (2*) 22,000 BTU
  2. Bosch – 20k BTU’s
  3. Jenn-Air – 18k 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-BurnerBlueStar RBCT365BSSV2 Burner

 

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

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Jenn-Air-JGC7636BS-BurnerJenn-Air Gas Cooktop 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 – 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 on every burner. 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.

The Thermador and Bosch both have 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.

With 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 are located at the front center of the cooktop.

The configuration allows for the most usable space on the cooktop surface for easy arrangement of multiple pots and pans.

Value

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

Our staff chefs test all of these brands in our showroom kitchens.

Bosch has the lowest price 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're 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 five burners.

The Jenn-Air’s output is excellent, reaching 18,000 BTU’s and well as a low simmer.

They also offer brass burners that typically deal best with high heat. 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.

The cooktop also offers a great range of power and can simmer effectively on every burner versus 2 for Thermador.

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.

Can You Place A Downdraft Behind A Gas Cooktop?

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Every manufacturer will say yes, you can place a downdraft behind a gas cooktop. That does not mean you should.

It's a pretty important decision in the overall look of your kitchen, especially with an island.

Downdrafts have enough CFM at 600- 1200. CFM is cubic feet per minute. However, there is almost no capture area.

Smoke is channeled first and then exhausted. Downdrafts do not have a chamber like a hood.

So if you like to wok, grill, griddle, or any other high-velocity cooking, a hood is much better even at lower CFM.

Many of these cooktops have high output burners as well, so you will be creating a lot of heat.

A hood can channel and capture smoke and just use gravity to push it outside. The downdraft is reversing gravity with no capture area.

Downdrafts should be used only as a last resort, especially if you like to cook.

Which Cooktop Should You Buy?

This depends on your budget and how you use the cooktop.

I would lean towards the Bosch or Thermador if you use multiple pots and pans regularly due to the layout.

For a low simmer capability on all burners, the Wolf may be the way to go.

If you want power, the BlueStar with open burners will fit those needs.

Jenn-Air offers a good combination of all the features plus an extra burner.

Additional Resources

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However, we don’t love every product. Quite frankly, it costs us way too much money in repair costs to support less reliable brands.

In fact, we sell fewer brands than most appliance stores. Here is why:

We feel it is our responsibility to repair your appliances after you buy them.

We now have 30 service technicians, each averaging 8-10 calls a day Monday through Friday, plus another 110 on Saturday. That's over 30,000 service calls logged in one year.

The labor rates of fixing an appliance do not come close to the true cost in any product’s warranty period.

That is why no major retailer has a service department. It costs too much labor, money and time.

Our Blog is a bit different than most others you will read. We cannot write glowing reviews of unreliable products.

Hopefully, the bloggers and organizations who write such glowing product reviews for every brand consider servicing these products first. Only then they will understand the consequences of their marketing.

Mark Bennett

Mark Bennett has over 10 years of experience at Yale Appliance. Mark began working in the delivery and warehouse departments before transitioning to appliance sales.

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