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Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Lisa
lot3rd1@gmail.com
11/18/05
Hi There!
My parents just purchased a new electric range and it has a ceramic cooktop. My mother said that most of their pots and pans will not work on the new range. I thought that I would purchase a set of pots and pans for them that will work on the new ceramic cooktop but I'm not sure what type to get. Any suggestions would be Greatly Appreciated.
ellen

11/18/05
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Hi, Lisa,
This is one of the commnest discussions of the LONG thread on ceramic cooktops in the cook talk archives. See what size pots your mom/dad use most, and go to an outlet center so you can buy one at a time at a reasonable cost, instead of sets, as several in the set will not be the best diameter for the range.. There are sevral brand names discussed by actual users.

Also notice what diameter the burners/coils on the stove are.

Then buy ONLY pots and pans with flat smooth pbottoms that make complete contact with the flat top of the stove. If your mam has a favorite cast iron pan with the little ring on the bottom that makes an edge, find her a flat bottom one. If she does not have a flat bottom groiddle, that is a great choice too. They can be anozided, regular or nonstick, as they prefer.

Really small pans like 1 quarts saucepans are too small across the bottom to do very well, try to select ones that are very close to the actual size of the burner.

Lisa

11/19/05
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Hi Ellen!

Thanks for the advice. I greatly appreciate it. I did see a thread with info on the Ceramic Cooktops and I did notice some info on pots and pans but most of it seemed to be on cleaning these surfaces and info on what does not work. Again, Thank You so Very Much for your suggestions.

Have a Great Holiday Season!
Lisa

Ellen
ellensmcneill@msn.com
12/03/05
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I read your forum and have one question. What type of cookware do you recommend? Analon, Calphalon, titanium, or stainless steel? I'm sorry but I'm still confused. I did learn, however, how to keep it clean. Thanks a bunch. Ellen
ellen

12/04/05
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Hi, Ellen,
I prefer not to use ceramic tops at all; when pressed I often use a pan with a non-stick coating because I do have trouble with the heat control, and it cleans easier. Beyond that, I buy at restaurant supply stores, so several are aluminum varieties, but I use my cast iron and stainless stell with aluminum core pans quite happily, and when I vist my momI like her caphalonhs. I like my enameled cast iron for a Dutch oven.
susan aldridge
susanaldridge2000@yahoo.de
12/12/05
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Hi from germany,
I am sitting here in Saxony, Germany and reading with surprise about all the complaints about glass cooktops and I think what Mary Anne wrote in the thread in July about her Schott glass cooktop being really good must be true. The reason is that in Germany all glass cooktops are made by Schott in Jena, Thuringia, Germany (we have 2 in out kitchan and both were bought in 1992) and we have never had trouble cleaning them. We use soap and water and we hardly ever clean it after use other than wipe a spong over it after it is cool. If something gets big and ugly like boiling over sauces we scrape it with what looks like a glass scraper used to clean paint off windows-but it has the Schott anme on it-but any will do. The Schott Jena glass must be a much higher quality than the run of the mill glasstop material used in the USA. Iwas told that SChott makes all the cooktops in Europe and I had thought they make them for America too-but I guess Corning makes them for America.

I use all types of pots, including iron which I brought from America, but the most effective are the multi-ply or tri-ply because the heat is distributed evenly over the whole pot-not just on the bottom. If you ask me there is too much heat concentrated on those sandwich bottoms. In Europe the best brand is Spring from Switzerland (very expensive but once used you never want to use any other), and Berndes has started a new line called Berndes TRICION®, and then Rösle has a new multi ply. Is not All-clad a multi-ply?

I have used copper and copper bottom Revereware on my Schott stovetop with no adverse effect, but I can imagine that is you would let the water boil away or you were to put the burner on and forget to put food in the pot, the copper could very well melt- it is a soft metal. So caution is in order for copper. I also use pots which are not the exact size as the burners, but I use multi ply pots mostly (not always). So I would advise to buy products which employ German made glass from Jena, Germany. As Mary Anne said- Schott.

Just to add something of interest to make this whole thing more alive to you- I have visited Jena and it is an amazing town because of their highly technical know-how and tradition of Jena glass and Zeiss optical equipment. The houses are painted in wonderful colors and trees growing everywhere in many parks. The people of the town are hightly educated and they are open and friendly and very self confident. They have ancient houses and steep cobble stone lanes and people walking everywhere all times of the day and night-very safe place.
Susan in Germany

winnie

12/18/05
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Can I use Le Creuset on the Ceramic cook top?
ellen

12/18/05
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
the flat bottom le creuset is fine, some have a ring on the bottom- they do NOT work.
Cindy
cindylg8@msn.com
01/04/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I have a thermador glass top stove. My main cookware, which I researched and purchased in '02 when we started with the glass top is Scanpan. There is a heavy disk on the bottom of each pan, and I believe it is made specifically for glass tops, which is why I zeroed in on it after much reading of e-pinions etc. It is non-stick and reliable. I also have some Calphalon which was said to be ok with glass tops. IT IS NOT! When the pans become hot the bottoms "bow" and then you can rock them on the stove. Now you don't have complete contact with the heat. From now on I am going to stick to pans with some sort of a heavy, flat disk on the bottom, because they don't warp with the heat. I have a huge lobster pot with such a bottom, don't know what brand, but it is great on the stove.
Linda
hmlm@verizon.net
01/27/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Has anyone had any trouble with their ceramic top range cracking because of hot oil in a pan? I was making pop corn in a well known brand popper, and my ceramic top cracked. One half of the pot was burned and I suspect that it was this hottest part that came into contact with a warmer surface on my stove top. I was told my the manufacturer that this could not happen, but I am not convinced. Please let me know so I can offer them more evidence. I believe the least they should do is put a warning on the box that this type of popper should not be used on a ceramic top range.
ellen

01/28/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Contact the customer service at the popcorn manufacturer's, also.
Carol
02/17/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
How do you clean a stainsteel pan that has turned whiteish from cooking water in it?
cga
04/07/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Re; cleaning ss pan that turned white--did you try full strength white vinegar. If all else fails try a cleanser called 'Barkeeper's Friend' excellent cleanser for ss sink, hard water stains, rust on sinks & tile...sometimes hard to find
cga
04/07/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
RE:calphalon or other anodized alum pans--mine all warped too not heavy-bottomed enough. Does anyone else have experience with "Spring" cookware from Switzerland or Berndes? I have two All-Clad ss pan w/alum core its heavy but not heavy enough-slight warpage after only 1 yr.
lana
04/08/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
i am still confused as to what i need to buy for my kenmore ceramic glass top range
it does have the core and as that you can use griddles on it
i used a new stainless pan and made a scratch i am cleaning it and it seems less noticable now
but now i am afraid to use the cooktop..
this is a 40 inch range that i special ordered and now am wondering if i made a mistake
i had a jen air before and wanted something larger..
thanks in advance for the help..
ellen,,wonderful site..thanks for it
lana
04/08/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
i forgot to ask if anyone has canned on theirs.
hope that i did not miss something..
not something i thought would be a problem when i bought this range
Noeline
05/13/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Hi I have a ceramic top (Ariston). I have purchased Berghoff cookware and find that this is the best cookware for ceramic tops.I do believe that you can but this cookware in USA.I am living in Europe.
ellen
05/13/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Several readers have reported serious problems with canning on ceramic top ranges, one cracked her top using a pan much larger in diameter than the eye/element, others cannot get the larger pans of water to the correct temp. Suggest a high power electric hotplate.
Anna
06/11/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I just got a Whirlpool Ceramic cooktop and I laid a piece of aluminum foil on it and the foil melted. I have tried everything, including a scraper, on it and it is still there. How do I get it off?
ellen
06/13/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Anna, you can try for a replacement under warranty. Nobody who has written me has ever succeeded in getting this off- it actually fuses to the top. Also, do not try to cook on this burner.
Ben
06/26/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I recently purchased a floor model jenn air downdraft with ceramic cooktop from Sears. I would probably try to echange it for something else if we hadn't went through the trouble of running electric. Thought I ruined the top on first attempt at cooking. Pan left a shiny mark with lines you could see from the tiny ridges in bottom of pan. Let it cool and it came off with the ceramic creme cleaner from Sears. Had I known that I would have to be so particular in using it, I would have passed on it. Didn't know I would have to buy new pans and carry a ruler to measure each pan and check for smoothness?? After reading all the comments, I'm still not sure what kind of cookware to use. You would think for the price that it would be more durable. It sure looks nice at the moment though. I should have done my homework first but it was a good deal and had to move fast.
Darcey Gulen
07/01/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Sorry, perhaps I don't know how your site works. I posted a question on 6/24/06 about guardian ware vs. ceramic cooktop and now it's not here. What is the process?

Thanks!

ellen
07/03/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Hi, Darcy,

Occasionally, a server gets involved with a spam attack- that happened to ours- massive- and it was that date. That can mess up incoming messages. If you re-post, I will try to answer.

jane
07/24/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
What kind of pans scratch the surface? I have heard that you can't use either cast iron or aluminum. Is this true?
Kathy
07/24/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Has anyone heard anything about Emeril's line
of Stainless? The bottoms are heavy flat disks
with a band of copper between the bottom and the bottom of the pan also a light etching of Emeril's signature. I
am torn between stainless and non-stick.
ellen
07/28/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Jane, as above, they can be used but have to be perfectly flat on the bottom. Aluminum pots tend to mark the stove tops, too.
sumner
07/29/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
what brand of pots and pans are best for my G.E. glass top oven?
ellen
07/29/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Sumner, as mentioned in the first answer on this thread, there are several threads with pot comments, including this one. Basically you need a completely flat-bottom multi-ply pan with a diameter within one inch of the diameter of burner.
noni
07/30/06
cleaning water stains off a stainles steel sink
i have a stainless steel sink in my laundry room and it has what i think are white stains from our hard water..i have tried everythimg to get them off to no avail..any advice?
Brenda
08/08/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I have been reading the thread regarding cookware for ceramic stovetops. I have a new frigidaire. Most sites say that Calphalon is OK to use, but I see that a couple of people negate that. What is the real scoop? I can see that getting individual pans are best, but I want to stick with a brank that is good to use and get rid of all my other pans. I guess I wasn't prepared for that. What is the best brand to purchase?
ellen
08/09/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Noni, restaurant supply and janitorial supply stores sell special stainless steel cleaners.

Brenda, Tivoli and aubecq are winning these days. Caphalon can warp and not be flat after heating or use.

Darcey
08/12/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Hi Ellen! I was on vacation and visted my friend in Germany who has a Ceramic Cooktop. I think I might have my answer, however. It's better to ask an expert. My question was "Will my mother's Guardian Ware aluminum cookware from the '50's work on my ceramic cooktop?" I believer it will. My manual says that aluminum is the best heat conducter. All the pieces have flat surfaces. The only question is, the large skillet. It's bigger than the element ring. I guess it would work anyway. I'm not an "ace" cook. I just want dinner. What do you think? Thanks for your chat room. I've learned a lot!
Karen
08/13/06
Ceramic Cooktops - Canning use
After reading all of the information on Ceramic cooktops I've decided not to attempt to do any canning on mine.
The problem I have now is that I'm unable to find a hot plate with a burner larger than about 8". Most are 5-6". Will a burner that size be sufficient to keep a large pot of water boiling?
Or, can anyone tell me where I might find a hot plate with a larger burner?
Thanks for all of the great information!
Karen
ellen
08/14/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
You can get a commercial type single hot plate that will do 1500 watts or a double that will put a very large pot across two flat burners. I have seen both on EBay lately.

Cookware that is an inch bigger than a ceramic burner is OK.

Brett Mauzy
09/04/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I just purchased a new pot & pan set. Come to find out, it says not recommended for glass top stoves. These are aluminum non-stick pots & pans. Is it true that I shouldn't use them on a glass top? If I do use them will it cause damage to the stove or the pans? Thanks for your insight.
ellen
09/05/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Usually, if the bottoms are perfectly flat, the issue with aluminum pans is they leave some dirty marks on the top which have to be cleaned off. So you have to decide how you feel about the increased cleanup.
Brenda
09/25/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Does anyone know where I can get the Tivoli or Aubecq pans recommended for the ceramic cooktops? Is there a better site than others? I sure wish the dealer had addressed all of these issues. Thanks so much for all your help.
ellen
09/26/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
TJ Maxx has been the main source for these pans.
Dee
09/26/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I just bought a Kenmore ceramic cooktop stove. I am using my old Farberware pots and pans and am wondering if they will be OK... or should I buy new ones? They are flat bottom aluminum clad stainless steel...they seem to be working OK so far. I really like this set...they are light and the handles are comfortable for me. I did get a small scratch on the stove and wonder if it can be repaired.
ellen
09/27/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
There is a long thread in the archive on cleaning and maintaining these stove tops- do go read it-
gayle
10/05/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I recently purchased, to my now deep regret, a GE profile ceramic cooktop. I am stunned by the limitations and requirements of this piece of equipment. Cleaning the glass top is a nightmare (I am a messy cook) and only about 50% of my All-Clad cookware works properly. One of the things that attracted me to the cooktop was the bridge element which supposedly accomodates larger pans - I thought this feature would be great with my All-Clad double burner grills, but now I find they are "not recommended for glass/ceramic stove tops." Does anyone have any suggestions specifically regarding double burner grills for ceramic cooking surfaces? I do not think I have ever regretted a purchase more than I regret buying this cooktop. I would love for someone to convince me that I am wrong before I decide to toss the thing out and buy something else. Speaking of something else - can anyone suggest a good alternative electric cooktop (sadly, I do not have access to gas). Help.
linda
10/06/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Is it possible to use aa glass (Pyrex) tea kettle on a smooth top cooktop? It seems to have a flat bottom but I wasn't sure about the glass to glass. They come w/ a metal ring that one uses on a regular metal element.
ellen
10/13/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Gayle, if you have the bridge element, you should try your 2 burner griddle- the recommendation not to use is because of the difficulties with the ceramic tops that do not have the bridge element. I think of cermaic tops as giant, well, sort of crockpots, with the attendant changes in dishes and recipes that are easy to make. You might consider adding a top quality electric hotplate (for wokking, etc) before you just throw it out.

Linda, I have used these on a ceramic top- of course you DO NOT use the wire element.

Gayle
10/17/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Thank you, Ellen. I will persevere a while longer before giving up on the cooktop! Thanks also for the very informative forum.
Betsy
10/17/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I've been reading all the responses to the ceramic cooktops. I've had my Kenmore since 2000 and love it. I was scared to death at first, especially when something would boil over. But, with a little softscrub,nylon pad and paper towel, the hardened mess came up. I love my cooktop and would never go back to the old stovetop. I did have to give my Revere pans away because they danced on the stove and bought Analon pans with a flat bottom. They work fine on the stove, it's the pans themselves I don't like. I've only had them for 5 years, and the coating has started chipping off already. I'm very careful with my pans and don't understand how this is happening.
ellen
10/18/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Nonstick pans reallly do wear out faster than others. Do you use only wooden and silicone spoons and scrapers? Even occasional use of hard utensils speads the deterioration o. the coating.
daniel
10/19/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Hi Ellen,
Someone has offered to give me a glass top stove. My question is whether I can place a pan whose cooking base measures 11" in diameter on a 9" burner. Your advice would be greatly appreciated.
ellen
10/19/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Theoretically, an 11 inch pan can go on a 9 inch burner- maximum size, though. Is it flat?
Betsy
10/21/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I've been very careful with my pans. However, I did find out my older children would soak them for long periods and use metal utensils when I wasn't around to supervise. So, that probably didn't help any. Now my one son is married and is realizing the importance of care and maintenance of pots and pans. He has since apologized for what he might have done to mine.
gayle
10/25/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Hi Ellen. I am still searching for a grill/griddle to use with my new (and much despised) GE Profile ceramic cooktop's bridge element. I have a question regarding pan size vis-a-vis burner size: on 7/29/06 your comment indicated that the diameter of the pan should be within 1" of the diameter of the burner. On 10/19/06 you said an 11" pan could possibly be used on a 9" burner. The smallest grill/griddle I have been able to find is 10" x 18" and my cooktop's bridge burners are only @ 7.5 wide. Should I risk using a 10 x 18 inch griddle? Is potentially cracking the glass top the only issue or is there some other danger involved in a poor pan to burner size ratio? Thanks.
ellen
10/25/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I am not an expert on the bridge elements. Suggest you call the GE customer service number in the manual to check. You can fudge just a little with the largest burner- but that is why I said 11" but no larger.
Pat
10/28/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I am about to pull my hair out wondering about cookware on my glass cooktop. I have a 12" Calphalon "Commercial" skillet and it is heavy. My largest burner is 10". Is it safe to use the 12" skillet on the 10" burner. Thanks in advance!!!
Pat
10/28/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Follow-up Question: Bottom of pan is 10" as best I can measure. The top is 12". How do you figure these things. I've been cooking 50 yrs. and now have to learn all over again. lol
ellen
10/28/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Pat if the burner is 10 inches and the pan bottom is 10" and flat, it should be perfect.
maggie
11/01/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Greetings from Boston,
I just purchased a Whirlpool smooth top range, just got rid of the electric range, I want to thank all of you with your advice and comments on this new type of stove, it sure did help. I will respond with my comments as i try out my new stove.. Thanks again for all your help ...
Maggie
Pat
11/02/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Thanks for the help, Ellen. This is one terrific site!
Liz
11/03/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I wish I had checked your website before I bought our GE Profile glass top range. I absolutely HATE it. I've had more boil-overs in the last month than I've had in 40 years; thought I could do canning on it (salesman said I could)but after a month of trying to cook on it have decided that effort would be fruitless and fraught with anxiety about cracking it. I think the oven bakes hotter and the cooktop cooks less consistently than my old range. I called the appliance store and will be trading it in for a coil top where I can actually see the heat elements, not worry about replacing all my pots & pans.Liz
chew
11/03/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I am way from behind again.
Is ceramic cooktops also meant or same as induction cooker? I bought one named 'induction cooker" cheap cooker, and it has a wide piece sort of ceramic flowery motif on its top. It uses on certain pots, flat base, heavy base stainless steel pots.
ellen
11/03/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Liz, you founs out the jard way.

Chew, induction hotplates are made from ceramic, but the cooktops we are talking about are NOT what you are thinking of; these have four burners under a glsss/cersmic sheet or tray, and have an electric oven ynderneath. They are used in regular full kitchens as the main stove.

chew
11/05/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
rightto! thank you.
gayle
11/17/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Hi Liz. Join the club. I hate my GE profile ceramic cooktop, too. I have had it for a few months now and despise it more every day! I am trying to break it quickly so I can buy something (anything) else - since it's too late for me to return it.
ellen
11/18/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Gayle, maybe you could sell it or get a tax deduction by donating it. They do have some limited use for elders and low vision folks who should not have open elements...
Joan
12/02/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Hi,

I read your thread, but I have some questions. I am gathering that the reason you cannot use cast iron on the flat top stoves is because they will scratch it, are there any other reasons, will it crack the top? What if you are careful? (I don't mean to be dense) I have been afraid to use my cast iron, as I hear it was a big no-no.

Also, I canned applesauce on my stove last year, and it was fine, but now I am concerned having read this thread, is it dangerous? I recieved a whole set of canning materials for Christmas last year and now I am not sure if I should try it again?

My most important qeustion is: My Mother-In-Law has a cast iron Krumkaca (spelling?? I am not Norwegian :) maker and she is worried about using it on her new stove. Will it actually damage her stove, or will it just not work correctly?? By the way the device has a round base that is open in the middle and then a griddle-type center that does not touch the element and also flips over.

Thank you for any help you can give! This site is great!

Joan

Sharon
12/03/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
What an interesting time I've had reading this thread - very good information. I have had my GE ceramic top stove for 10 1/2 years - and have cooked on it with caphalon - my only regret is that I bought non-stick, and it's now deteriorating. I came here to get advise on new stainless cookware, so was glad for the tips. I wanted to add, tho, that I have cooked many many times on my surface with my large (canning size) soup pots that are much larger than the burner surface with no problems at all. I have also used an el-cheapo double burner griddle (made for my coleman cookstove for camping) across 2 side burners for eggs, pancakes, etc many many times and my ceramic is nice, clean, no problems. I, too, am a messy cook; we clean the surface with the ceramic surface cleaner we got when purchasing the stove every month or so; otherwise just soap and water clean up and it's no major effort. I have noticed, however, that I seem to need to use the special cleaner much less than when the stove was new - maybe it seasoned over the years!! :-) Guess I should be glad I haven't cracked the top from reading this tonight; but, I've been very very happy with it - with one exception: can't use my wok on it! So, we just use our coleman campstove to stirfry out on the deck!
ellen
12/04/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Sharon, thank you for your upbeat letter. You have definitely had very good luck.

Joan, you can use cast iron on the stove if it has the perfectly flat bottom with no circle/ridge to lift the bottom away from the element. These stoves heat by conduction so the pan has to touch the full burner or it does not heat well, and the burner keeps heating up, which can result in burned food or even eventually blowing the heating elements. The biggest risk is that you will slide the heavy pots and scratch the top- so lift and set them, do not slide.
Maybe a good hotplate would be the best accessory for the special pan?
The canning issue is two parts- first, the stovecommend keeping the outside edges of the pan within 1 inch of the outside edges of the burner. Second that the kettle reaches and holds the appriate heat. You don't say whether you were using a pressure canner or an open kettle?

Dianna
12/05/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
When I bought my calphalon the calphalon salesperson told me that I could not use the grill pan on my ceramic glasstop stove because it could cause the stovetop to crack. Is this true and why?
ellen
12/05/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
If it is a 2 burner rectangle griddle, the griidle will heat the glass top between the burners at a different rate than the glass over the burners, and the difference causes the crack. If the stove has a bridge element, which is an optional feature that will be mentioned in the instruction book, it is a metal element between two specific burners that equalizes the heat and avids the crack.

