Dacor Preference SGM365 36 in. Gas Cooktop Reviews
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Dacor Preference SGM365 36 in. Gas Cooktop

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OK for looks, not for function

Jan 20, 2009
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Pros:Easy to clean (black model)
Looks good

Cons:Goofy burner design
Goofy knob design

The Bottom Line: Look elswhere for good cooktop performance.  Burner design is critical to even heat.  The burners on this range are good for 14" and larger pans.

So I bought a house with a Black SGM365 cooktop already installed.  The range was installed in '05, I bought the house in '06, now it is '09 and I'm dreaming of the day my wife lets me replace the cooktop.

Major complaints;
1) the burners do a great job of heating the sides of your pans.  The center of my pans get nothing even close to good heat (Calphalon).  The flames shoot out of the burners horizontally, so the higher you have the gas, the wider the flame is.  This basically makes cooking with a wok on the 14k btu burner impossible, even with the wok ring. The other burners aren't any better with the wok.  Boiling 1qt water in a 2qt pot on the small burners takes about 8-10 minutes.

2) The knobs are too high.  The tops of the knobs are slightly higher than the top of the cook surface, so when you pull a hot cookie sheet from the oven and it happens to lay over the knobs, they melt.  Lame.

As far as bad igniters, I only have one that gives me trouble every now and then, and that is usually when I haven't used it for a few weeks.  The rest all work well.  Lucky I guess.

Recommend this product? No

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