Glass top stove is a thing of beauty isn’t it? With its modern, compact design and smooth, glossy finish that quite simply accentuates your kitchen space. Well, no one says it’s not pretty. Only thing is how to keep it that way even after heavy use. That’s why it’s ever so important to selecting the right cookware for this range.
On this matter, you will want to select a cookware that will not only preserve the shine of your stovetop, but it will also continue to perform well for years to come. Very simply, here’s what to look out for in a cookware for your glass top stove:
- Cookware with flat bottoms instead of rough bottoms, as it can leave marks on your top stove that may be difficult or impossible to remove.
- Cookware with roughly the same size as the circles on your top stove for better cooking results. (Don’t be afraid to measure them so that you know what you are getting.)
- Cookware that is on the heavier side, as it offers more contact with the glass top stove, thereby conducting heat much better.
What to avoid
- Stoneware cookware, as it has a rough surface. Also, it doesn’t perform well with this range.
- Cast iron cookware, as it has a burr or rough spot. Also, it absorbs heat very slowly.
- Glass or ceramic cookware, as it has a rough surface. Also, glass is a poor conductor of heat so cooking times will be longer.
With these selection criteria in mind, here’s a list of the best cookware sets you may get for your glass top stove.
(Note: I’ve combed through all the details and customer reviews to curate this list, so you can ensure the quality, durability, and efficiency of the cookware here. But don’t just take my word for it, learn all there is to know before you make a decision.)
Paula Deen Signature Nonstick 15-Piece Porcelain Cookware Set
- 1-quart covered saucepan
- 2-quart covered saucepan
- 6-quart covered stockpot
- 2.75-quart covered sautepan
- 8″ skillet
- 10″ skillet
- 5-piece measuring spoon set
The first thing to note about the Paula Deen Signature line is that it’s made of porcelain. In case if you’re wondering if porcelain cookware offers good performance for glass top stove, the answer is yes, but only if it has a thick, flat bottom. Accordingly, the Paula Deen Signature line satisfies this criterion. The only thing you want to avoid when working with it is boiling the pots and pans dry, as it can melt and bind to the surface. Now that’s out of the way, let’s focus on what’s great about it.
What’s great about this cookware, due to its porcelain exterior, is that it’s very resistant to scratches and easy to clean. Also, because of the way it’s made, which by melting porcelain along with aluminum under extreme high temperature, this makes it very durable. It’s important to note that this is not the same as merely a coating, as two different materials have been fused into the cookware, thereby making it stronger. Because aluminum also conducts heat quickly and evenly, this makes the pieces do just that while preventing hotspots.
The lids are tempered glass which allows for easy monitoring, and the handles are riveted to the pieces, which are also oven-safe up to 350 degrees F. To enable the nonstick surface, the line uses Teflon coating, which may be a dealbreaker to some due to its potential health risk, but with proper use, it’s indeed safe to cook with.
Regardless of your consideration about this, the Paula Deen Signature line is very efficient and durable. Also, did I mention how attractive and affordable it is?
You can get it here in various colors.
Cuisinart MCP-12N Multiclad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set
- 1-1/2- and 3-quart covered saucepan
- 8- and 10-inch open skillets
- 3-1/2-quart covered saute pan
- 8-quart covered stockpot
- Steamer insert with lid
In terms of cookware to be used with glass top stove, a cookware made of stainless steel is said to perform best. But even better than this is a ply cookware with aluminum sandwiched between layers of stainless steel, of which the Cuisinart Multiclad Pro line offers. Due to this construction, you will not only get the durability of the stainless steel but also the heat distribution and conduction of aluminum. What’s more, the line also uses 18/10 stainless steel which makes the pieces rust resistant. (If you wish to learn more about the different grades of stainless steel, click here.)
The handles are stainless steel which stay cool on the stovetop, and the lids are of the same material which has a high melting point. In this respect, the pieces can withstand heat in the oven up to 550 degrees F, and they are also broiler-safe. One surefire way of knowing whether the line is the real thing or not is to measure its sidewalls. E, the MCP sidewalls measure at about 2.6mm thick, as opposed to 2.15mm, which is what you’ll normally find in knockoffs. Also, its aluminum core measures at 1.7mm-thick instead of something like 1.2 mm. Though the difference here might seem very small, but the difference in performance is huge.
Besides using the cookware for glass stove, you can also use it with induction stovetop. Also, it’s dishwasher safe. Only thing about it is that it’s not nonstick. But on the bright side, you need not worry about the health risks associated with Teflon. In addition, this also makes it last longer, like way longer.
You can get this line here.