If it is a large square griddle, it may be because the edges go too far outside the burner, again causing the glass top to heat unevenly and crack.

ellen
12/05/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
PS How lucky you were to get a well-informed, honest salesperson!
Dianna
12/06/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I sincerely appreciate your response and it helps alot. So....it really has nothing to do with the fact that the bottom of the grill pan is not flat?
ellen
12/06/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
If it is not flat, that is an automatic failure, Some griddles are flat...
Laura
12/10/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I'm glad I never knew all about these problems or I never would have bough my GE ceramic top two years ago - which I love! It's easy to clean with the cream cleaner. Mine is pretty much undamaged after being subjected to a wide variety of use, lots of parties and kids cooking. I needed new pans anyway so I bought hard anodized pans at Sam's club and they all work great, and my old favorite wide flat bottomed skillet, which is more than an inch bigger than the burner also works great. I've got some old copperbottomed Revere wear which is still pretty flat, not perfect, and it works fine, too, especially the small saucepans. I guess a broken top would be terrible, but I think a slightly scratched or worn ceramic top still looks and fuctions WAY better than nasty old electric burners. I read this thread to get some hints for buying my mom some pans for Christmas - she uses very old Farberwear stainless and has had few problems, but I don't like the size and the lids.
Marianne Blomqvist
12/10/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I got Scanpan Fusion series. Am I able to use ceramic cook top? Thanks heaps :o)
ellen
12/10/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
hope our readers can help- this is not a familiar pan.
keitra
12/21/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I've bought the Cooks series of pots from JCPenny and I haven't used them yet they are the anodized two ply pot set i used the ruler test they appear to be flat i was reading some of the threads and i still didn't get whether the anodized pans were good pans to use on my GE cooktop i don't want to damage the top and i haven't used the pots yet well we haven't moved into the house yet so i was wondering should i use them before i even open the box i'll bring them back and get something else

thanks alot for the help in advance

ellen
12/22/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Anodized does not mark the top nearly as easily as plain aluminum. So if they are flat and smooth you have a good chance of being satisfied.
Darrell
12/24/06
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
In a simple short sentence, can someone tell me of a reasonably priced product that won't warp on my ceramic top? I'm using Kitchenaid and the big pans warp.
Terri
01/09/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I have a 30" Frigidaire Ceramic cooktop and tonight it cracked for no apparent reason. I was using a Analon cast aluminum stew pot to make onion rings. (When I use a fry pan, the oil spatters on the white cooktop and makes a mess...I thought I was being pretty smart using a pot with higher sides.) It fits the large burner perfectly, is flat, and I have used it many times before. I had the temp at 5, with 6 being highest. I only used about 1" of oil. When I removed the pan after I was done I found ain irregularly shaped rectangular crack in the middle of the burner with end to end crack(s) radiating to the front and back. I am just sick about this because this is my second cooktop in 3 years. The first one was my fault - damaged by a wayward spice jar. I have since learned my lesson and been so careful. Is this a defect? Coincidentally, Frigidaire sent me an invitation to extend my warranty today. Would this be covered? I saw another person who used hot oil had a similar experience? Is it the pan that's the problem?
ellen
01/09/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I hope you get warranty coverage- please let us know.
Donna
01/20/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Christmas day 2006 my kenmore ceramic built in stove top cracked. My sister and I had two of the biggest burners going. One had a big boiler going with jigs dinner boiling, the other burner had a roaster on it making gravy.(The turkey was removed and never touched the stove top).

I called Sears Canada, the warrranty was expired by 6 months. Short of buying a new one (ours cost almost $800.00) they couldn't do anything.

I am not pleased. I will never buy another glass top stove.

Donna
Newfoundland.

Sherrilyn
01/21/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I have a new ceramic top Sears range. I want to keep a tea kettle on it and I can't find a teakettle with a flat bottom. My son also told me I shouldn't use porcelain pans. I have looked everywhere for a flat bottomed tea kettle and can't find one. can anyone help?
OhNo
01/23/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I've been cooking on my ceramic cooktop for 8 years using a variety of pots. I recently purchased a large Magnalite stock pot and used it for the first time over the weekend. While the food was cooking I removed the lid and set it down on the ceramic cooktop. The heavy lid created a pressure seal between it and the glass and the lid adhered itself to the ceramic cook top and would not release despite attempts to pull it off of the top. I left the lid adhered to the cook top assuming when it cooled off it would give up it's super-glue-like attraction to the ceramic top. I was right, it did....and when it released itself, it cracked the ceramic top all the way across two burners. A replacement top was over $400. I've just returned from the appliance store where I've purchased a regular coil top electric range. My Sunday dinner cost me $700.
Elaine R Morris
01/23/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I have a new Frigadaire gallery series glass top range and I hate it. Impossible to keep clean. It is bisque with a snow white top and hardly any of my cookware is usable. Why can you not use corning ware or visions on it?
ellen
01/23/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
It has been an especially bad month for my readers with these ceramic tops! Elaine, read the various visionware threads for why Visionware is not recommended. You might try a white porcelain-coated cookware.

Sherrilyn, Le Creuset makes a usable kettle. It costs $38 on sale at Marshalls or the factory outlet.

Stephanie
02/01/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Help!!! I just bought a brand new Ruffoni copper pot lined with tin last night and it won't boil water on my GE radiant heat ceramic cooktop! The stove is only a year old and I had the water on the highest setting for an hour and the water did not come to a boil. I did try my old trusty stainless pot on the SAME burner and the water boiled in 12 minutes flat.The botom of my new copper pot is totally flat and my cooktop is NOT induction-can anybody help me on this?
Stephanie
02/07/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Hi Ellen,

All the other people who wrote in got answers in a day or two from you & it's been like a week and a half for me-do I get to receive a reply from you too????

ellen
02/11/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Stephanie, I don't have an answer for you on this, and was hoping some other reader might have an idea. The only thing I can suggest is that you contact the manufacturer, and don't give away that old stainless steel friend.
Kay
02/13/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Cracked! at 6 months. If you're like me and leave a pan on the burner now and then(I was gone for only 10 minutes to pick up my son)a ceramic cook top is probably a bad choice. I got a huge crack and a house full of smoke last night!
Ann
02/20/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I have been reading about the types of problems associated with glass top cooking...I thought I might purchase a few new pots and pans. I was looking for some suggestions. I decided to keep using the ones I have. I bought Circulon to use on electric coils. Now I am using them on ceramic and have been for the last two years. They do not warp from the heat, which I often keep high, and every so often I use white vinegar and barkeeper to clean them. Thanks for making my decision easier.
Keith
03/17/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Our ceramic top has just cracked - 15 years old. Is there any danger in continuing to use it, or should we replace the stove immediately?
Glenda
03/19/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
We are thinking of purchasing an Electrolux Icon or Diva Induction Cooktop. After reading about radiant heat ceramic cooktops, I'm having second thoughts. Is an induction cooktop as prone to problems (e.g. breakage, difficulty with pots)?
ellen
03/19/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
No, but it is expensive and I wish I had a chance to try one.
Loree
03/21/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Need advice on what type of cookware to
purchase for Jenn-Air ceramic top range!
I am having problems with the Revereware
that I am currently using!
ellen
03/23/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
If you read the various threads, you will see ciculon, caphalon, creuset, tivoli discussed.
Maggie K.
04/21/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Hi Ellen,

I just purchased the Frigidaire Gallery Series glass cooktop and oven and am looking for a cookware set. I looked at Circulon, Calphalon,and
Analon and have read the comments on this page. I would like to get a set for now and add pieces later. So what brand would really be a good choice? I have Revere Ware that is 30 years old, but won't work on the cooktop. I appreciate your suggestion. Thanks.

ellen
04/21/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
All three of these have been used successfully by readers. I would pick the set that has the most pieces that are the same size as your burners- too small or too large don't cook nearly as well on the ceramic burners.
REMEMBER you have to clean the OUTSIDES of the pots regularly to keep from soiling the ceramic top.
Maggie K.
04/22/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Ellen,

Thanks for the tip. I chose the Circulon Infinite. I felt it may be the best for now. Hope I'm right.

Thanks.

Betty
05/01/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
There are so many threads about the proper pots/pans to use. Will someone just "bottom line" this issue and give me the brand that works best? I have read all of this site and at the end---still confused.

I understand aluminum is definitely out--and flat bottoms are definitely in. GIVE ME A BRAND NAME AND WHERE TO BUY THEM. THANKS.

Ellen
05/02/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
There is not one brandname. Readers have had success with Tivoli/Abecq (intermittently and currently at Ross. TJ Maxx and Marshalls), Le Creuset, Ciculon, and the flat bottom Lodge cast iron. Some readers have had success with new Revereware, Analon and Caphalon, others have had problems.
Judy
06/05/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I have a whirlpool glasdstop range, somehow i have a big black ring around the biggest burner . I would like to know what could have caused this and is there someway to remove it. thank you
Monica
06/07/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I saw that someone was looking to buy an Electrolux, we were looking at an Electrolux also, any good or bad thoughts on this stove top?
ellen
06/08/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Judy, this is often due to either pots dirty on the outside or using a too-big poy on a too hot burner.

Monica, let's hope other readers can answer.

Kathy K
06/09/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I'd like to know how Maggie K likes her Frigidaire Gallery Series glass cooktop and oven? I just purchased the same today and now have my doubts if I doing the right thing. I also have Revereware of 27 years. HELP
ellen
06/11/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Good luck! You may need new pans...
Maggie K.
06/20/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Kathy K.

I love my Frigidaire Gallery Series cooktop and oven. I also love the Circulon Inifinite cookware I purchased in April. I use ceramabryte for the cooktop to keep it clean and sometimes have to use a little elbow grease to get spills up, which is normal for any cooktop. I handwash my cookware even though it is advertised that it can go in the dishwasher. My old Revereware is in a box in the garage. I may give it to my kids for their apt. at college.

Linda
07/05/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I have had my Frigidaire for about almost two years and have had no problems yet. I used T-fal non-stick until Christmas when my husband bought me a set of Cuisinart. I had bought some cheap non-sticks in the summer because my T-fals were about 10 years old and things were starting to stick. I found out real fast not to do that again. Other than that I have been very satisfied. I have not had problems cleaning, just sponge it down and every month or so scrub with the cream cleaner. I have not tried to use my cast iron or my wok because I read that you couldn't. Recently I have been wanting a grill pan, but I wanted one that spanned two burners. I guess (having read some of the e-mails) that that is a no-no. I guess I will have to stick to a one-burner and just go outside when I want to grill a whole meal. I don't really have any questions since your site has answered them. I just thought I would weigh in on the discussion.
Valerie
07/08/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
We just purchased a Frigidaire ceramic top stove with convection oven. I like it, but am concerned after reading all the different comments about these stoves. I have Analon cookware, and my only real complaint about the cookware and the stovetop is that it takes FOREVER to boil water for pasta! Could it be my cookware? The booklets that came with my cookware and the stove both said to put the dark cookware on medium to medium high heat for boiling--never to put it on high. Well, this takes so long! Anyone have any experience with this? Just wondering is it the stove or the Analon. Thanks!
ellen
07/09/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Your complaint about boiling problems is a common one, but it could be worse- some stoves never do heat a large pot of water hot enough to boil spaghetti! And that is with a variety of pots. The Analon is usually pretty satisfactory with these stoves. Have you noticed that it only heats abouve the rings, so you need a pot that is the same diameter or only up to an inch wider than the rings.

The reason for the caution about dark cookware, I am told, is that the glass itself gets too hot under it, whci can crack the top.

The solutions I can suggest- preheat the water in your microwave or electric kettle; get a single burner hot plate for wokking and boiling.

betty
07/09/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I have Tools of the trade stainless pots with copper bottom..the trade name is impressed in the bottom of the pot. Can i use these pots? I have already been told not to use my Vision ware. I need to cook! Help!
ellen
07/09/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Try them. This type of copper-bottom pot uusually works OK.
betty
07/11/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Thanks for the help. I will let you know how I learn to cook all over again.
candace
07/24/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I bought an entire set of Berghoff pots and pans at a home show several years ago. They work GREAT on ceramic cooktops. Only problem is the most used lid broke and I am trying to figure out how to replace it. Hope it easier than I expect. They are not a well known brand here in the states.
ellen
07/24/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Several companies make replacement glass lids that would fit. Take the pan with you to the nearest factory outlet center (or a really good old-fashioned hardware store).
Caroline
08/08/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
You can buy BergHOFF cookware in US. It works great on ceramic tops and sets are about $400.00 so it's not bad. You can contact them thrue the website www.berghoffworldwide.com
Lisa
08/09/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I have owned a GE True Temp electric stove with a ceramic cooktop. Bought it in the spring of this year. Cook on it everyday. Use my copper bottomed RevereWare and haven't had any trouble with it. Bought the cookware at Walmart when I had my gas stove. I have used my graniteware roaster on my bridging element to make gravy with no problems. I use the cream once a week to clean any stains, but other than that I used soap and water and wipe it dry with a clean dishtowel or papertowel. It is still shiny and is wonderful. I really love using it and like to clean, sleek look it gives my kitchen. Don't be afraid to use it!!
Kevin
09/05/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
We purchased a Maytag Gemini range with a ceramic top, and are confused as to what kind of cookware we can use on it. We have some cast iron fry pans, that we are hesitant to use for fear of scratching or damaging the top. So we went out and bought some Teflon Lagostina Euro Collection pots and pans but they have a series of little ridges on the bottom and are wondering if these are okay to use. I went through all the posts you have here and am more confused than ever. So what I would like to know, is it ok to use Cast Iron frypans as long as the bottoms are flat? and will the ridges on the Lagostina cookware damage the top?
ellen
09/05/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Yes to the flat bottom cast iron pans, no to the ridges pans. The burners in ceramic top stoves have a thermostatic cut off to keep them from getting too hot which does not work with ridged pans. There are lots of flat bottom pans that work fine, including the revereware mentioned above. If you are near factory outlet mall, it is worth the trip.
Kathi Demski
10/01/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Have spent a long while reading all this and just want to thank you for the info. It is the best place for info on what to use on these cooktops, but I had to go through lots of pages on Google to find it. Thanks again for all the info....now I at least have an idea what to buy.
ROSE D
10/02/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
hi,
ROSE
10/02/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
hi ,i have read your thread,very interesting.now i have had a ge cooktop for ten years and can tell you that i just love it .i have alot of corning ware and visionware but always hesitated to use them on my stove top .would it really hurt or damage anything.after all this time i still hold on to them.ijust learned of this site.iuse magnelite on my stove and farberware and never had any prblems. just curious about the corning and vision wares.thanks
Linda
10/02/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I got a Kenmore ceramic top a week ago today. I found this site and read the posts the night before it was delivered and couldn't sleep I was so nervous about my decision. I have been super careful (am OCD and do EVERYTHING with care!). I didn't attempt to use the stove until I researched and chose a new set of cookware -- Kitchenaid Double-capped stainless steel, which I bought yesterday. Thought I would also get a matching nonstick frying pan. Last night I washed the frying pan and sauted mushrooms -- the FIRST cooking on the stove. Finished and found the pan had scratch the stove! It didn't match my set, but actually has what seems to be very smooth concentric circles of dark on the bottom. I am sick about it -- having things PERFECT is a major deal because of the OCD. Anything I can do about the scratches? Is this stove a terrible choice for me? I have had both gas and electric and cleaning perfectly all of the time is a chore. But I thought my careful cleaning would make this stove easy for me to use.
ellen
10/02/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Rose, the manufacturers do NOT ecommend visionware for these stoves. I don't recommend it at all due to the small but real risk of spontaneous shattering (see the various visionware threads for more info).

Linda, those concentic rings are a problem on these stoves. There is a lot of info on cleaning these tops on this site, the truth is it may be hard going for you, given your coping method. Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is very widely recommended by readers, as well as being sure the stove top and the outside of the pan are clean before turning it on.

Adela
10/10/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Dear Ellen: Can I use a "PRESTO" pressure cooker or other type of pressure cooker on my ceramic smooth top stove? I appreciate your advice.thank you.
ellen
10/10/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
It is smooth bottom, but some readers have had problems getting them to temp. Do not leave the kitchen while it is cooking.
Doug
10/11/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I have a Frigidaire ceramic top stove that is about 6 months old. The other day I was warming up a large pot of Chili on the expandable burner in a brand new ceramic coated stew pot the same size as the burn. When I was about to turn off the burner the cook top cracked. I promptly removed the pot to discover that not only had the top cracked but also melted a 3 inch ring in the center (there was all so ceramic glass on the bottom of the pot). Not only did it ruin the cook top but the brand new stew pot was ruined, after emptying out the pot the metal on the bottom inside was bubbled up. Is this a problem of the wrong kind of pot to use? Or maybe a malfunction...I never thought that I would have to worry about the cook top melting.
ellen
10/11/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
basically this is a glass to glass fusing. The burners are supposed to have a controller which turns down the heat at temp, but this is the most frequent accident that seems to happen- the combo of large pot of cold stuff and these burners seems to drive the thermostat nuts, especially if the pot was stored in the refrigerator. At 6 months, you should still be under warranty, go after them. Do NOT let them tell you it was your fault.

In future, consider never turning the burner on above medium high.

Doug
10/11/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Ellen, thanks for your quick response & advice. The service man just left the house about an hour ago saying that it was our fault (saying the top only melts when there is food under the pot). Which doesn't make sense since food at times boils over onto the top. I have been calling Frigidaire and have been given the, the system is down call back later, run-around. Also, I only had the burner on 4, 8 being the highest. Another thing that perplexes me is that the food was already up to temp when it happened. Once again thanks for the advice!!
ellen
10/11/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Keep on them , Doug, the repair costs hundreds, so it is worth your time. It is not true that the top only cracks if there is food on the surface. Several readers have had fusion accidents like this, one with an enamel teakettle of water! The crack was just the last straw, it had been working up to it throughout the heating cycle. How long did it take to heat, and was it straight out of the refrigerator in that same pot?
Doug
10/12/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Yes it was straight out of the refrigerator to the range. It took about 20 minutes to warm-up.

We got them to cover the cooktop, but only as a one-time "goodwill gesture". This worries me though, what if there is actually something wrong with the thermostat or elec. that caused this to happen (as the tech never tested anything on the range, just a visual inspection). I spoke to the service-tech yesterday afternoon. He was not sure of the cause of it so he called Frigidaire's tech-line, and that was what they told him was the cause. This seems like a conflict of interest to me.

ellen
10/12/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I suspect the cold heavy pan caused the thermostat to allow the burner to way overheat- you know, kept applying more and more heat because the pan bottom didin't "feel" the right temp to the thermostat- probably nothing wrong with the thermostat, but I would not ever use a refrigerated heavy pan on it any more.
Mary
11/06/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I have Lustre Craft Cookware. Two of my favorite cooking pans have 5 1/2 in contact with the stove. I am considering purchasing a ceramicglass top cooktop where the smallest burner is 6 1/2 inches and another 7 inches. Can I use the 5 1/2 in pan on the 6 1/2 in burner?
What is the rule if the pan and the burner are not the same size. Should the pan be bigger or the burner?
ellen
11/06/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
The pan should never be more than 1 inch bigger than the burner, to avoid overheating and cracking the glass top. Smaller just wastes some heat- be sure not to turn the burner above medium high with a small pan on it, or it may overheat the top.
vern
11/09/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I have a ceramic cook top and was looking at t-fal pans,but not sure if they will work. they say thet are hard enamal.
ellen
11/09/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Some readers have written that they use them and like them, just watch sizes compared to your burners.
vern
11/10/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Thank you for your quick response
Amy
11/12/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I just bought the Whirlpool Accubake ceramic top stove and I am afraid to cook on it. I am afraid of marking it up. I fried bacon the other morning, and can't get the grease mark off the other burner that it popped on.
ellen
11/12/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Read the several threads about these cook tops and learn how to clean them. Use a spatter guard. Clean the outside bottom of your pots, too.
Kathy
11/16/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
What do people do to cook a large pot of chili for 30 people? The pot needed is very large.
I have a new JennAir cooktop, and it cracked the first time that I used it.
ellen
11/16/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Yep. You buy a good, wide base electric hotplate for the chili pot, or cook it in a roasting pan in the oven. You CANNOT put an extra large pot on these tops at high heat without risking cracking the top.
Barb
11/22/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I just bought my first ceramic cooktop, top of the line, Sears Elite and you guys have me wondering if I have made a $1900 mistake. I also just purchased new KitchenAid Gourmet Distinctions pots, which say on the box, recommended for induction ranges. The book that came with the range specifically recommends that you not use Visions, or any glass pots and that you not use enamel pots. It does say to make sure you use flat bottomed pans. Has anyone used these KitchenAid pots yet and if so how do you like them?
sallymac
12/03/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Is anyone here interested in Berghoff cookware? I have done some research and love the Tulip set but especially love the Cosmo set. The cheapest I found for 1 Cosmo set was $600 (on Amazon). HOWEVER....I don't know how we could work this but www.promopeddler.com has the Cosmo set for $350.80. The only catch is the minimum order is 25 sets. If 24 other people were interested in getting a set we would all save about $250 each!!
Dana
12/08/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
We use Circulon Elite cookware and it works great on our ceramic cooktop!
Donna Perchard
12/13/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
We have a Kenmore white ceramic glass cooktop. We take extra care to clean the bottoms of all pans, but still, after cooking, their is a multitude of brown marks on burners. These cannot be splatter marks because the whole burner has them! They are a devil to clean (even with Sears cleaner). Could it be the pans? They are quite new but not flat on bottom. Thanks for your quick reply.
ellen
12/13/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Not flat is always a big problem on these stoves. Are the spots in any kind of pattern?
Susan
12/26/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Dana,

Thank you so much for your post that you are using Circulon Elite cookware. I am about to remodel my kitchen and have my new KitchenAid ceramic cooktop sitting in my garage along with my new Circulon Elite cookware waiting for installation. I was beginning to worry as I read this complete thread and starting to think I should take my new cooktop and the pots back! I am actually getting a sick feeling in my stomach because I so wanted this cooktop. Before reading this thread, I had only heard great things about ceramic cooktops. I really want to move forward with my plan and probably will, I just hope I am not making a mistake. My best friend has had hers (Sears) for 8 or 9 years and has had none of the problems mentioned above. Anyway, Dana, thanks again. I now feel I haven't made a mistake with my cookware.

