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Gas Cooktops - 30-inch under $1000

janniecooks | Jan 24, 201512:44 PM

We're looking to replace a smooth top electric cooktop with a gas cooktop that can be converted to LP gas. Because the countertops are granite, the new cooktop must fit into the existing cut out. So far I've found five candidates that will fit: Maytag, Whirlpool, Frigidaire, Verona and Dacor. GE also makes cooktops that will fit the opening, but the BTUs on the GEs are lower than the other manufacturers I've listed. The Dacor is my preferred choice, but I can't convince the spouse that it is worth the approximately $500 more than the others cost.

Futher complicating things, I can't find out anything on conversion kits for the Maytag and Whirlpool. Is one natural gas to LP gas conversion kit the same as any other, or do they need to be specific for the cooktop?

Does anyone have any experience with Verona cooktops? I like the european sealed burners on the Verona - it looks like the flames shoot up the top as opposed to out to the side of the burner. The price is also very attractive at $800 for the model I'm considering.

Any experiences also with the Maytag, Whirlpool or Frigidaire?

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