Rated 4 out of 5 by emendi This cooktop was listed as stainless steel; the only stainless steel is around the edges, everything else is black.
While it performs well, our complaint is that the grid plates for the burners are shiny black enamel with slick surfaces. The pans we use tend to slide off the burners due to the slick surfaces of the burners. The burner grates should have a rougher finish so the pots will not slide off. This design flaw needs to be corrected.
May 15, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Holiday48000 Good Looking High End Cook Top
This KitchenAid® 30-Inch, 4-Burner Downdraft Cooktop is a great looking cook top. The down draft exhaust fan works extremely well. The burners are electronic start and gas operated with great heat control. The only thing I do not like about it is that the Black Mirror Finish is extremely hard to clean, you would think that Kitchen Aid would make a product that the top shiny black glass finish can be easily wiped off with a mild detergent or a product like Windex. I hate to see what it will look like in 5 years of use.
May 15, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by kitchenAidDerbton The fan makes the gas burn inconsistently
When the downdraft fan is on it causes the flame on the burners to burn inconsistently. The flame burns towards the flame, making the heating inconsistent.
June 28, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by wicknease The stove top has already developed a crack.
I love the design and features of this cook top. It is everything we had hoped for it to be. BUT, it has already developed a hairline crack from the fan dial to the edge of the cook top. We have used the stove less than 20 times, and it is VERY disconcerting to have a crack in it already. We are seniors, and are VERY careful with our appliances. It is obviously a design flaw.
July 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by SIWC Quite pleased with our Kitchen Aid choice.
I hada gas stove when I first married years ago. Throughout the years the houses that we've had all came with electric stoves. It is such a pleasure to come full circle back to gas cooking. The downdraft feature is absolutely wonderful. It was a little more challenging to have this system installed but worth every bit of it. Yes it is a little more difficult to keep the black perfectly clean but the look is just superb.
November 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Orv777 Satisfied with purchase.
Pleased with the performance, look, and ease of use.
November 21, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by PaulaB Nice color
Very unhappy with this appliance. Burners cook very, very slowly and very hard to clean up...... Huge waste of our money.
November 25, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by larryinva For the most part we really like the cook top
Since we purchased our last down-draft cook top 15 years ago, this is a vast improvement. If you want ease of use get one of those electric flat panel cook tops. If you want a real gas cook top this is a good drown draft model.
Many people complain that the down-draft reduces the heat for cooking. But the Kitchen Aid has made some improvements that really makes this a very good cook top.
The surface is both very easy and hard to clean. It shows dirt and water spots and your really need to avoid getting grease even close to the control knobs. But the sealed burners make it a vast improvement over my old cook top.
If you have limited space, and really want a gas cook top and you need a down draft model, I would recommend this cook top.
November 28, 2013