I´m pretty sure of all the cookware geeks to have in mind for their dream kitchen, and one of the most frequent things is a shiny and flat ceramic glass cooktop. I have to admit that this kind of cooktop makes your kitchen looks modern and elegant, so that’s one of the main reasons why people love them.
Now, before starting to talk about the best cookware sets for glass top stoves, I’ll briefly explain the particularities of this kind of cooktop.
The traditional stove for cooking is the well-known gas stove. For many years this had been the only way to heat our meal.
The first ceramic glass cooktops came in 1970, but now they’re really starting to gain a lot of popularity. Each day more people prefer this kind of cooktop in their kitchen.
There are multiple benefits using this style of stoves. Firstly, the flat surface allows for easy cleaning.
Secondly, the appealing looks. I have to admit this is the strongest point. A shiny glass surface looks so much better than a gas stove with coiled burners.
The big deal with this kind of cooktops is the resistance. Remember, the main material is glass, so you have to treat it delicately. This kind of stove is more susceptible to scratches and discoloring. It’s really helpful to buy the right cleaner to prevent scratches.
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Basic cares for glass top stoves
If you want to keep your glass top stoves pristine, you have to consider acquiring a good quality cleaner. I suggest the Cerama Bryte ceramic cooktop kit
It has a decent amount of cleaning pads and includes a grease remover that is pretty impressive.
But the way, your cleaning process is almost as important as the product’s quality. So I want to explain to you the 3 steps to correctly clean your ceramic cooktop to prevent scratches and ruptures.
- Clean the stove as soon as it’s cold. The more you let the residual food on your cooktop, the more it´s going to stick to the surface. If you clean it right away you have more chances to prevent any scratch and it´s going to be easier to clean.
- If something sticks badly to your cooktop, let it soak. Don´t wipe repeatedly because you can damage the shiny surface. Put some soap and wait until you can remove the rests of the food smoothly.
- Try to clean your ceramic cooktop every day. This may sound tedious but your cooktop will appreciate it.
The first factor that increases the discoloration on this kind of cooktop is the spilling of sugary meals. I´m not telling you shouldn’t make desserts. You just have to be careful. Avoid spilling and if you couldn’t stop it, clean as soon as possible.
Never stand on top of (to reach ceiling height) or place anything overly heavy on the glass top stoves, even temporarily. Remember these kinds of cooktops are made of glass. So you take the risk of breaking the surface.
Why is it so important to get the Best Cookware Sets for Glass Top Stoves?
The form of the base
The main difference between the ceramic glass stove and the traditional gas stove is the form of the stoves. As you can notice, the ceramic one is completely flat. With rounded pans, a gas stove can heat evenly because the flames cover the entire base.
If you use a rounded pan in a ceramic cooktop, the stove will only heat the center.
Also if the pan is flat, it will have more stability on the stove
The weight of the pans
A heavy and sturdy pan usually has a better heat conduction system and better stability when you are cooking.
However, try to pick a set that is not excessively heavy because you can damage your glass top stove. Some cookware sets are heavy, even without food. So try to avoid this kind of pans for the sake of your cooktop.
It is all about the body material of your pans
Aluminum: For a ceramic cooktop this material is highly recommended because it can heat up without problems. Additional it will not damage the surface of the stoves.
The thing with this material is that the pans are susceptible to warping. The bright side is that usually these kinds of sets are inexpensive and you can replace them more often.
Stainless steel: It’s a tricky choice. These pans are sturdy and resistant but can mark the surface of the stove easily if you overheat the pans.
On the other hand, if you don´t overheat it will not harm your cooktop at all. And there is no reason for extremely high temperatures with this material because the stainless steel is a good heat conductor and you can boil your meals with low heat.
Tempered glass: You have to be extra careful with this kind of material. Avoid high temperatures and DON´T put anything cold when the pan is hot. It will break immediately. Besides this, the cooking is excellent.
Titanium: It is extraordinarily light and strong, two features that you don´t usually to find in the same material. However, it can damage the ceramic surface.
Cast Iron: This one is not recommended. If the cookware has a burr or rough spot, it will scratch the glass surface. Additionally, it absorbs heat slowly. Once this type of cookware heats up, especially on high heat, it holds an intense amount of heat which is transferred to the cooktop. According to this not only can ruin your cooktop, it can also be dangerous.
Enamel porcelain: This kind of material heats evenly and fast. It’s easy to clean and suitable for ceramic cooktops. The only problem is its resistance. If a porcelain pan falls, it’s probable that it will break.
