Want a cooktop that quickly brings a large pot of pasta water to a boil but can also gently simmer tomato sauce? We test a cooktop’s speed and simmering capabilities. Recommended cooktops are top-scoring and do not have brand reliability problems, based on our survey of thousands of readers.
Unlike electric cooktops, gas cooktops vary widely in performance. The best in our tests have a large burner that can both heat up a pot of pasta water on high and simmer tomato sauce on low, and a smaller burner with gentle low heat for melting and delicate sauces.