Ellen, what about a large stock pot to cook corn on the cob? My husbands favorite summer side dish and we cook a lot of it. My old stock pot that we have used for years is a very heavy material maybe cast alum, not sure but thick and heavy with smooth bottom. It has "Guardian Service" imprinted on the bottom, many many years old. Do you think this pot will be ok to boil the water for corn on the cob? Thanks all of you for all the info

ellen
12/26/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
The thing you MUST do is match the burner and pan, the pan diameter should be no more than 1 inch larger than the burner diameter, that is about 1/2 inch on each side. Also, with the large pans it is imperative to keep the heat no more than medium high. So you will have to see if your curent pan qualifies, size-wise, and how long it takes to heat the required amount of water. It is not something the ceramic tops do particuarly well. You may decide to get a single burner electric hot plate for your corn adventures.
marie
12/28/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Is there a way to make popcorn on a ceramic cooktop? What type of pan can be used?
ellen
12/29/07
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
You can try this with a medium high heat, use a burner that is the same size as the pan bottom. Heat the oil with 2-3 kernels, when they pop add the rest.
Maggie K.
01/08/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I have written to you before, have a Frigidaire Gallery Series ceramic stove and oven, and use Circulon Infinite cookware. Now I have been looking for a small pan that will cook just one egg. My 8 inch pan is too big for just one egg and I have seen a couple of extra small pans. I am unsure of purchasing one of these pans as the bottoms are either rigid, or dark enamal. I know these bottoms may damage the cooktop. So, do you have any ideas or know of a brand that has a one-egg fry pan that is safe to use? I appreciate your thoughts. Thanks.
ellen
01/09/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Look at the low end stores for a small pan that is not enamel or dark- or have you considered just using a 1 quart saucepan- they are smaller across the bottom, and nothing says they can't be used as frying pans?
Maggie K
01/09/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Good thought on the 1 qt saucepan, hadn't thought of that. I'll keep an eye out for one that I think will work.

Thanks :)

ellen
01/13/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
We just received a post on another ceramic cooktop thread from a reader who got these for Christmas and found they scratched her new top. Do, be SURE that they are thoroughly washed inside and out before using and do not slide them, or any pots, on these cooktops.
ellen
01/13/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
PS. George, I removed your original post because I don't permit any public sarcastic critical personal remarks on my board. If you want to rant, you can write me at the address below (bottom of the page) but as my mom used to say, "play nice" in my sand box.
Eileen
01/15/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I have a new Whirlpool black ceramic cook top and Calphalon Essential anodized aluminum cookware. Is this set appropriate for use on the cook top.

Also, there are a couple of raised stains & scratches on the cook top. Can these be removed?

Thank you.

ellen
01/16/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Please be sure to clean the outside of the pans well before using them, and make sure they are flat on the bottom (you can use a ruler to check). Then just try them- it is a good idea to keep the heat at medium high or lower on these burners.
Eileen
01/18/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Hi all,
What is the best type of pot to use on a Whirlpool black ceramic cooktop? I have Calphalon Essential annodized pots, but they slide around when I stir or flip?

Are there pots made especially for this cooktop?

Thank you.

Cheryl Pippin
01/22/08
Ceramic Cooktops - repair
I purchased a Jenn Air radiant cooktop and love it. I dropped a pan lid on it (accidently). I fell from the potrack above and cracked a corner of the glass. Can this be repaired?
ellen
01/23/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Eileen, you have one of the recommended types, you will just have to hold on to them, I guess (to stop the sliding).

Cheryl, Nobody does these repairs officially, they just do replacement of the whole top (250-1000, depending on types). On a non-cooking edge like this you might consider heat resisitant automotive engine epoxy, just to smooth out the edge; but start saving to replace the top. replace the top

Harold Harris
01/25/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Hi!
We have a sears stove with SC top. We have Two extreme black spots on our stove top, of course on the largest burners. We have SS with aluminum clad and copper bottom. I know on one dark spot was caused from to little water in steaming pan. This caused a burned spot and now have two. I have used 2 1/2 bottles of burner cleaner and the black spots just keep getting shiner and shiner, any suggestion??
Harold.
ellen
01/26/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Sorry, Harold, but these burns ae usually on the underside of the top, which must be removed to attempt to clean, a MAJOR undertaking.
Tina
02/01/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Recently I purchased a Kitchenaid ceramic cooktop from Sears. After cooking on it for over 2 hours on an aluminum pot, I noticed residue on the cooktop but couldn't remove it with the cooktop cream from Sears. As it was under warranty, Sears sent a technician to resolve the issue. He recommended using a razorblade/scraper to remove the residue and it worked. However, he also recommended purchasing copper sheeting from Hobby Lobby to place as a barrier between the cooktop and the pots and pans. Any spills or stains from the pot will go onto the copper sheet. I'm quite skeptical about this. The copper sheet is thin so I'm afraid of it melting onto the cooktop or worst adhering to the bottom of the pot. Is this sound advice from the Sears technician? Thanks.
Jean Stone
02/03/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
We recently moved into a house with a new Frigidaire ceramic glass top range and have just received a complete set of beautiful Rachael Ray Blue Porcelain Nonstick Cookware.
Can these be used on the ceramic glass top?
ellen
02/03/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Not familiar with these pans. Porcelain enamel works fine on some tops, not well at all on others. If they are completely flat, and the right size for the burners, you could try them. However, if left to boil dry on the top, the porcelain can literally fuse to the top, so don't do that.
Bernice
02/04/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
This is a great chat site and a great thread. I also was nervous about my ceramic cook top, and I still say "all you have to do is walk in front of it, and you'll have to clean it!" But I'm getting better at it. And I never turn on a burner higher than medium. I agree with the cooking pasta comments. In fact, if you do a lot of stuff that requires high hear, I don't think ceramic is for you. My favorite piece of cookware pan is a stainless steel "All-Clad" fry pan. I never turn a burner higher than medium.
betsy
02/04/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
We have a never installed cooktop that we are not going to install. We are willing to sell it VERY reasonably. It is a Kitchenaid and I will email you details if interested. Ellen, if this type of posting is not allowed, just let me know when/if you have to delete it. We have just decided to not install it and it was purchased over a year ago from a Sears so we have the book, but no warranty now, so it will be CHEAP!! BRAND NEW>
betsy
02/05/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Update- the Model from above post is Kitchenaid KECC506BL and we did purchase a 5 yr warranty that will expire May 20, 2011 and is transferrable at Sears. I have the certificate. email me at bdyounger@comcast.net if interested. It lists for 749.00 . Would be happy to get 350. + shipping for it.
It is brand new,never installed with all literature, warranty.
ellen
02/08/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Betsy, because a scammer did a reader dirty a while back, I just suggest that my readers ask sellers to list on EBay as a buy it now, this provides some protection for both buyer and seller.
betsy
02/09/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
OK, It is on EBAY now for even LESS!!! GO LOOK ANYBODY FOR A DEAL !!!
THANKS ELLEN FOR YOUR REPLY!!YOU HAVE A 1st CLASS SITE!!
Susan
02/09/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Update. I posted on 12/26 that I was remodeling my kitchen and had a ceramic cook top waiting in my garage to be installed and was getting really nervous reading all the bad things that can happen etc. I have been using it now for 2 weeks and I love it! I have used my old favorites such as cast iron, and have had zero problems. I even used my favorite huge (too big for any burner)frying pan that is uneven on the bottom and it worked just fine. Yes, it takes a little time to clean it with the cream, but it is worth it and you don't have to use it but just every other week or so according to my installer. I had cautioned my husband so much that he was afraid to use it and now agrees with me that we should have gotten one long ago. It's beautiful, cooks fast, and easy daily clean up. Also love the new pots I bought, hard anodized, for it (so easy to clean). I followed everyone's advise on this site such as move anything stored above it that might fall on it and break it. Cheryl, sorry you didn't find this site before you dropped that lid from above on yours. I would sure not have a pot rack hanging above a ceramic cook top! Anyway, Ellen, thanks for a great site. It helped me tremendously in my research for my cook top and pots. By the way, my cook top is KitchenAid 36" Architect Series II, Black with touch activate controls (no knobs). Highly recommend it
Claudia Thorvilson
02/17/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Can I use a glass tea kettle on a ceramic cooktop?
What type of tea kettle works best on a ceramic cooktop?
ellen
02/18/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Yes, as long as it is flat and not Visionware, but it will not heat very fast. You can use and flat bottom teakettle, but I strongly recommend a separate cordless kettle for smoothtop owners- one thing the smooth tops don't do very well, is boil water.
Linda
02/19/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
We just bought a GE black ceramic smooth top range. I think we made a mistake, but we have it so are going to use it.
I've seen pots with flat disk bottoms, but in the middle is a signature or name of the manufacturer -- does this make the pot unusable on a smooth top?

Should the bottom attract a magnet? I have a wonderful large pot; the sides attract the magnet but the bottom doesn't. Can I use this?

Linda

ellen
02/19/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
No, the signature does not make it unusable, as the very large majority of the pot bottom is still in contact with the stove. Your big pot will work only if it is withing 1 inch of the size of the largest burner; if it is bigger than that, the top won't heat it quickly or evenly. It is not the magnet thing that matters here, but the size of the pot.
Anita
02/20/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Ellen you state "one thing the smooth tops don't do very well, is boil water." Can you not cook pasta on a glass top? We eat a lot of pasta and this would be a real deciding point on whether we purchase a glass top stove. That and boiling water for tea which is a daily occurance here. Is it that you can't get a boil or that you shouldn't be doing that activity on the stove?
ellen
02/23/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Many cooks find heating large pots of water, such as for pasta, rather tough on these tops. First of all, the bottom of the pot must be perfectly flat (notice how many pasta pots have a ring or rim?)and should not be more than 1 inch larger than the diameter of the burner, to prevent overheating the burner as it attempts to heat the pot, and eventually possibly cracking the top as it heats unevenly outside the coil; second, it is safer to keep these burners at medium high or lower, as the self regulating heaters are sometimes erratic on high, again, risking cracking. Some of the smooth tops never do bring a very large pot of water to a boil!

I can't state too strongly, if you are considering a glass top, cook on one for a week before you decide. Rent a vacation home, swap with someone who has one; something. Some people like them; many find them a big disappointment.

jane
02/24/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Unhappy me! I have had a KitchenAid ceramic top range since 2002 and have generally been pleased with it. I have always wanted a double burner griddle and purchased a Circulon Elite 10" X 18" double burner griddle recently. I thought I'd better do some research on the Internet before using it after I read the SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR CERAMIC/GLASS STOVETOPS section of the USE & CARE INFORMATION literature on the inside (!) of the wrapper around the griddle. Of course, I was unable to read this information until after I had made the purchase and the wrapper could not be removed without damaging it before purchase. The instructions basically said to follow the stovetop manufacturers instructions. The KitchenAid manual advises the use of cookware about the same size as the surface cooking area; not to extend more than 1 in. outside the area. As my KitchenAid model apparently does not have a "bridge element" (at least, I cannot find mention of it in the manual), I have learned fr

om this excellent, highly informative website that I had better not use the griddle. However, I wonder if ceramic cooktops can be retrofitted with a "bridge element"? Does anyone have knowledge of this? If not, I guess the griddle pan will make a nice gift for someone who does not cook using a ceramic cooktop without a bridge element! While I'm posting, I will offer my opinion on ceramic cooktop vs. gas for readers who may be trying to decide between the two types of cooktops. I have owned only electric ranges; before purchasing my present KitchenAid ceramic slide-in range in 2002, I had owned a series of radiant ring electric stoves (regular, old-fashioned electric stoves). While I was very enthusiastic about my ceramic cooktop before I purchased it, my enthusiasm has not remained at my pre-purchase level after the initial 'honeymoon' phase wore off. Although, I do not 'hate' my ceramic cooktop as some others have mentioned in posts, I would not purchase another one; I woul

d go for natural gas next time as, from what I have been told by others and from my research, I think I would be happier with better control over temperature with gas than with ceramic cooktop. However, the purchase was made only six years ago and the price was substantial so, unless a very pricey repair pops up, the range will not be replaced any time soon. Didn't think I would be so long-winded -- bottom line, does anyone know if a ceramic cooktop range can be retrofitted with a "bridge element" to satisfy the griddler in me? Excellent site, Ellen!
Ana
02/25/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I just purchased a home with a Whirlpool flat top stove. It looks like someone has taken an SOS pad to it. It there any way to make the white dry area, shiny and dark again?
ellen
02/25/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Oh, Ana, this is a mess. Consider a good second hand range- it will probably cost less than replacing the glass top, which is what you have to plan on to fix this.
ellen
02/25/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
In some states, you have the legal right you have this fixed/replaced at the previous owner's expense. You might want to check this out.
Tammy
02/29/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I have a Whirlpool dark glass top and I just bought the Rachel Ray's Hard Anodized cookware (Orange Handles), I haven't used it yet but was wondering if it's safe to use? After reading a couple of negative opinions about how Hard Anodized cookware can stick/adhere to the surface of the glass top! Has anyone experienced this? These pans are flat. HELP! I'm not sure if I can keep the pans or should I return them? Any help would be appreciated.
Many Thanks
ellen
03/02/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Pans only melt in if they overheat. Keep the heat at or below medium high to help avoid this.
carol killeen
03/05/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Help. Just purchased a new Kenmore electric rang with ceramic top. I have all clad cookware and don't know if I can use it. Also, pans spin on stove when stirring. Is this normal? Do you need to constantly hold down pots/pans while stirring? Doesn't seem right.
carol
ellen
03/06/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
If the all clad are the flat bottom ones that is OK, but the spin suggests they are warped and thus will not heat evenly and also will cause the burners to overheat. Yes, do hold them if they spin, the spinning can seriously scratch the top.
Eileen
03/06/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
My pots spin, too. They're Calphalon Kitchen essential anodized pots, brand new, not warped and they spin.

Are there any pots that do not spin??

ellen
03/06/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
This is interesting, the spinning pot question is a brand new one for me. Any cooks or scientists out there with ideas. I can't help thinking that the spinning means the pots aren't sitting flat on the burner...
Eileen
03/07/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
The pots seem to be flat. The bottom is shiny, the cooktop is shiny, so when I stir, the pots will move. I have to hold on tight!
tj
03/19/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
for nonstick cookware, do I use nylon, silicone or wood cooking tools. Which ones are good to use? Which ones DO NOT retain smell of foods after cooking? Which ones are easy to clean and look nice the next time you are ready to cook? Please HELP! before I buy a whole bunch useless cooking tools! What is the best stirfry cooking spatula for a nonstick wok?
ellen
03/20/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Silicone.
Eileen
03/21/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Does anyone have pots that don't slip and slide on a ceramic cooktop (my cooktop is Whirlpool)?
Kedni
03/25/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I think I have read all there is to read and I can't find an answer to this question. How can I tell if my current cookware is aluminum of stainless steel? That is without testing it on my new ceramic cooktop?
Maggie K.
03/30/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I check this site once in awhile and I read the comments on the spinning pots. So I took note if my pots spin when I stir, and they really don't do that too much. When I have to stir something like chili or stew, I hold onto the handle. But for noodles in water, no. I use Circulon Infinite and love it.

I also read the comments about boiling water. I don't have a problem with water boiling, no matter how big the pot. Must be it's the bottom of the cookware I have that is stainless steel with aluminum layer inside and is flat and has good contact with the stove. I also make sure I use it on the correct size burner.

Ellen, I kept in mind all the suggestions you gave when I was looking for cookware about a year ago. Flat bottom, use correct size burner, and clean the outside as well as the inside of the pots and pans. I chose Curculon Infinite because it has the flat silver bottom, and is also hard anodized. Easy to clean, easy to store, just put a piece of paper towel between each pan. I also changed the utensils to silicone for cooking.

Thanks Ellen. :)

GinaE
04/03/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Well, the KitchenAid cooktop is being installed as I write. My relatives have always loved theirs, accepting responsibility when they have spills not cleaned properly, etc. I had never heard them say they couldn't boil water. My mother and aunt used their old, new, iron and whatever they have on their stoves. No complaints. Am I in for trouble I had never heard before? I get the tips--proper sized pan, etc, but really what is all the fuss? I guess I will write and let you know when I try to boil water after the installers leave...
Cosette
04/03/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
My ceramic surface range was installed this past Monday & I have yet to cook anything on it yet for fear of scratching or cracking with my cookware. I have a set of cookware similar to Caphelon but a different brand. The no-stick kind.

I was worried before but now I'm scared to death to cook on it! I love my convection oven.

Guess I'll just have to take the plunge & hope for the best.

On the up side both my sisters have had ceramic surface cooktops for years & have never mention a problem.

I've enjoyed all of the information your site provides. Thanks!

Patrice
04/03/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I have a set of cusinart pots and I would like to know how do I clean the bottom from discoloration.
ellen
04/04/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Use a restaurant quality pot and pan degreaser, from a restaurant store or Home Depot.
GinaE
04/13/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Loving the new ceramic cooktop. I use my old pans, which are stainless anodized with great success. Had a spillover and just moved the pan to another burn after wiping it off. Cleaned spillage after the first burner cooled--no problems. I am loving every minute of this cooktop--greatly improved over the old coil cooktop. I boil in an old, aluminum tea kettle and tested the boil time: full it took 8 minutes to boil. Usually not full, though, and it boils in 2 minutes...Plus, this cooktop is 36 inches and I can actually use more than 2 burners at a time without crowding. Haven't gotten a griddle for the bridge unit though. Looking forward to that.
Ann T.
04/22/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I once attempted to use a heavy-bottom copper pan on my glass top, and the pan just never got hot, then when I raised the temperature, the pan was stuck to the glass -- Scary! I was able to remove the pan and there was no damage to the stovetop, but all of my French copper is now stored in the garage. I would not have purchased the stove had I known this, because recipes seem to work better when you use copper.
Pam
04/30/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I have a frigidaire glass top and I would like to know what you think the best cookware to use?
ellen
05/01/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Pam, if you read through this thread, you will see that I do not recommend a specific brand, though some of my readers do. I DO say, nothing with a copper bottom, no Visionware; must be flat, smooth bottoms, no rings or ridges; no larger diameter than 1 inch more than your burner. Many readers like Tivoli or Aubecq.

With these stove tops you MUST clean the outside as well as the inside of the pot and rinse well, every time you use them.

Many manufacturers do not recommend non-stick or enamel pans with these burners.

Jennifer
05/01/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
This thread is interesting. I have had a glass top for 3 years and I have used my copper-bottom pots without trouble. I have canned in a huge pot without trouble, though it does seem to take a while to come to a boil. Mine looks a mess after I cook, but it comes clean with the cleaner. I use cast iron all the time and even had one drop 3 ft. onto the stove-top and with no damage. I have done all this on several different glass top stoves.

My question is this: the black metal pots (I don't know the brand) have a warning not to use them on glass-tops stoves. I am imagining that they are only one layer. Why is this a problem? Since I have broken all the other rules, I am wondering if this one could be broken too!

Thanks for the thread and the help.

ellen
05/02/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I don't know. If they are enamel, it may be a type which cannot tolerate the occasional extraordinary heating up these tops dowhen they get confused. Or maybe the bottoms are not perfectly flat. In any case, given the track record of these tops, if the cookware says specifically not to use it, I would not- unless, of course, you LIKE the idea of a fused pot-stove metal sculpture...
Grace
05/02/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
We purchased a Kitchenaid glass cooktop stove when we remodelled our kitchen last fall. I had seen Healthcraft cookware demonstrated at the county fair and have purchased it. It is designed to be used at lower tempertaures and is five ply surgical steel with something sandwiched in between to hold the heat. The sides and covers also hold the heat. It is very expensive but will last a lifetime and works well on ceramic top stoves.
Maggie K.
05/04/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Hi Ellen,

I have a question. I just bought an 8" T'fal, color collection (blueberry) omlet pan. It has this 'thermo-spot' indicator when the pan is hot enough to cook food, says it's suitable for all heat sources except induction, ok for gas, coil/solid electric, ceramic, and halogen. It's silver, blue and black on the bottom, and sits steadily on the stove top, so the bottom is flat. So, is it actually ok to use on my white Frigedaire Gallery Series glass stove top? What do you think? Hate to think I could ruin my stove top because I used this pan.

I appreciate your advice.

ellen
05/04/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Theoretically, as long as the top is ceramic and NOT induction, you will be fine. It sounds cute. Let us know how it does.
Maggie K.
05/10/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
OK, I have used this pan and it works great. I just keep the temp at 6.5, which is hot enough to cook an egg just right. The pan heats quickly, which works well for a quick fried egg in the morning.

Thank Ellen

JACQUELINE G
05/21/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
HI Ellen, I just purchased an LG ceramic cooktop convection range. After reading all of this negative description I am afraid to even put it on. Sorry I still did not understand what pots and pans to buy to replace my flat bottom alluminum- stainless steel sets. Can I use the Dutch oven by CREUSET? I hope that I did not throw out $1800 dollars. I cannot imagine cooking shrimp scampi and not shaking the frying pan around after adding the wine! Hate to admit this but I have the feeling this purchase was a bad mistake. Should I try to return it? PlEASE ADVISE- thanks a million!
ellen
05/21/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Yes it is a big change. For example you have to hold the pan still and stir the shrimps for scampi. If your stainless and aluminum pans are truly flat- that is, they don't curve or warp even as they heat up- they can be used on these tops. Just be VERY sure you never cook them dry, especially the aluminum, as these will literally get hotter and hotter till they melt.

If you have never cooked on one, do please try to use it before you unpack your LG. If you have not unpacked it, the dealer may be willing to trade it in.

Jane D
05/22/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I have a new Kenmore ceramic top range and would like to know if I can safely use my Corning Ware saucepans? I used to use them on my old wire element range but put a wire rack under them.
ellen
05/23/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Several of the manufacturers specifically say do not use these pans on the tops.
Cosette
05/29/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Great News! I've now had my new ceramic/convection stove for almost 2 months & I absolutely love it.

I was so afraid to use it after reading the threads here but it has been a joy. The information here was very informative & has saved me from making many costly mistakes.

I have a set of old caphelon type cookware that works perfectly on the ceramic top.

Thanks Ellen for having this thread.

