Best Gas Cooktops

If you’re designing a new kitchen or renovating, deciding what type of cooktop to install is probably on your to-do list. Gas cooktops are a fan favourite of both beginners and pro chefs, due to their ability to cook food quickly and at even temperatures throughout. Continue Reading...

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$189.99 to $4,999
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Based on 340 reviews
Ariston PK640RGH

Ariston PK640RGH

3.4  (21)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $999
  • Number of Cooktop Burners / Zones4
  • Wok Burner / ZoneYes
Kwangbaek L.
Kwangbaek L.
 
Baumatic BSGH95

Baumatic BSGH95

3.3  (14)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $1,395
  • Number of Cooktop Burners / Zones5
  • Wok Burner / ZoneYes
Pankaj C.
Pankaj C.NSW8 posts
 
Baumatic glass gastop shatteredMy Baumatic (BSGH95) glass top shattered without any mishandling or any issues, was cooking as usual on 1 Burner and glass shattered, in fact 1 glass came to my face and I was shocked
Baumatic
Baumatic   DM   
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Bosch PCR9A5B90A / PCT9A5B90A

Bosch PCR9A5B90A / PCT9A5B90A

3.7  (9)
 Summary
moggy
moggyWA45 posts
  PCR9A5B90A
Electrolux EHG755SA / EHG955SA

Electrolux EHG755SA / EHG955SA

4.5  (6)
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Odette T.
Odette T.5 posts
  EHG755SA
RequestWant to buy a gas cooktop -
dimensions 86cm x 37cm
Any recommendations?
Bellini BDG604G-F

Bellini BDG604G-F

3.4  (8)
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Anthony
Anthony 8 posts
 
STUNNINGLove the eayt to remove components for cleaning. Black glass look stunning. Cooks very well. I do keep it spotlessly clean and look after things and it looks amazing. good value Show details
Smeg PGA64

Smeg PGA64

2.6  (14)
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  • Number of Cooktop Burners / Zones4
  • Wok Burner / ZoneYes
libbyprice222
libbyprice222QLD3 posts
  Verified
Bosch PPS9A6B90A

Bosch PPS9A6B90A

2.2  (21)
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  • Price (RRP) $1,999
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Neelima
Neelima2 posts
 
Miele KM 2012 G

Miele KM 2012 G

2.4  (17)
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Elise
EliseVIC
 
Great customer serviceWe have a Miele KM 2012 gas stove top. While we had an issue with the plastic knobs melting given how close the knobs were to the flame, we raised this issue with Miele and they sent us out stainless steel replacement. Very happy with the product now.
Bosch PCI6A5B90A

Bosch PCI6A5B90A

4.2  (5)
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Paul S.
Paul S.2 posts
  Verified
Bosch PPQ7A6B20A

Bosch PPQ7A6B20A

2.5  (12)
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Not happy Jan
Not happy JanWA
 
Ilve H-Series

Ilve H-Series

2.9  (8)
Alld_one
Alld_oneNSW12 posts
  Verified H70CVX
Bosch PPH6A6B20A

Bosch PPH6A6B20A

5.0  (3)
$1,599RRP
John
JohnNSW8 posts
 
Solid unitSimple to use and easy to adjust flame. Igniter starts burners reliably. Easy to clean and looks attractive. Solid feel and construction. No issues at this time, very happy with this appliance. Show details ·  1
Fisher & Paykel 90cm Gas on Glass Cooktop

Fisher & Paykel 90cm Gas on Glass Cooktop

1.9  (13)
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L.Wilson
L.WilsonVIC
  90cm Gas on Glass Cooktop
SMEV 2 Burner Stove Cook Top

SMEV 2 Burner Stove Cook Top

2.1  (10)
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Rod
RodQLD2 posts
  Gas
QualitySMEV uses mild steel components, which of course rust over time.
Screws, clips etc, all mild steel.
Which of course limits the life span of the stove, and because the cost of these component replacements, it is cheaper to buy a new stove.
Jacqui
JacquiNSW
  WHG644SA
Electrolux EHG643SA / EHG643BA

Electrolux EHG643SA / EHG643BA

3.3  (4)
Jebz
JebzSA86 posts
  EHG643BA
Westinghouse WHG756SA

Westinghouse WHG756SA

3.3  (4)
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Neil
NeilNSW5 posts
 
Asko HG1986AD / HG1986SD

Asko HG1986AD / HG1986SD

2.5  (6)
 Summary
$1,999Bing Lee
Aiva
AivaNSW4 posts
  HG1986AD / HG1986SD
Pitt Cooking Capital

