Dacor Preference SGM304 30 in. Gas Hobs (Gas and Electric) Reviews
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Dacor Preference SGM304 30 in. Gas Hobs (Gas and Electric)

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Now you're cooking with gas!

Apr 22, 2003
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Pros:Great flame control, safe, easy to use.

Cons:Steel top can be moderately tough to clean, but that is my only complaint.

The Bottom Line: Great flame control, easy to use and relatively easy to clean. Great safety features and compact size make this cooktop a wonderful choice.


I've used my Dacor cooktop for eight years, and I love it. That doesn't mean I love everything about it, but I do love it.

What I love first. I love the evenly distributed heat you get with gas cooking, especially when using a heavy cookware, such as Calphalon or Le Creuset. When you cook with a gas flame, heat adjustments, either up or down, are instant, giving you, I think, more control over your cooking.

I love the control knobs. They have a smooth, clockwise movement, and feel substantial. Not too loose, and not too tight. They make it easy to control the flame height and temperature. They are also conveniently located to the right of the burners, and I don't get them mixed up (which is pretty amazing for me).

I love the burner frame. It is made of porcelain-coated steel and is substantial. It lifts off easily, and if you have a dish boil over, you can easily soak it (albeit one side at a time) in the sink.

The configuration of the burners is perfect for my cooking needs. This model of Dacor has a two different burner sizes, two 11,000 BTU/HR burners and two smaller 8,000 BTU/HR burners. There is a large and small burner each located in the front and in the back. I prefer this model over the model that has both large burners in the back, but that is personal preference. These burners are all sealed, preventing spilled liquids from entering the chassis of the cooktop. Most spills remain on the top of the cooktop, which can be easily wiped away.

Size! This powerful cooktop is only 30 inches in length, and it is easy to locate in a kitchen island or countertop. It packs a lot of punch in just two and a half feet of cooking space.

I love the safety features. The Dacor comes with brass burner rings, located under the black porcelain tops, which spread the flame around the burner evenly. These rings are notched, and must be fitted securely on the burner bases in order to operate. So, if they are not on properly and safely, your burner won't light. Additionally, each burner features Smart-Flame. When the burner rings are on correctly, the Smart-Flame feature prevents any direct flame from impinging on the fingers of the porcelain grate. This reduces the temperature of the grate and improves the flame performance and cooking performance. It also increases the longevity of the porcelain enamel coating.

Each burner has its own ignitor. When a control knob is turned more than 90 degrees, all ignitors will spark continuously until the gas lights on the selected burner. Also, due to the Perma-Flame feature of Dacor, the burners will re-ignite should a draft or other problem blow the burner out. I've had this happen to me, and these Perma-Flames really work!

The burners and especially the ignitors must be kept clean to function properly. If they are too dirty, you'll hear the ignitor spark repeatedly, but the burner won't light. (Another safety feature.) This also happens if they are too wet. I just wipe mine off with a Handi-Wipe or damp paper towel. It takes about 5 seconds and is very easy to do.

Dacor warranties their cooktops for a period of one year. I have had mine for eight years, and have never had any problems with it whatsoever. Their instruction manual is one of the most complete I have ever seen. In addition to covering all of the components and safety features, it has tips on how to select the best cookware to use with gas cooking, a handy measurement conversion chart (for those of us who never caught on to the Metric Movement), cleaning and cleaning product suggestions, a trouble shooting guide, and a list of cooking terms and instructions (braise, poach, par-boil, etc.).

Now, the only thing I don't like: I think the steel frame top is a tricky thing to clean. I have the brushed chrome model, and my problem may be unique from the porcelain model. When I have spilled some sticky things on this cook frame, they are tough to get off. You don't want to use anything too scratchy, or you'll ruin the surface. I tried stainless cleaner, among other things, but it didn't do the job. Now that I'm out of the warranty phase, I'll confess to using mild spray oven cleaner on the steel cooktop. It worked like a charm, and I haven't noticed any damage.

If you love to cook and want control over your cooking flames, you'll love the Dacor SGM304. It works great, fits in limited spaces, and is well made and safe!


Recommend this product? Yes


Amount Paid (US$): $850.00


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