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COOKTOP VS. RANGETOP - WHICH IS RIGHT FOR YOUR KITCHEN?

When equipping your kitchen with the perfect cooking appliance, the choice between a cooktop and a rangetop can be a pivotal decision. Both options offer distinct advantages, and suit different culinary preferences and kitchen layouts. As you explore upgrading your cooking space, understanding the characteristics and benefits of each appliance will help you determine which one is the right fit. Read on to discover which appliance aligns with your kitchen aspirations.

Table of Contents

COOKTOP
What is a cooktop?

RANGETOP
What is a rangetop?

DIFFERENCES
What are the differences between cooktops & rangetops?

THE DECISION
Cooktop or rangetop: which is better?

WHAT IS A COOKTOP?

Cooktops are typically drop-in units that seamlessly integrate into your countertop, with controls conveniently placed on the front or side of the appliance. Some models even feature innovations like updraft and downdraft configurations.

JennAir® cooktops are available in various fuel types, including induction, electric and gas.

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HIGH-END COOKTOP FEATURES

Making a statement in your kitchen starts with investing in high-end appliances. High-end cooktops have various features to intersect form and function in your space. Some high-end cooktop features include:

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Pan detection

Elements activate and deactivate upon contact with the right-sized cookware.

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Sensor boil

Quickly bring water to a boil.

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Bridge function

Two elements fuse to suit larger or uniquely shaped cookware.

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Radiant elements

Elements in a variety of sizes so you can experience versatility and heating efficiency.

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Various finishes

High-end cooktops come in a variety of finishes to seamlessly fit your space. JennAir® cooktops are available in both Lustre Brushed Metal and Stainless and Oblivion Glass.

EXPLORE JENNAIR® COOKTOPS

JennAir® cooktops set the ordinary ablaze with a variety of high-end features to suit your culinary pursuits. Select models feature JX3 Perimetric Extraction, which utilizes proximity ventilation to help capture smoke, steam and odors at the cooking surface. Sear steaks and fry vegetables with the 20,000 BTU Brass PowerBurner on select models.

WHAT IS A RANGETOP?

Rangetops are a distinctive addition to your kitchen space. These appliances, similar in size to standard ranges, are designed to be prominently installed proud of your kitchen counters or cabinets. They seamlessly extend from the front of your counter to the backsplash, creating a layout that ensures there’s generous counter space on both sides of the appliance. This design helps enhance the functionality and aesthetics of your culinary workspace.

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HIGH-END RANGETOP FEATURES

High-end rangetops offer a fusion of style and functionality. Explore the world of high-end rangetops, where impressive features await to enhance both the aesthetics and performance of your kitchen. Some of these exceptional features include:

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Cast iron grates

Designed to withstand heavy woks and cookware.

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Grill

Select rangetops feature a grill, so you won’t be held back by the season.

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Dual-stacked power burners

Precision-drilled burners with two symmetrical levels of flame that bloom to high-heat searing temperatures or retreat to a low, slow simmer at your command.

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Finishes

Rangetops are typically available in a variety of finishes. JennAir® rangetops are available in both RISE & NOIR Design Expressions.

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Flame-Sensing Reignition

Select JennAir® rangetops include this feature. If a sudden draft blows out a flame, intelligent Flame-Sensing Reignition automatically sparks it back to life.

EXPLORE JENNAIR® RANGETOPS

JennAir® rangetops are available in two distinct design expressions—the classic and postured RISE Design or the sleek and minimalist NOIR Design. Bend fire to your will with one of 14 JennAir® rangetop configurations.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN COOKTOPS & RANGETOPS?

When it comes to choosing between a rangetop and a cooktop, it’s the nuances in control, installation and styling that set them apart. As you seek out a new appliance, consider these key distinctions between rangetops and cooktops:

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Control Placement

Rangetops feature controls positioned on a slightly deeper front face. Cooktops, on the other hand, have controls integrated directly onto the surface without a front face.

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Installation Method

Rangetops require a dedicated section of your countertop to be cut out for a slide-in installation. Cooktops offer more flexibility, allowing you to place them as drop-in units within a cutout or space in your countertop.

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Heating Options

Rangetops typically utilize commercial-style gas burners for cooking. Cooktops provide a wider range of heating options, including induction and electric, in addition to gas.

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Styling Choices

Rangetops often draw inspiration from professional kitchens and offer commercial-style finishes, knobs and other features. Cooktops tend to embrace a sleek, low-profile design while still providing options for high BTU gas burners and other professional-style features.

Understanding these distinctions will help you make an informed decision, ensuring your new appliance not only suits your culinary needs but also complements your kitchen’s style and layout.

COOKTOP OR RANGETOP: WHICH IS BETTER?

There isn't a definitive better choice between cooktops and rangetops. It depends on your kitchen setup and culinary needs. Cooktops offer a low-profile design and a variety of heating options, while rangetops have a familiar control placement and allow for custom installation between countertop sections.

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