Pitt Cooking Capital

5.0  (2)
 Summary
  • Number of Cooktop Burners / Zones3
  • Wok Burner / ZoneYes
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Jenny G.
Jenny G.NSW4 posts
 
Electrolux EHG953SA / EHG953BA

Electrolux EHG953SA / EHG953BA

5.0  (2)
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  • Price (RRP) $1,799
  • Number of Cooktop Burners / Zones5
  • Wok Burner / ZoneYes
KLM
KLMSA10 posts
  EHG953SA
Euro E70GCTSS Cooktop

Euro E70GCTSS Cooktop

5.0  (2)
Belinda
Belinda2 posts
  Fair Incentive
Oven still going strong!!My Euro oven is now over 10 years old, is still going strong and does not show signs of stopping any time soon. Always had positive experiences with the local support team. 5 Stars!
Technika H640SXPRO

Technika H640SXPRO

5.0  (2)
Robyn
RobynWhittlesea4 posts
  Verified
Miele KM 3014

Miele KM 3014

3.7  (3)
 Summary
George
GeorgeNSW56 posts
 
Blanco BCG95X / BCG95W

Blanco BCG95X / BCG95W

3.0  (4)
 Summary
ALS
ALSNSW6 posts
  BCG95X / BCG95W
Blanco
Blanco   DM   
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Good morning, Blanco service contact are as follows Ph. 07 5596 0894 or email blanco@t2services.com.au Thanks for your enquiry.

Smeg CIR93AXS3

Smeg CIR93AXS3

2.6  (5)
JMC
JMCNSW2 posts
 
Smeg
Smeg   DM   
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Bellini BG905X

Bellini BG905X

2.6  (5)
Brendan Moylan
Brendan MoylanQLD6 posts
 
Fantastic cooktop that hasn't let us downBought this cooktop in a builders pack from Bunnings that also had an oven.
The cooktop is stainless steel and easy to keep clean, as it has 3 cast iron removable pot stands.
We have not had any issues since it was installed, and was even used by Tennants when we rented our the house. Been in opperation for 4 years and still works great Show details
Baumatic BG4S

Baumatic BG4S

2.6  (5)
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  • Number of Cooktop Burners / Zones4
  • Wok Burner / ZoneYes
Jebz
JebzSA86 posts
 
Cooks really fast with the wok burnerHappy with how this cooktop works, looks great in the kitchen, easy to use, just turn the dial and hold it in for a few seconds. Really happy with the wok burner for the heat, cooks super fast and the cast trivets are non-slip and makes it feel safer for cooking. Show details ·  1
ALDI Gas Cooktops

ALDI Gas Cooktops

2.1  (7)
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  • Price (RRP) $199 to $349
  • Number of Cooktop Burners / Zones5
  • Wok Burner / ZoneYes
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AndyV
AndyVQLD
  Stirling 90cm Gas Glass Cooktop
Worse cooktop I ever had.. It shattered last night while cooking.. Glass everywhere and it's only 8 months old!!!Worse cooktop I ever had.. It shattered while cooking.. Glass everywhere, I had to throw away all my food - It was a big pannick and everyone got really scared. Less than 12 months old!!!
ALDI MUST PULL out of stock IMMEDIATELY. Show details
Westinghouse WHG644SC

Westinghouse WHG644SC

2.2  (6)
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Not a happy customer
Not a happy customer
 
Westinghouse
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Highland FIG905B1

Highland FIG905B1

2.2  (5)
 Summary
no happy
no happyQLD
 
Gas cooktop by Asko with some broccoli and meat cooking in pots
Image credit: Asko.

How does a gas cooktop work?

A gas cooktop (also known as a built-in gas hob) typically uses electronic ignition or a gas pilot light to create a spark. You’ll hear a clicking noise when you first turn the control knob or press a button - this is normal and means the igniter is lighting the burner.

This action signals that it’s okay for the gas valve attached to the burner assembly to accept the flow of oxygen and gas coming from the mains gas line. The gas is then released through the burner holes.

Types of gas cooktops

Natural gas

Out of the two gas options available, natural gas is the one more commonly used. Not all local areas have a gas mains line in their local area, so first make sure this is an available option for your home.

If you’re looking to have a natural gas cooktop but you don’t have a natural gas connection in your home, you’ll have to hire a professional gas fitter to set one up.

