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Professional looking cooktop...a great upgrade
Very attractive unit. This is replacing a basic black GE gas cooktop that came with the house. I installed myself and that was very straightforward. I like that the buttons are located...Read complete review
Very attractive unit. This is replacing a basic black GE gas cooktop that came with the house. I installed myself and that was very straightforward. I like that the buttons are located front/center, but I can see from other reviewers that they feel this sometimes causes issues when larger pots on the front burners. Has not been an issue for me. With 5 burners, it is a lttle difficult to have a few larger pots or skillets on the cooktop...do not recall this being an issue with my older 4-burner. Guess this is to be expected when you squeeze a 5th burner into the same real estate. I like the blue background on the knob when burner running...on my last cooktop there were times when a few hours later I discovered burner was still on simmer. The knobs could have a more positive snap to them when they do hit the off position...there have been times when burner is off but knob not fully turned off,so blue light still on. Burners do seem a little less efficient that what I had on my older unit. Not sure is this is due to height of grates as others are mentioning or just lower powered burners since there are 5 now instead of 4. Only notice this when browning ground meat on front burners. Stainless surface much easier to clean from the black one i had previously...just wipe with a sponge. I do use some stainless cleaner every now and then to polish it up.
Most Liked Negative Review
Somewhat disappointed but works ok
I bought this cooktop about a month ago and was excited to give it a go! First, let me say, I love the look of the cooktop (except the height of the...Read complete review
I bought this cooktop about a month ago and was excited to give it a go! First, let me say, I love the look of the cooktop (except the height of the grates) and I love the fact that it's a five burner. I wanted the controls in the front and I really liked how GE (and other manufacturers make it, too) placed the front two burners, using as much of the footprint as possible, instead of a straight front surface, which would use less cooking surface area. This design allows for more grill coverage. Now, will I end up using all five burners in any given time? I hope so and I hope it's not "big pots" that they won't all fit over the burners. As my handyman was installing, we noticed the opening was a bit bigger than I would have liked because there was 5/8" gap in the depth and 1/2" gap in the width area. I had an electric glass cooktop (did love the cleaning aspect of it) that had a straight corner cut out on my granite when granite was installed 9 years ago. This cooktop has a "rounded" corners so in order to cover the straight 90 degree angles on either sides of the cutout, we had to pull the cooktop all the way to the front, leaving 5/8" gap in the very back, allowing food/oil, etc. to fall onto the top of my oven (which is just below it, also GE model PT925SNSS) and even with that, it BARELY covered the corners of the cutout! Now, I'm needing to have some sort of a long piece of "something" to cover the gap in the back that this cooktop doesn't cover, ugh! However, that's not my biggest problem. Now that I have had first hand experience with using this cooktop, as with other reviews, I have to complain about the height of the grates. why are the grates positioned so high up above the flames??? The heat really does seem to escape because your pot/pan is positioned higher than the other gas cooktops I've seen and used. Also, if you don't have a large enough pot/pan covering the burner, you're sure to have very hot handles because the heat from the flames will escape out of the sides of the burners and heat the handles up so that you can't touch them without using some potholders. I already had low clearance when I cooked in my flat glass cooktop because my over the range microwave sat further down from the cupboard than it should have, by code, so now, my clearance is lost by about another 2.5 inches. I decided to go with this model, despite the loss of clearance because I know we'll replace the cabinets in the future. And I intend to raise those stupidly low cupboard above the cooktop by six inches or just have a range hood above it. I use a lot of very small pots and the only burner that's small enough to use efficiently is the middle (the triple flame burner) and use the middle smallest burner. Is that crazy or what?!?!?! If I want to use the smallest burner and a triple flame burner, I obviously can't. The other two "smaller" burners are still not small enough to use with my small pots. The reviews about "taking longer to boil" is really true. I was skeptical when I read reviews about how slow it boiled but you know what, it's really true. I was surprised at how slow it did boil. My guess is it's because part of the heat is lost due to the height of the grates. After having used it only a couple of weeks I'm finding the position of the two smaller and two larger burner positioning to be weird. Why didn't GE place one smaller burner in the opposite side of the other smaller burner so we can use one smaller and one larger, instead of both in the front or both in the back? That, honestly, didn't make any sense to me. Also, the knob that controls the griddle controls both burners at the same time so you can't adjust one burner at a time. GE, did you think about the fact that we, as consumers, might want to have one burner to use as a "warmer" plate and the other burner as the "cooking" plate??? Obviously not!!! Lastly, and this, frankly, is astounding to me. Why did you not make the control knobs removable????????????? Has your QM department not tested this model before it was sent to manufacturing? Hasn't anyone at GE ever cleaned gas cooktop knobs??? Do you know how much more convenient it is to clean your cooktop when your knobs are removable? And why are the knobs not metal? They are cheap hard plastic material that's made to look like metal finish. I hope they don't break on my like some of the reviews mentioned. That's all I have to say. If GE is reading my review, I would be very interested in speaking to someone to discuss these concerns so you can implement them in your next model. Thank you!
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from San Marcos, CA, United States
Comments about GE Cafe 30" Stainless Steel Built-In Gas Cooktop:
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Love this cooktop!!
Great kitchen product. Looks amazing too. Very efficient.
from Asheville, NC, United States
I am well pleased with this cook top. The burners have a much higher BTU than the old cook top. Food cooks much faster. I like the feature of being able to lock the dials. Very child safe.
Perfect for what we wanted
from Austin, TX, United States
Replaced an electric cooktop with this gas unit and have been loving it. Arrived with a broken grate, but 5 minutes on the phone with GE Cust Svc (before I had even registered the unit!) and a replacement grate was on the way (free), arriving within 72 hrs as promised. A good product and great service to boot.
Cooktop has been in use for one month and meets all my expectations.
Disappointed and Not Worth the High Sticker Price
from San Jose, CA, United States
I bought this stove gas cooktop for its high end qualities and features. I am disappointed for what I got. The fit and finish are lacking and leave a lot to be desired.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
I am truly happy with this Cafe 5 burner.
from PA, United States
Yes, this gas cooktop, along with grill is amazing and easy to control temperatures while cooking, plus faster than my other cooktop.
Love fast boil burner!
from Ann Arbor, MI, United States
We love a cook top and this is a great one. We love the 5 burners, especially the quick boil. It is easy to clean and had great safety features.
wonderful appliance my foods r more tasteful
from Chicago, IL, United States
I am cooking up a storm now that I have my new cook top by GEâ™¡
GE Cafe Series - CGP350SETSS
from Cincinnati, OH, United States
Very happy with the cooktop. It looks great and works great. I especially like the high heat burner in the middle that boils liquids so quickly and then the temperature can be adjusted to a simmer to continue cooking soups, etc.
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