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GE Monogram vs. Thermador 36 Inch Gas Cooktops (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

Chris Tavares  |  April 11, 2014  |  6 Min. Read

Thermador  |  Gas Cooktops  |  GE Monogram  |  Cooking

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Before you think about brands, or models, or even features, you may want to first consider which type of cooking appliances are right for your kitchen.

Cooking is a particularly flexible category of appliances. It is also the most important singular decision in a kitchen, because only cooking can radically change the layout of your kitchen.

There are ranges, wall ovens, cooktops, warming drawers, steam ovens, and more. Given that you have the space, you could choose a number of different combinations. One of the most common of these options is a gas cooktop, with a single or double wall oven. Cooktop and wall oven are more ergometric, so there is less bending. The configuration does require more space.

If you’re looking at gas cooktops, GE Monogram and Thermador offer higher-end options that you may want to consider. Let’s compare the top-of-the-line 36” models within both respective brands.

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General Electric

General Electric was founded in 1907. They have production plants all around the world, and produce a vast array of different products. Within GE’s appliance line, there are sub-categories like Café, Monogram, and Profile. Monogram is GE’s premier sub-category. GE appeals to large builders rather than higher end consumers. To be transparent, we do not sell any GE products at Yale.

GE Monogram 36” Gas Cooktop ZGU385NSMSS


  • Dual Flame Stacked Burner; provides 140F simmer-to-rapid-boil flexibility on all burners, sealed for easy cleaning
  • High-Output Cooking Power – 18,000-62,000 BTUs
  • Stainless steel knobs – red indicator light embedded in each knob
  • Interlocking, continuous grates
  • BTU Ratings, (2) 10,000 BTU, (2) 12,000 BTU, and (1) 18,000 BTU


Thermador is part of the BSH Corporation, which is the third largest manufacturer of appliances in the world. Thermador is one of BSH’s two premium brands, and is most well-known for innovation and reliability in the cooking category. (Gaggenau is their other premium brand.) Thermador’s gas cooking products are unmistakable due to their patented star-shaped burners. 

Thermador Masterpiece 36” Gas Cooktop SGSX365FS


  • Patented Star® Burners – Coverage area allows for more ports and flame distribution than a round burner
  • Extra Low ® feature – Exclusive 200 BTU feature for perfect simmering
  • Illuminated Control Panel with Metal Knobs – Blue illumination that adjusts to whether the burner is on regular or ExtraLow settings
  • Continuous Grates
  • Knobs are a safety “push to turn” system
  • BTU Ratings: (2) 9,100 BTU, (1) 12,000 BTU, (1) 18,000 BTU

GE Monogram vs. Thermador Gas Cooktops

There are many similarities between these two models. Both offer continuous grates, making it easy to slide pans from one burner to the next. Both cooktops offer 18,000 BTU output on their largest burner. Both cooktops offer the controls in the front, so you’re not reaching over flames to adjust the burner. They both offer very good simmers, which is important in order to avoid scorching.

Thermador’s star burners are a true differentiator. Thermador actually owns the patent for this shaped burner, so you will not see it available in any other gas cooktop in the industry. A circular gas burner of the same size as Thermador’s star burner has a 56% shorter perimeter. As a result, the star burner offers greater heat coverage and a smaller cold spot on the pan.

Which Do You Choose?

As I said, the specs are pretty similar from a BTU standpoint. That’s being said, I like the reliability of Thermador. They are the only mass luxury brand on a most reliable list. I also like the packages. If you add a wall oven, you will receive a free dishwasher.

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A few review sites have placed this at the bottom of their articles. So here is our take: Our mission is to find reliable products for you to buy. Other review sites may say this as well.

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.

Chris Tavares

Chris Tavares is an Appliance Sales Associate at Yale Appliance + Lighting and has been with Yale for over 10 years. When not helping clients, Chris is a huge Patriots fan and enjoys cooking.

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