7 found this review helpful
Kenmore Elite 36" gas cooktop best I could find
I spent two months looking at many 36" gas cooktops. This one was the best. By far the best heavy cast iron gratings that don't slide and slip around like many other units did. All metal knobs, (previous model had garbage plastic knobs) The huge burner is so multi purpose, from boiling huge pots of water to simmering gravy. The bridge burner is great for really big skillets to heat them up evenly. Probably great for a griddle, but don't have one, yet! We got the SS finish, cleans up pretty well, but have to be careful not to scratch it. Electronic ignition works great so far, some brands these fail if they get wet. I like the burners down in the unit, overflows stay put, don't splash out over the sides. PLenty of room for 3-4 pots/pans. My unit just fit inside a 36" cabinet. Make sure you measure carefully before buying.
Only two small complaints. Would have like to had a blue light when the burner is on. On simmer, it can be hard to see if the burner is on. Unit needs center hold down screws. It has 4 on the ends, but could use two in the center. This unit is really big, and could bow up a bit in the center
Unit is pretty expensive. Watch for sales. I got mine for $1250. A reasonable price for such a nice unit. All in all, Me and the Wife are very happy with this cooktop. So much nicer than previous electric tops we have used.
4 found this review helpful
Would not recommend this unit due to installation problems
We had this unit installed last August and even though the directions call for clips to be installed to anchor to countertop, they were not installed. After talking to several Sears folks both on-line at at the store, and having the installer come back and look again - no one seems to know how to get this done, even though the clips are shown and specifically talked about in the instructions provided with the unit.
Our unit sits up off the counter probably 1/8" plus in several areas allowing crumbs, grease or whatever to get under there - can't believe there isn't a way to seal this down against the counter - no flange, no gasket - nothing.
Totally unsatisfactory and Sears has only run us around again and again - almost making if feel like it's our fault.
Big thumbs down for this product.