The Best Cookware For Glass Top Stoves and Why You Should Have One Too!
I happen to be one of those who worries about the safety of my cooking tools and whether I can use them in every occasion. I have a glass top stove, which though I love, means more care. It was this reason that prompted me to look for the best cookware for glass top stoves.
The cooking sets I found are versatile and easy to use, they aren’t necessarily only meant for glass top stoves, but you can rest assure that they will do their job and save you a headache later.
Today, I decided to show you some tips for using glass top stoves, but also my top choices for cookware that is adequate for these stoves. I know it’s hard to find something that really fits all your needs these days, and if you like cooking, then you definitely want to be able to trust your purchases.
Remember, some nonstick cookware sets and copper cookware sets may or not be used with glass stoves, so always check the instructions before you buy something or use it without knowing. Let’s get cooking with the best cookware for glass top stoves!
Why Have a Glass Top Stove?
Glass top stove is an induction cooktop, which means that heat is generated in the pan, or cookware itself, not in the stove. These cooktops are powered by electricity, but beneath the glass surface there is a magnet, which generates a magnetic field.
Why is this a good thing? Well, for starters when you place a cast-iron skillet, or nonstick pan, your glass stove magnet aligns with the electrons on your pan. Because these electrons move quickly, the heat is generated faster than with a regular gas stove, but you can also regulate the amount of heat by either lowering or increasing the strength of the magnetic field with a knob.
Using a magnetic field is a very efficient way of generating heat, but it is also able to warm up quickly even at very low temperatures. Also, because the heat is generated in the cookware itself--about 85 percent--it remains there and cooks food faster than a gas stove.
How Do I Use a Glass Top Stove?
While it may seem hard to use a glass top stove, it is actually very simple. Make sure your read the specifications for your own stove, and try out the amount of heat that you like. Since it uses a magnetic field to generate heat, your glass top stove cooks food very quickly compared to a gas stove.
When cooking meats, make sure you keep the heat at low while heating up oil and garlic. When you plan on putting the meat on the pan, increase the heat slowly, but always watch your meat, especially if you’re cooking fish, which is done faster.
Keep in mind that even if your turn off your glass stove, the heat will remain on the cookware and on the top itself. If your food is done, remove the skillet, or pan, from the used spot, otherwise, it may overcook.
Last, but not least, keep in mind that not all stoves are meant for all materials. Watch out for copper, as it can burn quickly, or glass and ceramic, as they have poor heat conduction.
What Not to Do With Your Glass Stove
As mentioned before, don’t use copper, ceramic, or glass cookware with your stove, but there are also some other things to avoid if you want to keep your stove functional and smooth. Here are some of the things to avoid:
- DO NOT use abrasive cleaners or metal pads, as they scratch the surface very easily.
- DO NOT drag heavy pots on the stove; always try to lift them.
- DO NOT let dirt build up on the bottom of your cookware, as food can leave marks and rings on your stove.
- DO NOT spill sugar when cooking, as it may discolor or stain your stove top.
- DO NOT place any hot or warm cooking tools or bakeware on the stove top.
Though some of these may be inevitable sometimes, know that if possible, you should avoid them. Your stovetop will last longer when you take care of it and clean it often.
Cleaning Your Glass Top Stove
One of the drawbacks many people see in a glass stove is the cleaning part. Because they are made of glass, these stoves can be more vulnerable to scratching and stains, but that doesn’t mean cleaning is hard. Here are some DIY steps on how to clean your glass stove:
- Damp your glass top stove with vinegar. Use a damp cloth and spread it all over, remove all dirt and stains.
- After you have dried the vinegar completely, cover the entire stove with baking soda. This is a great cleaner because it is efficient in breaking down grease and dirt. You can also safely scrub it without scratching the surface.
- Damp another towel with warm water and then cover your stove with it. Leave it for about 15 minutes, then scrub until all the baking soda has been removed completely.
- To finish off, pass another cloth with a bit of vinegar, and dry off with a dry towel.
- You can also watch how to do this if you want to alter a step or need more ideas!
What To Look For In Your Cookware for Glass Top Stoves
When you cook on a glass top stove you need to have in mind certain things that you tend to ignore when cooking on another type of stove. Picking the right cookware is essential if you want to cook a meal and not ruin your stove, nor your food.
Here are some things to look for:
Lightweight, strong, and won’t rust. This material conducts heat well, but it reacts to acidic and alkaline foods.
Disperses heat more evenly than most other materials. However, it can warp easily when used with a glass stove top.
One of the most expensive materials, but certainly very responsive to heat and doesn’t warp or scratch easily.
Conducts heat well and is fairly inexpensive. It is the most recommended material for a glass stove, as it provides a smooth, flat, surface that lasts longer.
Sometimes praised, sometimes criticized, this one conducts heat evenly and keeps it well. However, it can rust, stain, and then damage your stove top.
Time To Find The Best Cookware For Glass Top Stoves!
