This cooktop represents our transition to gas cooking after years with an old-fashioned electric coil appliance. The only other time I had cooked on gas was in a college apartment. I did extensive research before selecting this product and am very pleased. The construction is sturdy and has all of the features I wanted, including the large center burner and an on-off switch. I especially liked that the top is somewhat deeper than other models, so the grills sit securely on the cooktop and don't slide around. I am still in the "learning curve" about what settings to use, but I will say that one surprise is that the front (larger) burners don't heat up as quickly as I thought they would-- it seems to take much longer to boil a kettle of water for tea than it did with my electric. The other thing new users need to watch for is, if the discs where the flame comes out get slightly off-center, the burner will not ignite. This is a great safety feature, of course, but when it happened (probably during cleaning), I thought the unit was malfunctioning at first. You just have to gently put it back in place- not a big deal. Overall we love the cooktop and are having fun learning how to use it.Highly recommended- it was a little more expensive than comparable models but worth the difference. I wasn't sure about ordering from a non-local retailer, but Abe's delivered as promised with no issues and we were pleased with the experience.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend