Love the look
Buying a Smeg oven I wanted a matching cooktop and I think there were 2-3 options in the 60cm size. This one I really liked the look of with the sunken hobs. I agree the design if floored in that you are never going to get 4 pans on this - the hobs are just too close together, but I don't know that you are ever going to get 4 pans on a 60cm stove top?? Maybe you would have more luck with the traditional 2 x 2 layout. Saying this, this isn't really an issue for us as I would only have 2 decent size pans/pots going at once and for this is has be...en fine. Cast iron frame over the hobs is nice and solid, is in 2 parts, easy to move to clean. I have found the stainless steel easy to clean. There is a trivet that sits over one of the hobs - I find this useless but I just move to use and pop back after as I like the look! AND we shopped around and Harvey Norman price matched (an online store wth delivery) so we got for a really good price. $1080.00
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Sizing an issue during installation (remains in the box)
When I purchased PGA64 from Harvey Norman at the end of 2018, I was told that according to the dimensions given it would fit in place of my current cook top as both are advertised to fit in 60cm cook top installations but when the installer came to fit it he told me it will not fit without having to cut into the stone bench top (even if it only required small amounts on both sides (left and right) as well as more depth as well. As a result I had to pay the installer for his time spent coming out to my place without having the actual cook top installed. We looked at other options to have it done but got different opinions and I expect my next step would be a different cook top from a different manufacturer.
Wrong size advertised
When I purchased PGA64 from Good Guys during X-mas 2018, I was told both in Harvey Norman and Good Guys that it would fit in place of my old Smeg SAR 66X as both are advertised as to fit in 60cm cooktop but when the installer came to fit it in then told me that it does not fit and I need to get a stone benchtop cutter to widen the cutout with 5cm. Now I need to pay extra for the benchtop cutter as well.
I do like the gas cooktop but don't love it. I like the design of it being sunken. It is easy to clean. But I agree with disappointed that the design is poor and you can only fit small pans on it or only 2 at one time. I regret that at the time of doing my kitchen I did not look into an electric induction. If I had thought of it sooner I would definately have changed to electric induction. I would love to be able to do this now.
Really bad design. Bought it to replace old Smeg cooktop hoping it would be easy to install in the bench but that didn't happen even though it is technically the same size. The design of my old cooktop was so much better, the new one can only fit two pans unless they are very small.
A great stove top that fits low into the bench with a decent wok burner
Was installed by large local installer, good knobs at the front with clear markings. Beautiful stainless steel but each burner has a few bits to remove for major cleans or easy wipe down of the whole top.
Easy to keep clean after each cooking session. Burns gas as it should and nice fine control by the front knobs that stay cool.
Very good heavy quality two grid racks that lift off for easy cleaning. 34.8 Mj/h on natural gas..
The lower height suits a shorter cook!!
Don't Pay Retail
I was totally in love with the aesthetics of this Smeg underbench gas cook top until it was installed in my new kitchen. Was going to pay retail from The Good Guys but working in trade my husband was able to get a good Smeg package deal from a builder they work for.
After only being installed for 1 month the polished aluminium burners have already changed colours & need to be cleaned after every use. But the worst part of it all is the diagrams/writing of the cooktop have started to fade. I can't seem to understand how this can happen in such...
This is a good product
Been operating this cooktop for a 2 months now.No problems, operates well with all burners in action, starts promptly, and is very easy to clean.Only downside is polished aluminium burner surround discolours, but its no problem, we just clean them with a product called Gumption once a week while doing the dishes, discoloration comes off very easily, looks brand new all the time.Its a huge improvement on our old gas cooktop.
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Not the best cooktop I've ever had
While I love the way this cooktop actually sits down into the bench, it isn't the best cooktop I've ever had.
It is more difficult than most to light - you seem to need to have the knob in exactly the right position for the flame to catch & hold & more importantly, I can't get the flame down low enough to simmer on any burner - unless I use a simmer mat. On previous cooktops I haven't needed to do this.
Disappointed - Not recommended
I just used for 2-3 times then the one by one burner' ring changed to a rusty look which can't be cleaned. The ugly look started to appear even with the burners (2 little ones) I haven't used. Then after a week the black stand started to change color as well. Not really impressed.
Questions & Answers
Can the heat control valves be changed for variable control as the low setting is still too high?
Just to clarify - you say when you use the wok burner you can't use the other elements - is this because another pan won't fit or because there's not enough gas/heat to use 2 elements at the same time?
Thank you for your enquiry. You can definately use the burners on the right when you are using the wok burner which is located on the left of this Cooktop.
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