||10-21-2011 05:27 PM
We presently have a 20 year old GE electric cooktop with downdraft ventilation that is in need of replacement.
The first problem is that it has front mounted controls so the cutout comes through the front of the countertop in all the new ones are designed differently so they require countertop (about 2") in front of the cooktop when installing. The countertop is part of a large island and I really don't want to replace the entire countertop for both cost and aesthetics reasons. Secondly nobody makes new electric cookouts that use coils for heating elements, everything nowadays is glass top which from everything I've seen is very hard to keep clean on an everyday basis and is subject to scratches. We have natural gas in the house but neither my wife nor I have ever cooked on it and really don't want to now.
If anyone the know of any other cooktops that are available that will fit our needs? Any ideas how to solve the mounting question?