How to Get a Great Deal on a New Gas or Electric Cooktop

My new GE Electric Cooktop

I’m very excited!

I just purchased a new GE cooktop!

What’s even better, I only spent $85.00 for it at the Habitat For Humanity Resale store!

Here, take a look and see why I needed to replace my cooktop:

Old cooktop that needs replaced

Oh dear! This cooktop needs replaced for sure!

Not only was my appliance here looking pretty worn, I had started a crack right in the middle of it a month or so ago when I tried to break a chunk of ice on the counter, accidentally hitting my cooktop here.

I discovered porcelain cracks can go pretty long and far with just one injury!

At first we could still use the left side, the crack (cracking) being in the middle and into the right burners.  We KNEW we couldn’t use those right burners with cracks in them when we turned those right stovetop burners on and saw flames spurting up from them!

Oh my. Let me warn you now…  If you ever crack a burner like this, don’t use it!

So we’ve been using our left side burners, and all has been fine…

Except that we’ve been watching the crack in the middle stray further and further to the left.  That crack eventually took over that back left side as well, leaving us only one little front burner to work with.

That was not a good option for our family!

I had looked at store ads.  I had looked at Lowes and Home Depot.  I looked at the Sears Outlet online and Amazon too.  I had even been looking on Ebay and Craigs list to find a good cooktop, new or maybe even used.  Either I couldn’t find one close to what I wanted or they cost an arm and a leg.  I am a picky buyer when it comes to kitchen appliances, and as far as cost, I didn’t have both an arm and a leg to spare!

Needless to say, I was a little slow in moving, but when that crack spread itself into our last large burner, I knew I would need to find a replacement for my glass cooktop pretty soon.

I was just about to settle myself in on my computer once more to either see where I could find good deals on cooktops or figure out how to get a new one at any price almost when I strolled in the Habitat for Humanity Resale Store one day.  I was wasting time waiting on my husband to finish a class and just happened to stumble in there and hen stumble upon some electric and gas cooktops, some older and some new, all good looking, and all tested and marked with the store’s tester’s name and the store’s promise that all parts were in working order as of the time each item was tested.

What was nice too was the store had also posted a store refund policy, a 30 days return policy should my purchase not work.

The used cooktops there were $55.00, the new ones $85.00.  ALL were tested and subject to a 30 day full refund should they not work correctly.  That price, by the way, is a far cry from the $600.00 to $1200.00 electric stovetops I had been looking at.  A new one for $85.00?  I was sold!

The 30 day refund was good for only store credit, but with the tester’s name listed right there and a huge store of paint, lumber, windows, flooring, plumbing supplies, etc, etc, etc, that we could use just in case we needed to get a store refund… not to mention we could simply exchange that one if needed for another stovetop range there, I figured the purchase was worth what little trepidation I had about purchasing a stovetop from a “resale” store.

So I went for it, and here is a picture of the kind of cooktop I purchased:

My new GE Electric Cooktop

That’s my new GE Profile Radiant Induction Cooktop!

Now remember, I purchased this for $85.00, and I did purchase it from the Habitat for Humanity Resale Store, but the retail price for this little gem is a little over $1,100!

It’s a little nicer than the previous one I had too.

Plus it’s new.

Oh, I’m going to make a few cosmetic changes to it.  I’m taking the white border fram off, leaving the underlying stainless steel frame, and I’m purchasing some new black knobs, hum… maybe stainless steel knobs, from the GE Appliance Parts store on line, but when those easy changes are done, this little beauty is going to look very nice with my built-in double oven with its black frame and stainless steel doors.

Needless to say, I’m a happy camper now!

That said, I can also say I have learned a little about how to purchase a new stovetop for cooking.  I have specifically discovered a few ways to help you get a good deal on a new cooktop.

If you want a good deal, here are a few things to keep in mind when purchasing a new electric, electric induction, or gas stovetop…

The best time to purchase appliances is also the best time to purchase cooktops.  “And when is that?”, you might ask.

If you are not in a hurry, purchase a new cooktop in the months of September or October.

The best time to buy appliances are during these two months because the stores are trying to clear out the aisles for new models coming out for Christmas time shopping.  Stove tops are no different!  You might need to get a current model instead of next year’s preview, but you’ll be getting a great price on a new cooktop for your kitchen!

Know what to look for when purchasing a new cooktop, and more importantly, know what you need.

Don’t waste your money on buying something you don’t need when you purchase a cooktop!  If electric coils are fine with you, don’t spend the extra for induction cooking.  If you enjoy grilling outside, don’t worry about not having a separate grill on an electric or gas cooktop stove.

A cooktop range is for cooking wonderful foods, and you can do that without all the bells and whistles if bells and whistles are out of your budget!

After all, I bet many of us had grandma’s and great grandmas who cooked really good family meals, and some of those may have been on woodstoves!  It takes love to cook for a family… not fancy smancy stuff.

What it all boils down to is this:  Look for what works within your budget, not what the manufacturer added to market his product.   Then just be happy when you find one at a good price, and cook to your hearts content!

 Be an informed purchaser.

Even though it’s a smaller appliance, a cooktop is still an important purchase.  You’ll be wise to read consumer reviews, electrical precautions, and safety considerations of the various models of gas and electric cooktops.

If you’re purchase a used cooktop, hiring a qualified, licensed electrician to inspect and install it is imperative as well.  If you get a good deal to begin with, the cost of a hiring a licensed electrician isn’t going to wreck your good deal, plus you are erring on the safe side of things for your family’s sake.

Keep your family members in mind and treat this purchase with respect, and be glad you kept your family’s needs AND safety in mind when making a purchase such as this.

Know when you find a good price on a stovetop, and jump on the bandwagon when both the product and the price suit you.

If you’ve been looking, you’ll know when the right cooktop comes around at the right price.  Maybe that right one will be from a discounted appliance store nearby or from a discount appliance store online.   Maybe it will be from Costco or Home Depot, or maybe directly from a manufacturer’s website.  Maybe it will be from a moving sale or auction.   Hey, maybe it will even be at a Habitat for Humanity resale store!

If you keep an eye on things, you’ll know when the right one comes along.

Looking for the right cooktop for your kitchen is fun.  Finding a great deal on a cooktop is even better!

I got a great deal on my GE Profile Cooktop!  I’m so happy!

Here’s to finding a great deal on YOUR new gas, electric, or radiant cooktop now too!

 

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4: 19 (New Living Translation)

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