This cooktop is durable and it's lasted a long time, but my struggles with it, and I'm sure it would be the same with many different models of many different brands, is that when you overflow something boiling or food falls down into the crannies it can be so hard to get it truly clean again. We've taken it apart several times to clean it, and sometimes that jeopardizes keeping the gas flow clear-food or water gets in somewhere and then it doesn't light. My advice if you are buying a cooktop for the first time is to make sure you consider scenarios like this when you are at a retailer. Literally take it apart in the store and imaging getting it clean, or if soap products or food are easily going to clog the gas line. Whirlpool is a good brand and there may be better models than this one. It seems most brands have these same issues, but I'll investigate more when its time to buy another one. Temperature Control Could be better-hard to get low temps without light going out Heat Distribution Temp is hard to regulate but I work with it Durability Had a long time Design I like it, but can be hard to clean Ease of Cleaning Perhaps I am messy but I struggle to get the nooks and crannies clean!