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Last updated: 17 May 2017

With gas cooktops you have instant heat control. We lab test and review the latest models to help you find the best gas cooktop for you. Our gas cooktop buying guide will help you decide which one you need, and how we test explains our testing rigour.

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Our test covers a range of rectangular and square-shaped gas cooktops, in enamel, stainless steel and glass. Our expert testers give every cooktop a thorough workout to help find the models that:

  • are best at low and high temperature cooking
  • perform well for turn-down responsiveness
  • are the easiest to use
  • are the easiest to clean.

We also give you good and bad points for each model as well as their cut-out dimensions to help you find out which will fit in the space you have. And our Recommended list will help you see quickly which models come out on top. This review includes some discontinued models; to see them, select that option in the related products filter on the left.

By Fiona Mair and Chantelle Dart
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The actual width (front) of the cooktop in cm. This may be rounded for convenience by manufacturers; for example a cooktop with an actual width of 58cm is typically referred to as a 60cm model. 

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For ease of use we assess the stability of the trivets, layout of the burners, whether the pots fit comfortably and the stability of pan support. We also check how easy the controls are to use as well as ease of cleaning.

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Cooking performance is calculated from the scores for white sauce (simmering on low heat), rice (turn-down from high heat to low), and stir-fry (high heat), weighted equally.

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