By Average Joe

About Me Avid Cook

(1 of 1 customer found this review helpful)

Great Cooktop

 
5.0

PROS

  • High Powered Burners
  • Precise Controls
  • Heats Up Quickly
  • Large Surface Area

CONS

  • Difficult to Clean

BEST USES

  • Searing
  • Woks

Comments:

Great look and the burners work nicely. Stainless is a pain to clean.


By Barge

About Me Avid Cook

Verified

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

GREAT cooktop!!

 
5.0

PROS

  • Large Surface Area
  • High Powered Burners
  • Heats Up Quickly
  • Easy to Clean
  • Incredibly Well Designed
  • Precise Controls

CONS

  • Only In Stainless Steel

BEST USES

  • You Name It - Everything
  • Woks

Comments:

I am convinced that this cooktop, the 36", 5-burner Capital Maestro, is the best sealed-burner cooktop available. It may not do what an open-burner can (I couldn't convince my wife to go that route), but it's the next best thing. We both love to cook, and I am a compulsive perfectionist, so did a lot of research before buying. We have had ours for about 6 months now and are very happy. Its flames are blue, precise, jetted, and yes - noisy - one of the really cool things about it. My wife and I were both concerned about those comments on the reviews, but in the end, the noise just reminds you that it's working, and really efficiently. It sounds like a bunsen burner or a small propane torch - in a great way. And it heats water FAST. Hint - the 20k btu center burner gulps so much air that really large pans will block airflow, making the flame struggle - so flip the center "wok" grate over and set the pan on the wok grate's raised points and it will work fine. And for using a wok (which I don't do often), it's perfect. What a great idea! I first noticed this cooktop because its burner mechanisms are held in place with large brass (non-rusting) hex-head fasteners - not cheap steel screws that corrode and break off, requiring the replacement of a multi-thousand dollar cooktop when $4 worth of screws go bad (the fate of our previous 5-burner KitchenAid). This one looks like it will be good for decades. And it is a breeze to clean, too. With the grates removed (warning - they are heavy - but manageable), the pan is a single expanse of stainless steel that wipes easily with a sponge. Just be careful to replace the ringes and caps properly after washing (easy to do - just pay attention) or the flame will not have the right shape. And I don't really like stainless steel (the rest of our kitchen is white, as was our last cooktop), but this one is so impressive and the design is so right (I'm an architect) that I don't care. The knobs are large and easy to handle. The igniters…


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