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: 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 had this cooktop for 7 years at a home I just sold. It is a beautiful cooktop and it is a very solid unit. We never had any problems with it. Yes, like other reviewers have mentioned it does need to be cleaned on a regular basis.