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 keep it.
Summary: Don't buy this bad product. As I write this the igniter-sparker has been clicking for 25 minutes since we had a minor spill on one burner. Nothing we do will turn it off, and the gas is off. Previously, the largest burner igniter would not work- gas flooded the kitchen, and the local "authorized repairman" couldn't fix it, but he did manage to chip a large chunk of enamel from the burner surround. I fixed it because I know how high voltage sparkers work.
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. PROs: Over four years, the cook top performance has been excellent and problem free.
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. No matter what cleaning method used, including Kitchenaid's recommendations, the grates and burner covers are getting more and more stained.
Summary: I just had cooktop installed. The store at which I purchased it didn't have one on display so I only had internet pictures to go by, but I was very excited to have a stove with a 17000BTU burner, so I bought it sight unseen. I might have reconsidered the purchase if I had seen it, for two reasons. The lesser reason is that the burners are 2 full inches above the surface of the cooktop. That is going to take some getting used to.
Summary: Bought it as a replacement for an earlier (9 year old) version of the same, whose cooktop shattered -- very strange. Anyway, the surface of this one seems more resistant to that, and this one is also a little easier to clean. Otherwise, it's a gas cooktop; there's not that much to them.