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Most Satisfied Customers | Smeg

Aussies have rated Smeg as the top pick in Canstar Blue’s latest cooktop ratings, with five-star reviews in overall satisfaction, performance, ease of cleaning, features & functionality, design and ease of use.


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How we rate cooktops

Our review compares cooktops on customer satisfaction, so you can find out what other Aussies think about the compared brands before you go ahead with a purchase. Think of it as like asking hundreds of your closest mates which cooktop they think is best!

Canstar Blue surveyed 784 Australians for their feedback on the cooktop that is installed in their home and has been used in the last six months.

  • The outcomes reported in these ratings are measured via accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics.

Respondents rate their satisfaction with their cooktop brand(s) from zero to ten, where zero is extremely dissatisfied and ten is extremely satisfied. Brand satisfaction was rated by respondents on the following criteria:
  • Overall satisfaction: measures consumer satisfaction with a cooktop brand as an individual score NOT a combined total of all criteria.
  • Performance: the cooktop could perform all functions well and create the desired cooking outcome.
  • Ease of cleaning:the cooktop was easy to clean with minimal effort and cleaning products.
  • Features & functionality: the cooktop has a number of features and functions that assist in different kinds of cooking (i.e. multiple heat levels, different cooking settings, etc.).
  • Design: The design of the cooktop has a functional design and is aesthetically pleasing.
  • Value for money: price was reasonable for the quality and functionality of the cooktop.
  • Ease of use:the cooktop is easy to use.

The winning brand is the one that receives the highest Overall satisfaction rating once all the scores from the Overall satisfaction criteria are combined and averaged.

  • Overall satisfaction is asked as a specific question and represents an individual measure, not a combined total of all criteria.
  • When we cannot determine a clear winner from the criteria for the Overall satisfaction rating, we will then look at the other criteria measured in the rating.
    • The brand with the highest number of five-star ratings within the supporting criteria will become the five-star recipient in overall satisfaction, and thus win the award. If a clear leader still cannot be determined from the supporting criteria, joint winners will be declared.

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included, so not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The brands rated in this survey are listed below in order of best overall satisfaction.
  • Smeg
  • Miele
  • Westinghouse
  • Bosch
  • Electrolux
  • Breville
  • Chef
  • Fisher & Paykel

Find more detailed information on our Most Satisfied Customer methodology.

Best cooktop brands in Australia

    1. Smeg
    2. Miele
    3. Westinghouse
    4. Bosch
    5. Electrolux
    6. Breville
    7. Chef
    8. Fisher & Paykel

Not sure which cooktop to buy? Check out our buying guide below.

1. Smeg

Smeg cooktops review

Ratings result

Smeg took out the competition with five star ratings for overall satisfaction, performance, ease of cleaning, features & functionality, design and ease of use and a four star rating for value for money.

Editor’s notes

Italian appliance brand Smeg is well-known for its retro-style appliances with its toaster line-up, in particular, being a cult-favourite. However, the brand has taken a different direction with its cooktop collection and has instead painted its gas and induction cooktops with a modern design and innovative features.
One of the highlights is the integrated hood and extraction function in Smeg’s hobs. Some Smeg gas cooktops alternatively contain blade flame burners, which produce a vertical flame to supposedly improve efficiency and minimise energy consumption whilst still ensuring even heat distribution and similar power levels to a cooktop without the feature.

2. Miele

Miele KM 6520 FR Electric Cooktop with Onset Controls rating review prices

Ratings result

Miele acheived five star ratings for ease of cleaning and value for money, four star ratings for overall satisfaction, performance, features & functionality and design and a three star rating for ease of use.

Editor’s notes

Miele offers a feast of high-end models to choose from including induction, electric and gas cooktops. The brand also provides several induction cooktops with an integrated extractor as well as a mix of induction, gas and electric CombiSets. Miele’s cooktops contain several features claimed to be exclusive to the brand, such as intelligent pan recognition that allows the selected settings for a particular pan to ‘move’ with the pan whenever it gets transferred to a different cooking zone. Some cooktops also contain temp control to make sure the temperature stays the same to prevent food from burning.

3. Westinghouse

Westinghouse cooktop

Ratings result

Last year’s winner Westinghouse achieved a five star rating for value for money and four star ratings for all other categories including overall satisfaction, performance, ease of cleaning, features & functionality, design and ease of use.

Editor’s notes

Westinghouse, a subsidiary of Electrolux, provides a solid line-up of home appliances including fridges and dishwashers, as well as ovens and cooktops, all of which are typically available at a variety of price points to suit mid to high-end budgets. It has a wide variety of cooktops to choose from – including ceramic glass, electric, gas and induction. Westinghouse also produces a few 60cm solid hotplates, with each electric cooktop containing four cooking zones to suit small and large cookware, corrosion-resistant hotplates and generally nine power levels.

4. Bosch

Bosch PVS675FB1E Cooktop

Ratings result

Bosch achieved four star ratings for overall satisfaction, performance, ease of cleaning, features & functionality, design and ease of use as well as a three star rating for value for money.

Editor’s notes

German brand Bosch is synonymous with technology and innovation, and its cooktops range is no exception. It boasts a wide selection of induction, gas, ceramic and vented cooktops, offering three to six burners on 60cm, 80cm, and 90cm units. Many Bosch cooktops also boast either a CombiZone or FlexInduction Zone, which combine two or more cooking zones to create one larger surface designed to fit bulkier items or multiple pots and pans. Another common feature is DirectSelect, which allows you to choose specific power levels and cooking zones directly via the control panel (rather than by repeatedly pressing the +/– symbol).