Top 5 cookware set for glass top stoves?
The word that I like to use to describe this set is lightweight. You will notice it the first time you hold one of these pans on your hand. They are extremely easy to handle. The handles are soft and ergonomic and it´s a pleasure to cook with this set.
The color is also a bonus. It comes in black, red and a beautiful turquoise (this color is often used on Green Life’s products)
Coated with Thermolon, that is a healthy ceramic non-stick coating. It’s almost impossible for your meal to stick to the frying pan.
It is oven safe up to 180 Degree Celsius/350 Degree Fahrenheit. The handles stay cool no matter what temperature you’re using.
The set includes:
- 7″ open frypan
- 5″ open frypan
- 1qt covered saucepan
- 2qt covered saucepan
- 5qt covered casserole
- 5qt Covered saute pan
- 4 nylon utensils
This is one of the core sets of Cuisinart. It’s the classic one; elegant and professional.
The finishing is not mirror-polish as the majority of stainless steel sets. The exterior has a handsome brushed finish.
Heat Surround technology maintains even heat distribution along the bottoms and side walls of the cookware, eliminating hotspots. Premium stainless steel cooking surfaces do not react with food or alter natural flavors.
Each piece is oven-safe to 500 degrees F, and the pans are safe for broiler-use, too.
It comes with a lifetime warranty.
The set includes:
- 1-1/2- and 3-quart covered saucepans
- 8- and 10-inch open skillets
- 3-1/2-quart covered saute pan
- 8-quart covered stockpot
- Steamer insert with lid
This is an outstanding set. There are not so many porcelain sets on the market. It´s really difficult to find a set that can claim to be resistant enough. That is usually the bad thing with porcelain: it’s fragile.
However, this one is crafted with durable aluminum and sturdy hard enamel porcelain exteriors; espresso-colored, PFOA-free nonstick releases food effortlessly.
These pans aren’t dishwasher safe.
It is oven safe up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
One of the strongest points of this set –besides the porcelain quality- is the looks. The design is a mix of rustiness and a modern look. It comes in four unique colors –with funny names: Agave blue, Cranberry red, Mushroom brown and Pumpkin orange.
Lifetime limited warranty.
The set includes:
- 1-Quart and 3-Quart Covered Saucepans
- 6-Quart Covered Stockpot
- 8-1/2-Inch and 10-Inch Skillets
- 3-Quart Covered Saute Pan
This set is the best set on the list — the most expensive too — and you can’t get a better stainless steel cookware out there.
This is a cookware set for a lifetime. It is the definition of durable and reliable. It can take a lot of heat without showing any sing of damaging or discoloration on the surface.
The pots and pans are made in the U.S.A.
18/10 high-quality stainless Steel body and riveted handles. The body has 5 layers of bonded stainless Steel which makes it extra durable. The only downside is that the pans can be a Little bit heavier than the 3 layers All-Clad version.
It is dishwasher, broiler, and oven safe. It’s remarkable versatility and you can deglaze, broil and sear meat with ease.
Superior stick resistance as a result of starburst finishing on the pan’s stainless steel interior.
Besides the glass top stove this set is compatible with all type of cooktops, including induction.
The set includes:
- 10″ frypan
- 12″ frypan
- 2 qt. saucepan with lid
- 3 qt. saucepan with lid
- 3 qt. sauté pan with
- 6 qt. sauté pan with lid
- 12″ chef’s pan with lid
- 8 qt. stockpot with lid
If you want a good non-stick set that won’t peel after a few uses this set maybe your choice.
The body is hard anodized and the base is made of stainless steel that makes it suitable for all types of cooktops.
The internal coating is metal utensil safe. It features the TOTAL Nonstick System of raised circles and premium-quality nonstick to reduce surface abrasion, resists scratching, staining and chipping, and provides extraordinary food release.
The handles are made of sleek cast stainless steel handles, enhanced with rubber to provide a comfortable grasp.
Dishwasher and oven safe up to 400ºF.
The set includes:
- 1-quart pouring saucepan,
- 2-quart covered saucepan
- 3-quart covered saucepan,
- 8-quart covered stockpot
- 8.5-inch French skillet
- 10-inch French skillet
- 3-quart covered saute pan
A ceramic-glass cooktop will bring elegance and a modern touch to your kitchen. With the correct cares, they can last forever. For that reason, you have to find the perfect set that doesn´t ruin the shiny surface of the glass top stove.
I really hope this article has been useful to you.
See you soon!
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