Excerpt: Part of a Kitchenaid kitchen. Older cook top had enameled grates which were hard to keep clean, the new on are colored cast iron. Should be much easier to keep clean. This unit has a bridge between the two back burners that will allow a pot top to rest on the cooktop with being above a burner.
Pros: Easy to Clean, Heats Up Quickly, High Powered Burners, Holding Area For Hot Pots
Summary: I wouldn't rate it 1* for just that - it is impossible to completely clean the gray grates. Works as advertised otherwise. This came with the house we purchased, and will be replacing is solely due to it being white and not fitting with the color scheme of the rest of the kitchen, otherwise I'd just...
Summary: The "glass" surface does not clean up. We followed the Recommedation and bought the special cleaner which did not work. We expected a glass surface to clean easily. After a week this unit looked worse than the 20 year old unit we replaced. The good: burners worked great.
Excerpt: When this cooktop was installed, one of the gas burner posts are bent, and the grates wobble. Had KitchenAid service out, and it turns out that the cooktop's frame is bent! How did this get past quality control. ABT is fantastic, though, since they're going to replace it.
Pros: Heats Up Quickly, High Powered Burners, Precise Controls
Good Price, Visually Appealing, Reliable Performance
C. Forakis "cforakis", Amazon
30 October 2011
Summary: I've owned and used the KitchenAid Architect II cooktop for 4+ years. It's a modern style, that when shinned up, looks beautiful. The design is straight forward and there are not any unnecessary design features such as grids that can be a collection spot for food or stains.
Summary: Just remodeled our kitchen, purchased all Kitchenaid appliances per recommendation of appliance store salesman. Never Again! Buyer Beware! Our white gas cooktop with grey grates does not clean up. After less than 2 months of use the grates and burner covers are horribly stained.
Excerpt: Love the high powered and low powered burners - very useful. Love the solid grid surfaces that allow you to slide your pots across. The middle grid between the burners is a great cool off spot for a hot pot! Super easy to clean. Love the tempered glass base!
Pros: Easy to Clean, Heats Up Quickly, High Powered Burners, Large Surface Area, Precise temp control