Many gas cooktops are now fitted with a flame failure device, whereby the gas will either automatically cut out if the flame goes out or reignite automatically. CHOICE believes that this feature should be made a standard requirement.
Models without flame failure generally cost less and they still perform well so they may be tempting to buy. The problem is that if the flame goes out, gas can escape silently and invisibly.
In the past, we've tested models without flame failure and haven't recommended them. Here we've only included models with the flame-failure feature and will continue to do so in future tests.