Grace
06/06/08
how can I remobe aluminum foli stuck on ceramic
I have been trying everything. I put a piece of aluminum foil on top of my ceramic stove to prevent dripppings from cooking and the foil got stucked onto the ceramic. Is there a way that I can remove the alumimun foil? Please help I am very saddened by this mistake.
ellen
06/06/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
This is fused and probably can't be removed, foil and plastic are the deadly enemies of these tops. A reader had success by turning the burner to the lowest possible heat and after warming the stuck on material, VERY CAREFULLY scraping with a new razor blade, taking great care not to dig or gouge.
Natalie
06/21/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I have a Granite Ware stock pot that says right on the label, "Don't use with glass cooktops" Will somebody please tell me why that is? I can't seem to find an answer! ASAP -Thanks
ellen
06/21/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
It does not trigger the sensor/thermostat in the burner correctly, the burner keeps heating up and the enamel melts and fuses to the glass top. Believe the label.
Lynn
07/04/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Is TFal Expert Cookware okay to use on a glass top stove?
ellen
07/04/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Not one we have heard either way about. Check first with the manufacturer.
bill
07/07/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Cleaning our glass-top with razor (caked spillage) and a chip of glass came out. Is it safe to use?
ellen
07/07/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Yes, but start saving for a replacement top or stove, and if it is over/ near a burner, switch to using other burners to prolong its life.
Alli
07/12/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Thanks for the great advice on this thread.

We just purchased a Bosch 7252 smoothtop range today at a Sears outlet store. Going out soon to get some new cookware. Sitram is what I'd love to get but can't find it around where I live. Will probably pick up a few pieces of Anolon instead for now.

Alli
07/15/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I picked up two pieces of Anolon over the weekend. Found one at Ross and one at TJ Maxx at very reasonable prices. They performed very well and we were pleased. We had been using our wedding gift Farberware for the last 26 years - time for an update!

Anyway, there is Anolon Ovation, Anolon Professional and Anolon Advanced out there. What is the difference? Is it just a styling difference? I went to the Anolon website but there is no comparison given. I'm thinking that the Anolon Ovation and Professional might be older versions? Does anyone know?

vern
07/20/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Ellen, have to hand it to gal. I bought new pans for my ceramic cooktop. They don't spin and they boil water almost as fast my old electric stove. Flat bottom pans will not spin. I bought a set of food network pans at kohls and it was the best decision i could have made. Thanks again, vern
Santara
08/09/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Hi, Started following these posts last summer when we first started redoing the kitchen. After reading so many negative posts I almost did not buy my glass top range, but I did anyway. However because of all the negative comments I did purchase a 5 year extended warranty. I got my new Kenmore range last October. Bought new Kitchen Aide pots to go with it. Have not had any trouble so far. Water boils fast, fast, fast. Not sure why others have trouble. In fact the first time I went to make an egg, the pot burned black it got so hot so fast. However a brillo pad brought the pan back to new. I usually wipe the glass top down with a damp cloth after cooking, takes 10 seconds. Periodically if it gets a bit harder to wipe I use the cream that came with it (about once a month) and that makes clean up easy again. I would buy the same stove again in a heartbeat. Cooks great, looks great and clean-up is a breeze. There must be somebody else out there who really loves their new electric ceramic stove. I will mention that I did buy a high end stove and wonder if the glass tops are the same on the lesser priced models.
Karen
09/15/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
We moved into our home 2 years ago and it came with a ceramic glass range. At least, I think it is since it's flat. Are all "flat" range tops ceramic glass or is there some other sort of top? I haven't really done research on ranges and have only had electric and gas (my favorite) depending on the military base house we were given up until now.

On to my questions..... Do Le Creuset dutch ovens work on a ceramic top as long as they don't exceed the heating circle more than 1 inch? Also, I would really like to have All Clad pots and pans - are these reccomended?

Finally, I have a cast iron pan that fits in the heating circle. It does sit flat on the heating element, but has an indent ring around the bottom. Is an indent ring a problem or just the raised bottoma s problem? Oh, and if the top gets scratched, is this a hasardous issue (you never know if somethign might leach out sort of thing) or simply asthetic? The top has random "dots" on the burner area and much of them have rubbed off.

I feel so bad now, I've not used care these past 2 years with my range and I see now I should be.

Thanks so much.

Karen

ellen
09/15/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
It is primarily aesthetic. You can use Le Creuset in the right sizes, just don't boil them dry. Many readers like all clad. Cast iron pans with the ring on the bottom DO NOT work on these stoves.
Carol
09/17/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I recently bought a new Bosch electric convection premium range with a ceramic glass surface. I'm scared to death to use it! I understand that I need to use flat-bottomed pot & pans, but I cannot find Tivoli and Aubecq which seems to be the one people are happy with. There was also a mention of Berghoff, Sitram and Analon. I am so confused about which ones to buy. (Is the Iittala brand a good choice? In Australia the Bosch dealers were offering a free set of this cookware when buying a Bosch convection range.)
ellen
09/18/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Carol, if they were giving away Iittala, a brand I am not familiar with, with the range, use it.

These just require more vigilance than most people are used to. Since it is what you have, you might as well get used to it. Keep the outsides as well as the insides of the pots very clean, and lift, don't slide, them.

Carol
09/18/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Thanks, Ellen! The funny thing is, I called Bosch U.S.A., and the won't recommend any particular brand. They just say,: flat bottoms, keep clean and don't slide. I'm sure it will be fine. Thanks, again! (I'm in Cleveland, OH...not Australia)
Cheryl
09/23/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Is it still okay to use porcelain enamel tea kettle by Kitchen Aid on Kenmore ceramic stovetop in spite of Kitchen Aid's special recommendation for ceramic stovetops? Yes, it says about overheating or letting it boil to dry,and it also says to use low to medium heat. So, it may imply that it is okay to heat water in the porcelain enamel tea kettle on the ceramic stovetop. The manufacturer's recommendation is not the strict probihiton to use porcelain enamel tea kettle on ceramic stovetops as long as the medium heat is used, even though it may take longer time to reach the boiling point. And what about using the SiimerMat heat diffuser beneath the porcelain enamel tea kettle on the ceramic stovetops. The SimmerMat is said to be ok on ceramic. Thank you.
ellen
09/24/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I keep saying over and over, no diffusers on these tops. It interferes with the thermostat control. Are you willing to risk it?
Cheryl
09/24/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Hi, again. Understood about the heat diffusers. I would not want to risk, so that is why I was checking. I did not visit the topic under heat diffusers.
Anyway, to see how it would go, I put two cups of water into my new Porcelain Enamel tea kettle and used the ceramic stovetop's nbr 8. The recommendation says use over medium heat. And I timed to see how many minutes to reach the boiling point. It was about 6 minutes and then i lifted the kettle and placed it on the pot holder. So it should work fine in my case, so I guess I am thus assured. I would make sure that I remain near the stove until the water is boiling. And after I am done, I pour out the remaining water thus the warm kettle help dry up faster...Thank you for taking time.
DAVID KAISER
10/03/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
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Brad
10/03/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Thanks David.

You can count me in as one of the thousands of satisfied customers.

I don't know what's going on with some of your ranges, but it seems to me that there must be some kind of inferior(not genuine)type of glass being used on some of these stoves. As I previously mentioned, I've got a Frigidaire smoothtop that sees daily use. My top is made by Euro-Kera in France. I've NEVER had a problem with staining, scratching or heat control. I regularly use the cleaning cream, and make sure that my pots and pans are all clean and dry before placing them on the cooking zone. Following this regimen has kept my range in showroom like condition, day in and out.

For what it's worth, this range has outperformed many a stove that I've cooked on over the years--including a $6000 Viking "professional" range that turned out to be the biggest disaster I ever had the misfortune of cooking on. I'll *NEVER* go back to gas after using a ceramic cooktop... The difference surprised even me.

Natalie
10/05/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Hi Ellen,

I'm hoping you can help me. I've searched the internet over and can't find an answer to my question. I have a GE ceramic cooktop. Tonight while cooking applesauce, some of it spilled over. I didn't get it cleaned up immediately, so when I went to clean it, it was really stuck on. I tried the Ceramabryte first, then my blade tool. I thought I was scraping the food off, but I actually scraped the top coating off. It is right over the burner, and it is a strip about .5" wide by 3" long. If I continue to use the burner, will it be detrimental to my cooktop? How important is that coating?

ellen
10/06/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
This is a new one. If the top is not scratched or cracked, possible starting a crack, you are probably OK. Next time you have stuck on, let it sit overnight under a windex saturated rag before you work on it, And be sure the OUTSIDE of that pot is spotless before you use it on the stove again.
elaine
10/08/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
We have a new GE electric glass cooktop. I'd like to set my coffee mug (or glass Melita coffee pot) on the burner after it's turned off, just to keep the coffee warm, but I'm afraid the burner is too hot. I used to do this on our old coil burner, just putting a wire ring under my mug (or pot). However, the owner's manual for the glass cooktop says not to use these wire rings. What can I use to safely insulate my mug (or pot) from the intense heat?
ellen
10/08/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Not an option on this stove- mug is way to small for these burners, wire rings and diffusers not safe.
lyndsey
10/15/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
i am interested to find out if anyone knows the answe to Allis question about the anolon ovation and anolon professional, they both look the same to me too and i wonder if there is some difference before i buy them.
Marie
11/06/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I have a Whirlpool ceramic top stove and use a stainless steel tea kettle with a rather thin, not flat bottom. I believe this teapot is the culprit in leaving a black discolored circle on the burner. It seems even to be some sort of film and will not come off. We do heat our water on high, so do you think it's the high heat or the type of bottom on the teapot causing the problem? We have no problem boiling water on our cooktop.
Another question, and something I saw mentioned on this site: Do these cooktops become harder to clean over time?
ellen
11/06/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
When you use a not-flat pan, the stove keeps heating up even hotter than usual since it is making poor contact. We suggest that you NOT use heat above medium high if you want cleaning ease, so you can see that this is indeed a recipe for cleaning problems.

Yes, they do get harder to clean. I suspect the smooth top layer either wears or gets microscopically rough after lots of cooking and cleaning and there you go; trouble.

Katie
11/26/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Thanksgiving to you! Eat a little turkey. Eat a little stuffing. Eat a little pumpkin pie! Drink a little vino. Drink a little beer. Drink a little eggnog, too! Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Thanksgiving to you!
ellen
11/26/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Always great to have the turkey get the last word! Happy Thanksgiving to you, too.
kitley2001
12/02/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Ellen...I have been reading all night. We have purchased a GE black smoothtop cooktop. As per the booklet that came with it, I purchased new cookware. I bought Paderno, made in Canada. The store said they are good, and the cookware box says good for ceramic. I read your comments about ridges. Mine have very close tiny rings that you can see but not really feel. Will they damage the cooktop? I have used them several times on our old electric burner stove as the cooktop is not installed yet. getting scared here, as the pots were expensive. they are stainless steel.
ellen
12/03/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Kitley, I am sorry but I am not familiar with this brand. If the cookware says safe for ceramic tops, it probably is; otherwise they would not risk the liability. Save the box.
kitley2001
12/03/08
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Ellen...thanks so much...I would not have thought to save the box. What a wonderful forum you have here.
Pam
01/05/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I too have Paderno with the rings and I was thinking I would have to change to my other smoothbottom pots. I may contact Paderno about this.
pam
01/05/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Ellen, I have been looking at induction hot plates - they too have a ceramic glass cover - ?what happens to this if the glass cracks ?can it still be used ?would it be dangerous, etc.
Sue
01/05/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
is there a safe grill pan to use on my Jenn-Air glass cooktop. Sandra Lee was using one on her show today.
ellen
01/05/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Pam, induction tops don't have the same history.

Sue, as long as the BOTTOM is completely flat, the top can have any kind of pattern.

randy
01/11/09
Magnalite Cookware Warranty
Does anyone happen to know where to go or who to call to return magnalite cookware which has a lifetime warranty. I have had them for 15 years and not the coating is starting to come off in the food. I've searched on line and find nothing. I purchased them at Macys and they cant help.
Thanks.
Karen
01/13/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Magnalite

THE ORIGINAL MAGNALITE
IS NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE

--

Peter Pike, President of American Culinary Corp., states he purchased the Magnalite and Wagner brands and original molds, and is the only source for parts that fit the original Magnalite pans.

There apparently exists a dispute between American Culinary and World Kitchen (formerly Corningware) regarding the use of the Magnalite brand name. World Kitchen has been manufacturing some cast aluminum pans in China under the brand name of Magnalite (which look like the original Magnalite but are of different materials and sizes). These are currently available at many WalMart, Sam's Club and Corning factory outlet stores at discount prices. Also available directly from World Kitchen at full price by calling 800-999-3436.

Magnalite parts from World Kitchen do NOT fit the original Magnalite made in the USA.

Barb
01/16/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I have a Kenmore smoothtop for about a month. Finding pans has been a hassle. I have emeril pro clad and a few calphalon pieces. They all spin. You have to hold on to them. My top scratched from the emeril pan because of small sharp burrs. Cleaning the top has been easy, though. the sales person told me to wipe up spills while I cook instead of waiting until it cools I have been doing that and it's been okay. Sometimes when my pans spin, it looks like it has left a bunch of scratches, but they come off when I use the special cleaner from Sears.

My biggest complaint is that the beveled edge on my stove gets as hot as the elements. I've burned myself several times.

ellen
01/16/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
The spin is probably from a slight warp from previous use of the pans. Spinning indicates that the pan is not making full contact with the element, which slows down the cooking.

Keep the elements at or below mid-high, not on high, for best results.

If the beveled edge gets hot, that is not safe and may indicate a defect. Get with the service department.

Barb
01/17/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Well, the pans did spin the very first time I used them. I bought all new and with the exception of the Caphalon, they all slide around.
Barb
01/17/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Well, the pans did spin the very first time I used them. I bought all new and with the exception of the Caphalon, they all slide around.
Elizabeth
01/21/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Could anyone comment on All-Clad vs. Cuisinart stainless steel with aluminum core pots? Thank you.
Karen
01/22/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Elizabeth...I have had my Maytag cooktop since '05 and I need only to replace one item in my potpourri of cookware, which includes stainless, cast iron and LeCreuset. It is a larger pot 6qt, which spins like a top. Til reading this thread I thought this was only an annoyance as it took forever for water to boil etc. I have read and researched and asked endlessly and have reached the conclusion that All Clad is just too fussy to bother with. My sister has a Calphalon set and hates it. I am ordering the Cuisinart Stainless (Chef Classic series/very moderately priced) from Amazon and will let you know if I manage to warp it right off the bat. I have been known to break all of the rules for 'hot pots'...hence the warps.
Barb
01/22/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Karen, I keep thinking that if the pan is heavy enough, it shouldn't spin. Isn't LeCreuset enameled cast iron? I am very confused about using cast iron on glasstop stoves. Some people do, some don't. I have a few pieces of enameled cast iron, but the bottom has the name stamped in it so it isn't completely flat. I would like to use it because it is only a year old, but think it might be too risky. Which set of Calphalon does your sister have?
ellen
01/22/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
If it is just the name, you can try it.
Elizabeth
01/22/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Thanks, Karen. When you say All Clad is too fussy, do you mean because scorching it warps the bottom? I was thinking of getting Cuisinart Multiclad Pro, which has the aluminum sandwiched between stainless, like All Clad, but for less than 1/2 the price. Do you think all multi-layered pots are more fussy in general? My old Farberware, which has aluminum sandwiched between stainless on the bottom only, has been abused by me for decades, yet the bottoms have never warped. I will be interested to hear how your Chef Classic pot does.
Karen
01/23/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Barb & Elizabeth - I am going to respond to you both at the same time as some of my answers will overlap. Over the years I have come to prefer certain pots and pans for specific things that I cook. The rest were just really utilitarian, and others within the same sets went unused and were eventually passed along to others. I have to admit that until reading this thread, I was totally unaware of any of the 'dangers' of improper cookware, only the aggravation of the warped spinning pots. I have used virtually everything on my stove and luckily have yet to have a problem (again, one spinning pot aside). I haven't noticed any heating problems, or over heating, so guess I have been lucky. I have two traditional cast iron pieces that I use fairly frequently (skillet and dutch oven), and fortunately both have smooth flat bottoms. I have a enameled cast iron LeCreuset Dutch Oven which I use for things like bean soup or corned beef (something where I want a reliably steady, continuous, simmering heat). I have 1 1/2qt enameled cast iron (has a ring on the bottom!!)which I rarely use for soft-boiled eggs for my husband, and sometimes long cooking rice. I have a large non-stick wok type skillet which does have several rings (close together) on the bottom, which I have used a good deal. Also, a little tfal omelette/egg type skillet. The rest are good old Farberware and the copper bottom Revere Ware saucepans etc. in various sizes. Like you Elizabeth, I also have abused this cookware, and they are still perfect. If you have a set of that, I don't know why you would switch, except to treat yourself. After a family get together, I somehow ended up with someone elses 'Duncan Hines' 18/10 Stainless 6qt Dutch Oven. Besides a natural slightly raised center, it is warped to beat the band. That is what I am replacing. I need it to make big pots of veggie soup, boil pasta, maybe steam some crabs. Do I need a $350 pot to do this? I don't think so. That is what I meant when I said I had concluded that All Clad was fussy. I'm sorry if I added to your confusion over your choices. I think I feel it is just an over-glorified version of many other reputably manufactured brands. Maybe I should have said 'prissy'. I have a friend with some of the pieces and she spends more effort caring for them than cooking with them. I always tease her that she can do my car when she's finished with her pots! Barb, I will have to check with my sister this weekend on the exact style of Calphalon she has, but it is one of the dark anodized styles where you have to be cautious with the utensils you use in it etc.. For instance, she hates that if she boils potatoes, then she can't mash them in the same pot, and so forth. Just a new learning curve I guess, but also a bit inconvenient. I don't know that I will stop using the few pots that maybe I shouldn't, but will just be more aware. I am also guilty of high heat usage. Preheating an empty pan before adding oil etc.
Just how I learned things. I was afraid of not being able to clean my cooktop, or breaking it when I first got it, but it is the best household decision I ever made. It is so easy to clean and looks new all of the time. Unlike the old-fashioned electric coil style where I was constantly buying new burner pans. As soon as the first thing boiled over, they were nasty looking, even when you wiped them out each night. One other thing I recently learned (from a tv show I was just flipping past!)was that you DON'T remove a hot lid from a pot and set it on the stovetop. It creates a vacumn/suction and can break the top! I always do this figuring it could better handle the heat than the counter-top. But, once I thought about how difficult it is to get a lid off of a pot that has cooled, it seemed so obvious. Glad I didn't have to learn that one the hard way. I just ordered the Cuisinart pot today Elizabeth, and will surely let you know my thoughts on it. It was actually $6 less today than yesterday, so glad I got sidetracked! Chef's Catalog gives you a very good close-up of the pot. Amazon prices are much better...also no shipping or tax. Karen :-)
Barb
01/23/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Karen, Yes I understand about the frustration of not being able to mash potatoes in the Calphalon nonstick. I transfer the potatoes to a pan I can't use on the stovetop, mash them, then put them back in the Calphalon and warm them up. a bit of a hassle. I don't blame you for not wanting to spen an arm and a leg for pans. Let me know how the Cuisanart works out.
TJ Maxx just got in several pieces of this.
Elizabeth
01/24/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Thanks, Karen. One clarification for anyone thinking of buying Farberware: My old Farberware works fine on the ceramic stovetop, but my newer Farberware has a large, deeply embossed logo in the bottom and this doesn't work fine at all. These pots cause the burner cycle on and off when I am just trying to boil water.
Barb
01/24/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Elizabeth, funny you mentioned the cycling on and off of the stovetop. Mine does that no matter what pan I am using. The salesman at Sears told me that they all do that. They are programmed to do that so they don't go over a certain temperature, I think. It did drive me crazy when I was making a roast on the stovetop, trying to get it at a certain temp. I finally gave up, and the roast turned out fine.
Shirley
01/25/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I was told not to use cast iron pans or any copper bottom pans on glasstop stoves. I was told that the cast iron can damage the cooktop, and the copper bottom can make a permanent black ring on the cook surface. I'm getting a new kitchen and am planning to replace my stove with a cooktop surface. My stove now is a Maytag and has a black ring and black marks that I can't get off. I don't have any cast iron,I gave them away years ago-too heavy, and now with my arthritis I'm glad I did. I do have a lot of Paul Revere copper bottomed pans. Do you think they caused the black marks on my glass cooking surface? Is it dangerous to use them? Should I get rid of them?
ellen
01/26/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Lots of ceramic top cooks use revere ware. To avoid stains, you have to jeep the bottoms really clean, don't slide them. and keep at med high or below, and don't boil dry.
Karen
01/26/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Elizabeth/Barb...received the Cuisinart Chef's Classic pot this afternoon. It is smooth and flat and fits perfectly within my burner element. I filled it with tap water (mine is very cold)and put on Med/High heat :-( with the lid on . It began to heat very quickly, but did cycle on and off as you both were discussing (I see in my manual that that is normal, as Barb indicated). I don't recall that ever happening before, so as a test, a way into the heating I did put the heat up to 'High' briefly and the cycling stopped. That may be likely why I have never noticed that before, as I generally heat on High, then cut back til it holds a simmer. I returned the temp to Med. High and it still boiled the full pot fairly quickly and held a simmer perfectly once reduced. I suppose the benefit of the Multi-Clad version is just that it wraps up the side somewhat and would distribute the heat more quickly/evenly throughout. For my purposes here, the wrapped sides are unnecessary. I did read that the cookware recommends not using High heat, but because of burning food (getting too hot)...not an issue with boiling liquid, I would assume. Basically most all stainless cookware has aluminum encapsulated in the base, so far as I know. This pot has a visibly good sized disc on the bottom.

Previously, I had heard the only problems of ceramic cooktops were that you couldn't use cast iron and that they were hard to clean...both of which were debunked by my salesperson & now experience. Also, IF your pots weren't flat, they would spin... not that they may cause harm. I admit to having never read my stove's instruction manual, other than cleaning instructions, until tonight, and definitely none for cookware. As much good info as there is on this site, I am almost sorry I read it. I am now fretting over everything I do. Who would have thought at the age of 58 I would need to learn how to use pots & pans! Best to you both...Karen :-)

Diane
01/30/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
To somewhat protect my glass cooktop from falling items, I put a black wire cooling rack over each side. Not infallible, but at least a buffer that is inflammable and unobtrusive.
Barb
01/30/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Karen, congrats on your pans! I'm glad they are working for you. I'll have to go down to TJ Maxx and take a closer look at the Cuisinart pans they have. The spinning thing still puzzles me. The pans are new, flat, pass the ruler test, but still I have to hang on to them while stirring etc. I laughed when you said you wish you hadn't read the manual. I just read in my manual that you shouldn't let the racks bump up against the glass on the door because it can cause a ( I can't remember what it is called exactly) some type of weak place on the glass. that weak spot can then crack and cause the glass on the door to break ( or explode, as I have read). They certainly do not make things like they used to, do they?

