When a homeowner remodels a kitchen, the cooktop is one of the most critical features of the room to get right. You use your cooktop for so many meals that you want to make sure it does what you need it to and will last. If you're in the market for a new cooktop, we can help you decide on which on to buy. Here are five of the best 24-in. cooktops available in 2021.
This gas cooktop from Beko gives you four sealed burners that help to contain spills, while making cleaning and maintenance easy. The continuous cast iron gates make it easy to transfer heavy pots and pans between burners. It's made with a specially coated stainless steel for a fingerprint-free and smudge-free surface to keep it looking new for years to come. The burners range from 3,500 BTU to 10,000 BTUs, and all of its controls are ADA-compliant for accessibility purposes.
This induction cooktop from Bosch's 500 series is ideal for small kitchens. It has three heating elements that range from 1,400 W to 3,700 W when you use the available SpeedBoost® feature, which bumps up the power to speed up the cooking process. SpeedBoost® can heat water twice as fast as a traditional ceramic cooktop, giving you time and energy savings. PreciseSelect® controls give you the temperature you want with a single touch, allowing you to select from 17 cooking levels and eliminating the need to navigate a confusing menu. PotSense automatically recognizes when the bottom of a pan is on the cooking element, and SafeStart can distinguish between pots, pans, and other metal objects that can be accidentally left on the cooktop. The heating element only starts up when a cooking vessel is detected on the surface.
Fulgor Milano uses classic Italian design with this entry in the company's 400 series. The F4GK24S1 has four gas burners, including a dual-flame European-style burner to provide a wide range of heat outputs. You can go all the way down to 450 BTUs if you want to do things like melt chocolate or lock in flavors, while it maxes out at 18,000 BTUs when you need power for tasks like searing meat or cooking in a wok. The sealed burners prevent spills from getting into the cooktop, and the heavy-duty cast iron gates allow you to easily slide pots and pans from burner to burner.
Another of the best 24-in. cooktops comes from Smeg. This electric model has four high-light radiant elements and one flexible zone under a stunning glass ceramic surface. Nine power levels allow you to adjust the heat output of each element, and you can do it with soft-touch controls. This cooktop is full of safety features, including a child safety lock, automatic switch-off when the unit is overheating, and a residual heat indicator. That last feature displays a warning when a zone is turned off, alerting users that the zone is still very hot. The power of the burners ranges from 750 W to 1,800 W.
This gas cooktop from Miele has an elegant black glass surface beneath four sealed burners, ranging from 3,750 BTU auxiliary/simmer burner to a 9,300 BTU high-speed burner. The electronic controls provide safety and convenience, and the QuickStart function lets you fire up the cooktop without having to press or hold the control. The enameled cast iron grates are durable and aesthetically pleasing. They're also easy to clean, thanks to their ComfortClean design, making them dishwasher-safe. Other features include ReStart and GasStop, which automatically re-ignites if there's flame failure and immediately switches off the gas supply if unsuccessful.
What should you not use on a glass top stove?
Cast iron, stoneware, and other glass or ceramic cookware does not work well on glass top stoves because they are typically rough and can scratch the glass surface.
How do I choose a cooktop?
Some factors you should consider when choosing a cooktop are your available space, your cooking habits, the type of heat source you want, and your budget.