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6 best Whirlpool Electric Cooktops of 2024 for you

Electric cooktops and stovetops are powerful and versatile options for streamlining meal prep and improving your cooking process. This guide will highlight some of the best electric cooktops to fit your lifestyle by Whirlpool brand.

Read on for an overview of each model's unique benefits so you can decide which one is right for your home cooking needs. With up to five heating zones on select models, these sleek electric cooktops and stovetops offer a range of options sure to meet the requirements of any on-the-go household.

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What are the best electric cooktops?

When choosing the right cooktop or stovetop for your kitchen, there are several factors to keep in mind. Some of the most important features include size, the number of heating elements and fuel source. 

Read on to discover Whirlpool® electric cooktops designed to help you transform your kitchen into the heart of your home.

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2-element electric cooktops

If you are looking for a compact cooktop, then the two-element electric cooktop may be just what you need. Two-element models like the Whirlpool® 15-inch Electric Cooktop with Easy Wipe Ceramic Glass provide a compact fit for even the most cramped kitchen spaces, yet they offer plenty of cooking flexibility through their dual heating zones. 

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4-element electric cooktops

With two additional heating elements for greater versatility in the kitchen, select four-element electric cooktops have features like dedicated Warm Zone Elements and safety measures like Hot Surface Indicators on select models to give you added confidence as you cook. 


Explore the four-element Whirlpool® 30-inch Electric Ceramic Glass Cooktop with Dual Radiant Element to help make mealtime easier and more enjoyable.

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5-element electric cooktops

For families who need even more cooking space, five-element electric cooktops offer an ideal solution. These units are slightly larger than four-element types but often pack the same powerful features like the Warm Zone Element and Wall Oven Compatibility on select Whirlpool brand models that are designed to give you more control as you cook. With five separate heating zones and temperature control knobs for each zone, five-element cooktops provide great flexibility when it comes to preparing meals.


Explore five-element models like the Whirlpool® 36-inch Electric Ceramic Glass Cooktop with Two Dual Radiant Elements for a manageable cooking experience with easy cleanup. 

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Ceramic electric cooktops

Ceramic electric cooktops like the Whirlpool® 30-inch Electric Ceramic Glass Cooktop with Two Dual Radiant Elements offer a sleek and modern look for your kitchen. With their one-piece construction, electric cooktops provide a cooking surface that makes it easy to place pots and pans with minimal mess. Select ceramic models by Whirlpool brand provide up to five heating zones.

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Induction electric cooktops

For those who need a powerful yet precise cooking experience, induction electric cooktops are the ideal option. Models like the Whirlpool® 30-inch Induction Electric Cooktop with four elements create heat using electromagnetic energy to power your cooking needs. This innovative technology allows for faster and more responsive temperature control vs radiant cooktops so you can cook dinner quickly.

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Downdraft electric cooktops

Downdraft cooktops feature an integrated ventilation system embedded into the top of the cooktop. It draws the fumes, smoke and steam from the food across the cooktop surface into the vent beneath to keep unpleasant odors out of the kitchen and away from the dinner table.


Downdraft electric cooktops like the KitchenAid® 36" Electric Downdraft Cooktop with 5 Elements pictured here are also a great choice for home chefs looking to maximize their cooking capabilities and creativity in the kitchen.

What is the best downdraft electric cooktop?

Select electric cooktops come in downdraft options with a built-in ventilation system that helps remove smoke, grease and unpleasant odors in your kitchen. They also eliminate the need for an oven hood for even more flexibility in your kitchen layout design. 

What is the difference between ceramic-glass electric and coil electric cooktops?

Ceramic cooktops are one type of electric cooktop. This style houses metal coils beneath a smooth, ceramic-glass surface on which you place cookware. A coil electric cooktop has exposed metal coils that come into direct contact with cookware. The smooth surface of ceramic cooktops gives them a sleek and convenient area to work with and an easy-to-clean surface.

What’s the difference between radiant electric and induction cooktops?

Induction cooktops are another type of electric cooktop. Radiant electric cooktops use elements that heat a surface when activated, while induction cooktops use electromagnetism to turn induction-compatible cookware, such as stainless steel or cast iron, into its own source of heat.

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What are the most common electric cooktop sizes?

Standard electric cooktops typically come in sizes between 30 to 36 inches wide and commonly have four elements for added flexibility when preparing meals for your busy household. 

Electric cooktops also come in a variety of other shapes and sizes to best suit your cooking and kitchen needs with two, four and five-element configurations for even more control over your cooking experience.  

What is the best way to clean an electric cooktop?

The best way to clean an electric cooktop depends on what type of electric cooktop you have. For ceramic-glass cooktops a combination of soft cloths, non-abrasive cleaning pads and a mild cleanser like affresh® Cooktop Cleaner can do the trick.1 Simply clear off the stuck-on foods, clean off the ceramic-glass surface, wipe down stainless steel components and clean the stovetop knobs.

It is important to avoid using abrasive cleaners or scouring pads, as they can scratch the surface and damage the cooktop. Additionally, it is important that the cooktop is completely cool before cleaning. If you don't have a dedicated cooktop cleaner on hand, you can use white vinegar and baking soda for fresh and clean results.

Which cooktop is easiest to clean?

Ceramic cooktops like these models by Whirlpool brand offer a smooth, easy-to-clean glass surface that can help you clean up spills and messes in a cinch. Additionally, many models come with a special ceramic-glass cleaning agent to help keep the surface looking great. Induction cooktops are also relatively easy to clean, as they don’t require any open flame or hot elements that may cause messes and spills to burn on. 

Additional cooktop features to consider

Electric cooktops are a convenient and popular choice for home cooks because they often come with many of the same features you’d find on a range stovetop, making them a fantastic addition if you're looking to give your kitchen an upgrade.

When selecting an electric cooktop, it’s important to consider the size and number of elements that suit your cooking needs. It’s also beneficial to check the warranty and maintenance options that come with the appliance. Cooking power is another important factor as some larger models may require more wattage than smaller ones. Additionally, helpful convenience features like indicator lights and touch controls on select Whirlpool brand electric cooktops can help you get a better hand on mealtimes with ease.

If you want even more convenience and flexibility in your cooking options, consider dual elements or dual heating elements which are designed to accommodate both large and small pots. And if you often prepare after-practice or movie night snacks or serve up multi-dish dinners for the family, look for cooktops with warming zones to help keep food warm until serving time while you finish preparing the rest of the meal. Finally, consider the overall design of the electric cooktop; some models come with sleek stainless steel or timeless black or white finishes that add an elegant touch to your kitchen’s décor.

Shop Whirlpool® electric cooktops

For an electric cooking experience designed to put the reins of your kitchen back in your hands, choose a Whirlpool® electric cooktop. Select models come equipped with features like FlexHeat™ Dual Radiant Elements, ADA compliant design and Induction Technology that offer powerful heat and multiple sizes to fit your favorite pots and pans. Browse the full collection of Whirlpool® cooktops to find the perfect one for your kitchen. 

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1. Affresh® and the recommending brand products are all owned and distributed by Whirlpool Corporation.