Gas Cooktop Material
Probably the first appliance we will need to purchase is a gas cooktop, and it will probably be a Jenn-Air with downdraft. I know it's not a popular item here and, frankly, if I had it to do over again, I would choose differently. We've explored other options, but, with our layout, a downdraft is our only choice---other than having no venting at all. We are not going to be changing the layout, for budget reasons, so here we are.
Now I need to choose between a black cooktop and SS cooktop. I currently have a white cooktop which shows everything, but I'm able to use those white erasing pads (Mr. Clean?)to get off stubborn, burned on stuff, so it generally cleans up and looks okay. I like my white appliances and I think they are timeless, but I'm now leaning toward SS appliances because (1) I don't like the way the plastic trim on my wall oven and microwave have yellowed over time; (2) I'm not sure I like the new glassy looking white appliances; and (3) I think the SS may be better suited to go with our 20 year-old (NOT builder's grade) oak cabinets.
I'm worried that SS would be hard to clean without scratching.I use my cooktop a lot and my kitchen is a hard working kitchen, with plenty of stuff boiling over on the stove and burning on. I plan to put in a SS sink, and I won't obsess over every water spot (or even scratch, if it doesn't stand out)., but when I'm done cleaning up the kitchen at the end of the day I'd like it to look good. And I'd prefer to be able to clean quickly without too much effort.
So which is easier maintenance, and why? And, while i'm at it, how do you keep your cooktop clean and remove those stubborn, burned on spots?