A four-burner cooktop without any fancy extra features. It offers excellent performance for a very reasonable price. Unlike most other cooktops, it also comes in various colors and finishes.
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Pro Excellent value for money
At its price, this four-burner cooktop performs quite well. The two 8" burners can boil water quite quickly and are very powerful when it comes to searing. The two smaller ones are best used for simmering sauces or melting butter.
Pro Plenty of temperature settings
While other budget electric cooktops have six settings at most, this one offers just a bit more control over the cooking process, since the knobs possible temperatures are continuous.
Pro Easy to clean
Because the ceramic glass surface is flat, it's easy to keep it clean. There is no place for debris to build up as even the knobs are removable and dishwasher-friendly, for easy maintenance and cleaning.
Pro Low minimum temperatures
The lowest setting of the burners is low enough to safely do things like simmering or melting butter without the risk of overdoing it.
Pro High maximum temperature
The two large burners can hit very high temperatures. They're hot enough to sear a very large steak. If you are new to electric cooktops, it’s better to avoid the high settings in the beginning.
Pro Capable of fast cooking/heating
While it’s not the most powerful cooktop in the market, it still can boil water reasonably fast. The large burners labeled with “Power Boil” can do the job faster than the majority of cooktops in this price range.
Pro Well marked heating zone
The cooktop has a simple circle that indicates where and how large the burner zone is.
Pro Multiple color options
The cooktop comes in three different colors: classic black, white or stainless steel finish. However, if you want the white or stainless steel versions, you have to pay more.
Con Not suitable for 110 V networks
It requires a 240 VAC mains electric network.
Con No extra features
The GE JP3030DJBB is rather basic. It does not offer extra features like timers, control locks or automatic temperature controls.
Con No child lock
There is no way to lock the controls at all, so you have to be careful if you have small children in the house.
Con The surface gets very hot
The surface will stay hot even after you have finished cooking. Although this is common for electric cooktops, you have to be careful not to burn yourself.
Con The surface can get scratched easily
As with all of the ceramic glass cooktops, you have to take extra care to avoid scratching it while moving pots around.