GE PGP959SET Stainless Steel 30 in. Gas Gas Cooktop Reviews
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GE PGP959SET Stainless Steel 30 in. Gas Gas Cooktop

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Highest Recommendation for a Versatile 30" Cooktop

Dec 2, 2012
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Pros:Five Burners in 30" Cooktop
Brightly Backlit Knobs
Very Well Designed with Sleek Appearance

Cons:Included Griddle Accessory Heats Slowly.

The Bottom Line: If you are looking for a 30" cooktop, this one is tops!

The GE Profile PGP959SETSS cooktop is a true home run for a 30” space.  Where other cooktops take up the limited width by putting the controls to the side, GE adds a fifth burner with three Rings of Fire for fast heating and low simmering.  A great design by a well-established company, I’m a true fan.

The Profile line is the top of the line for General Electric.  The look is sleek with a moderate profile from the side; the black grills stick up a little higher than I would prefer, but are lower and more elegantly designed than most of the competition.  Five of the knobs are plastic and contain a metal weight to give them some heft; the small locking knob has no metal weight.  They remove so that they can be tossed into the dishwasher.  The stainless steel surface cleans easily with no deep nooks and the cast-iron grills are also dishwasher safe.

The locking knob allows the user to make the cooktop inoperable: a nice feature for those with small children.  The other knobs each operate one of the five burners, with one knob doubling as the griddle control and operating the two left-side burners.  They each turn about 270 degrees, allowing precise control of the flame height where much of the competition turns only about 180 degrees.  This extra precision is valuable for easy temperature control.  A nice feature is the light behind each knob indicating that it is on; the light is a bright white and is more easily seen than a low blue gas flame would be.  My bad habit of leaving the stove on after cooking has come to an end!  There are two 5,000 BTU burners, two 9,100 BTU burners, and the star of the show is in the center with 20,000 BTUs of heat.

What a difference that center burner makes!  It is by far the most popular burner since it heats up twice as fast and also simmers at very low temperatures.  When simmering, the flame is very small in diameter so stirring is very important; if this is a problem, the other burners can also produce a low flame that is wider but they have more heat due to the increased diameter.

The cast iron griddle pictured on the left side on this site is included as is a grill matching that on the right side.  The user removes one to install the other.  There is one knob that is designed to operate the griddle by simultaneously lighting and adjusting both left-side burners.  However, this knob does not operate at a very high setting when at maximum.  While this is undoubtedly a safety feature, it makes for a slow heat-up; this would be my only complaint about this fine performer.  It may be irresponsible to use the two left knobs to heat up the griddle faster and then switch to the single griddle control, but that is what I do.  It does make one end of the griddle hotter than the other as one burner is more powerful, but the temperature evens out quickly.

Like many others, I do not typically buy GE products but in looking for a 30” cooktop, I was not able to find any model by any manufacturer that had all the features this one offered. While the price was more than I expected, I am very pleased with the product and I believe that the value is very clear.  It’s only a cooktop, but I give this one my highest recommendation.

Recommend this product? Yes

Amount Paid (US$): 1051

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