Diane, Do you put the racks right on top of the glass stovetop? Over the elements?

Karen
02/05/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Hey Barb....I'm still very satisfied w/my pot and may add one other as result. I have used it only for liquids (pasta, soup etc.) but may try using it for a pot roast instead of the cast iron dutch oven (it's a lot lighter!). I am hesitant only in that I would be browning the meat at higher temps, then adding the liquids to a hot pot. Probably a good recipe for warping. I think I will warm the liquid in the microwave 1st though. Speaking of manuals and the ruler test. My manual also suggests trying 1" of water in the pot. Place on burner and turn to HIGH. Watch formation of bubbles on the bottom. Uniform is good, uneven means hot spots. Then maybe you should try the ruler on the cooktop...lol. Funny, I never once thought of something falling onto the cooktop. I have only occasional/good glassware in the cabinets overhead. Of course the microwave is mounted above, but I'm pretty sure even racks wouldn't help if that gave way! Did you ever find something that worked for you?
mary caskie
03/16/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I bought a granite stew pot and on the label it said not to use on glass (ceramic tops) Why is this and is it dangerous to the food that could make you ill. On the label it also says porcelain on steel. I'm afraid to use it not knowing, Granite Ware is a registered trademark of Columbian Home Products but their customer service didn't know anything about the product. Can you advise me by email. Thanks
ellen
03/17/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Some granite ware is relatively light weight. It can warp, and it can also heat unevenly, to the point of fusing to the cooktop permamnently if it goes dry or burnt. If it says don't use it on glass tops, don't.
Dianne H.
03/21/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I just bought a galss ceramic cooktop stove from Sears. After reading these messages, I am afraid to use the cooktop. I have lagostina renaissance 1901 pots. Will they be okay for using on the cooktop?
ellen
03/21/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Not familiar with these pots. Put an inch of water in a pot you want to check and put it on high heat. If it bubbles evenly, all around, as it heats up, it is flat and heating correctly. If it has non bubbling areas it is not heating evenly and probably not good for that top.
ellen
03/21/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Online these look like a flatbottom, stainless clad with aluminum core, just be sure the bottoms are thoroughly cleaned (with these cook tops, you MUST clean the outside of your pots) and give it a try. Remember it is recommended NOT to heat above medium high on these tops.
Dianne H.
03/21/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Thanks. Also, can I use the old corningware on the cooktop? Can I use my roastpan to make graby on the cooktop? Tjhe roastpan is blue metal with white flecks. Appreciate any answers to these questions as well.
ellen
03/21/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
corningware, no. Roaster, no unless the bottom is completely flat, which most are not.
Susie
03/22/09
Ceramic Cooktops - damaged or cracked
My ceramic top stove started to crack on the large burner. It spiraled out like a break in a car windshield. What causes this to happen to a cook top? Nothing was dropped on it and I do not have expensive cookware.
Deborah
04/24/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Ceramic Cooktops-damage
We bought a Fridgidare ceramic cooktop range 2 years ago. Up until now, I was very happy with it. Very easy to clean; just had to adjust to the temp variations. My problem is, on one of the burners, it appears it is pitted. The area is aprox. 2"x1". I have no idea what happened. I use all of the burners when I cook, as I cook large meals frequently. What has happened? Why on one burner and not on the others? I use revereware and stainless cookware with the heavy clad, flat bottoms.
ellen
04/24/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Usually this is either a spill or a spot on the bottom of the pot that causes pitting when heated between the burner and the pot. Sugar is the biggest offender. Sorry that it is so unfixable.
GLORIA BELIINER
04/28/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Dear Ellen,
Thank you for this detailed site regarding ceramic cooktops. You answered almost all my questions.
I need guidance if deglazing a roasting pan on my ceramic cooktop is advisable since the pan is much larger than any of my burners and I do not have a bridge burner to accommodate me.
I would appreciate your imput.
ellen
04/28/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Nope. It is a mighty inconvenience, eh? A good single burner electric hot plate is useful if you have one of these tops.
Gloria C
05/16/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I just got my new Frigidaire ceramic cooktop stove delivered today and I found this site to learn about cooking on such a range. Needless to say I did not do my research before purchasing it. I thought it looked so sleek and updated since my old stove is the original that came with our house, about 26 yrs old, the coil type, which by the way worked perfectly well for me with a few minor repairs throughout the years. Now I'm finding out all the do's and don'ts about this type of range. I've reading on all the proper types of pot/pans to use, but nobody has addressed the question of using clay pots, such as the Mexican type. Since the primay rule is to use flat bottom pots/pans, I guess clay pots are out which usually have very uneven bottoms. However, if I were to find a flat bottom pot, is it safe to use it on the ceramic cooktop? Thanks to all for all the interesting info.
ellen
05/16/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
As long as it is not induction type which requires metal, you can try the flat bottom clay pot. Also a good electric hot late may be an option.
AK
05/17/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I have a ceramic cooktop, I have Wolf Gang Puck stainless steel pans, they leave brown looking markingson the top like it is burnt and now my cooktop is starting to not look flat, is it because of the pan? I been skimming through and Im confused on what kind of pans to use, can you put it in laymans terms, Im a first timer in the kitchen area :0) sorry.
ellen
05/18/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
The marks are probably because the bottoms/ outsides are not completely cleaned each time they are used. Are you cleaning the pans and the surface well after each use? The basic deal is simply very clean, very flat bottoms, preferably not copper bottem.
Non Cooker
05/23/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
why cant i use a pressure cooker on a flat top stove?
ellen
05/24/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
It depends on the stove; some say specifically not to. Some just heat unevenly enough (because of the way the rheostats work) that they don't keep the pressure even, so you don't get as good results, which is actually unsafe for pressure canning. A few readers have used them on flat tops and are satisfied with the results.
carol
06/07/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I am coming into this discussion late in the game and this may be old news. When we remodeled out kitchen two years ago, we put in a Kenmore Elite black ceramic induction cooktop.
Because we needed flat bottomed, magnetic cookware, there were less options at the time. What I found and like very much is the Circulon Elite line(non stick)and Belgique Tools of the Trade(stainless steel. I was happy to find that Belgique had a wok which works very well on the ceramic cooktop. We have had no problems with either of those cookware lines. I haven't found the cooktop hard to clean. I do wipe after cooking and use the "CookTop Magic Wipes" as well. You can use a single one more than once.
Frustrated
07/15/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Recently we decided to change our previous teflon-cover cookware to a more healthy model. So, we decided to go into Cast Iron, completely covered with enamel cookware. Last week we bought a new electric range, with radiant, ceramic cooktop. Can we use our Cast Iron-Enamel cookware on this ceramic cooktop?

I will appreciate your prompt response.
Thank you!

ellen
07/16/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Check your new owners manual; the tops differ by brand. Be aware that tyhe issue of fusing the pot to the top permanently is increased if you cook above medium high, heat an empty pan, or let a pan cook dry on one of these tops.
Judy Cavender
08/08/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I have a Bosch glass top stove. I have pressure cookers that I do use on it. The pressure cookers are Kuhn-Rikon.
Rita
09/01/09
Ceramic Cooktops - types of pots & pans to use
Just bought new Calphalon (Simply Calphalon - non stick) pots and pans for my new (not even installed) Kenmore ceramic cooktop with radiant (not induction) elements.

Since never used, will these spin??? Can't tell from the threads if I should return them for something else.

ellen
09/01/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
If they spin (and you can check this before use, so they can be returned if necessary), it means they are not really flat, and so, not so good for this type range. Several readers have been perfectly satisfied with the caphalon pans. Hope you have used one of these before and have only careful cooks in your house.

If you have cans or other heavy things in the cabinets above the stove top, move them.

oboedeb
09/12/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Is Le Creuset still made w/o enamel on the bottom exterior of the pan? I have some older pieces, and I would think the lack of enamel on the bottom would be better for my new glass cooktop than if they have enamel on the bottom. I think I have seen mostly with enamel on the bottom now.
oboedeb
09/12/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Oh, and another question...How flat is flat? I am used to measuring things in millimeters (and fractions thereof), so when I look at cookware with the ruler test, almost none of it looks perfectly flat to me. The best is my old Le Creuset. I looked at the highly touted Berndes and Scanpan brand new in the store, and they didn't look perfectly flat, they were slightly concave. Sometimes I test with a slip of paper under the bottom on a flat surface, and as I pull the paper out from various points around the circumference, the pull is noticeably varied. How flat is flat enough?
ellen
09/12/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
The further from perfectly flat, the less even heating, and the greater chance for burning food, etc, it's up to you. Check the Le Creuset site for pan descriptions. Pans that have ever been overheated tend to warp and be uneven, which is why you often end up buying new pans for your new cook top.
oboedeb
09/13/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
So, when looking for new pans in the store, I should look for as flat as I can find, and not expect them to be perfectly flat? Maybe I will call the manufacturer (if I can get a number) and ask about this. If I get some kind of answer, I'll report back.
ellen
09/14/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
They should at least start out perfectly flat...
oboedeb
09/15/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
OK, I spoke to a rep at both Berndes America and Nordic ware, and they both say the pans flatten out as they heat. I tried a NW that I had, and it was a bit slide-y, but as it warmed, sure enough it stayed in place much better. Berndes website and packaging also shows this in a picture diagram. My new (unused yet) Berndes pans have a slight concavity on the bottom, the gap is maybe a millimeter in the center. The Nordic ware is somewhat more uneven.
So that's the report, for what it's worth.
ellen
09/15/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Thanks for the diligent effort.
Jan
09/30/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Oh Boy! Like many, I also just bought a new ceramic top along with new pots, including new roasting pan for deglazing and making my gravy. I assumed I could use two burners to gently heat for gravy. After reading these excellent posts, please tell me this will be possible- on lowest heat setting??? PUHLEZE
ellen
09/30/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I can't make reassuring noises about using two burners unless there is a bridge element; it really can crack the cooktop. Two burner hot plates aren't too expensive...
Jan
09/30/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Wow- you are quick and efficient! Buying a hotplate! Much appreciated. So, I gather it's a hot and cold dilemma, which makes me think of one more scenario. Is it OK to take a hot casserole dish out of the oven and set it on a "cold" area of the stove? Cheers
ellen
09/30/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
The manufacturers actually say no. People do it all the time, anyway. Now there is a silicon hot pad which can also be a potholder, about $7 each. I just keep two on the counter, good for picking up with or setting down on. It has helped my tendency to scorch the counter. It would work fine with a smooth top.
Jan
10/01/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Thanks again- added to my shopping list :-)
Marcy
10/15/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I have used and abused cermaic cooktops for about 15 yrs (two different homes).My last one is about to be replaced, mainly because we are remodeling the kitchen.It is made from CERAN by whirlpool(not manufactured anymore to my knowledge).I have used all types of different pots on it and never had any problems cooking or cleaning.I have a large family and everybody has cooked and spilled on it. My new one will be a GE something.it will be interesting how it will hold up to the old cheapy.By the way: I finsih the cleaning with a wipe of WD-40.
Bob
10/18/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I recently bought a whirlpool as a demo very great price. Well I have read this entire thread and no one has mentioned the K that is in the top right hand corner of some of the cook tops.I have a sears in my local hometown and the sales man (40 years working there) said the k is a better cooktop. My wife loves the convention oven. Again if you do your homework and maintain the product and clean after and buy proper cookware I do not see any problems. Its like any other product if you take care of it it will take care of you, By the way the food she has been baking (convection oven) is Great....Thanks Ellen and everyone for all the info.
Marcy
10/22/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I went to TJ MAx.They had many of the cookware previously mentiond.I liked Cuisinart but Amazon offers a much better deal for the whole set.(free shipping too)
John Cole
10/30/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Hi Ellen,
This is not for publication [unless you want to]. We are about to buy a ceramic cooktop and have found your site to be invaluable as we are just babes in the wood when it comes down to what kind of cookware to use, etc.
Many thanks,
John and Marilynn Cole,
Melbourne, Australia.
Arya
10/30/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Hello Ellen, and thanks in advance for the advice.
1. Is "Earth Pan" cookware with sand flow, and "GreenPan" with thermolon, both a anodized aluminum pan, flat based, and good for my kenmore 9641 electric smoothtop cooktop?

Target sells both, but Earth Pan is not available in their stores.
Any suggestion for a store?
If these two models are not a good fit for the ceramic top, what are your recommendations?
Thanks

Diane
11/12/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Re using cooling racks for protection: yes, I put them right on any of the glass tops - NOT while they're hot, however. Recently a heavy bottle of olive oil slipped from my hand and harmlessly bounced off the rack. Can't imagine what it would have done to the cook-top! The racks have slightly padded non-scratch "feet". A friend gave me a glass cutting-board/hot pad that I have over the griddle covers. It will break before the glass covers do. It's much easier to wash than all the metal edges on the cooktop sections. Still only have one perfect pan for cooking, tho' - it's a pressure cooker with a nice, thick flat bottom by Presto. Oh, also a small Emeril saute pan.
ellen
11/12/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Arya, Cook's Illustrated, one of my favorite magazines, gives all the "green pans" mediocre ratings as cookware. Beyond that, see these threads and take your choice.
rhonda
11/30/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
hi i got a granite pot as a gift and i have a glass top stove, the label on the pot says not to use on the stove. I'm not going to use it for canning, so can i still use it on my stove?
ellen
11/30/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Graniteware is enamel over metal, they vary somewhat, but if yours says not to use it is because they have discovered that their brand will permanently fuse to the top under some conditions. Yes, I do mean welded like a sculpture project. A hotplate is cheap and easy to use and will also be great for stir-frying, which the tops are terrible for. Do yourself a favor, and don't risk the top.
Susan
12/07/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I,too, have a ceramic cook top by GE. My old pans have worked well, but I received an early gift of Farberware Affinity set (enamel over aluminum). I looked thru all the threads but did not see that they actually can melt to the stove top..Is this just at really high heats?
Thanks..
ellen
12/08/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
This is an uncommon result, but does happen. There are several different types of enamel on metal pots, over aluminum, iron, base metal, etc, and I am sure that makes a difference. You can check with the Farberware folks, but laos look at your owner's manual for the top and see if it has any cautions. What I would NOT do, is leave anything cooking in one of these pots when I was not in the kitchen...
marcy
12/09/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I am extremely pleased with my GE profile as well as the Cuisinart triple Ply cookware.The ease of cleaning is amazing.After I gave my family a brief inservice of do's and don'ts they all have been cooking.
Anna
12/23/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Hello! I have an Electrolux ceramic/glass cooktop. I just bought Farberware Affiniti pots without realizing that their might be ennamel. :( They have a shiny color, they are non-stick and it says they're porcelane
ellen
12/23/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Yep, it is a porcelain enamel. Some flt tops do fine with them. Do keep at medium high or lower.
rita
12/29/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Is it OK to use Revere copper clad pots and pans on a ceramic cooktop. The pans are flat bottom ans do not spin. Are there any health issues you might know about?
ellen
12/29/09
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
No health issues as they are stainless steel inside. Rarely, these can actually fuse to the glass top if they are boiled dry and left on the hot burner, and of course like all pans on these tops, it is recommended to stick to medium high or lower heat.
HB
01/04/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
1) I have a SS Alessio Espresso maker that is smaller than the smallest 6" diameter of the ceramic top. The difference is 1" in diameter creating an exposed ring that is 1/2" in width.
In addition, the outside lip of the Espresso maker being 5" diameter, touches the ceramic and continues with a 4" diameter of solid contact to the ceramic.
I feel that this would work on medium setting and not higher. What is your thought?
2) I bought an enameled cast iron 5 qt. Dutch oven from ALDI a week ago that looks like an expensive LeCreuset.
The instructions state that it can also be used with ceramic or glass tops as long as care is used when it is lifted, never used empty and the high setting is never used, only low and medium.
It is perfectly flat on the bottom.
I'm crossing my fingers.
ellen
01/05/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Your espresso pot should be OK, but do stay in the kitchen when you use it.
JoanneI
01/30/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I read this amazing thread trying to decide what pans to buy. I have a GE glasstop. We just had Corian installed and I'm not suppose to use the portable GE convection oven on it. It has runners on each side and the heating unit is 1 1/2 " from the counter. My question is, may I safely use this oven to cook with standing it on the ceramic cooktop, when not in use, of course.
ellen
01/30/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
It is an iffy proposition. There are big silicon or asbestos pads that can be put down to insulate...
Ginny
02/02/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Just purchased a Whirlpool Ceramic cooktop stove. Is it still okay to use my enamel tea-kettle on this stove top?

Thanks!

Ginny

ellen
02/02/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
The bottom must be perfectly flat and perfectly clean, and you keep the heat at medium high or lower.
Ginny
02/04/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Ellen,

Thank you. After reading this thread (and stressing about using our new enamel cooktop), I went out to Marshalls yesterday and found and purchased Tivoli cookware in several sizes (my previous cookware was Club Aluminum which I love). Tried out the cooktop this morning by heating up water in the tea pot (med. high) and making oatmeal on the stove. Both worked fine but it did take longer for the water to come to a boil. Next time I will start out with hot water. Thank you for this informative thread!

Jim
02/17/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
My wife and I are going alil crazy trying to find the best cookware for our new Ge profile glass cook she has learned to depise in the past month we have it. She's an amazing cook and she says she just cannot get it right. Call to GE and they say the pans/pots must be flat. We had a tech out to see why the oven is cooking as it should so he made a lil adjustment in the thermostat. We asked him which post are best and he said not to use our faberware flat pot with the curves sides, that the pots must be total flat, the ones with the sharp 45 degree like edges which makes no sense to me because if you put the pot down on an angle, your going to scratch the top, but a round edge flat bottom will not scratch. Plus the fact if you want a tri ply pots which are noted to be the best, the sides need to be round to allow the three materials for tri ply to go up the sides of the pot...
We purchased the Cuisinart multi clad pro 12 set for $260, one because the they are like the all pro for 1/3 the price and two I have read many articles that they are the hidden jewel of cookware.
Today my wife just to make 1000% sure they are the right pots, someone from cuisinart tells her the writing which is engraved into the bottom may scratch the cook top. How can anything engraved scratch the bottom. Between GE and Cusinart they should all be a polititans because they are all a bunch of baphoons...Noone in the world today can stand up and tell ya the 100%...
So now one of three things is going to happen:
1- The pots work out and don't scartch
2- The pots scratch the top and we get rid of them.
3- Since we are switching to gas heat, the stove gets replaced with a gas stove and we keep the pots....
ellen
02/17/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I vote loudly and emphatically for #3!!! Serious cooks don't ever seem to be happy with these. The Cuisinarts are great pots, the writing on the bottom is no problem.
JIm
02/18/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Ellen, thanks for the reply. I guess we will unbox the set to keep.
Mary
02/24/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Purchased new Matag ceramic cooktop range so confused on pans to use. Wen't to mall outlet store purchased Regal Kitchen Pro aluminum duracote nonstick pans. Sales person said it was allright to use these on glass stove. My concern is the bottoms are very rough will these scratch the stove top? I've opened the box but still haven't used them for not being sure what to do. I'm not sure I made the right decision buying a glass top range cleaning it also was told I could use a razor blade knife by the installer. Have you heard of doing this also.
ellen
02/24/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
If these really are rough on the bottom, they can indeed scratch the top, and I would not count on the salesperson. Yes, if you read through the ceramic cooktop threads, you will see that a razor blade is sometimes used. However, the more important things are cleaning at once any time there is a spill (especially with a sugary spill), NEVER leaving the pot unwatched on the stove or shaking or sliding on the burner, and keeping the outside/ bottom of the pots very clean.
mary
02/24/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Thanks Ellen--now I guess my next step is to return the pans. I'm sort of ashamed to return them after she sold the idea to me that these were ok to use. I use coated t-fal pans now but they are in pretty bad shape. Do you think it would be ok to purchase t-fal pans to use on my glass range? My only concern that over the years the style of the pan is different now and it looks like it has a porcelain coated bottom do you recommend using this type of pan with this type of bottom? You know if the manufacturer who makes and sell the glass top range would give better instructions on care and pans to use I wouldn't be asking you these questions. All they tell you in there four line instructions are to use flat pans, and clean range after use nothing about what cookware to use. I've received more info from this site then there instructions.
SLN
03/02/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I have found that the best skillets for my ceraminc top stove are from the Cuisinart brand. I have three and they all perform beautifully. I've only been able to find them in Marshall's dept stores.
Barbara
03/06/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
OMG - don't want you to feel sorry for me but I am 75 - I live in Ohio Apr - Nov - then in FL Nov to Apr or May. I got my Frigidare Pro installed in Sept. 09 - about went nuts with the ceramic top and my Farbarware (still very good) pans. I decided I'd try to figure it all out over the winter - here it is March - I just started figureing. I don't know what to buy - I guess just stick to the rule of "size of pan" must match "size of burner" I'll try TJ Max and Marshalls - I thought I wanted circulon or calaphon - I guess not - I wish I had never picked the beautiful ceramic top - I'm just too old to try to learn all over again. Maybe not - I love to cook - fix for neighbors - church - family - is there "support group" for old fashioned electric ring burner cooks? I don't know if I can re-learn the cooking - mashing potatoes - not putting the lids on the burners - trying to keep the stove top clean - whaa whaa whaa
I'll be home soon - will check in later - when I've had some time to test and try. I love the look of my new stove top - I don' think I can return it - or if I can - can get anything else that fits the unusual size of area -
ellen
03/07/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
There are really good electric hotplates available for those things you just can't do easily on the smooth top...
mary
03/10/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I HAVE A QUESTION IN REGARDS TO COOKING ON A CERAMIC COOKTOP. NO ONE HAS MENTIONED IF AFTER COOKING CAN YOU LEAVE THE PANS ON THE BURNERS TO ALLOW YOUR GUEST TO SERVE THEMSELVES OUT OF THE PANS INSTEAD OF DISHING THE FOOD IN SEPERATE SERVING DISHES.

