Best Performing Cooktop and Rangetop of 2016


As the hearth of the home, we put a lot of effort into creating a warm and beautiful atmosphere for our kitchens. Sometimes, it may prove to be too difficult to sacrifice cabinet space for a sizable range, while other times it simply may be overkill if you're searching for a beautiful but simple design.

A creative solution to this is to consider installing a cooktop or rangetop, which are renowned for their perfect visual craftsmanship, and powerful cooking abilities.

At the top of each of their categories, the Viking Professional Custom Series Rangetop VGRT5366BSS and the Jenn-Air Cooktop JGD3536BS can provide every busy home-chef with the exact amount of flawless power, discrete but accessible design, and readily available cabinet space that other hefty appliances would hinder.



VGRT5366BSViking VGRT5366BSS Rangetop

The 36” rangetop offers all the powerful features and customizability a range does while resting neatly in a countertop cutout that incorporates seamlessly with the rest of the cabinetry.

There are six sealed burners that all feature the Viking trademarked SureSpark system, as well as the VariSimmer settings, and one TruPower Plus burner on select models. You can customize your rangetop by opting for four burners and a 12-inch grill or griddle instead of six burners.

Watch a more detailed video tour and review of the Viking VGRT5366BSS here.



jgd3536bs_kitchenJenn-Air JGD3536BS Cooktop

Jenn-Air’s quest for flawlessness manifested itself in the Jenn-Air 36” cooktop. Integrated into the countertop design, a continuous porcelain-on-cast-iron grate sits above the 5 sealed high power burners with Flame-Sensing Re-ignition, ensuring your flame reignites in case of any blowouts.

The stainless burner knobs are positioned next to the burners, keeping the flame in your control and away from curious little hands of children.

Especially perfect for food enthusiasts who wish for high-power appliances but want to forego a wall or chimney hood, the JGD3536BS features the JXR Downdraft Ventilation system.

Read a more in-depth review about the Jenn-Air JGD3536BS here.



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