Installing a natural gas connection in your home can be expensive, with costs ranging from $800-$5,000. This depends on the amount of copper piping needed to install gas service lines, and also includes labour costs and a call-out fee.

While this does seem like a hefty initial expense, appliances that use natural gas are cheaper to run than those that use electricity or LPG. This means installing a natural gas connection in your home could save you money in the long-run.

LPG

If you don’t have a natural gas connection in your area but are set on installing that new gas cooktop, LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas) can be a worthy alternative.

This is also known as propane, portable gas, or bottled gas, as it comes stored in a bottle. The bottle connects to your cooktop via a pipe, and must be professionally installed.

Should I get a gas cooktop?

Pros
Rapid heat is delivered at the turn of a knob or press of a button. In contrast, an electric cooktop takes time to warm up, eating up precious cooking minutes.
More control over the cooking process - as gas cooktops respond quickly to changes in temperature. When you lower or turn up the heat, you can actually see the blue flame visibly adjust in response.
Quicker cooking times compared to using an electric oven and cooktop, as the heat of the flame reaches both the bottom and sides of saucepans and pots.
More energy efficient and therefore cheaper than both electric and induction cooktops. Natural gas offers the cheapest type of cooktop you can have.
Cons
High initial cost, as gas cooktops are usually more expensive to buy and install than electric cooktops.
Risk of open flames or gas leaks can present a fire or burns hazard. This is more dangerous if you have kids or pets in the house.
LPG gas cooktops can be expensive to run, as they present an ongoing expense. You’ll have to replace the bottle every 3 months or so, depending on its size and how often you use your cooktop.
Can be fiddly to clean, particularly due to the trivets, and the burner holes, which can require a bit of time and attention to clean properly.

What should I look for when buying a gas cooktop?

Size

Since you’re naturally limited to the amount of available space you have on your kitchen countertop, it’s important to factor into account the size of any prospective cooktop and check that it fits properly.

Before hitting the shops or browsing sites, it’s a good idea to measure the amount of counter space in your kitchen that you have to spare. Measurements need to accommodate not just the cooktop dimensions, but also the correct amount of ventilation space required by Australian safety regulations.

These dictate that there needs to be 600mm of vertical clearance up to a combustible surface (the cooktop) and 200mm of horizontal distance.

Gas cooktops are commonly measured in width, and advertised as such. Common widths you'll often see are: 30cm, 60cm, and 90cm. Though less common, you can also find cooktops with widths of 70-80cm and 120cm. The width of a cooktop is influenced mainly by the number of burners it has.

Number of Burners

The Baumatic BSGH95 has 5 burners - one simmer burner, two standard  burners, a large burner and a wok burner.
The Baumatic BSGH95 has 5 burners - one simmer burner (front right), two standard burners (middle), a large burner (top right) and a wok burner (left).

The burners refer to the parts of the cooktop that house the heating element - the flame. Having more burners means you can have more pots on the stove at once, which saves time and allows you to work on different stages of a recipe simultaneously.

  • 2 burners: These are less common to find, and probably suited to households with 1-2 people, people who rarely cook, or kitchens where there’s limited space for a cooktop. 2 burner gas cooktops are usually 30cm width.
  • 3-4 burners: This is the most common number of burners you’ll find in a cooktop. They’re suitable for most households with 4-5 people. These come in a width around 60cm.
  • 5-6 burners: If you’ve constantly got some dish or other bubbling away on the stove, or you have a large household of over 5 people, 5 or 6 burners may be the right fit. These tend to be 90 cm gas cooktops when it comes to width.

Safety

Make sure you choose a gas cooktop with a flame failure function. This automatically turns off the gas when the flame goes out, so gas won’t dangerously leak out into a space undetected.

Some gas cooktops also have child locks. This is especially useful when the control panel is positioned in front of the burners, as this is within easier reach of children who can reach up and play with the controls.

Price

The price tag on various gas cooktops can vary significantly, from $300 on the cheaper end, to $4,000. This depends on a number of factors, such as the size, number of burners, the finish you choose, and whether there are any extra features, such as a wok burner or a teppanyaki plate.

Ease of Use

Burner size

Look for burners that come in a range of sizes, such as small, medium and large. This allows you to cook different types of dishes.

For example, a small burner, or simmer burner, allows you to cook foods on a low, gentle heat setting, such as simmering pasta sauce. A large burner, on the other hand, allows you to place a stock pot on it, to cook large food quantities at high temperatures, such as boiling pasta. Having both of these sizes on the one cooktop allows you to prepare that meal of spag bol much faster than if you were limited to one size.

