Cooktops are all the rage these days, thanks to the placement flexibility they offer. Since they can be installed on countertops or kitchen islands, they can be decoupled from your oven, expanding the possibilities for your cooking space. One particularly high-end manufacturer of cooktops is U.S.-based Dacor. If you're looking to take your cooktop to the next level, check out our list of the best Dacor cooktops of 2021.
This 36-in. natural gas unit from the Professional Series comes with five sealed burners, which make for easy cleanup of spills. In addition, continuous grates allow you to slide pots and pans across the cooktop effortlessly.
With a maximum burner output of 18,000 BTUs on this unit's brass SimmerSear™ burner, you'll be able to seal in the juices on your meats in no time. By the same token, the SimmerSear™ burner can also achieve extra low temperatures to avoid scorching delicate sauces.
Should a burner unexpectedly go out, Dacor's Perma-Flame™ Technology automatically re-ignites a flame for continuous heating and uninterrupted cooking. And SmartFlame™ technology reduces flame contact with grates to prevent discoloration and increase their longevity.
Speaking of longevity, the basin's PermaClean™ finish is a scratch-resistant, bead-blasted surface that allows you to scrub it without damaging its beautiful finish. Die-cast knobs with Illumina™ indicator lights round out this cooktop's striking, modern appearance.
Next up on our list of the best Dacor cooktops of 2021 is this 36-in., Wi-Fi-enabled induction unit from the Contemporary Series. With Flex Zone™ technology, nine flexible cooking modules can accommodate pots and pans of all shapes and sizes. Just combine them as needed with the swipe of a finger to reach outputs of up to 3,600 W.
The Dacor iQ Kitchen app allows you to control and monitor your appliance remotely. It also integrates seamlessly into Dacor's SmartThings connected platform, which allows you to sync and keep track of multiple Dacor appliances.
A 7-in. LCD control panel makes it extra simple to interact with this cooktop. It even comes preprogrammed with both specialized settings and step-by-step recipes.
Finally, enhancing this unit's striking appearance is Dacor's impressive Virtual Flame™, which is an LED display of virtual flames that indicate when the heat is on.
This 30-in. smart natural gas unit from the Transitional Series comes with five dual-valve, brass SimmerSear™ sealed burners, giving you ample space for your cooking needs and making it easy to clean up any spills. Thanks to its continuous grates, you can effortlessly slide pots and pans across the cooktop surface as needed.
The unit features a maximum burner output of an impressive 19,000 BTUs on its center SimmerSear™ burner, which makes searing and sautéing easy. And with the auto-connected hood, you can activate and adjust a compatible Dacor hood through Bluetooth and ConnectOn auto-responsive technology. The hood will also automatically increase ventilation as necessary, thanks to a temperature sensor.
With the Smart Things app, you can monitor this cooktop from outside the kitchen, keeping you from feeling tied to it at all times. In addition, Dacor's Perma-Flame™ Technology automatically re-ignites a flame if it should ever go out, so you don't need to worry about wandering away from the cooktop for a bit.
Adding to this unit's stylish appearance are its Illumina™ burner controls, which glow Dacor's signature flame blue to increase safety by letting you know when the cooktop is in use.
What should I look for when buying a cooktop?
When considering cooktop options, you'll want to keep in mind the space that you have available. You'll also want to tailor your choice to your cooking habits and budget. Gas cooktops are good choices for frequent cooks because they make it quick and easy to adjust burner temperatures. You'll just need to make sure you have a gas line available. Electric cooktops are good choices for the budget-conscious. Induction cooktops are often top choices for those who are particularly interested in the latest technology and have the money to invest in their cooking appliances.
Is Dacor a luxury brand?
Yes, Dacor has been a leading luxury appliance brand in the U.S. for the last 50 years. It is known for its focus on kitchen appliances.