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Cooktop Installation Cost

The average cost of installing a cooktop is $550.

In this guide

Type
Surface material
Burners
Ventilation
Installation
Labor
Converting a stove from electric to gas
Enhancement and improvement costs
Additional considerations and costs
FAQ

How much does it cost to install a cooktop?

Cooktops add versatility and function to a kitchen. Often installed separately from the oven, a stand-alone cooktop can be installed on kitchen islands 1, peninsulas 2, and other areas that can increase the function of the room. Cooktops come in many styles and types, which allow you to customize their use. The average homeowner installing an electric cooktop in their kitchen can expect to spend around $550 on the project.

Type

Most cooktops tend to be electric, but there are also gas and induction-style cooktops available. Each has attributes that may make it a better fit for your kitchen:

TypeProsCons

Electric

($300-$600)

Easy to clean

Many options available

Inexpensive

Common and readily available

Not as efficient at heating

Stays hot even after burner is turned off

Takes longer to heat up

Gas

($400-$1,000)

Instant heat

Cools as soon as the fuel is turned off

Very efficient

Heats evenly

More expensive

Requires gas hookup

More difficult to install

Not as easy to clean

Induction

($700-$2,000)

Fast heat up

Fast cool down

Very efficient

Heats evenly

More expensive

Makes a buzzing or humming sound

Requires compatible cookware


Surface material

In addition to the type of cooktop, you also have choices for the material the surface is made from. Because the surface of the cooktop is largely visible, this impacts not only how the cooktop functions but also how it looks:

MaterialDescriptionCosts
Stainless steel

Mostly gas

Harder to clean

Contrasting burner covers

Can coordinate with other stainless appliances

$200-$500
Glass

Induction or electric

Smooth, flat surface

No visible coils

Can scratch

Can be hard to clean

$300-$700
Ceramic

Induction or electric

May scratch

Can be hard to clean

Flat, smooth surface

Usually black

$300-$700
Enamel

May scratch

Gas or electric

Available in different colors

Will have visible coils or contrasting gas burners

$300-$800

Porcelain

Hard-to-scratch surface

Stain-resistant

Gas or electric

Will have visible coils or contrasting gas burners

Available in different colors

$400-$1,200


Burners

Most cooktops have four burners that vary in size depending on the type of cooktop you have. It is possible, however, to purchase specialized cooktops, which have one or two additional burners.

These additional burners may include simmer burners, which only reach a low temperature meant for simmering or keeping food warm, and high heat burners, which are designed to reach higher temperatures than standard burners.

You may also have burners that change in size from 6 to 9 inches to accommodate differently sized cookware. These options are not usually available with most standard cooktops, so expect to pay at least $1,000 for a cooktop with any of these capabilities.

Ventilation

Some cooktops are equipped with a downdraft ventilation system. This system engages a vent at the back of the cooktop, rising up from a flush surface, that pulls steam and smoke downward and out the vent. This is beneficial if your cooktop is installed on an island 1, peninsula 2, or in another area where you cannot have a traditional hood.

If you choose not to get a model with a downdraft ventilation system, then you need to install a vent. Hood vents are one option as are microwave vents. Wall vents may also be an option depending on where you live and what building codes may be in your area.

Keep in mind that vents need to be connected to the outside via ducts to be effective. So, the farther from the venting area your cooktop is installed, the higher the costs will be for vent installation.

Installation

Installing a cooktop is a fairly straightforward process. The countertop is usually templated and cut ahead of time to accommodate the cooktop. If this is a direct replacement, make sure that the dimensions of the new cooktop match those of the old model so that the new cooktop will fit the existing countertop.

The cooktop is lowered partly into the countertop. This is so that the fuel sources can reach their destinations and are either connected to the gas or wired to the electrical hook up in the wall.

Once the fuel has been connected, the cooktop is lowered the rest of the way into the countertop. Before it makes final contact, an adhesive is applied around the edge to hold it in place.

The installer will likely test the cooktop to make sure it is working and will make any adjustments necessary. The entire process takes less than an hour provided that the gas or electrical connections are already in place. If they are not, the process can take longer as they will need to be run to the correct location.

Labor

Most stand-alone cooktops are powered by electricity and installed by electricians. This costs around $150 on average. Prices are approximately the same for a gas cooktop if there is already a gas line in the kitchen and the cooktop is only being hooked up.

If a gas line needs to be run to the kitchen, there will be an additional cost of $200 to $500, depending on how far the gas line needs to be run.