Burner layout

Even if a cooktop has four burners on it, that won’t necessarily mean you’ll be able to fit four pots and pans on it at the same time.

A good burner layout means you can have a wide saucepan on the stove along with a stockpot. There should be enough space between your pots so they’re not bumping against each other, as this can cause a dangerous spill of hot ingredients.

It can be helpful to go into a store and take a few of your favourite pieces of cookware that you frequently use to cook with. This allows you to test out the practicality of the burner layout - instead of having to buy it first and learn the hard way that the way the cooktop is set up is inconvenient or frustrating.

Control panel labels

These indicate the heat levels, such as low, medium and high, or increasing numbers to indicate a gradually increasing temperature setting.

These markings should be clearly labelled and easy to understand. They can often be printed onto the control panel, which means that it's possible for them to rub off or wear away over time. It can be helpful to read reviews on a prospective cooktop to ensure this isn’t an issue you’ll have to deal.

What is the easiest gas cooktop to clean?

Cleaning the baseplate

The baseplate refers to the flat cooktop surface upon which the burners and trivets are placed.

Enamel

This is the easiest cooktop material to clean. However, it looks stronger than it is, so don’t apply too much force when cleaning. Try and source an enamel cooktop that doesn’t have spots that trap grime and dirt.

Glass cooktops

It goes without saying that glass is a delicate material. Though it looks ultra sleek (especially black glass), it’ll need a little extra care and attention for it to remain scratch-free.

While it’s easy to clean because it’s so smooth, you should use a soft cloth to do so - like a microfibre cloth. Dip the cloth in some warm soapy water and wipe the cooktop surface down gently. Avoid harsh cleaning chemicals, especially when the baseplate is still hot, as these can damage the glass. Also avoid rough sponges, steel wool, glass cleaners and scrubbing too hard as abrasion can result in scratches.

Glass ceramic

Thanks to the addition of a ceramic cooktop, this is a combination of two potentially fragile materials. As a result, follow the same cleaning guidelines as for ‘Glass cooktops’ above.

Stainless steel

This can smudge easily, so choose a cooktop with a fingerprint-resistant coating. Using a cleaning product specially purposed to clean stainless steel may be the safest way to avoid scratches when cleaning the cooktop.

Cleaning the trivets

Ideally, these should be cleaned after every cooking session, after the cooktop has cooled down. This immediate cleaning removes fresh spills before they become stains or caked-on grime from food residue.

However, most of us live busy lives and this isn’t always possible. Sometimes you’d rather relax on the couch with your freshly cooked bowl of pasta, rather than wipe away the bolognaise splatters now decorating the cooktop.

To help you out, source a gas cooktop with removable trivets (most have this option). This way you can take the trivets off periodically and soak them in warm water with dishwashing liquid, for a more thorough clean. You can remove any solidified food lightly with a brush. While some manufacturers state that their trivets are dishwasher safe, this should be approached with caution. For example, cast iron has a non-stick surface, and dishwasher detergents will wear this off.

Cleaning the burners

The burners should also be cleaned periodically. The burner holes that make space for the flame can become clogged with bits of food, which can affect cooking performance. Wipe them down with some warm water, dishwashing liquid and a soft sponge. Then rinse and dry to make sure the burner holes are clean and clear.

Can I install a gas cooktop myself?

No, in Australia it’s illegal to install or work on gas appliances yourself. Installation must be carried out by a licensed gas fitter. Working with gas is potentially dangerous, and a professional will be able to work with gas pipelines safely and prevent gas leaks.

This is the case for installing both natural gas cooktops and LPG cooktops.

While installing a LPG gas bottle to power your gas cooktop may seem simple enough, there are a number of installation regulations that must be followed. For this reason, hire a licensed and experienced gas fitter who will be well-versed in all these legal and safety requirements.

Installation costs vary from anywhere between $300-$650. The price depends on location, labour cost per hour, and perhaps most significantly, factors unique to the job. For example if a new vent needs to be installed, this will push the price up significantly.

Wrapping up

Overall, gas cooktops have a number of advantages that make them easy to cook with. If you don't have a natural gas connection in your home, the initial costs can be high. However, after this, using natural gas to cook with will have you smiling at a low electricity bill every quarter.

Make sure to also measure your space to buy a cooktop that fits, choose the right number of burners for your household size or cooking frequency, and also source a cooktop that will be easy to use and clean on an ongoing basis.

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