5. Electrolux

Electrolux cooktops reviews

Ratings result

Electrolux received a nice even four star rating across all categories including overall satisfaction, performance, ease of cleaning, features & functionality, design, value for money and ease of use.

Editor’s notes

Electrolux brings a slice of Sweden into your kitchen, with a mix of ceramic, gas, induction and hybrid cooktops to choose from. One standout feature in some of its models is Hob2Hood, which automatically switches on as you start cooking and adjusts the fan speed to match. Many gas cooktops also have a wok burner for what is claimed to be ‘fast boiling and intense cooking’. Electrolux cooktops additionally have a Stop & Go System, similar to fellow Electrolux Group brand Westinghouse, allowing you to step away from your cooking if the phone rings or the kids are in need of your attention. There is also a child lock design for safety.

6. Breville

Breville cooktops review

Ratings result

Breville received a four star rating for overall satisfaction and ease of cleaning and three star ratings for all other categories including performance, features & functionality, design, value for money and ease of use.

Editor’s notes

Breville are a known brand in the kitchen appliance space offering appliances from kettles to toasters and coffee machines. Breville offers a very short and sweet range of cooktops with a singular portable product, the Quick Cook. The portable induction cooktop features 10 cooking power levels, has fast and efficient heating for even cooking and is a portable and compact size making it perfect for entertaining on the go or camping.

7. Chef

Chef cooktop review

Ratings result

Chef received a five star rating for value for money, a four star rating for ease of use and three star ratings for all other categories including overall satisfaction, performance, ease of cleaning, features & functionality and design.

Editor’s notes

Chef is an appropriately named brand that solely specialises in cooking appliances, but without the high-end price tag. It plates up a variety of gas, ceramic, electric and induction cooktops in sizes including 59cm, 60cm, 87cm and 90cm. The range provides four to five cooking zones, although most products feature the standard four.

8. Fisher & Paykel

Fisher & Paykel cooktop review

Ratings result

Fisher & Paykel achieved a four star rating for ease of use and three star ratings for overall satisfaction, performance, ease of cleaning, features & functionality, design and value for money.

Editor’s notes

Fisher & Paykel is one of the global leaders when it comes to home appliances and serves up a wide range of cooktops to suit different households, including gas, electric, induction and combination models. There are two types of aesthetic styles to suit different tastes, including minimal and contemporary. Fisher & Paykel’s cooktops come in a variety of widths, including 30cm, 45cm, 60cm, 70cm, 75cm, 76cm, 90cm and 92cm. There are up to five cooking zones, depending on the model, with a wok burner also included in several gas on steel and gas on glass cooktops.

Cooktop buying guide

Types of cooktops

There are three standard types of cooktops – gas, electric and induction – all with their own pros and cons. Gas cooktops and electric cooktops are the most common, both split with 41% of respondents preferring them and induction following with (14%). A small pinch of those surveyed (4%) also own a combination cooktop containing multiple types of cooking zones, such as a wok burner in addition to the four other zones.

Gas cooktops

Gas cooktops have a connection to a home’s gas mains which creates an open flame on the stovetop for cooking. With this kind of cooktop you can char vegetables like capsicums and get a better view of how large the flame is to better adjust the heat.

Induction cooktops

Induction cooktops are a newer entrant into the cooktop market, utilising a safer way of cooking compared to gas and even electric cooktops. By using magnetic induction, the cooktop surface doesn’t heat up the same way an electric ceramic one does and will only produce heat if a compatible pot or pan is placed on top.

Electric cooktops

Electric cooktops are possibly one of the most simple and common choices for cooktop. Most models will feature a ceramic glass top with individual burners sectioned out that heat up when you set the dial to the desired temperature.

Features to look for in a cooktop

When looking at cooktops, you’ll need to think about what features are important to you and how these coincide with your budget. Some common features to look out for on modern cooktops are:

  • Electric touch controls: starts the cooking at the touch of a button
  • Bridge element: cooking zones that can be linked together to create a larger cooking zone for bigger tasks
  • Automatic sensors: functions that ensure the cooktop reacts in a way that keeps you safe or helps make cooking easier ─ such as an automatic shut-off function when the cooktop is not in use, or a pan-size sensor that automatically adjusts the heating element to the size of the pan
  • ‘Gas on glass’ top: burners mounted on a ceramic cooktop for easy maintenance
  • Power burner: a high-intensity burner

How much do cooktops cost?

Cooktops vary in price depending on the type and the brand. Respondents spent an average of $974 on their cooktop, but some models can reach upwards of $2,000. The kind of cooktops you buy will also change the price, for example if you choose a five or six burner as opposed to a standard four you’ll spend a bit more.

About our consumer experts


Kate King: Home & Lifestyle Content Producer

This report was written by Canstar Blue’s Home & Lifestyle Content Producer Kate King. Kate holds a Bachelor of Creative Industries from QUT majoring in Journalism and Media and Communications, and has written for a number of publications over the past five years.


Meet the Editorial Team


Samantha Howse: Consumer Research Specialist

Sam Howse Research Specialist

Samantha Howse is Canstar Blue’s Consumer Research Specialist, coordinating the consumer research program behind our customer satisfaction awards across Canstar and Canstar Blue in Australia and New Zealand. Sam has earned a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from Griffith University and, with seven years in market research and 2 years in marketing, she is experienced in survey design, implementation and analysis, coupled with an understanding of marketing principles and best practice.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the previous winners of Canstar Blue’s cooktops review:

  • 2022: Westinghouse
  • 2021: Fisher & Paykel
  • 2020: Fisher & Paykel
  • 2019: Miele
  • 2018: Smeg

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