For a standard electric cooktop, the total costs are around $550, while a gas cooktop installation ranges from $650 to $1,000, depending on the existing gas line.

Converting a stove from electric to gas

While electric stove tops are the most common, many people choose to switch to gas if they already have a gas line in their home. Gas is more efficient and can heat food more evenly, with a faster startup and cooldown of the burner.

Converting from an electric to a gas stove is not difficult. It is possible to find cooktops that are identical in size, making replacement easy for your countertop. The main issue is in extending the gas line to the cooktop. If you have a gas-powered oven in the kitchen, then your plumber can T off of this line fairly easily to run it to the new cooktop. If not, however, the line will need to run farther. In most cases, this can be easily concealed by your cabinets. The time it takes varies according to the distance the line needs to be run, but expect the installation to require between 2 and 6 hours and cost around $900 to $1,000 to make the conversion.

Enhancement and improvement costs

Modular cooktop

Modular cooktops allow you to change out various elements to better suit your needs. These include different burners, griddles, or wok attachments. Modular cooktops start at around $600 and go up, depending on the brand and features.

Downdraft extraction

If you do not have a range hood, you can opt for a cooktop with downdraft vent extraction. This will vent the cooktop from behind. These cost around $1,400 on average.

LED display

Many cooktops now have an LED display that gives very precise readings for heat, burner capability, and cooking time. Models equipped with LED typically start at around $500.

Speed heat

Speed heat is an element that uses 3,200 watts to very quickly heat up and allow for faster heating on an electric cooktop. Models that include speed heat start at around $1,000 on average.

Griddles

Some cooktops have a griddle attachment. They cost around $50 and can make cooking things like pancakes easier.

Portable cooktop

Portable cooktops are small appliances that do not install in the kitchen. Use them when traveling or for additional cooking surfaces. They start at around $100.

Wi-Fi

Some cooktops come with a Wi-Fi connection, which means that you can adjust the cooktop from your smartphone. This allows control of the temperature for each burner for better cooking. Wi-Fi-equipped cooktops start at around $1,000.

Automatic reignition

Some gas cooktops now come equipped with automatic reignition. In the event of a burner going out, it automatically reignites if the burner is still on. Cooktops with this feature start at around $600.

Digital touch controls

While some cooktops still operate by a dial, many now have digital touch controls that allow greater control over the burners. Cooktops with this option start at around $600.

Additional considerations and costs

  • Many cooktops have safety features that include lights that let you know if a burner is still hot after being shut off. Check the manufacturer's instructions for safety features to help prevent accidents.
  • Each surface material requires proper care. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for cleaning to avoid stains, scratches, and other issues.
  • Ceramic cooktops do not require special pots. However, if you are using a ceramic cooktop with induction, you need induction-compliant cookware.
  • Cooktops provide more versatility in the layout of the kitchen than a range. There are no other real advantages of choosing one over the other.
  • If desired, you could place a wall oven under a cooktop, but you may find that simply purchasing and installing a range oven will be more cost-effective.
  • All cooktops need some type of ventilation to pass code, whether a hood, microwave, downdraft, or wall vent.

FAQ

  • Do plumbers install gas cooktops?

Some plumbers install gas cooktops. Many plumbers and pipefitters work with gas lines and will, therefore, put in a cooktop. Contact your local plumber to find out more.

  • Can an oven and cooktop be on the same circuit?

This depends on the load the circuit can carry versus how much each appliance requires. In some cases, the answer is yes, but check with an electrician to be certain.​

  • How do I choose a cooktop?

First, determine what cooking method you want - electric, gas, or induction. Part of this may be due to the fuel type. If you do not have a gas line, electric may be the better answer. Next, determine how much cooking you will do and what features would benefit you. Finally, look at your kitchen and decide which cooktop style and material would make the most sense for the space.​

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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

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glossary term picture Island 1 Islands: A kitchen counter that is not attached to walls or other surfaces, and that can be accessed from all sides
glossary term picture Peninsula 2 Peninsulas: A metaphorical term for an extended kitchen counter space connected to the wall on only one side

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+4%
Athens, GA
-9%
Cary, NC
-5%
Chantilly, VA
+5%
Folsom, CA
+6%
Fremont, CA
+35%
Houston, TX
+24%
League City, TX
+31%
Lewisburg, PA
-7%
Miami, FL
+1%
Newark, NJ
+27%
Smyrna, GA
+10%
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