IS IT BETTER TO ALWAYS REMOVE THE PANS FROM THE BURNERS AFTER THE BURNERS ARE TURNED OFF?
AND SHOULD YOU NEVER RETURN THE PANS TO THE BURNERS AFTER THERE OFF? I ALWAYS PLACE THE PANS ON RACKS ON THE KITCHEN COUNTER TOP. BUT MY DAUGHTER-IN-LAW SAYS IT'S FINE TO RETURN THEM TO THE RANGE TOP AFTER SERVING OUT OF THEM. help!!!!! DON'T WAN'T TO STEP ON MY DAUGHTER-IN-LAWS TOES SO WHAT YOU TELL ME IF IT'S DIFFERENT I CAN BLAME IT ON YOU ELLEN IF THAT'S OK------

ellen
03/10/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
The biggest problems with these tops are scratching the tops and burning the pots. The tops come with specific instructions NOT to move or slide any pots on the top, which I can't imagine people being very careful about this when they are serving themselves. Also, when you remove the pots, you generally make SURE the burners are turned off, which can be overlooked when the pots are left on the top. So, for prolonging the life of these finicky tops, I think you have the better plan.

By the way mom-in-law, if it is your top you get to say, if it is her top, she gets to say, eh?

smith
03/11/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
will everyday kitchen stainless steel cookware work on ceramic stoves? They have 5 layers in their encapsolated base..stainless steel, pkure aluminuim core iron puren aluminum core and stainless steel. Do have a small emblum in the center of the bottom.
Thanks!
ellen
03/11/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
As long as they are flat, you can check with a ruler, they should be fine.
sherry
04/04/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
we just purchased on e-bay a set of the farberware affinti cookware instructions were unclear if this is safe for our whirlpool glasstop stove! can't sleep thinking this will melt to the top. I have canned many many times with no problems i have a vision of scraping the pan off the top of my stove top! help i can't return them!!
ellen
04/04/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Not having used this myself, I can only go by the manufacturer's picture and description. The bottoms look flat, and thus OK. I would just do what I suggest for other porcelain cookware; heat at medium high or lower, don't let it ever boil dry. Use the old pan for canning, not these new ones...
karma
04/14/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Have a new smooth top. I understand about flat bottoms. I won't use my club aluminum on it. My T-Fal seems concave in center, so won't use that either. Bought some new SS pans; will use when kitchen is finished. My question is about a Farberware Affiniti saute pan that is metallic painted porcelain. I've read that paint can fuse to cook top, but this seems infused - not painted. Any comments?
ellen
04/16/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Yes, it can fuse, but only if left to cook dry. Farberware will tell you is it is a yes or no for this brand.
Charlotte
04/21/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I'm trying to find the right Griddle to use on my new glass cooktop. I'm having trouble finding one that's flat and the right size and narrow enough to fit properly on the "bridge element" on my stove. It's a G.E. I love in the New orleans area. Any product name &/or store would be greatly appreciated.
ellen
04/21/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Any double burner griddle that is perfectly flat on the bottom is usable. Narrow does not matter, as far as I know.
Maryann
04/26/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Hi all - This is a very interesting thread! I have been looking for a good skillet for my stovetop. I have warped every one I have purchased. Interestingly enough my old Farberware(30 years old)has worked perfectly for two years now.
Penny
04/29/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
OK - I have a cast iron skillet that I've had for 7 years. Can, I, or can I not, use it on my brand new stove I just got today? Hooray - er I think!
ellen
04/30/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
If it has a perfectly smooth bottom and is flat on the bottom, yes, but NEVER swivel or slide it. If it has a ring or ridge, even a small one NO, NO, NO.
Kay
05/02/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Ellen, just bought GE Ceramic Glass Top Stove,
I have Kitchen Aid Hard Based Non Stick Cookware. Is this OK to use or should I throw and buy new ones?
ellen
05/02/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
If the bottoms are flat and have not warped, they are fine. If the bottoms are not flat, don't throw it- donate it to the local charity thrift store for some grateful recipient.
sheri
05/07/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I recently read a cookware review on either Paula Deen or Rachel Ray saute pan ruining on ceramic cooktop. Have you heard of either of these brands ruining a ceramic cooktop?
ellen
05/08/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Yes, one of the readers complained about a Paula Deen pan, but she did have to cook it dry.
ellen
05/08/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
You posted twice, see the other one.
Marj
05/11/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I recently purchased a Paderno saucepan. They were on sale at Home Hardware here in Canada.
On my electric coil top range it had a rough feel to it against the electric coil. The bottom has a slight ribbing pattern on it. Yesterday I bought a SChott top stove (ceramic top) and I am concerned about this particular pot scrapping.
Should I be?
ellen
05/11/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Yes. Do not use it, or let anyone else use it, on your new ceramic top.
Jay
05/17/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I just moved into a new place with one of these stoves, and don't know much about them. When we moved in, it was pretty clean, but my careless roomate has been using it a lot and it seems to be very burnt around the edges of the larger size burners. (We've only been here about 2 weeks so I don't know if that's normal.) I notice she always uses a small pot on the very large burner and I'm wondering if that could be the problem? The pot seems slightly larger than the small burner option, but still closer in size. Is this an actual issue?
elln
05/18/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Yes, it is not normal, it is almost impossible to clean after stuff is burned on, and you could be charged for a new top (200-1K). Yes, pot size matters A LOT, and you are much better off with a slightly larger pot on the small burner- pot should be within 1 inch of the burner size, larger or smaller. Also, the BOTTOM of the pot must be clean, as what burns on from the bottom of a dirty pot is very difficult to remove. Also, be very careful how you try to clean- you can end up with permanent scratches- see the other threads.

I don't understand why anyone puts these in rental units...

Carol
05/18/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Hi, This is for Barbara who is 75 and moved back to Ohio for the summer. I'm sure you are doing fine. My mom and aunt got a ceramic cooktop when thier old range quit and they were in their 70's and adjusted beautifully after a month. House we bought has a ceramic cooktop and we decided not to put our old coil stove into it. (Can't get gas, unfortunately) Immediately saw browning on white. But, it cleaned up and I know now how to keep it at bay. Thanks, Ellen for a great site and balanced information! You saved me from buying all new cookware...just a couple pieces need to be replaced.
Jerry
06/05/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I bought an LG ceramic stovetop. Can I use Wolfgang Puck 18 piece stainless steel cookware? It has an indented logo in the center of each pan but is flat otherwise.
ellen
06/05/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
If you already have it, try it. If you have not bought it, go with all flat.
Jan
06/06/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I recently bought a Sears Kenmore ceramic top range, and found that my Revere Ware set is not flat enough, though it has worked well for me for these last 30 years on an electric coil stove. I tried to boil water in the stock pot and it jumped and jumped as it heated, obviously not flat enough! I just ordered a set of "Orgreenic" cookware, not realizing how particular I would have to be with the bottoms of the pots and pans. Is this kind of cookware okay to use?
ellen
06/07/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Don't know the brand. New Revere ware will work, get the stainless steel bottom kind. The reason your dear old pans did not, is, they have been slightly warped by 30 years use with occasional overheating.
Lynda
07/08/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
My new Kenmore Elite ceramic stovetop range is being delivered tomorrow. Can hardly wait to get my new stove and replace my old unreliable coil stove. My question is can I use my Corningware pots on the ceramic top? I have cooked with Corningware pots every day for over 35 years and love them for all types of cooking and serving dishes to the table. Also, would I need to use the metal ring under the Corningware pot or cook without the metal ring. I have gathered from reading this site that the important issue is to have a flat bottom pots/pans without any rough edges/grooves. Thanks very much.
sylvia
07/14/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
ellen, you say not to let anything boil dry on these cooktops, when i cook different vegtables i let them cook almost dry with very little juice left in the pan. is this okay. what happens if a pan boils dry?
ellen
07/15/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Lynda, most of the manufacturers say specifically NOT to use corningware; it does not heat the same way as metal and drives the thermostatic controls crazy. You must NEVER use a ring on this burners; direct contact is essential.

Sylvia, when the pot goes dry, the thermostatic controls may fail.. This is when pots actually get fused to the tops.

LisaM
08/02/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Just want to put in a plug for Ikea 365 cookware. It's inexpensive but sturdy, with a nice heavy flat bottom. I'll take it any day over my mom's expensive and scorch-prone Cuisinart pots and pans.

Thanks for the info about ceramic cooktops. I'd better be more careful with mine!

Christine Rees
09/07/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I have just bought a tagine and see that I am supposed to use a heat diffuser with it because I have a ceramic hob. Is it absolutely impossible to buy a diffuser that would make this risk free?
I am still waiting for the tagine cookbook to arrive to see how limited my cooking with it will be without the hob. Has anyone managed to get around this problem?
ellen
09/08/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
The purpose of the diffuser is to distribute the heat across the bottom of the pan, which the ceramic top does. If you put it on the cold burner and turn it on, and do any browning in a different pan and burner, you should be able to put the tagine directly on the burner. DO NOT use a diffuser on the ceramic top- it messes up the thermostatic control on the burners.
mel
09/24/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Hi there! Can you help me? I have a ceramic top stove and would like to use a cast iron pot and/or pan and/or griddle on it, but everyone that I have spoke to about this says not to. Could you please tell me why I cannot? And if I can could you tell me what brand and style of cast iron I can use? Thank you so much!
ellen
09/25/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
The bottom of the pan must be perfectly smooth, no circles or ridges- to avoid scratches and allow correct heating, and perfectly clean on the outside bottom to prevent pitting and staining of the top. Most cast iron is neither.
Valerie
10/24/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Hi, I have a new glass cooktop. I am a tea drinker. Boil water in a kettle and place tea bags and boiled water in a tea pot. Is there a teapot out there that can sit on the warming burner on the cooktop. Thaks
susan
10/31/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I gave up on a teapot and use a flat bottomed Farberware 2qt saucepan...water boils normally in it and my lovely tea kettle took way too long...I came onto this site today to see if anyone knows of a teakettle with a flat bottom...guess I will shop around tomorrow.
General cooking works well for me on the ceramic cook top...I love how clean it is. But the pot really needs to fit the burner for best results...all of my pots work---stainless, cast iron, synthetic stick free.....just cook on it and shut the heat off when only 5-10 min more cooking is needed as the cool down will complete the cooking. I also love cooking on my gas stove in my cabin on the mountain..i would sell the electric place but not the gas place! Happy cooking everyone!
Helen
11/06/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Can you tell me some brand names of pots to use on a ceramic cook top
Vivian
11/08/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
We just purchased a Frigidaire glass top after our coil stove went kaput. Recently married, our less than 3-years-old Caphalons spin. Is the glasstop really worth purchasing an entire new set of cookware? I've got 5 more days to call in a return and go back to my tried-and-true coil. Help?
ellen
11/08/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
If your Caphalon spins, you will need new pots. It is up to you.
Deanna
11/26/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I would love to see an answer to Helen's question regarding brands of cookware to use on ceramic glass top ranges. I am confused...some places indicate not to use porcelain enamel cookware and other places say it is fine. I just purchased a Paula Deen set and it appears I may have to return it and I am so disappointed.
ellen
11/26/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Deanna, the caution about the enameled cookware on ceramic tops is that on highest heats, if the sensor malfunctions, the enamel can actually soften and fuse permanently to the glass. This has happened to some of my readers.

If your manual says don't use it, don't use it If you don't have the manual, go online to the manufacturer and check. There are many discussions on this site in the ceramic cook top threads about brands, and my readers need to read the threads and make up their own minds.

Katharine
11/30/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Hi. Loved finding your sight, as it answered my question about a cheap, used set of enamel on steel. I think folks don't read all the posts about types of pans for glass-tops because it is so hard to believe almost everyone hates these things and they still crank them out and never tell us until it's installed that we are going to hate them.

We just moved into this house we love except for the cooktop, which you can guess is glass. Those things are from people who warm or reheat. The people who cook need something else. Anyway, since it is really new, I suggested we trade it in for something I can actually cook on, rather that spend $$$ on new pans. My husband said, "Just use it. If it breaks, then we'll replace it." Guess what--after ruining some heirloom pots and buying something cheap to make do until it broke, I have found that I own one of the few that will not malfunction. Oh, the warm function died, so we cannot keep a pot of coffe warm anymore, but basically, the thing just keeps on. I start spaghetti water before I start the sauce and we get along fine.

My question: What is the quickest, surest, safest (to my health) way to kill this thing? I just want the top to crack or melt or something, so we can have the funeral and I can get on with my real life, which includes high heat and warped-but-wonderful pans. Thanks.

ellen
12/01/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Life is too short. Put an ad on Craigs List to sell the monster, and get a good stove.
glassactly
12/01/10
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I think there needs to be an understanding of glass cooktops, you can't possibly expect to turn it on high and cook something without turning down the heat. These elements get very hot very quickly and they stay hot after you've turned off the heat. Keep that in mind and you should do fine without warped pots.I have one I have not been able to kill, but the only reason I would want to isn't because of the cooktop itself, its because of the cheap enamel covered metal trim that has chipped and rusted till it looks like something out of the dump bin. Its a Kenmore, and there is no replacement part that doesn't include the entire cooktop. BOO Hiss.
Besides that its been great.I'd love a trimless model if there is such a thing.
Donna
01/13/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Can I use my 11" Calphalon square griddle on an 11" round burner? This leaves about a 1" overhang at each corner of the pan.
ellen
01/14/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Yes, this usually works fine, do preheat the griddle, but no higher than medium high.
libby
01/18/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I just bought a ge profile slide in range and my ceramic cooktop scrathes everytime I use it. I have good pots and also own a ceramic cooktop somewhere else with same pots and have no problem with scratches. I want to cry everytime I look at it. please help
ellen
01/18/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Dear Lobby, the scratches are common on this stove. You can reduce by aking sure you never slide or turn the pans on the stove, even just to get at the handle. Sorry for the misery.
Joan
01/22/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Wouldn't you think, with all the complaints about the ceramic type ranges, someone would be able to come up with something to use to put under the pots or pans to keep them from dancing all over the range?

Note these questions have been asked since 1995

helen scott
01/26/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Very pleased to find your site and also worried like most of your other contributors. Did find a tivoli fry pan but the name tivoli is on the bottom. Is this a problem?
Janice
01/29/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Hi! I have a Jenn-air flat top electric cooktop. My pans I have now are Farberware stainless steel - all silver (black handles) with flat bottoms and curved sides(going up from the bottom) They take FOREVER to cook anything!

Any suggestions on what might be better???

Also, a corner of my cooktop has broken off.
Any way to fix it or must I buy the entire thing AGAIN? (This will be the 3rd one!)

ellen
01/29/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Helen, no problem with Tivoli.

Janice, all are much slower than gas or electric coil. Some people think the pans with the aluminum diskc inside the stainless work a little better.

You can replace just the glass top.

Janice
01/29/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Hi-do you know anything about how well copper or a copper disk with stainless work on flat-tops? Someone else recommended that type of pan to me.

RE: replacing the glass top - BUT it's ANOTHER $400 on top of the original $1200 we spent on it!
Any other way to fix it? Can I just use it the way it is?
THANKS very much for your help!

Sherri
01/31/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I noticed many complaining about boilovers and not heating water fast enough. You should know the wattage of each of your burners. Some simmer better and some boil better regardless of the actual size of the circle (burner). If you are having a hard time boiling water try using a larger diameter pan so the water isn't as "deep". More water will be closer to the surface of the burner. Whirlpool uses Schott Ceran material in it's cooktops. It is one of the best.
ellen
01/31/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Janice, if you are worried about a rough edge, you can get the very finest emery paper and patiently sand it smoother. Or there is always duct tape...

Sherri, thanks for the reminder.

Carol
02/02/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Have new Kitchenaid slide in ceramic range,used Cooks Escentials nonstick flat 10 in skillet to make pancakes,turned on burner, set pan on to preheat,did not use any oil, got busy with someting else,15 min later made pancakes, when finished removed pan to find several marks around edge of burner,used razor blade on inside of burner which removed mark, outside of burner is somewhat textured,black surface with tiny circles,can't feel much of anything,razor blade met with some resistance causing tiny scratches,can they be rubbed out and if so, with what?
ellen
02/03/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Likely, crud on the bottom of the griddle. Use the heavier duty cleaning tips for the range and really scrub the bottoms of all your pots and pans before using on the new cook top.
Lou
02/03/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I love my new Frigidaire ceramic cooktop range. It took a little while adjusting to the temp. By taking care not to slide pans,I am able to use black cast iron pans. I have Wolfgang Puck Cafe stainless pans and they work beautifully.
GLORIA
02/17/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Dear Ellen, Can I place my new YAMA glass vacuum coffee brewer directly on s ceramic stove top?
Would you please re-affirm your answer from 10/13/06 to Linda? Thank you.
ellen
02/19/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Don't know the YAMA, and that is different from the one Linda asked about. Be VERY careful to keep heat at medium or lower.
Jeanette
02/23/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I have a Frigidaire white top range. Before this I had a blacktop range. I use every type of pans on it. I have tried all types and still go back to my original ones as I cannot tell a lot of difference in either the stains they leave or the cooking. I especially like my Iron fry pan and also use all of my salad master pans. The only problem that I have is that I have to clean the top after each use reguardless as to how clean the bottom of my pan are.
My question that I would like to ask is; Does any company make a flat shield to put on top of the eye to shield the eye and keep it from becoming dirty or stained?
ellen
02/23/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
No, and it would interfere massively with the thermostatic heating of the pan.
Anna Lewis
02/26/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Yesterday, my new Sears Kenmore ceramic top stove was delivered. After reading the manual and the many, many, restrictions, i.e. don'ts and cautions unique to ceramic stovetops, I decided to google questions and comments related to ceramic stovetops. Icame across your site for which I will be eternally grateful. My conclusion was that a ceramic top stove is too fragile and too restrictive for the size of my counter space as well as my cooking style. My stove is in between a 15 inch counter top and the kitchen sink. This would not allow me to place a hot pan from the oven to the top of the stove nor would I be able to move a hot pan from one burner to another or place certain items such as utensils, hot food, etc. to cool on the stovetop.

Today without ever using the stove, I decided to cut my losses and possible griefsooner rather than later and returned the stove to Sears(15%) restocking fee. I ordered a Kemore coil stove

ellen
02/26/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I think you will be glad.
Larry
02/28/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I read through all of the posts. I would not have bought the ceramic top stove if I had known how finicky they are. The main pro argument that I read is that they look nice and clean up nicer than the old coil type. Saves cleaning time. However, I noted that one has to scrub every pan every time to be perfectly clean or you will have a real mess cleaning the new "easy-to-clean" ceramic top. If you add up the pan cleaning time and the "clean-it-up-immediately" time necessary on the ceramic top, have you saved cleaning time or increased it?
ellen
03/01/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
You might have observed , I am not a fan of the smooth tops; not only finicky, but not great for heavy-duty cooking...
Carrie
03/29/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Hello

I have a new electrolux smooth top (non induction). Like many other I have been searching for ways to minimize scratches. I bought new ss pots and pan (emeril brand) and one Expensive All Clad, since my old caphalon pans were aluminum and would scratch. One trick I have learned is to carry a magnet when I am pan shopping. The magnet will not stick to aluminum or copper, so when I am at TJ Maxx or Marshalls, I can quickly determine if the pan will be ok.

Now my question. I am still looking for a protective matt that i can put down on the stove top when I pull something out of the oven, as I noticed that my cookie sheets, baking dishes, roasting pans can scratch the surface. I was putting a dish towel down, but my DH, is worried if a burner is still hot I will cause a fire. So, can I use a silicone baking sheet? If a burner is still slightly hot will it melt? What is the temperature resistance? I know that you can bake up to like 400 degrees, but I have no idea how hot a burner can get?

Thanks!

Jim
03/29/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I've owned a Frigidaire ceramic cooktop (dark gray) for almost a year and I must say I can't see what all the fuss and negativity is about. I use the same motley collection of pots and pans I've had for years - too big, too small, not flat, warped, scratchy bottoms, name it...I've got at least one and cook with them every day. The top still looks like new.

I don't even clean the top after every use, and have only used the expensive cleaning agents a couple of times and then only because I thought I should (mfg sugg.), not because it was necessary.

For what it's worth, I suggest keeping the heat a little lower than you might on coil types or gas (start high then turn down) and don't drag anything around on the top, it seems to me that's just asking for scratches.

I'll be replacing my crummy cookware with flat bottom stuff because it is more efficient and will save on the electric bill.

Judging by some comments here, I must have got the proverbial one-in-a-million cooktop. All said, this thing is the best kitchen investment I've made to date.

ellen
03/29/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Carrie, safest bet is a heavy stainless cooling/oven rack, none of the pads are safe on these tops.

Jim, you have been blessed.

Sabrina
04/03/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Hello, I was wondering if i could use Cuisinart on my Flat top stove cooktop? I got them as a gift amd would love to use them, but i was wondering if they would damage my flat top cook top?
ellen
04/03/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Is it flat bottom (you can check with a ruler)? Then you can use it.
Dem
04/04/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I have acquired an old set of Guardian Service cookware (used but in very good condition). I am curious if I can use these pots on my ceramic/glass stovetop.
ellen
04/04/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
See above. Not familiar with the brand; if enameled, many tops recommend against.
Tracy
05/01/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Well, now I get it. I have been renting a home with a ceramic/dark glass stove top (never have cooked on one before and read any directions on it) and have been using 12 year old Analon set and one Revereware saucepan from my mom (must be 30 years old but one of my favorites). There are dark marks on 2 of the burners but I am working on getting them off a little at time with ceramic brite and special scrubber pads and now that I have read your threads, it all makes sense to me. The Analon set was a wedding gift 12 years ago but they are tired and all marked up from metal utensils being thrown into them in the sink or cooking with them so it's time to replace them it seems. We are moving into a house with a new glass cooktop again (not my choice). so what I have taken from all the threads I have read is: Circulon, Tivoli, calphalon, and le creuset are brands that people seem to like, no revere ware, copper or enamel/dark or non-stick pans, buy pans that have flat bottoms, don't use too high of heat, pans should be the same size basically as your burners, use silicone utensils, and a pan degreaser to clean pan bottoms. Did I leave anything out? I will plan to hit up TJ Maxx and Marshalls first to replace some pans and wish for the best. I am not fond of this cooktop I have now due to boilovers but I think it's because I never knew what the heck I was doing until I read your blog. Thanks and any comments would be appreciated if I was wrong or left out anything. :>)
ellen
05/01/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
So far, so good; Ross is also a good source for analon and caphalon.
Tracy
05/04/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Thanks Ellen! I ran into a lady in the TJ Maxx cookware isle and she told me that she also has a cooktop and loves a brand called Burdez (sp?) which she sometimes finds there and at Marshall's. And yes, to cast iron as well, correct? or no.
ellen
05/04/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Don't know the brand, and cast iron needs to be flat on the bottom, no rings, and don't slide it, as it scratches the top.
Minax
05/07/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Dear Ellen, I accidentally chipped the rubber ring that fixes the ceramic cooktop to its surrounding frame. If my guess is right, the rubber ring also prevents water from leaking into the cook elements. In my case, the chip is a long, shallow one and the edge of the ceramic is exposed along the chip. There's no immediate threat of leaking. But is there any product that I can use to restore the rubber ring so that it doesn't get any worse? : $
ellen
05/08/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Eek. Something from the auto store that is heat resistant???
Judy
05/16/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Wow, like Jim, I love my ceramic cook-top. I've been using it for 7 years without any problems. And I am not a heat-up type person. I cook from scratch, make soups and stews, can veggies/fruit/tuna/jams, etc., and have had no problems at all. Water comes to a boil quickly. I would never go back to those horrible coil-type ranges that always seem dirty and are a bear to clean. I would switch to natural gas though if it was available in my area. Anyway, I even use my Granite Ware to make gravy on it.

