The Frigidaire Gallery FGGC3645QS 36-inch gas cooktop is relatively inexpensive, and its five burners have a good selection of heat outputs. For example, its central primary burner can go as high as 18,000 Btu, which is hot enough to sear meat. The cooktop also has a 12,000 Btu burner, two 9,500 Btu burners and a 5,000 Btu low-heat simmer burner. You can use the 5,000 Btu burner to keep food warm, melt butter or chocolate, and make sauces that can’t handle high heat.
Although this is a basic cooktop, it has sturdy continuous cast iron grates. Since the grates evenly cover the cooktop from edge to edge, you can slide hot, heavy pots to different positions rather than lift them and risk spilling and getting burned. The grates are dishwasher-safe.
The cooktop surface is made of stainless steel, which is easy to wipe clean. Also, all the burners are sealed, so spills can’t drip below the cooktop’s surface.
The Frigidaire Gallery FGGC3645QS’s durable, cast metal controls sit front and center on the cooktop. However, the knobs aren’t backlit, and the control panel doesn’t have a hot surface indicator light. This cooktop also doesn’t come with a griddle, though you can purchase one separately from Frigidaire.
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Although it’s one of the least expensive gas cooktops we reviewed, the FGGC3645QS includes an automatic reignition feature, which comes in handy if the flame goes out while you cook. Frigidaire also includes an LP conversion kit in case your kitchen uses propane fuel – something you must purchase separately with most gas cooktops.