The KitchenAid KECC667BSS 36-inch electric cooktop has a large triple burner, two double burners and nine different configurations. This ceramic cooktop is available with black or stainless steel accents to match the decor of your kitchen. The controls take some getting used to, but the cooktop has precise power levels, plus special simmer and melt functions that most cooktops don't include. For safety and convenience, the KitchenAid has heat indicator lights, a control lock and touch-activated controls.
This electric cooktop has several different controls and some uncommon features. It provides consistent heat across the entire heat element to avoid hot or cool spots when you cook. The simmer option takes the guesswork out of finding the right temperature for items like hollandaise sauce that need low heat, and a separate melt option maintains low temperatures without scorching. This is a great option when you're making cheese fondue or melting chocolate. The rapid boil setting works on all burners.
The main triple burner fits well in the middle of this ceramic cooktop, and the two double burners are parallel to each other on either side, while the controls are located in the front middle portion of the appliance. The stainless steel border gives the entire glass cooktop a sharp and modern look.
We read dozens of online reviews, and multiple users complained that the control panel was overly sensitive and would shut off the cooktop if it was obstructed by a towel or other object. Several users also complained about a tendency for scratching during cleaning and regular use. One customer who had it over a period of years said the scratching was noticeable across the entire surface of the cooktop. With that said, the reviews overall were very positive.
When the cooktop is not in use, a control lock keeps it from being accidentally turned on, which means you will have one less thing to worry about if there are curious children in your house. The control lock is easy to find, and before you can use this cooktop again, you have to press the lock for at least three seconds to unlock it. One safety feature this unit lacks is a timer that will automatically turn off a burner that has been left on.
Another nice safety feature is a red light that stays on as long as any of the burners are warm. There is also a nice keep-warm setting on the KitchenAid, which allows you to keep food heated but not overcooked if you have guests arriving late. If you're in the market for a good cooktop that is more budget-friendly and has an extremely generous 10-year warranty, check out the Maytag MEC9536B.
The KitchenAid KECC667BSS is a well-designed electric cooktop. With a versatile burner configuration, precise temperatures and an appealing look, this cooktop would enhance any kitchen. It has nice safety features including a child lock and a red light indicating warm or hot burners. It also has uncommon features like a setting that will melt butter and keep fondue warm without scorching. Each burner has its own rapid boil feature. This is a versatile, well-designed cooktop that looks great and can facilitate refined cooking.