Well, I'm just hoping I haven't somehow jinxed myself now.

ellen
05/16/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Judy, I am sure readers would be interested to know which brand and style range you have.
Susan
05/29/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Just bought a GE infusion stovetop and you guys are scaring me. I got a coupon for pots and pans with it but they don't ship to Canada. Does anyone know a good brand? I bring my magnet with me too. I haven't used it yet but now I'm a little hesitant. (not a good excuse for not making dinner :)) Any help for a cooktop virgin would be appreciated.
ellen
05/29/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Do you mean induction? That is what takes the magnetic type pot and these threads are not about those.
Susan
05/30/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Yes I do mean infusion. Sorry I wasn't sure if you meant that too. Thanx for thequick reply!
jen
06/03/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I have a Maytag flat-top stove & have been using Revereware and am not happy with them. My pans are quite old, but I'm wondering which brand to look into next. Any help?!?
ellen
06/03/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Hi, Jen, this is discussed at length in this and the over ceramic top threads- read along, check your budget, and try a few from Ross, Marshall's, Tuesday morning, factory outlets, etc. Don't buy sets...
beraleday
06/05/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Thank You For This Blog, was added to my bookmarks.
rhonda Siskin
06/12/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
just purchased a GE Profile double ouen with ceramic cook top. CANNOT believe some dripped butter has pitted the cook top? Tried the pad and cleaner it came with and no luck? I let it cool down as soon as I saw the drip and it does not come off?
ellen
06/12/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Sorry situation, isn't it? Since it is brand new you could ask for replacement under warranty.
Madoqua
06/19/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I bought a set of copper-bottom pans for myself to use on regular stoves, and a set of heavy aluminum pans for my son to use on his ceramic top stove. Guess what--both sets work perfectly on his ceramic stove and I didn't go broke purchasing the sets. I paid less than $60.00 for each set! I bought them through the Sportsman's Guide catalog and I am very very happy with the quality and the performance of my purchases. Maybe you will be too.

As for cleaning the ceramic top, I just use a regular kitchen sponge with a soft yellow scrubber to wipe the stove top down as part of the after dinner routine clean-up. I use a little extra dish liquid and water to "presoak" the burners after a cooking spill. So far it's worked like a charm every time. My son says his scratch-free cook top looks cleaner than it did using all those expensive "specialty" cleansers.

Just saying...

ellen
06/19/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Thanks.
John S
06/20/11
Ceramic Cooktops - Cleaning + Repair
I have a Kenmore electric range w/a ceramic cooktop in a property that I now rent out. The tenants who just moved damaged one of the heating elements, which is now pitted and is missing the white etching around its perimeter. The element works fine, and I don't want to replace the cooktop (let alone the whole range), but the damage looks awful. I don't understand how the tenants did so much damage. We used the range for three years w/no trouble at all: I mostly kept the cooktop sparkling clean with dishwashing detergent and water. For cooked-on messes, I just used a bit of the non-abrasive cleaning product w/a non-abrasive scrub pad. The surface always looked like new. One contributor here, as well as a friend of a friend, suggested scraping the crust: Has anyone else tried this strategy, and if so, how safe is it?
ellen
06/20/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
You can't get worse.

The tenants need to scrub the bottoms of their pots and there are lots of care issues with these, I do not ever recommend them for rental units.

You can replace the glass only for around $200 on most of these.

Donna
07/18/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
My husband just replaced my tea kettle with a porcelain enamel kettle. Can I use this on my ceramic cooktop without damage to either the stove or the kettle.
ellen
07/18/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
It must NEVER boil dry, and you need to stick to medium high or lower. If done so, it should be safe.

I use a Capresso electric kettle, around $50 at JC Penney. Beautiful and very fast.

lena
07/22/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I just called GE and confirmed that I CAN use my Calphalon hard anodized aluminum grill pan on my GE Profile Spectra smoothtop stove. Even though my grill pan has a ridged bottom, she said that the Calphalon hard anodized was fine. My stove is about ten years old and I gave her the model number. I can't speak for other models. I get great results with the pan so I was surprised when I read about smooth bottoms. She said that they consider this one ok. I also can use my wok (same make and type) because it has a flat bottom. I match the bottom to the small burner where the surface contacts. She said with big pans, don't have the bottom of the pan extend more than an inch out of the circle. Ideally you want to be just inside that circle. Fortunately, even my biggest pan works on the big burner. One of my pressure cookers doesn't work properly on this stove, so I use that as a saucepan with a different lid.
cg
08/10/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I understand that a smooth bottom pan should be used directly on the ceramic top, but is it unreasonable to think that some type of smooth metal disk could be place between the glass top and pans without smooth bottoms. I really want to use some of my cast iron but several have the ring on the bottom. I'm hoping it's possible and someone is marketing a product that will allow this. Any info will be appreciated.
ellen
08/10/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
No, this doesn't work. Because the thermostatic control used for the burners must be able to "feel" the bottom of the pot to heat correctly.
GLORIA
08/15/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Dear Ellen,
This valuable site has covered the melting, spinning, scratching problems from the pots & pans the users of the ceramic cook tops have endured.

I've got pots and pans from the 1950,1960,1980 eras such as:
FARBERWARE, WAGNER/MAGNALITE, anodized CALPHALON, my favorite the SCAN PAN, and finally, ALL CLAD. I never liked buying sets.

The "old" FARBERWARE(aka "classic") aluminum bottoms cannot sustain the high heat of these modern ceramic ranges; the heavy duty aluminum MAGNALITE/WAGNER are great,but can leave friction marks on the ceramic hob; the Calphalon anodized fry-pan-handles are not heat resistant; the All CLAD cooks very well, but it "spins.
My problems ceased with the maintenance-free, non spinning, medium weight, excellent heat retention of the saute SCAN PAN with a glass cover I discovered in the 1980's and purchased for only $10.00 or $12.00 at MACY'S, NYC. It still serves me faithfully as well as my recent acquisitions of the SCAN PAN products now priced considerably higher.

Cooking can be a pleasure with the right kind of tools even in my very advanced age.

mike
09/19/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
we love our maytag ceran cooktop but use caution with alumium foil,not good!
Joe
10/19/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Hi Ellen.

I have a Samsung 2 burner ceramic cooktop with an 18cm burner. I tried using a 30cm frypan on the 18cm burner and some sort of safety cut in and the cooktop swiched itself of (I assume due to overheating). I gather that the cooktop cannot handle items that are too oversize for the burner. How far outside the 18cm zone of the burner can I go with the base of a frypan please ?

Thank you.

ellen
10/19/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
It should be no more than 1 inch larger around the burner.
Ruth Ann
11/02/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I am wanting to steam crab legs in a large stock pot. This pot is larger the the burner. This pot has a flat surface and is a thick metal. I have not cooked using this pot on the glass top yet. It is that time of year for the crab leg fest at my house. Do I try using this pot on my glass top or not? I will only fill pot with enough water to make steam for the legs.
ellen
11/02/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Ruth, I would never do this, as you risk cracking the top, and replacement is $200-$1000. The issue is heating the glass around the burner unevenly as the metal comes into contact with it.

Hot plates are cheap.

Judy
11/10/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I just bought a ge profile ceramic cooktop. It has 2 burners that are sizable, Dual ring and tri ring. I have a 6qt stock pot that is bigger than the 2nd ring but not as big as the 3rd ring IE. Not an exact match size wise. Is it better to use a surface element that is larger than the pot or smaller?
ellen
11/10/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
your pot can go a little bigger (1") than the burner; if the pot is larger than that, use the larger burner.
Sandra
11/13/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I have a new Kenmore ceramic cooktop. Please tell me a good brand of pots and pans that you would recommend for this stove. Thank you.
ellen
11/14/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Flat bottom, non-enamel, stainless with an aluminum core is a good choice.

Clean the bottoms. Lift, don't slide. Pans no mare than 1 inch larger than burners.

Renee
11/20/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I just bought a GE ceramic cooktop and am looking to purchase new cookware (I have old Revereware sets). I am considering the T-Fal Ultimate Hard-Anodized Cookware Set (non stick style). Has anyone used these? Are they ok for this stove? Thanks!
Mary
11/21/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I also just bought a GE ceramic cooktop. I have been using my Revereware and a couple of stainless steel. I was given a set of Paula Dean red pots and pans. They are colored on the bottom. I do not think they can be used, but I wanted to ask an expert.
ellen
11/22/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Renee, these are great pans for cooking.

Mary, she does not recommend using them on ceramic tops, but they sure are cute!

Jane Gabbett
11/25/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
What type material for pots and pans are SAFEfor my nw G.E. glass cook top range?
ellen
11/25/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Discussed in sevral of these threads- take a look.
Marie
11/27/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Help! What type of pots & pans to use on my new G.E. ceramic cooktop? Thanks for your assistance. Marie
ellen
11/27/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
As above, this is discussed several times in this and other ceramic top threads; flat, no enamel, stainless with a copper disk inside very nice. Pans no more than 1" larger than burners.
Sue
11/28/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I just found your site here and enjoyed reading nearly every post! I'm adding my two cents for what it's worth.
Because of the configuration of my kitchen I could only have a slide-in stove that had a flat top. I shopped until I was nearly dead trying to find something that would work! Finally, Sears had a ceramic top Jen-air for half price. I did not want a glass top stove because I am a heavy-duty cook and thought those were for the city type women who only heated up foods! But old farmgirl me,I bought it anyway and have never regretted my decision! I was happy to throw away my old cookware and bought a 9 pc set of Wolfgang Puck cookware at Sam's Club for $105. It's wonderful! Over the years I have bought several non-stick skillets of various sizes because I am a lazy pot scrubber and tend to burn stuff! I just read the bottom of the pan to see if it is acceptable to use on a glasstop. And I never measure or use a magnet to determine the size of pan. I am also a canner and have canned dozens of jars of my garden produce with no problem. However, I do not use a heavy pressure cooker. I normally use a waterbath, open kettle or a steamer. Some of these are very large pans and some are pretty small. If I need to set a hot pan aside, I keep two 1 inch thick wood cutting boards on either side of my stove and set the pots on them. Whenever something boils over, I just wipe it off with a damp rag. I do keep the bottoms of my pots scrubbed clean and for the stove top, I clean it when needed with Weiman's Glass cooktop cleaner and polish, using a nylon scrubber. When it doesn't need scrubbing, I use Weiman's Cook Top Wipes. I'm always thankful I don't have to take the burners apart and clean under the burners like I did with my old electric stove. I got shocked more than once!
I also boiled my enamel teapot dry once and it caused no harm to the stove. Some of the enamel cracked and fell off the pot but I keep using it and it heats water quickly. No problem! I also melted some plastic on a burner but it chipped off once the burners was cool. Maybe other glasstop stoves are not good quality but I really love my Jenair range and I work it really hard!
ellen
11/29/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Enjoyed your post, you seem to have made the best of your top. Yes, the Jenn-airs do seem to do a bit better than the others.
leila parkinson
11/29/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I have an old Corningware Dutch Oven. Is it safe to use on a ceramic cooktop?
ellen
11/30/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
No, it is specifically recommended NOT to use these on ceramic tops.
libby gagnier
11/30/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Can guardian service cookware be used on ceramic cooktops?
ellen
12/01/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Hi, Libby,

This is a collectible solid aluminum cookware. If the bottoms are perfectly flat and perfectly clean, not a sure thing in a collectible, they are usable. However, it is not the first choice; the aluminum tends to leave tiny grains of metal on the surface which then get melted in and discolor the top. If you do use them, clean both pan and top carefully after use.

Gail
12/03/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I just got a used Kenmore with ceramic top -- I love to cook and I am not very tidy -- after reading everything I can find -- seems like I really don't need to buy new cookware as long as I'm careful not to slide pieces or burn them dry. I don't have any uncovered aluminum or copper. Before I read anything, I used my cast iron skillet for the first thing I cooked. Am I getting this right? No abrasive cleaners, is Barkeepers Friend a good choice? Vinegar and water solution, ammonia/water solution, soft cloth? Thanks for affirming or negating my conclusions. I don't want to ruin what to me is a dream oven.
ellen
12/03/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Yes, the ovens on these maddening tops are often excellent. It wouldn't hurt to invest in a ceramic top cleaner; it can be used to partially protect the top, not just clean it.

See this helpful manufacturer's link and do clean the bottom of your pans:

www.us.schott.com/hometech/english/products/ceran/dailyuse/index.html

DeAnn
12/05/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I have 37 year old round corning ware casserole dishes. They have lids and the casserole dishes have flat bottoms. I have used them on the top of my stoves, both coil and glass top, ever since I got them. We have a new Whirlpool glass top stove. Are these and the glass top safe if I use them on it?
DeAnn
12/06/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I just found a Berndes frypan. It is cast aluminum. Will this leave marks on a glasstop range the same way other aluminum pans do?
ellen
12/06/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
DeAnn, the manufacturers now say NOT to use these on ceramic tops. Also, yes, the aluminum will scratch.
Carole
12/20/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots and pans to use
I have a flat bottom aluminum roasting pan that I use in my oven for cooking turkey and other large roasts. Is it safe to use this pan on my ceramic stovetop to make gravy with the drippings that are already in this pan? The pan size is 16.5 X 14 inches.
ellen
12/20/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
You can only cover 1 burner, and it should be a one-time thing- it is not a good size for the burner. Don't slide it.
Jody
12/31/11
racheal ray cookware
Hello,
I just recieved Rachael Rays 10 piece hard enamel/porcelan cookware. It says not to use it on glass/ceramic stovetop, which i have. What will happen if i do, and how do you boil water if you cant put it on high?
ellen
12/31/11
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
The enamel can melt and fuse the pan to the stove top, basically forever. Water just takes longer to boil.
Melanie
01/03/12
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I have been gifted a Lagostina pots/pans set. I've opened the box and the majority of the bottom is flat, but there is a small recessed circle (2 inch diameter) with the Lagostina info in the middle ... are these safe to use on my ceramic cooktop? Or are these considered to not have enough contact with the burners?
ellen
01/03/12
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Supposed to be OK-
Ariel
01/06/12
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Arrgh! Had my ceramic replaced with glass-top, (salesman said it was all they had that would fit), used my old cookware and scratched it. Read these threads to get hints on buying new pans, and it's still very confusing. Followed suggestions to go to Ross, immediately ran into problem with pieces lacking info; inside and exterior described, but no one talks about the bottom! What is flat? Found bottoms that were grooved, banded, had designs; one had a huge T-Fal logo--who would want that??? I'm pressed for time, so can't cook until I find the correct pans--can anyone just give me a name/number/link to the right set, and I can just order it, and eat at home once again?
Kate
01/12/12
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Just purchased a whirlpool flat top stove. Please tell me what cookware (pots/pans) that I should buy that would be the safest to use.

Thanks for your help.

Kate

ellen
01/12/12
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Ariel, Kate, what you need to understand is that the traditional ceramic top has burners which regulate by sensing the temperature of the bottom of the pan. That is why the bottom needs to be in contact with the burner (ie, flat, not grooved, ringed, or banded) and preferably not coated with copper or enamel. A logo in the middle of the bottom is not a problem on most burners because the heating element does not go to the very center of the burner. This is also why diffusers can't be used and why the ones with lots of rings or ridges don't work.
The optimum design is stainless steel with an aluminum heat core or disk inside the bottom. Aluminum tends to scratch or coat the glass, and cast iron, if flat-bottomed is usable but very easily scratches the burner.
Pat
01/14/12
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
We just bought a new GE range with ceramic glass top. The manual says it does not recommend painted/enameled bottom pans but does not say why. I have fairly new Red Faberware pans that I used all the time with my old coil type stove. They do have flat bottoms. Can I use these pans if I am careful about the temperature I use and make sure they are the right size fit for the burner?
Teresa Ott
01/15/12
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Hi Ellen,
We have a ceramic cooktop - new - and I probably wouldn't have purchased it if I had read all of your comments. I just liked the flat clean look. My problem is, my husband has cancer which we are curing through natural methods, and one of the things that get repeated over and over is DON'T USE Non-stick cookware because it contains carcinogenic materials. So I sold all of our nice calphalon and bought Corningware Visions cookware. Now I just read about how they can explode. So now what do you recomment? Thanks.
Carmen
01/15/12
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I am a gourmet cook, have had an Amana ceran-top electric range for 6 years now with no consideration of what pots & pans I use and I absolutely love it. I happen to have all flat-bottom cookware including Cuisinart stainless steel, cast iron and a copper pan. All of those are used regularly with no problems at all. I've had Wolf professional gas ranges in the past and electric coil and I prefer the flat-top hands down. I really want a cast-iron griddle but that seems to be something that I can't use on this stove and that is a pity. Other than that I flat-top stoves are my favorite!
ellen
01/15/12
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Pat, yes, but don't ever do above medium high, and don't ever let them cook dry.

Teresa, I suggest flat bottom iron cookware, or top quality stainless steel. Just don't slide it.

Carmen you are part of the happy minority. Thanks for writing.

L
01/16/12
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I found this site via Google when I was looking for pots and pans for our new ceramic stove top. Thanks, I learnt a lot. Some of it retrospective as we had already bought the new stove.

Anyway, I wanted to say I landed on the Circulon Infinite range. They are terrific. I've never had a good set before only cheap stuff and the difference is remarkable.

lisa
01/25/12
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Just bought a new frigidaire flat top..love it so far. It's a little high maitenance to clean though. Can I use softscrub on it after a spill?
ellen
01/26/12
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Not soft scrub, it can scratch. Use Weimer cleaner or another made-for ceramic top cream, or a Mr. Clean sponge.
Tim
01/27/12
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I have a KitchenAide induction cooktop, 36". Always had gas before this. I love this thing. No more non-stick cookware-all steel and cast. East cleanup. Had it 3 years now. I only miss the gas for charring peppers etc, but I do that on the outside grill now. I will never have another type of stovetop. I have cooked for 40 years.
ellen
01/27/12
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Sounds like it was the right choice for you.
lisa
01/27/12
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I would like to purhase new pots and pans. What are your feelings about hard anodized ones? I found a great set by emeril but want to make sure I get the right kind to be used on my new frigidaire gallery series flat top electric stove. The thing is gorgeous and I would like to keep it that way!!!
Jose
01/27/12
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Hi there !!

We have c Kenmore ceramic cooktop.
Q. Is it safe to use a cast iron skillet ?
What would be your choice between stainless steel by Le Creuset and All Clad ( tri-ply) ?
Tjhanks

LB
01/28/12
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Hi does anyone have any information about Emile Henry brand ceramic pots and pans on a ceramic glass cooktop? I want to use non-toxic ceramic cookware although I do not want to damage or scratch the surface of the cooktop or have exploding pots and pans. The make of the cooktop is electrolux.

If Emile Henry is not safe, is there another brand of ceramic better to use that does not contain any metal?

Thanks,

ellen
01/28/12
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Lisa, those are nice.

Jose, it needs to be perfectly flat on the bottom, some have rings, and you should not slide it around.

Tri-ply works better than straight stainless on these tops.

Joan Deters
02/05/12
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
For Christmas I received an Emeril Lagasse Cast Iron Pot. Is that pot safe to use on a Kenmore Ceramic top stove? It has a flat bottom except it has an indent in the middle of the bottom with his signature.
ellen
02/05/12
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Yes, but do not ever slide on turn it- lift and place.
Linda
02/19/12
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I have a Viking six burner glass ceramic stove top. Two of the burners are induction. I just purchased a Le Creuset braiser which is enamel cast iron. It stated that the braiser could be used on ceramic induction, but when I read the pamphlet it stated that I should not use on a glass ceramic stove top. Will there be a problem if I use this braiser on the induction section of my glass ceramic stove? Thanks for your help!
ellen
02/21/12
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
This is a quandry. The pan guys say that because standard ceramic burners don't "read" this kind of pan well, and can cause the enamel to overheat and crack, or even fuse to the glass. However, the induction burners don't work the same way! So I would call customer service at the pan company (not the stove company)and ask them.
Ann
03/02/12
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I have a Maytag range with a cooktop made by Schott Ceran. I have dark spots in the center of two burners which cannot be removed. I think I've tried EVERYTHING! I have been faithful in cleaning it after each use. Could this have been caused by my enamel tea kettle? Maytag Customer Service has been no help at all.
alula
05/17/12
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
i want to design a resistor for a circular bakeware so as to have a uniform heat distribution through out
ellen
05/17/12
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Ann, this occurs most often on burners that have had an empty pot or pan on them while heating and no one has come up with a cleaning method.

Alula, no one recommends using any type of diffuser on ceramic cook tops, and some even void the warranty.

Truelee
05/17/12
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I have a new Thermador black ceramic cooktop -- not induction. My previous cooktop was a Kitchenaid ceramic (white). This black one makes metalic lines if you slide the pots. Is there any kind of pot/pan that will not mare the surface? I think these marks are permanent. Any suggestions ...please.
ellen
05/18/12
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Aluminum bottoms are the worst, but sliding any pan is not recommended. Try the Maas metal polish before giving up on the marks.
Maggie
05/30/12
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Hi Ellen,

I have a Frigidaire Gallery Series white glass cooktop and have circulon pots and pans, which I love. Just today I purchased an omelette pan, non-stick folding omelette pan made by Bradshaw International, Inc, cost $10. I am wondering if it will be a problem on the cooktop. There is no mention of what the pan is made of and what kinds of cooktops it can be used on. I don't want to make a mistake and use it and have a problem. What do you think?

