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Cookware For A Glass Stove

10 September 2009 18,652 views 5 Comments
Glass Stove Cookware

Glass Stovetops are very popular because they provide a sleek stylish look to the kitchen while heating well.  There are some very important things to look for when purchasing items to use on your glass stove. This article will provide tips on choosing the right cookware for a glass stove and also some tips on how to keep it looking nice. When using a flat stove the heat is applied through the contact being made between the cookware and the stove.  Therefore the better contact being made the better the heat distribution.  To obtain the best heat while using a glass cooktop be sure to use cookware that has a flat bottom. Avoid cooking with items that have rounded bottom, ridges and/or dimples because any of these features will take away from the contact area between the heating element. It is very important that your cookware matches the burner size of glass stovetop.  If the burner size is too small it will not heat quickly or evenly.  If the burner size is too large it will heat too quickly and become too hot.  The manual with your stove most likely provides details on what size cookware is best for your stove.  You can also measure your burner size and buy items that are within an inch and no more than 2 inches difference. Choose heavier cookware as it won’t warp as easily as light cookware and this will help keep the bottoms flatter longer.  If the bottoms warp they will  no longer sit evenly causing them to heat poorly.

Glass Stove Cookware Recommendations:

Great Choices:

Hard anodized – Good
  • Medium weight and conducts heat well
  • Stainless Steel – Good
  • Stainless Steel cookware is not light. Stainless steel is smooth.
  • Enameled Cast Iron – Good
  • Heavy and the enameled coating fixes the possible scratching issue caused by ruff edges on regular cast iron cookware
  • Not Recommended:
    Cast Iron – Yes but not recommended
  • Will work fine and is heavy however the exterior can sometimes be ruff and could possibly scratch your stove
  • Aluminum – Not the best option
  • Aluminum cookware tends to be on the lighter side and we recommend a heavier piece of cookware
  • Glass – No
  • Glass Cookware doesn’t tolerate sudden temperature changes that can take place on glass cooktops. Glass on glass can cause scratching
  • Copper – Yes but not recommended
  • Copper Cookware will work but be sure that there is not tarnish on the bottom of your cookware. If there is tarnish on the bottom of the cookware it could stain your cooktop
  • Quick Care Tips:

  • Use glass cooktop cream to polish regularly - This is great for cleaning your cooktop but it also provides a coating that helps protect from scratching.
  • Wipe off the bottoms of your cookware before using - This will get rid of any debris or grit they may be on the bottom that could scratch the glass.
  • Avoid using cookware that has painted bottoms - If the cookware gets extremely hot there could be a possible of paint transferring onto your cooktop.
  • Never Slide while cooking on the stove - If you slide while cooking on the glass it could easily scratch it.
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    • stjohnson11 said:

      Seems confusing to me that you say that aluminum is not recommended, but anodized aluminum is ok. Both have exactly the same problems. Most anodized on the market is less than 3.0mm in thickness, the same as one would find from branded nonstick aluminum cookware. Both will warp at the same rate when we run cold water into a hot skillet (as we all do but know we shouldn’t).

      I find that triply cookware works best – heavier weight and no warping, smooth stainless steel bottom.

    • admin (author) said:

      The reason we recommend Hard-Anodized and not regular Aluminum is because a lot of Aluminum cookware gets warped because it is used on too high of a heat. Glass stovetops can reach very high heats very fast and could easily cause a regular piece of Aluminum cookware to warp. Anodized surfaces can withstand heats of up to 1,221 degrees which is about tripple of what regular aluminum cookware is recommended for so this is less likely to happen with anodized aluminum cookware. Again, you can use regular Aluminum cookware with this type of cooktop we just find that their are better options and don’t recommend it. Make sure if you do choose to use regular aluminum cookware with this type of cooktop that you pay special attention to your heat and as with any cookware be sure to let it cool properly before washing.

    • Rhonda said:

      I don’t like aluminum cookware. The aluminum rubs off on the glass and will NOT come off. I’m looking for a set of non-stick stainless steel with stainless handles so I can put them in the oven. Hope this site will lead me to it. Thanks…..Rhonda

    • Cooktop said:

      Yes, this is the problem with glass cooktops – they get damaged more easily than gas or other flat tops. I really like All Clad cookware, I don’t think it would do any harm to glass stovetops, so long as it’s not the copper line.
      .-= Cooktop´s last blog ..Bosch NGM8054UC Gas Cooktop Review =-.

    • B. Erickson said:

      How do you tell the difference between enameled cast iron (Food Network from Kohls) and painted cast iron (Paula Deen)? I read that Paula Deen cookware can be bad to use on glass top stove tops. I just put in the glass top and want to keep it nice. My instructions say that aluminum and copper can leave white rings on the surface, but at the Calphon store they told me anodized aluminum (their cookware) was okay to use on glass tops. Help, I am hoping for answers so I can keep my new cooktop in great shape. Thanks

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