Thermador is the first manufacturer of cooktop and wall ovens and has been innovating in gas cooktops for decades. It introduced the first smoothtops, warming drawers and high-powered burners. Thermadors were used in Julia Child’s kitchens. The Thermador 36-inch Masterpiece Series gas cooktop offers a stylish design, unique star-shaped burners and tremendous temperature range, making it a great offering from the appliance innovator.
The Thermador SGSX365FS’s burners average just over 12,000 Btu per burner. The front-left burner reaches a modest 9,100 Btu, but it also can drop to extremely low temperatures for melting delicate foods, like chocolate, even without a double-boiler. This lets you maintain temperatures lower than 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The primary center burner reaches 18,000 Btu and can also drop to very low temperatures, though not as low as the melting burner. There’s a remaining 9,100 and two 12,000 Btu burners. There’s a lot of flexibility with this mix of temperatures. You can have high temperatures and precise simmering going simultaneously. The burner shape is also the most unusual on our lineup. The burner and flames are both star shaped to assist in better heat distribution.
The metal knobs have a sturdy feel. The control panel is centered at the front, and the knobs illuminate progressively, depending on whether they’re used normally or on the melting settings. The continuous grates make pan movement easy, and they accommodate large and unusually shaped pots and pans. The burner covers are similarly finished, and the trapezoidal grates coupled with the star burners give the cooktop an unconventional and attractive appearance. As with other gas stovetops without a downdraft ventilation system, a vent hood is necessary.
The continuous grates are segmented into several pieces for easy cleaning in the dishwasher, and the knobs are likewise safe in a dishwasher cycle. The Thermador Masterpiece can be converted into liquid propane for LP cooktop conversions, but there is no included LP conversion kit. While there’s no separate hot surface indicator, the backlit knobs serve the similar purpose of letting you know when the burner is in use, which is helpful in extremely low temperatures where the flame isn’t obvious. Like other high-end cooktop brands, it does have automatic reignition, and the ignition system is separated rather than striking all the burners at once. There is no integrated griddle or child lock. If a griddle is important to you, check out the GE Café CGP650SETSS.
Unlike the majority of gas cooktops, Thermador gives you a two-year limited warranty on the entire appliance. The company will schedule service visits, and customer service is provided by email and phone contacts. You can also find all the warranty information and manuals on the product website. Thermador also has a knowledgebase, a FAQs section and a video series to help teach the best cooking and cleanup methods for its gas stovetops. There’s a Thermador YouTube series to help with selecting, using and maintaining appliances. With a solid list of features, the Thermador Masterpiece is one of the best gas cooktops on the market.