Due to unforeseen circumstances, we find ourselves in need of a new cooktop ASAP. We currently have a 30” 4 burner gas cooktop with a propane line. I have been interested in switching to induction, but I’m worried that it might be a little too expensive. We are trying to keep the budget at $1000, give or take. Since I haven’t had time to do extensive research (which kills me) I’m in desperate need of help! So…
What is the lowest price I can expect to pay for a quality induction top? Any specific models that people like? What features should I most look for? I’m guessing that I will also have factor some amount ($$?) to have electricity run to our island. (Although now that I type this, I’m wondering if it has electricity for the lighters, but, if so, it’s probably 110 not 220, right?). I’ve heard great things about induction, so any advice pro or con is appreciated.
For gas, any models/brands/features to look for? Does every gas cooktop work with propane (wasn’t sure if some were designed specifically for natural gas)? I see some that have a fifth burner in the center which seems like it might be a nice feature, although our cooktop already gets crowded so I’m worried that I wouldn’t be able to fit other pots and pans around that. Anyone have this layout?
Having never bought a cooktop, is there any place that might have better deals or selection? For our other appliances we usually just go to Lowe’s, Home Depot, etc., but thought there may somewhere specializing in cooking appliances.
If it makes a difference, the previous owners who redid the kitchen did not put in a vent hood over the island. Not sure if it’s a bad idea to use gas without one? Maybe if air quality is an issue I can sell my wife on a more expensive induction cooktop? :)
And even though I haven’t mentioned this to my wife yet, anyone ever increase the cut-out in their granite from 30” to 36”? Not even sure I have the width to accommodate that. I’m guessing the sides might be exposed or I might lose the top drawer on the side of the cooktop. But I would love a bigger area. As a moderately-skilled DIYer, I’m always up for a challenge…
Thanks so much for the help!