Specifications & Dimensions
|Cutout Dimensions:||See Installation Guide below product description|
|Item Weight (lbs.):||69|
|Controls and Features:|
|Cooking Zones:||None, fixed elements/burners|
|Cooktop Control Location:||Front|
|Number of Elements/Burners:||5|
|Safety/In-Use Indicator:||Hot surface indicator(s)|
|Styling & Design:|
|Cooking Surface:||Gas: sealed burners|
|Gas or Electric:||Gas|
|General Warranty:||1 year parts and labor|
|Burner Configuration:||Low output|
Ratings & Reviews
Kenmore Elite 36" Gas Cooktop - Power and Precise Heat
Now you're cooking with gas - this recessed Kenmore Elite 36" gas cooktop 3231 gives you up to 18,200 BTUs. The precise heat control of the Dual Ring Burner can provide a slow simmer at 900 BTUs or a rapid boil at 18,000 BTUs. The two all-purpose burners give you just the right range for everyday cooking, while the recessed design makes for easy cleanup. The ultra-low flame of the Simmer Burner lets you maintain a low heat, while the Turbo-Boil Burner can bring a stock pot to a full boil in minutes. Get cooking with this Kenmore Elite gas cooktop.
- The 21,000 BTU Bridge Burner works in individual 7,000 BTU sections for smaller skillets and pans, or all at once, creating one big burner for griddles, stew pots and Dutch ovens.
- The 18,000 BTU Dual Ring Burner combines rapid heating and boiling with smaller flame options that simmer and warm to fit your skillet, pot and meal perfectly.
- Designed to power you through dishes large and small, 9,500 BTU burners deliver heat for a wide range of cooking options, so you can simmer, sear, warm and boil all in one spot.
- 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.
- Sturdy, stable and supportive, continuous range grates make transferring loaded pots and pans to different burners quick and easy, cutting down on spills and preventing accidents.
Added on October 21, 2010
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Most Helpful Reviews
I spent two months looking at many 36" gas cooktops. This one was the best. By far the best heavy cast iron gratings that don't slide and slip around like many other units did. All metal knobs, (previous model had garbage plastic knobs) The huge burner is so multi purpose, from boiling huge pots of water to simmering gravy. The bridge burner is great for really big skillets to heat them up evenly. Probably great for a griddle, but don't have one, yet! We got the SS finish, cleans up pretty well, but have to be careful not to scratch it. Electronic ignition works great so far, some brands these fail if they get wet. I like the burners down in the unit, overflows stay put, don't splash out over the sides. PLenty of room for 3-4 pots/pans. My unit just fit inside a 36" cabinet. Make sure you measure carefully before buying.
Only two small complaints. Would have like to had a blue light when the burner is on. On simmer, it can be hard to see if the burner is on. Unit needs center hold down screws. It has 4 on the ends, but could use two in the center. This unit is really big, and could bow up a bit in the center
Unit is pretty expensive. Watch for sales. I got mine for $1250. A reasonable price for such a nice unit. All in all, Me and the Wife are very happy with this cooktop. So much nicer than previous electric tops we have used.
To address some of the complaints in other reviews... The front right burner is set way too high from the manufacturer. If you remove the cook top to get below the **** for the front right burner, you can turn the top slotted screw counter clockwise slightly. Keep turning it counter clockwise until the outer flame is weaker. For me this was about a half turn. For those saying it isn't flush to the granite counter top. Simply remove the thick rubber gasket. The durometer of the rubber is far too high to expect it to compress enough to allow the cook top to seal to the counter. Other than these two items, this is a very nice cook top. It performs consistently, is easy enough to clean up, and looks nice. The bridge burner on the left side is a great feature too. So if installed properly, this thing seems perfect. I gave it four stars because these two items seem like the manufacturer should already have them set properly. I don't think this review will show that I purchased this cook top, but I did. Not under my name, but my builder purchased it direct from Sears.
Bought this to replace a failed cooktop with a downdraft unit. Sears was able to install in existing hole and utilize existing downdraft unit. Easy process, quick and polite installation, and knowledgeable sales person - and a great product.
After a minor issue requiring us to replace our first unit, the cooktop is performing wonderfully. I love the simmer burner and the bridge burners as well. I can hardly wait for Thanksgiving to give it a real workout!
Glen Allen, VA
We've had multiple issues with this unit in the first 20 months we've had it. 1. burners fail to ignite, particularly the left side burners where the bridge is. You have to remove the burner covers, get every little spec of dirt or crumb out, put everything back together, and then hope that it lights. This has happened with every burner. 2. The front right burner really flares up when it starts. Make sure you don't have your face too close looking at the flame under a pot. Eye brows may be singed! 3. Most of the labels (Lo, Med, Hi, etc) for the control knobs are coming off. We haven't used anythin rough to clean this unit with but yet the labels are disappearing. Safety issue and an eyesore.
Las Vegas, NV
I purchased this cooktop thee months ago. I use it infrequently, since I work nights. The letters on the top are already peeling off, just by wiping them with a sponge. Otherwise, it's a great stove
Very disappointed in this product. We built a new house and outfitted our new kitchen with Kenmore Pro. We are disappointed with the overall quality but the quality of this item is far below the cost. After two years of use the cheaply applied control labels are obliterated and the bezels have separated from the controls. We've been careful in cleaning to no avail. At the price for this range of products I cannot recommend these ranges to anyone.
converted to propane and definitely reduces btus. not mentioned in description though. burners also flicker and are a little noisy. needed malfunctioning burner replaced right out of the box. bridge burner really takes a long time to cook a pot of stew etc.
Hobe Sound, FL
First, the finish came scratched and had to be replaced and I know why. You can't even clean it with microfiber as EVERYTHING scratches it. But worse, it makes cooking a horror! The front jet burns all of my pots and pans. Sears has tried everything to tone down and they can't make it stop. Gas company says it is the cooktop. It is the only burner you can use as the others take forever to even boil water. Unless you want to simmer which is impossible! Simmer burner does not go low enough to simmer or hot enough to boil! . It is the cooktop from ****! If you like to cook, steer clear of this one! By the way, it is manufactured by Electrolux if you are interested.
El Dorado Hills, CA
The high BTU burner is unfortunately placed in front close to the edge of the cooktop instead of the middle back which would have also been further from the control knobs. This burner is poorly placed and gives off a broad flame instead of a crisp blue fire jet. Cooking with this 21K BTU burner so close to the counter edge will keep you on edge. I've been cooking in this location for 25 years and caught my shirt on fire for the first time after getting too close to this Kenmore M32333 cooktop. Best Stay Away ... Best Regards, "Burning Man"
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