Are you remodeling your kitchen for that integrated, seamless design? You must be debating between a
Built-in electric cooktops are easy to install, and they work by heating up electrical elements that then heat up your cookware. Most cooktops are about 30 inches or 36 inches wide (smaller sizes do exist) and 19–22 inches deep (ideal for 24-inch deep counters). Be sure to measure your counter space again and again to ensure flawless installation (leave room for lipping!).
Definitely the most common on the market, electric coil cooktops use exposed coils to heat up your food. These metal coils heat up quickly and consistently, which is great for boiling and simmering.
Although electric coils are vulnerable to spills as you cook, most have built-in drip pans to catch the worst of any cooking messes.
Smooth cooktops with radiant elements are an entirely separate kettle of fish; smooth cooktops have radiant elements (like coils) that heat up quickly and evenly but are installed beneath a sleek glass or ceramic surface. The flatter surface provides you with stability for your pots and pans, which results in more even cooking.
Other benefits of a smooth-top cooking surface include a completely integrated look and easy cleanup! Please note that induction cooktops also have smooth surfaces but use an entirely different heat system.
Keep in mind that glass surfaces are prone to scratches while ceramic surfaces are vulnerable to chipping from dropped pans, so be careful when you cook.
Once you’ve decided on a style of electric cooktop, consider these key features:
With these key points in mind, you’re now ready to browse our wide selection of electric cooktops from the brands you (and we!) trust. Not ready to buy just yet? Consult our