Thanks,

Maggie

Kasey
07/31/12
Ceramic Cooktops - quality of ceramic stovetop
I have a Schott Ceran stovetop on a six year-old Whirlpool range. I have had no serious cleaning issues, but I believe that the ceramic stovetop itself is defective in some way. Approximately at year three (still under extended warranty) the front left area developed a spontaneous radial cracking. The cracks did not exist after cooking but were there the next day. The entire stovetop was replaced for free (the repairman said it would have been $700 otherwise). Now, approximately three years later and beyond extended warranty, precisely the same thing has happened. I pressed Whirlpool on this as it would appear this is a defect; however, they cooly and adamantly refused to acknowledge any responsiblity and so, I will never buy any Whirlpool manufactured product again - from any company brand that they own. I believe this cracking is a defect rather than misuse because I have cooked primarily on the right hand of the stove except for the odd occasion when a large dinner is being prepared. I do make jams and large pots of soup for the frezzer using a large stockpot of 12 in. diameter on the large righthand ring of 10 in. diameter. This is done fairly often in the summer and as yet, there has been no issue with that ring or that side. I have used this large pot on the left large ring very rarely and not since Christmas. Yet, this is where the spontaneous cracking has occurred. This latest crack was not visible or felt the evening before it was discovered. The ring(large front left) was not cooked on the morning it was discovered as my husband wiped down the stove after breakfast. At $1300 this was not a cheap stove and the circumstances (always flat-bottomed stainless steel pots, never any empty pots heated, no refrigerator to the ring pots, no dropping of light or heavy objects on the surface, no non-ceramic cleaners) seem to point to a defect which unethical entities - both the store and the manufacturer - refuse to take care of. I will not buy a ceramic stove again even though it has been a pleasure in every other way. If you think that the cracking was in someway a result of misuse, I would certainly like to know what you have to say. As well, I would like to know if anyone knows exactly by whom and where Whirlpool Schott Ceran tops are manufactured. I suspect it is not in Germany, and that as a result, it is of inferior quality.
MReader
09/03/12
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Hi Ellen,

I've been told about a new way of cooking food, i.e. on a block of Himalayan salt (the circular blocks are available on Amazon).

On an electric stove, they recommend using a "spacer" (i.e. like the bottom of a springform pan). This is put directly on the burner and the block of salt is put on top of it. You then cook food right on the block of salt. I'm pretty sure that there is no way this would work with a smooth top.

However, they also recommend using a (circular) wok ring (you can look this up on Amazon to see what I am referring to). The bottom of the ring sits on the stove surrounding a burner. The salt goes on the top of the ring which is about .5 - 1.5" higher, and slightly smaller than the bottom ring. The salt is essentially securely suspended over the burner. Food is then actually cooked directly on the salt block.

My question is whether this is a reasonable way to cook food on an electric stove.

What about this as an alternative.... If I had a stainless steel pan (either a crepe pan or a straight edge saute pan)and heated that up with the salt sitting directly on top of it (the base of the salt block sitting securely in the pan and taking up just about all the room in the pan - do you think this would be OK?

Thanks for your help!

ellen
09/03/12
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Both absolutely will not work on a smooth top, which requires direct contact with something to heat it up. If you want to try it, how about an inexpensive hot plate?

See this guide:

www.atthemeadow.com/shop/Resources/How-to-Cook-on-Pink-Himalayan-Salt-Blocks

And realize that it is a very energy-inefficient way of cooking...

Eileen
12/25/12
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Ellen,
Can you recommend a brand of pots/pans that would be good for a ceramic cook top? Thank you.
ellen
12/25/12
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Hi, Eileen,
I don't recommend specific brands, although some readers do. You can see from the discussions/threads, aluminum marks and scratches the top more easily; ceramic/ Vision or clay is not recommended, by the manufacturers; enamel or copper bottom can fuse to the glass top if left to burn dry. Stainless with an aluminum core has worked well for as long as the bottoms are perfectly flat.
Flat cast iron cooks well, but scratches the top if slid on the glass instead of lifted and set.
Laura
02/09/13
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
In answer to the canner question - I have used my pressure canner several times and haven't had any issues.
My take on the type of cookware to use. If you are like me, I love my Lecreuset and cast iron. My pots and pans cost as much if not more then my stove. I am going use them and if the stove doesn't like it so be it. I will by another stove. When you look at the fact that the stove may last up to 10 years and that some of my pots and pans have been around for more then 50 years. I think they trump the stove. My other thoughts are, they give you a razor blade with the stove when you buy it. Don't you think if something was going to scratch it the blade would and lastly. They would be pretty stupid to create something that isn't going to stand up to our every day needs.
ellen
02/10/13
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Correctly used the blade is flat and does not gouge, which is the problem with uneven pan bottoms.

These tops work fine for some people, but they are not easy to cook on or to keep looking great. Housekeeping is always a matter of priorities.

Barb
02/19/13
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I just bought a beautiful new cooktop stove and am so glad I found this site. I've read it all, and it's a big help. Two questions: can I preheat a frying pan for pancakes briefly on med. low heat, and secondly, do you feel that Teflon typ no stick pans are safe, health wise, or are the regular pans better for this surface? Thanks so much, Ellen! Barb
ellen
02/19/13
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Be sure there is grease in the pan before warming it. Non-stick does not depend on the cooking surface; if you use it, it is the same for this or regular stoves. The safety discussion about non-stick is extensive. I do have some; I use the new harder surfaces, am VERY careful not to put the heat above medium, and discard if they get visibly scratched.
Barb
02/20/13
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Thanks, Ellen. So, if I use a non-stick pan for pancakes, I still don't have to put grease in it, right? (with my cooktop range). If I use a regular pan, I'll be sure to put grease in it, before the pancake batter. And thanks for your input/advice about non-stick pans. Barb
ellen
02/20/13
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Put grease on it! Never heat empty.
kay
03/05/13
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
can you use enamel cooking pots
ellen
03/05/13
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Most tops do not recommend ceramic pots, as they do not work as well with th sensors in the top. Some people use them anyway. If you do, NEVER heat empty or let boil dry; they can actually fuse to the top; and keep at medium high or lower.
Jean
03/29/13
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Wonderful site.

I have a new Whirlpool black ceramic cooktop that came with the new house. After a week of researching cookware, I am leaning toward getting either Cuisinart Multiclad Pro cookware or Cuisinart Multiclad Unlimited cookware. The Multiclad Pro is stainless steel inside and out; the exterior is shiny brushed silver in color. The Multiclad Unlimited is stainless on the inside and anodized (aluminum) on the outside (for ease of cleaning); the exterior is matte gray/black.

I am new to cooking on a ceramic cooktop and would appreciate any guidance on whether the silver stainless steel exterior or the matte gray/black anodized exterior would be a better bet for good performance by the black cooktop - I have found on the internet that either finish could confuse the stove's thermostat(and therefore the other finish is better).

Thanks for any guidance.

ellen
03/30/13
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Aluminum pots do mark the tops more than stainless, so, for ease of cleaning, consider the stainless.
Jean
03/30/13
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Thank you, Ellen - have you (or your readers) ever heard of or experienced the stove's thermostat performance being affected by the color of the cookware (matte black finish cookware vs. shiny silver on black cooktop, for example)?

Thanks again - really appreciate the tip to check the size of the pots and pans under consideration against the size of the burners! Have been reading cookware reviews for a week, and reading your forum, it finally clicked!

ellen
03/30/13
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I have the best readers-

The thermostats are tricky, don't have a lot on these except that enamel pans seem to be the worst for this.

Andre
04/07/13
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Thanks Ellen for this forum, I'm glad to have found such a helpfull site. I've started my journey by purchasing a Kenmore glass cooktop stove model 970C68783 in November 2012, within the first use, water boiled over my revere ware copper bottom pot and left a white mark inside the glass. I've contacted Sears canada who sent a technican to my house and couldn't remove the marks. They offer to take back the stove and I've decided to go back to old coil cooktop stove model 970-59843. To my surprise, the coil cooktop was not was I was expecting, they now make it so cheap with a really shinny finish that you have to remove all burners and drip trays after each uses in order to polish and buff out all the fingers and washing marks. So I was back to square one, after reading carefully your forum, I remembered seen the K mark that was on the corner of my first glass cooktop, wich was poorly made by corning ware. I've decided to return my coil stove back in March 2013 and I got myself a LG stove with schott ceran cooktop model LRE6327ST, what a difference, so easy to keep clean and so far no problems. People who really want a glass cooktop, do your research and buy a Schott Ceran cooktop and nothing less. In Canada, only Whirlpool, LG and certain Kitchen Aid stove still uses Schott Ceran cooktop. I did got rid of my revere ware pots, my mother in-law was really happy to take it from me, and i got myself a nice set of Paderno Stainless steel heavy bottom, encasulated pots, as well as all-clad hard anodize with stainless steel bottom pans. Ps. I also find the Weiman cooktop cleaner to work the best, they have an awsome product line, from spray cleaner to quick wipes and the old fashion cream and scrubbing pad, try it out. I also want to thanks all of you, who participated in this forum for helping me makin the right choice! Andre :O)
Gina
04/28/13
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Thank you ellen for this site and Thank Andre for your input! I am very skeptical about all glass-ceramic top stoves. Was looking for info on K or schott after our trip to the appliance store yesterday. Is there a difference between glass and ceramic top though? Also the pots and pans I was thinking of purchasing is the Wolfgang Puck stainless steel series which seems to be a winner. Just seems like the decision to buy a glass top stove is very risky. Definetly still confused!
ellen
04/28/13
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Some people like them, I don't. I don't like the way they cook and I don't like the high maintenance needs of the surface. You have to decide. What I tell people is, go cook on one for a week (vacation rental, kitchen swap) before you buy, if you have never used one.
Joyce
05/19/13
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
A great and much needed Q&A site! Thanks, Ellen. My question is that I've been forced (due to an accident) to buy a new glass stove and I had resigned myself to getting better/new cookware to keep it nice, but have found that absolutely NONE of it is actually flat - I'm looking specifically at Stainless Clad (pricey brands, including All-Clad's various lines, Le Creuset Clad, etc.) and it all bows upward slightly so that it really will only touch the stove top around the outermost parts of the pan. For example, if I use a straightedge on the bottom, I can shove several pieces of paper between the straightedge and the bottom of the pan. Is this a problem? Everything I read says it must be totally flat so it is flush with the entire heating element. None of these pans seem like they would be flush under these circumstances. The only one I found that was totally flat was Williams Sonoma's brand new proprietary "Thermal" stainless clad, but they won't tell the consumer exactly what it's made of so I'm a bit leery of that. Plus the fact that it's a brand new product and I prefer having a bit more historical information - i.e., knowing a bit more about performance and durability before making such a major purchase. I really like All Clad (it's a good weight, etc.), but don't want to invest in it if this bowing problem is going to cause problems with my heating elements. What are your thoughts?
ellen
05/19/13
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
The slight curve in the layered stainless flattens as it heats- that is why All Clad, etc, seem to do fine. Don't get any coated or enameled.
Joyce
05/19/13
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Thanks so much - I guess that's why they make them with this bowing in the first place - so they'll lay flat when heated!! I never would have known that - you are a total gem! All Clad it is!!
Kimberley
05/25/13
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Hi Ellen, I'm getting all new pots and pans for my new ceramic stovetop that has 6"/9"/12" heating elements (both single and combined rings) and I'm having trouble finding pot bases that match those exact measurements. 9 inches seems pretty standard, but I can't find a 6 or 12 inch base to save my life! I can only find 5.5" and 11.5". Is it better for me to get these slightly smaller than my hob pans, or is it better for me to go up an inch - there are lots of 7 inch bases available (I don't know about 13 inch though - 11.5" was the biggest so far that I've seen and probably that I can comfortably pick up). I really don't want to ruin my heating elements right of the starting gate by using the wrong sized pots! Your words of wisdom are much appreciated!
Anne Schwartz
06/09/13
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I want to thank you and your site and all the people who posted for helping me decide on a cookware set for my new cooktop. I bought the Circulon Chocolate Symmetry and I love it. Like Kimberley who posted on 5/25/13, I too have 2 double burners, 6/9 and 9/12. The Circulon 3 qt saute fits perfectly on the 6/9 and the 5 qt saute (which is extra and a terrific pot) fits perfectly on the 9/12. The only pot which is very small is the 1 qt warming pot (for sauces), but I've used it on the 6" burner without problems. It is a little smaller than the burner. The other sauce pans all fit either the 6" or the 9". I think the manufacturers have designed their cookware now to accommodate these new stoves. I was terrified to use this stove after reading the horror stories, but so far, so good! No disasters, and I have used all the pots. I am using the Weiman products (wipes, cleaner and protectant) and no problems yet. I applied the protectant before I used the stove for the first time. Hope this helps. And THANK YOU again EVERYBODY!
Valerie
07/24/13
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I have a Frigidaire Gallery Series Cooktop that was purchased around '97.
Was wondering if it's safe to use the Presto 23qt Pressure Cooker on this model.
c thurston
07/24/13
Ceramic Cooktops - type of wok to use
What is a good wok to use on a ceramicglass stovetop?
Catherine
07/24/13
Ceramic Cooktops - type of wok to use
What is a good wok to use on a ceramicglass stovetop?
ellen
07/24/13
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Valerie, only if it is no more than an inch bigger than the burner- otherwise, use a hot plate.

C Thurston, there are NO woks that work correctly on a ceramic top. They can't "read" the round bottom.

Catherine
07/25/13
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Some people post that a flat bottom wok is okay but is more like a saute pan. I tend to think you are correct and a wok is a poor investment for ceramic stove tops. Others like steel with enamel. Have you any thoughts on this?
ellen
07/25/13
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
If it doesn't have a flat bottom, the ceramic stove top can't "read" it, which means it can overheat, underheat, or just drive the thermostat nuts and cause it to blow. Get a hotplate for the wok.
chrissie
09/21/13
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I think I post it to the chat talk forum by accident. I may have to re-type it again from the chat forum on this site. I recently bought the Granite ware 21 qt stock pot to cook the beans tomorrow. I saw the instructions said do not use it on the glass/ceramic stovetop. I was not happy because I was going to use it.
The question is it safe to use the glass/ceramic stove top to cook the granite ware stock pot or no? Or has anyone ever try to cook the stock pot on the glass/ceramic stove and what were results? Please let me know. I am planning to cook tomorrow other wise I will have to use the another pot. the slow cooker is too small for the large portion.
Thank you
ellen
09/21/13
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Hi, you did repost, see the other one. You can do them in the graniteware pan or any roaster in the regular oven, set the oven to 300 to time it the same as high on a crock pot. They will do MUCH better if you go ahead and soak them overnight tonight.
john
11/12/13
Can a Bendes cast aluminum stew pan be refurbished
My wife left her bended cast aluminum stew pan on the cooker and the bottom of the pan was badly burnt.Is it possible to have these pans refurbished as they are expensive to buy
All suggestions welcomed
John
ellen
11/12/13
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
No way that I know of, maybe the readers can help.
Jenny
01/19/14
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Oh man, has this ever got me scared! We just rented a place with a fancy LG stainless/black ceramic range and I'm so freaked that I can't bring myself to cook. Been microwaving for a week. Thank you so much for keeping this up so I can read years worth of advice. My summary list is:

Within 1" diameter of each burner.
Don't buy pans in sets.
Stainless steel yes, aluminum or copper no (magnet should stick)
((Hard anodized, it depends?))
Flat bottom (check with ruler)
Triple or multi ply

Clean after every use.
Ceramabrite yes, barkeeper's friend maybe, softscrub no?
When hot, metal scraper tool yes, towel no.

Am I missing any other critical issues? Planning on shopping tomorrow. A friend recommended Kitchenaid Stainless from Target for an affordable option. All Clad just isn't an option yet. Any other brands/styles where each pan is in the $20-30 or less category?

ellen
01/19/14
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Look at Ross and TJ Maxx also for pans.

Not an easy switch. Hard to get used to the fact that it does not cool nearly as well as a gas or regular electric. So, for example, you will overcook your rice until you learn to turn it down earlier.

You have it, otherwise.

The magnet is not necessary- these are not induction tops- but it does not hurt.

NO Barkeep's Friend! Use liquids, please.

The most deadly spill is hot sugary liquid. Using a wok is usually not very successful. Consider a hot plate for these.

Maybe you need renter's insurance? It's cheap...

Jenny
01/19/14
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Oh, here's my follow-up as I continue to read:

Is there anything I could use safely as a cover for the stovetop when it's completely cool? Like could I get a couple big silicon pads to put on top so that if I put my fiestaware plate down there's no risk of a scratch? I'm now even more paranoid...the stove has always been the place where I set out all the containers of leftovers and dish up plates for the microwave. Eek!

Jenny
01/19/14
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Thanks, Ellen! I've got renter's insurance, believe me, wouldn't be caught dead without far more than most management companies require!!!
Oldtimer
02/15/14
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I love my Gemco Whistler Tea Pot, and we just bought a GE Ceramic Cooktop Range. Using a wire grid, can I still use my beloved Whistler on this range, or do I need to convert to something metallic?

Thanks!

ellen
02/15/14
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Absolutely do not use a wire grid.

These elements work by sensing the heat in the bottom of the pot, which they cannot do with any sort of pad or grid on the burner.

The issue with ceramic coating or glass is, if it ever cooks dry, the ceramic coating can overheat and fuse the pot permanently to the stove top. So, if you never cook it dry, you could try it. Or, get a hot plate?

Lance
02/27/14
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Would there be any problems with the stamped label at the under side of a stainless steel pot/pan? Could this cause scratching on the glass top stoves?
ellen
02/27/14
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
No, these are not likely to result in a dammit moment.
Cindy Christensen
04/27/14
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
My 26 yr old oven died today. I went stove shopping and I can say I am amazedat all the choices out there. I have on lay-a-way a set of the Kitchen Craft Waterless Cookware that I should be getting in the next month or so. I don't kn
Cindy Christensen
04/27/14
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
(Continued from above post). I don't know if these pans will work on either a glass top stove or the induction top stove? Thank you for any advice or suggestions.
ellen
04/28/14
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
To check if they work for induction, use a magnet. If it sticks to the pans, they will work for induction. I don't recommend glass tops if you have never used them- see the threads on this site.
Betty Jean
07/07/14
Cleaner
On a ceramic stove top, is it safe to sprinkle baking soda and water over burned or stuck food and let it sit awhile before wiping with damp paper towel or stove pad? Will baking soda scratch the stove top?
BJ
07/08/14
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Placing racks on top of ceramic stoves to sit cooked items has been mentioned in other post. Exactly what type of racks are these and where do you buy them?
Mary
09/25/14
Frigidaire Ceramic Cooktop
Phyllis 07/15/14 Yes. I had a Frigidaire Professional Series turn itself on while we were on Vacation spiking our electric bill which we didn't figure out till about 2-3 months later I was cooking on stove and shut it off by switch but it didn't shut off. Turned it off by breaker, then called my Brother-in-law since we didn't internet yet to find out what the part cost on line. He then told me it looked like there was a recall on it for that very reason. Company fixed it free of charge even though it was out of warranty because it was a safety factor. I thank God our house didn't burn down while we were gone because of it. Can't help but wonder though if that might of caused the stove top to crack several months later because it weakened the top because of high heat with nothing on top of stove.
Anna
11/05/14
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
What is the best pots to buy for ceramic cooktop?
Anna
11/05/14
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
What is the best pots to buy for ceramic cooktop?
ELLEN
11/06/14
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Read through this thread, basically, you pays your money and you makes your choice, avoiding the obvious things like unflat bottoms, ceramic/enamel coatings, and so on.
Nickie
03/26/16
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Circular and Wolfgang puck. Love cooking with them. Also have no problem with my nonstick clap halon ( just don't forget to never heat it dry). Purchased a lodge red enamel cast iron Dutch oven but am now afraid the color will burn off onto stove and have not used it 129300;.
ellen
03/26/16
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
If you never set it above medium and don't let it cook dry, you can use your beautiful pot. It also makes a great oven casserole.
Nickie
03/26/16
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Circling not circular,lol. Also I have no problem cleaning my glass top. I combine vinegar and hydrogen peroxide 50/50 in a spray bottle. Spray and wipe with paper towel. Cheap, safe and oh so sparkly.
Nickie
03/26/16
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Circulon, calphalon. Spell check blues
Samdi
08/09/16
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Purchased new Whirlpool black ceramic top. After cooking a meal, is it okay to turn off burner and let pot stay on burner? e.g. Rice - bring to boil, cover- steam cooks. Thanks.
ellen
08/09/16
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Some risk. Stove top will last longer if you move the pot off the stove or to a cool burner.
Brandon
11/04/16
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
Hi Ellen

I got a Blanco ceramic cooktop a little while ago what has been driving me crazy is that some of my frypans just don't work properly on it. What happens is that it heats and stops, heats and stops so I can't maintain a decent cooking temperature with them.

I got told by the repairman for my oven that this is a common problem with non-stick pans and that is it designed to ensure we don't overheat the pans. He said to get stainless steel pans. I have been trying to figure out what it is on the pans I have that lets the stove recognise this.

From reading this site, it appears that what he said isn't quite right and it is more to do with the base. I have checked the base on all the pans and none of them are made perfectly flat. Some have the name of the manufacturer engraved prominently on the bottom, others have small concentric ridges although in the case of one of the Circulons, the ridges are pretty miniscule. All of thse pans say they work on induction stoves but of course, this isn't an induction stove. It is an electric ceramic cooktop.

I am quite happy to go out and buy what will work but I just want to be reasonably sure before I commit. I like non-stick pans as they have their advantages so should I go find one that has a oerfectly flat stainless bottom?

ellen
11/05/16
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
That flat bottom is the best for this type top. Anything with even slight ridges or warp won't give you steady heat.
pyadav
09/19/17
Ceramic Cooktops - type of pots & pans to use
I have been using a T-fal fry pan for more than one year with the best performance. It requires very less oil to fry anything I want.
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