Why You Should Consider a Thermador Gas Cooktop: Star Burners
Many other bloggers will refer to Thermador’s Star Burners as projecting more heat around the pan. I don't see heat diffusion as a benefit. The burner heats the pan, and the pan cooks the food.
That said, Thermador has an excellent simmer on two burners. They also have an interesting rebate program. You can buy the cooktop and wall oven and get a free dishwasher with their One-Two-Free rebate program.
Brand Profile: Thermador is American-made and German-owned.
Why You Should Consider a Beko Gas Cooktop: Price and Availability
At $1,249, Beko is the least expensive but still has a power burner like the others. You can also buy Beko and not wait months on end for it to be delivered. Plus, their other appliances have been reliable as well.
Brand Profile: Beko is Turkish-made and owned.
One burner at 20,000 BTU
Two burners at 12,000 BTU
Two burners at 6,600 BTU
How We Chose the Best Gas Cooktops
We listed the best cooktops based on features and availability.
Fisher & Paykel, Beko, and LG Studio are the most available gas cooktop brands.
The most popular gas cooktops are Wolf and Thermador.
Which Gas Cooktop Should You Buy?
Beko, Thermador, Wolf, LG Studio, and Fisher & Paykel have the best 36-inch gas cooktops. Choosing one depends on how you cook and what you value.
Below, we compared each cooktop by highest BTU burner, lowest BTU burner, burner configuration, and value.
Which Gas Cooktop has the Highest BTU Burner?
LG Studio - 24,000 BTU
Fisher & Paykel - 20,000 BTU
Wolf - 18,000 BTU
Beko - 18,000 BTU
Thermador - 16,000 BTU
LG Studio has the hottest sealed burner on this list at 24,000 BTU.
You must clean under the cooktop surface if you spill a lot. Every piece is removable and can be cleaned at the sink.
Fisher & Paykel's burners output up to 15,000 BTU, with one burner reaching 20,000 BTU.
A good question to answer is how do you cook? If you typically use one burner like me cooking for my daughter, then LG Studio is a good choice. For two or more Fisher & Paykel is a good consideration.
Which Gas Cooktop has the Lowest BTU Simmer Burner?
Thermador - 100s BTU
Wolf - 350 BTU
LG Studio 650 BTU
Beko - 675 BTU
Fisher & Paykel 140 degrees
These cooktops allow you to simmer soups or sauces, but if you need extra low heat, your two best options are Thermador’s and Wolf’s gas cooktops.
Their simmer burners are low enough for melting chocolate without using a double boiler, for instance. Wolf has a constant flame of 350 BTU on every burner. Thermador has an intermittent (on/off) flame to maintain 100 BTU on two XLO burners.
Which Gas Cooktop has the best Burner Configuration?
The placement of the burners and control knobs is important for style and performance.
The Thermador, Beko, Fisher & Paykel, and LG Studio gas cooktops have the highest power burner in the center of the cooktop.
This is important for ventilation reasons. If you use a range hood, the burner will be centered under the hood.
With a downdraft, this burner will be right next to the intake, so the most used burner has the best capture area for both venting options. Then again, why would you ever downdraft in new construction?
If you are using a downdraft for new construction, redesign your plan. To learn why, click here.
The control knobs of the Thermador are located at the front center of the cooktop.
The configuration allows for the most usable space on the cooktop surface to easily arrange multiple pots and pans.
What You Need to Know Before Choosing a Gas Cooktop
Rangetops vs. Cooktops
The terms are not interchangeable. Cooktops and rangetops are very different in features, especially for installation.
A cooktop has controls on the top and is cut into a countertop. Typically, a cooktop has less BTU, one less burner, and no built-in grill or griddle provision.
A rangetop is the top of a professional range installed on your cabinet. They have front controls, higher burner output, and the option for a grill or griddle on top.
A big misconception: The cooktop does have less BTU, but all the cooktops on the list have at least one or twp high-output burners of 15,000 BTU or more.
Cooktops also are less expensive at $500-$1000.
Is Gas Better Than Electric?
Gas cooktops can reach a boil or simmer fairly quickly, whereas electric heats the glass, and the glass heats the pan. It's slower to heat, and that same process is reversed for simmering.
Ultimately, gas is better for cooking.
In terms of cleaning, you have to clean both frequently. The gas burner and the electric surface will heat, so any spills will be baked in to the stovetop and harder to clean.
However, you would typically need a high CFM range hood if you choose a gas stovetop. You can read the venting section below (it's important).
If you plan to purchase a range hood along with your gas cooktop, then gas is easily better. However, you may want to consider electric if don't have a good venting option.
Is Gas Better Than Induction?
Induction cooking is magnetic heat that excites the metal in your pan, so the pan cooks the food. Induction is faster than gas with a better simmer.
It's also easier to clean because the glass doesn't heat and more child safe because the magnets need to sense metal to activate.
However, you need 30 amps at least for an induction cooktop versus less than 12 for gas.
Venting a Gas Cooktop
Cooking, in general, but especially gas, emits Cabon Dioxide, Carbon Monoxide, Nitrous Oxide, Formaldehyde, and Particular Matter.
You should plan adequate venting to evacuate these gases out of your house. We cover this in many of our venting articles, but proper ventilation includes:
High CFM - Depending on how you cook, 400-600. Remember, over 400 CFM triggers Make-Up Air Laws stating you need fresh air return.
Large Capture Area - The hood should cover the burners.
Good Ducting - Your duct should run straight up or back. Never down.
Our staff chefs test all these brands in our showroom kitchens.
Beko has the lowest price at $1,249. Their cooktop costs less than the other six cooktops listed and offers good configuration and decent power.
Beko is consistently rated well with rebate incentives and have appliances in every category to complete a whole kitchen. They also have had the best availability.
Overall, Thermador will offer the broadest range of temperature management and has a great burner style offering a star shape. The Thermador is a great option if you're looking for a very low simmer.
Wolf is 100% American-made and consistently among the least serviced premium appliances.
The cooktop also offers a great burner output and can simmer effectively on every burner versus on two burners 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.
Then you have three good choices if you want greater output.
The LG Studio has the highest single burner at 24,000 BTU.
Then Fisher & Paykel will offer you all high-output burners with one at 20,000 BTU and four burners at 15,000 BTU.
LG Studio, Thermador, and Wolf offer a two-year warranty.
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