Summary: I was a bit nervous to order this. I've had some bad luck with GE appliances and mostly use Whirlpool and Kenmore now. But my wife and I wanted a black downdraft 30" gas cooktop and options were limited. So far, we very happy with it.
Summary: We have owned this cooktop for about 5 years and will be replacing it shortly. The grates are not even, so pots need to be carefully balanced and can't always be centered over the heat source. The grates are like a table with uneven legs.
Summary: The stove looks great when new and functioned well initially but we have had recurrent maintenance problem. It is very difficult to keep clean, enamel chipped all over the grates, individual ignition failed twice on the controls, glass top broke with routine use, rubber gasket on downdraft grate...
Summary: I replaced an older version of this stovetop. The fan in the package I received is certainly capable but is very loud relative to the amount of air moved and the previous versions of this cooktop. Not really user friendly if you want to have a conversation while cooking.
Summary: For some reason GE decided to make the bottom of the backdraft rectangular instead of circular, which is how the vents are made. this required an extensive amount of work to get the backdraft vent hook upped. The cook top itself works fine.
Summary: I initially liked this appliance, however, the more I use it, the less I like it. It's made of cheap material (China) and doesn't hold up well. The knobs are plastic overlaid with chrome and will melt if on high heat or accidentally touched with a pan.
Summary: Just installed today. I would NOT buy it again. The downdraft sucks away the heat so that the food being cooked takes forever to cook. A small 1/2 quart pot of soup was still lukewarm after five minutes on high heat with the downdraft turned on.
Summary: All downdraft cook tops are, according to their manufacturers, submarginal at removing odors, heat and what you would expect a vent to vent. My mistake twice, first with an electric cook top and then with a gas downdraft.