Considering a radiant cooktop for a rental property. Is there anyone who
owns one who can answer these questions?
1. if one removes a pot from a radiant cooktop; and then accidentally places
say a hand on it. Will it burn?
2. cleaning the top. Is it hard to do? Remember - this is for a rental &
sometimes when people move out appliances are totalled.
3. I assume that special pots and pan are needed. Are they very expensive?
We are considering one from Sears - around 500 dollars.
If the cooktop is on and you remove a pot from one of the burner areas,
and touch it, yes you will burn your hand. It is just like touching a
regular burner. The areas between the burners are cooler (like a regular
stove) but caution must be used when touching those as well. Our stove
has a light that lets you know the cooktop is too hot to touch.
Not hard but perhaps more than some people want to do. We clean ours
after every use with a ceramic cooktop cleaner. Any crusted on food gets
scraped off with a scraper blade first, then the cleaner. This keeps it
looking brand new. I'd hate to see what it looked like after weeks of
leaving crusted food on, or how scratched the surface might be if
someone used a dull scraper blade, butter knife or other such items to
scrape off the food.
You don't need special pots/pans, there are just some types/sizes you
shouldn't use. Aluminum will leave white scratches on the surface, which
aren't noticeable right away if you have a black surface with white
flecks, but will look messy after there are many of them. These white
marks can be cleaned if they are taken care of quickly, but if not taken
care of, will remain.
Also, pots and pans need to be a certain size. I think it is no more
than 1" in diameter bigger than the size of the burner (but check the
manual as I am sure this could be different for different models).
Can you get a cooktop with solid elements for the same price or cheaper?
If so, I would consider that instead for a rental property.
You also need to keep in mind that extremely hot liquids (such as the
juice from berries when making jam), if spilled onto the cooktop can pit
If maintained properly and regularly these surfaces look great, and are
really easy to take care of. Let the maintenance slide or don't do it
properly, they will look terrible and could be damaged.
We are working with a very small kitchen. We were leaning towards a 2 burner
cooktop so the burners would be further away. Then we started discussing
this an hour ago and were wondering if the radiant would be safer. So it
looks like it isn't safer.
In the original blueprint we had an stand alone oven but decided to go with
a cooktop and will do microwave above that is convection or something else.
Also the sink is off in the drawing and slides down a bit so one can stand
there. And that wall where sink is actually is a 45 degree roof line. The
window by sink is a velux skywindow. We have a smaller sink sitting sideways
so the levers will be on the right or left.
Thanks for your answering those questions. Probably going back to the 2
burner electric one now!
A cooktop isn't "safer", but it will offer additional counter space
(when cool), which should be a huge check in the "plus" column in your
They are easier to get totally clean, than a regular electric burner
stove, where crud inevitably builds up below the burners.
Are you omitting a regular oven? Where is the fridge? A guy posted his
kitchen's design to craiglist a month or so ago, wanting to remodel to
add a "regular" slide-in range, because his kitchen didn't have an oven
(!). That would be a huge "minus" for me, either as a renter or buyer.
It looks like you might squeeze things in a bit better, if you line them
up on the bathtub side of the kitchen, and maybe put the dishwasher in
the upper right corner.
You can see from the island looking at kitchen that I am working with
sloping roof line.
All pix of apt can be seen here under number 5.
Due to sloping walls I couldn't fit fridge in. So I wound up doing an small
island and placed an under counter fridge in. Plus an under counter freezer.
Was able to get to around 10 cubic feet. This is a small one bed apt that we
kinda did up as a rental.
Now I am thinking of an electric cooktop with controls on right side. AND
hopefully 3 burners on the left side. Anyone ever seen one? Another option
is to get a 4 burner electric cooktop and remove forward right side burner -
but what would I fill that hole with?
Originally we were going to do stand alone range and decided against it due
to possible burn from leaning to left and backwards while working in the
I see you have a dishwasher, is it full size? If so, consider going to
one of the 18" models. We have one in our home for 2 adults and a child
and it is plenty big enough and gave us more space for storage.
Also, are you thinking of eliminating the oven completely? I know I
wouldn't rent a place with only a microwave, I can't stand the things.
And I can't imagine cooking nice large, crisp crust pizza in the
microwave. :-) If you are eliminating the oven all together, perhaps
consider eliminating the dishwasher instead? They are nice to have, but
it is possible to live without them!
The last thing you want in a rental unit is a radiant cooktop.....
Sorry but renters as a hole don't normally have the pride of ownership
pride IMO that is required for the proper care and feeding of a radiant
cooktop. Maybe too much slanted TV nuzz but I would not sleep well with
the knowledge my cooktop was in constant jeopardy.
I don't know how much stress a cooktop can take....ie, the unit in use
tends to stay much hotter for a longer period than a common element
stove. Conversely I would be leary of some airhead powering ahead to
clean the unit in this extended heat span for fear of it cracking.
Neither do I know how sturdy the cooktop is when a utensil is dropped on
it like the lid of a pressure cooker or some such thing.....
I'd find a scratch and dent offer from one of the boxes and go with that.
My ex wife bought one. My 15 year old son says it's a pain in the neck to
clean. Now, admittedly, a 15 year old kid has his mind on skateboards and
girls, so he may be exaggerating a bit, but on the other hand, I know my
son, so I think he's pretty accurate.
This may not mean much if the stove is yours because you can stand over the
kid and nag him until he learns to clean it correctly (after blowing up
whatever food he was trying to cook). But, it means PLENTY if you end up
renting to people who don't give a damn. Or even worse: college kids. I have
a friend who had two rental properties near R.I.T. The stories he told were
worse than anything Stephen King could write.
I'd do this: Get a traditional electric range, but make sure it's got a top
that lifts up easily for cleaning. I don't mean "able to be disassembled".
I'm referring to a top which opens like the hood of a car so you can do a
thorough job of cleaning underneath. The shields under the burners are less
than three bucks each, so if the tenants hose those (and even careful cooks
hose them), you're only out 12 bucks for all four.
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