GE’s Profile PGP966SETSS is a full step down from its full-featured high-Btu cousin, the GE Cafe. Unlike the Cafe, this gas cooktop has a slightly boxy appearance but maintains the same fit and finish. The control panel takes a central block one-sixth the size of the cooktop toward the front. It’s a stark contrast to the Cafe’s curvy appearance and control panel. The cooktop’s design is a seamless stainless steel with a recessed pan for catching spills.
The Profile’s five-burner layout has only two general-use burners, one 11,000 Btu and the other 9,500 Btu, each placed on the left. There are two 5,000 Btu simmering burners and a single high-Btu boiling and searing burner. With the Profile’s hottest burner only putting out 15,000 Btu, it is the least powerful primary burner of the products we evaluated. On the plus side, the burners are sealed, which prevents any spills from dropping below the cooktop surface, and the continuous surface makes it easy to move pans across the burners.
The knobs are a sturdy die-cast metal, and they can go in the dishwasher along with the heavy cast-iron grates. The deep-set pan, the control panel and the stainless finish make for easy cleanup. It doesn’t have the backlit knobs, integrated griddle, child lock or hot surface indicator that the GE Cafe includes. However, if your kitchen requires an LP cooktop, the conversion kit is included.
The GE Profile comes with a one-year limited warranty, which is typical for the common cooktop brands. GE offers technical assistance and web-based manuals if you happen to misplace your paper copy. The support team is easy to get ahold of through live chat, phone and email. Product registration can be completed online, and replacement parts are easy to order through customer service.
The GE Profile PGP966SETSS is a low-price alternative gas stovetop to GE’s Cafe. If you don’t mind the drop in Btu output and lightweight features, this model is still an attractive and versatile gas cooktop.