Over the years, I have always had my kitchen furnished with good appliances that I think will make it fast and comfy to work in. I recently decided to upgrade my cooktop. I will be honest, my hunt for the perfect cooktop has taken a lot of effort and extra search-tours around town because I was so particular about how well it must fit in my cooking zone. Though a bad cook, I am the type who loves home cooked food as much as I love partying and gossiping with my friends. I finally found the fabulous GE CGP650SETSS café 36” Stainless steel Gas Cooktop.
This elegant gas cooktop comes in 5 sealed burner elements that enable me to do diverse cooking at a time. With a powerful central burner of 20,000 BTU (British Thermal Unit) that can cook gallons at a time, I made extensive use of it when I happen to have lots of guests, especially during family feast. The tri-ring burner is perfect for heating water, too, while the other burners on the corners help in low heating. Well, the burners can heat much stronger than I need and it actually has simmer burners that works incredibly precise to help me regulate the temperature. These smaller burners can be used for melting butter and is perfect for heating delicate food. Except for burner 2 and 4(9100BTU), all the other burners have different heating intensity; burner 1 has 11000BTU and burner 3 has 5000 BTU.
It has the Commercial Look
I like to get the feel of the appliances before I buy them. Well it was exciting to get the sturdy feel of the stainless steel body, the finished look and the perfect size (36 x 20.4 x 3.25 inches) when I first saw it in the store. I am still impressed with the bold grid design and the excellent way it functions till now. That was probably why I recommended it to my brother and he got one from Amazon too. I only wish I had bought mine from an online retailer too after I saw how my brother’s came in perfect shape; it is simply impossible for the sturdy body to get damaged while shipping. Its weight, 80.4 pounds, is slightly heavier than most of the normal cooktops. You may find it difficult to shift it, but it is an advantage for me; only makes it stand more stable in my kitchen.
Reliability and Performance
I have begun to develop a certain trust in GE brand ever since I got this gas cooktop. Though it belongs to one brand among many in the range of expensive gas cooktops, the performance is simply amazing. Besides the ‘precise simmer burner’, I also love features like the large control knobs. Besides, a cooktop will stay longer with us than any or most of our other appliances, and when I really think of it, even our cars. So, “why not invest a reasonable amount,” was what I thought when I went to buy mine.
It is easy to install and has a perfect set of burner sizes and the right combo of heat intensities enhanced by the low simmer setting (which assures you high quality volt burner controls). Yes it allows me to prepare two dishes at a time. The features and performance are indeed versatile. The overall build quality is commendable; with heavy cast iron grates and the griddle made by a reliable brand, Lodge. Most importantly, the manufacturer offers 10 years warranty.
This GE gas cooktop also has the blue LED lights projection that indicates that the gas burner is left on. For absent minded cooks like me, it is a good feature that will ensure safety from gas hazards. While the child lock feature will prevent accidental activation while you are cleaning.
I especially like the distancing of the burners which is distinctive in the GE CGP650SETSS Café 36” Stainless Steel Gas Cooktop. If you usually cook a lot like me, you will understand when I say that because there is more distance between the burners than in other cooktops, it allows for a more even heating. Besides, the griddles stand up a little higher from the burners, which allows for a more efficient heating compared to normal gas cooktops.
The sealed burners give protection from the mess of spillage which instead gets collected in the dishwasher –safe under the grates, which makes cleaning much easier. The stainless surface cleans beautifully.
This GE gas cooktop is like a boon for someone who cooks as much as I do. In style, quality, performance and appearance, it is just excellent. Note that the fuel type it uses is Propane gas. Personally, I prefer gas cooktops more than induction cooktops because the flames of a gas cooktop give a more consistent heating of the cookware unlike an induction cooktop which heats only the bottom. Well, if cooking is a daily affair for you and if you like kitchen friendly appliances, I highly recommend the GE CGP650SETSS 30” Stainless Steel Burner Cooktop.