The Maytag MGC9536DS is a good, relatively inexpensive gas cooktop. Its 36-inch surface has a low-heat, 5,000 Btu burner for melting, simmering and keeping food warm. The primary burner sits in the center and reaches a respectable 18,000 Btu, which is hot enough to quickly boil water and recover heat fast after you put food in a pan. The MGC9536DS’s right front burner outputs a maximum of 12,000 Btu, and the remaining two burners can reach a maximum of 9,100 Btu. Altogether, the burners average about 10,000 Btu and provide a good mix for high- and low-temperature cooking.
Since the Maytag MGC9536DS has sealed burners and a seamless pan surface, spills can’t drip beneath the cooktop. This makes it easy to clean, especially since the three removable cast iron grates are dishwasher-safe.
Even though the MGC9536DS has slightly large gaps in its grates, you can slide pans across its surface. This is a welcome safety feature – since you don't need to lift hot, heavy pans to move them, there is less risk of spilling hot liquids. In addition, because of this Maytag model’s continuous surface, you can cook in large or unusual-shape pans.
The control knobs sit front and center on the cooktop in an arc configuration. If you don't like the location of the MGC9536DS’s knobs, check out the KitchenAid KCGS556ESS Pro – its controls are arranged in a row across its front. The Maytag’s knobs are made of durable die-cast metal, and they are dishwasher-safe. Since this is a basic, budget-friendly cooktop, it doesn’t have extras like a hot surface indicator light, backlit knobs and automatic reignition.
Maytag includes a free liquid propane conversion kit with the MGC9536DS. In addition, the company covers the cooktop with an industry-standard one-year limited warranty. However, unlike many manufacturers, it offers an additional warranty that starts the second year you own the appliance. The second warranty runs through the 10th year you own the cooktop and covers the grates and burners.