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Specifications & Dimensions
|Cutout Dimensions:||See Installation Guide below product description|
|Height (In.):||4.25 in.|
|Item Weight (lbs.):||54|
|Minimum Clearance Above Cooktop (in.):||30 in.|
|Minimum Clearance Below Cooktop (in.):||8 in.|
|Minimum Clearance to Front of Counter (in.):||2.5 in.|
|Minimum Clearance to Left Wall (in.):||5 in.|
|Minimum Clearance to Rear Wall (in.):||1.5 in.|
|Minimum Clearance to Right Wall (in.):||5 in.|
|Width (in.):||30 in.|
|Controls and Features:|
|Cooking Zones:||None, fixed elements/burners|
|Cooktop Control Location:||Right|
|Number of Elements/Burners:||4|
|Color Matching Controls:||Yes|
|Styling & Design:|
|Cooking Bay Style:||Fixed Bays|
|Cooking Surface:||Gas: sealed burners|
|Gas or Electric:||Gas|
|General Warranty:||1 year parts and labor|
|Burner Configuration:||14,200 BTU Power burner; Two 9,500 BTU all-purpose burners; 5,000 BTU simmer burner|
|Installable Over Oven:||Can install over oven|
Ratings & Reviews
Kenmore 30" Sealed Gas Cooktop - Convenient, Powerful
This Kenmore 30" Gas Cooktop 3242 provides four top of the line sealed burners, including a 14,200 BTU Power Burner to heat water fast, and a simmer burner to maintain your food at a steady low heat. With its recessed design and subtle appearance, this cooktop can stay on any countertop and meld with any kitchen. The easy-to-clean grates are dishwasher safe and the rest of the cooktop is simple to wipe down. This cooktop uses an electronic ignition, so the lighting process is automatic. You'll know you're cooking with gas with this Kenmore sealed gas cooktop.
- Designed to kick out serious heat, the Power Burner funnels 14,200 BTUs of flame power to your cooking surface, so steaks sear, eggs scramble and water boils quickly.
- The 5,000 BTU Simmer Burner was designed to deliver reliable warming and ultra-low simmering with a consistent, precise flame, cutting down on scorched sauces and dried out dishes.
- Built to eliminate the need to light and re-light pilots, electronic ignition delivers consistent flames with the turn of a knob, so you can get cooking fast.
- Built to cut down on soaking and scrubbing, dishwasher safe grates deliver a stable surface for cooking, while cleaning up quickly alongside your pots and pans.
- Speed through post-cooking cleanup thanks to a porcelain cooktop surface that helps contain spills, resist scrapes and wipe clean quickly.
Added on August 29, 2009
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Most Helpful Reviews
(This review is for the Elite version of this cooktop, which was available in the store for about $100 more. It has matte burners and grate, otherwise the same black porcelain finish.) We have been using this cooktop for about five months. It replaced our electric ceramic cooktop, which we had for about ten years. We have become more advanced cooks and needed better control over heat sources. We have a smallish kitchen and don't have a gourmet budget, so we researched a LOT to find a gas cooktop with a range of features that would look good, have good features, and fit in our previous cooktop's location (which is over a drawer).
Things we love about this unit: sealed cooktop is easy to keep clean as are the individual burner units. The cooktop is not set as deep into the counter, which worked well for us. The Elite's grates' matte finish is super functional over the porcelain grates I have seen (which seem to be hard to clean and get scratched up). The grates sit above the surface on a molded ledge without little nooks and crannies, so spills clean up well. Also they are continuous and hold up very well to sliding heavy cookware around. The dials are metal, which is important for heat issues. They wash in the dishwasher if you want.
Things that are fine, but could be improved: the burner sizes do offer a range, including a power burner. But the smallest, simmer burner is still just a TAD hot for delicate sauces & such. This can be managed ok, though. We use the smaller burners more often and so I wish the power burner was in the back. You could use a large piece of cookware and smaller ones, but it would be hard to fit two large ones at the same time. Also, the dials on the right are good for not getting in the way but might be better located in the front. Under the dials, there are open holes that could allow spills to fall into the unit, which would make them impossible to clean. A raised edge to prevent this would be nice. The black finish is nice looking when clean, but needs a little more attention than stainless steel would. And, lastly, when a couple of burners are on for a while, the cooktop itself can get hot from radiated heat, but, again, that is manageable.
I think it is a great unit for the price, with more features and better construction than some much pricier name brand models we considered.
New Haven, IN
After this stove top was installed, two of the four burners didnt even work! The simmer burners' gas supply was crossed with the power burner! You would get a huge flame from the tiny simmer burner, and a tiny flame from the power burner! The control knobs were very flimsy! I was very unhappy with the poor quality of this product! Will never buy a Kenmore appliance again! Huge waste of time!
I am about to get my third replacement in less than a year and I've only cooked on my most recent one for just over two weeks. The **** markings, including Kenmore brand logo, are already gone. I only used a little warm soapy water and a soft cloth to clean it. The stainless steel scratches very easily. Although it functioned fine, I would not recommend buying this cooktop. I'm now replacing it with something else. I've used Kenmore products for 30 years and this is my first reject.
I purchased this cooktop in September of 2012 as part of a total kitchen remodel. I originally purchased a slightly cheaper kenmore cooktop but sears sent this model after it was found the original cooktop I purchased was no longer available. The associate assured me the model 3242 was a better cooktop that would be easier to clean. Unfortunately, that was not the case. We have had a few minor spills that will only come off with mild abrasives which end up scratching the stainless finish. Also, after only two months the labels on the burner knobs started to rub off when wiped only with a wet rag. The cooktop burners perform well but I do not recommend purchasing due to the poor durability of the finish.
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I recently purchased this cooktop. It does function in that it turns on and has the expected flame. However, it is so poorly designed that it is hazardous. The control knobs heat up to such a degree when the cooktop is on that they are way too hot to touch with bare hands. An accidental burn is a decided probability. I needed an oven mitt to turn the burner off. This is dangerous and it is thoroughly inexcusable to sell this product. I am a very unhappy purchaser.
I purchased this product in January, 2011. The cooktop works well; however, the knobs have cracked and the paint indicating the temperature has peeled off. I called Kenmore but received no help at all. I will NEVER purchase another Kenmore product.
When I first had this installed, I loved the way it looked and it cooks great. But it scratches soooooo easy! It looks terrible now and I've only had it a month...I tried to be very careful cleaning it but if there is a little speck or something on the cloth IT WILL SCRATCH! I know stainless steel scratches some but this is ridiculous. As far as how it cooks I had no problems.
Saint Francisville, LA
This cook top is really beautiful! The gas jets works wonderfula and was so easy to install! Easy to clean and I am looking forward to cooking for the holidays! Oh and got it on sale too!
This cooktop makes a really nice appearance and seems to be sturdy. I needed it for a leased house and it seems to be a wise choice. It is easy to keep clean and simple to operate. So far, I am pleased with the purchase. The stovetop arrived and was installed on the date promised. The installer, Chris, was extremely courteous and helpful.
Sun Valley, NV
It was out of the box and totally installed in less than five minutes. It took longer to get the old one out than it did to install the new one. I love how easy it is to control the flame level.
It was out of the box and totally installed in less than five minutes.
It took longer to get the old one out than it did to install the new one.
I love how easy it is to control the flame level.