I have come up with some of the best cookware you can buy if you are looking to make the most out of your glass top stove; here they are:
Stainless steel and copper double heat transmission
Copper scratches easily
Washing may cause nonstick coat to wear off
Handles aren’t meant to be used with high heat
- This T-fal collection combines the best materials: copper for heat distribution, and a magnetic stainless steel base that carries the heat from your glass stove as well. Because of these two materials, the cookware on this set won’t burn food too fast, but is also delicate on your stove top.
- You can use this cookware in any type of stove and it is safe up to 500 degrees F. However, the handles are meant to protect your hands from heat while the glass lids trap the heat inside the cookware.
- In this 12-piece set you can find 2 fry pans, 3 sauce pans, 1 covered dutch oven, a stainless steel spoon and a slotted turner. Though it sounds like a lot, these are also easy to clean as they are completely safe to use in the dishwasher.
- If you have a big family, or cook for many people often, this may be the set for you. The versatile set comes with cookware in many sizes and shapes and is safe to use for anyone. As with anything, be careful about how you clean these, the coating is resistant, but can wear off and scratch.
Triple-ply technology for better heat conductivity
Not dishwasher safe
- This Cuisinart set comes with a Triple-Ply construction that has a pure aluminum core meant for better heat conductivity. This technology is meant to distribute heat evenly and prevent hot spots. The cookware is oven safe up to 550 degrees F.
- The set consists of 2 saucepans, 2 open skillets, 1 saute pan, 1 covered stockpot, and a steamer insert with lid. All handles are made of stainless steel rivets, and all lids are tight fitting for heat retention. The rims are also tapered for drip-free pouring and cooking.
- When caring for this set know that you shouldn’t wash them in the dishwasher. Because they are not nonstick, cleaning after cooking is a bit more work, but they cook food faster and evenly.
- Because they come in different sizes and shapes, this cooking set is versatile and good for different dishes. It is also meant to be used on your glass top stove as it keeps heat well and maintains even cooking.
Not meant for very high heat
- The Circulon set comes with 3 saucepans, 1 stockpot, 2 skillets, and 1 saute pan. The cookware is made from dupont autograph metal and is nonstick. It’s also safe to use with your induction glass stove because it has a stainless steel base.
- For comfort, the handles on this set are made of silicone and cast stainless steel, which makes them easy to grasp and are oven safe up to 400 degrees F. The set provides a Hassle-Free Lifetime guarantee and is completely safe to use in the dishwasher.
- The dupont 3-layer nonstick material provides a TOTAL Food Release System that reduces surface abrasion, which is supposed to be easier to clean after.
- You may want to consider that this set can get too hot too quickly, so it’s important that you don’t let it out of your sight when you cook on your glass stove.
- As with anything nonstick, the coating can come off, so you may want to wash by hand, or at least clean the grease before putting these in the dishwasher. The lids aren’t meant to be used with very high temperatures, keep this in mind when you make a choice.
Stainless steel and nonstick technology
Not meant for very high heat
- The Circulon Infinite set is hard-anodized aluminum coated with a stainless steel base, as well as nonstick exteriors and abrasion-reducing rings inside. The handles on this set are also stainless steel riveted.
- This cookware set comes with 2 saucepans, 1 stockpot, 1 saute pan, and 2 open skillets. These are all dishwasher safe and safe up to 500 degrees F, while they have a warranty, this is limited to certain restrictions.
- Be mindful that these are very resistant, but washing them often in the dishwasher and leaving food stains on them can cause damage.
- As with the previous Circulon set, the lids on this one are not good when used with high heat. Careful when boiling things and watch your oven heat range closely.
Thermo-spot heat indicator
Not meant for very high heat
Not dishwasher safe
- This T-fal set comes with a hard anodized nonstick material for durability and a thermo-spot heat indicator. The handles on this cookware are made with riveted silicone for comfort and safety.
- The base on this set is made from TechnoResist Anti-warp technology and it is safe up to 400 degrees F. While T-fal offers a lifetime warranty, it is limited as well. Don’t be confused, while the 17 piece set doesn’t work with induction stove tops, this nonstick T-fal set does work with them well.
- You will find 2 fry pans, 1 covered dutch oven, 3 sauce pans, a nylon solid spoon, and a slotted spatula in this set. The coating is resistant, but washing it in the dishwasher will damage it and leaving grease and marks on it will too.
- Though this set is versatile and easy to use, it is also less resistant to heat and may not last for too long if you plan on using it daily for big recipes and cooking.
I Love My Glass Top Stove!
Who wouldn’t love having a glass top stove? No matter what you’ll hear, if you have an induction glass top stove, or an electric field top stove, you will be at an advantage when cooking. Just make sure you have the right cookware.
I particularly like the Cuisinart MCP-12N Multiclad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set, that though harder to clean and maintain, cooks evenly and is professional quality for someone--that like me--loves cooking big meals and all sorts of dishes.
What do you think? Ready to buy a new cookware set? Let me know how you use yours and if you know a better set too.