A Guide to Cooktop Dimensions

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A Guide to Cooktop Dimensions

With a cooktop, you can cook the way you want in your kitchen with an arrangement that works for you. You can get the function of a stove top without the bulk of a full stove for more installation flexibility. 

If you are considering a kitchen remodel or need to replace an old cooktop, it's important to understand cooktop sizes.

With this guide, you will learn how to determine which cooktop size is right for you, and how to properly measure for a cooktop so that it fits right the first time

What is The Typical Size of a Cooktop?


A cooktop on a counter


Typically, the dimensions of cooktops correspond to common cabinet widths: 36" and 30". However, there are many different sizes of cooktops, from a slim 15" to 24", up to larger models such as 45" and 48". It depends on the number and size of burners, the amount of trim, and other factors. Make sure you allow for counter space on either side of your cabinet when choosing the size of your cooktop. 

Maytag offers a range of cooktop sizes that are suitable for small, apartment kitchens as well as large islands where the whole family can gather.

How are Cooktop Dimensions and Cooktop Cutout Dimensions Different?

A ceramic cooktop with four burners


A cooktop's dimensions are distinct from the cutout required to install it. The appliance dimensions are the length and width of the cooktop surface that sits above your countertop. The cutout dimensions are the length and width of the opening in the countertop needed for installation. As the cooktop surface extends beyond the cutout below, the cutout dimensions are always smaller than the appliance dimensions.

Even within the same size appliance, there can be variations in the cutout dimensions. For example, a 30” cooktop model from one brand can have a cutout dimension that differs from another 30” cooktop model. Although this variation is usually no more than 1 ½”, it’s enough to affect whether a new model will fit an existing cutout. When you shop for a new cooktop, you should know both dimensions. This is true even if you are replacing an old cooktop with the same dimensions.

The Correct Way to Measure a Cooktop

If you intend to simply replace your existing cooktop without renovating, measure the surface area of the existing appliance, as well as the size of the cutout. 

As part of a kitchen renovation, it's important to check appliance dimensions and whether the cutout size is large enough so that you can add the cooktop you want.


A man taking countertop measurements



You should first remove your cooktop to ensure you get the most accurate measurements.

  • Width: Run a tape measure from the right outer edge to the left outer edge of your existing cooktop.
  • Depth: Measure the front-to-back depth of the cooktop surface, including the control panel.


  • Width: Using a measuring tape, measure the width of the cutout from the right edge to the left edge. Make two measurements: one at the front of the cutout, one at the back. Use the smallest measurement.
  • Depth: Measure the distance from the front edge of the cutout to the back. Take two measurements: one closer to the right side, another closer to the left side. If there’s a difference, use the smaller dimension.


Cooktops are great for kitchen islands, but if you want to install one against a wall or between cabinets, you'll have to ensure that you have enough clearance. Depending on your specific cooktop model, installation requirements may differ, so consult your product literature for more information. Consult the installation instructions or product manual for your appliance to determine the clearance between the cooktop and cabinets, walls, or other combustible materials.


A technician installs a cooktop within a cabinet


Below are a few more clearances you will need to consider:

  • Upper Cabinet Dimensions: On either side of the cooktop, measure the size of the upper cabinets. You should take into account the depth of the cabinets as well as the distance from the cabinets to the countertop. 
  • Space Above Cooking Surface: Make sure there is sufficient space between the cooking surface and the bottom of cabinets or other combustible surfaces.
    Note: This will depend on whether or not you include a range hood or vent. If using, follow the hood or vent installation instructions for dimensional clearances above the cooking surface.
  • Cooktop Distance from Wall: In addition, there must be a minimum clearance from the surface of the cooktop to combustible material.  Consult your installation guide for details.


Cooktops come in a variety of sizes and with a variety of features to fit your needs:


A glass cooktop burner that has fully heated
A gas cooktop burner with blue flame
An electric coil cooktop burner


Induction, radiant electric, and gas cooktops are available in a variety of sizes to meet your cooking needs. You can choose the best option for your kitchen based on your existing setup or the requirements for installing a new one. If either one will work for your space, learn more about the differences between gas and electric cooking appliances to find the right fuel source for you. Once you've decided which fuel source you prefer, browse gas cooktops or electric cooktops from Maytag.


It is important to consider the number and size of burners or heating elements when choosing a cooktop that fits both your space and your cooking needs. Cooktops typically have four burners in varying sizes to accommodate a wide range of pots and pans. Two-burner cooktops are space-efficient and allow you to cook just about anywhere, making them great for condos and small kitchens. Five-burner cooktops make it easy to simmer, sauté, and boil food simultaneously. Maytag even offers a cooktop featuring a reversible grill and griddle to help you sear steaks, cook pancakes, grill vegetables, and more.



Many cooktops include the same features you’d find on a range stovetop. Smooth glass or ceramic tops that are either radiant electric or induction are often considered the easiest to clean.


A glass cooktop burner that has fully heated


For extra flexibility, look for dual burners or DUAL-CHOICE™ ELEMENT to fit small and large pots alike. If you often serve up multi-dish dinners, look for cooktops with warming zones to help keep food ready to serve while the rest of the meal is being prepared.


Having gained a better understanding of cooktop dimensions, you might be considering one for your kitchen. 

Do you want to get started? We can help you choose a reliable cooktop based on the information in our Cooktop Finder

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