Best Cookware For Glass Top Stoves In 2021

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Worried about cookware scratching or cracking your glass top stove? We feel you! Having to repair your glass cooktop can be extremely expensive.

Having the best pots and pans for a glass top stove may help save you money by avoiding unnecessary damages.

In this guide we will review the best cookware for glass top stoves and identify what makes good cookware for glass or smooth top stoves.

Our Favorite Cookware For Glass Top Stoves​

If we had to pick one cookware set from our list, we would choose the KitchenAid professional Hard Anodized Nonstick Cookware Set because it can be moved from stove top to oven and it is induction capable.

Nuwave Duralon™ Ceramic Non-stick Cookware

NuWave PerfectGreen 10 Pc Cookware Set (Bronze)

Pros

  • Ceramic non-stick finishes are extremely durable.
  • The vented lids will reduce the risk of scorching, boiling over and other dangerous messes.
  • Ceramic cookware cleans up easily by hand.

Cons

  • Cooking with ceramic takes less oil. This can take some getting used to, so be prepared to experiment.
  • These pans may not tolerate the dishwasher, but clean up quickly by hand.
  • The word “bronze” in the description can be confusing. It refers to the finish, not the metal content.

Our Review

Duralon ceramic cookware offers great flexibility to cooks with any form of stove top.

For example, if your RV offers an induction cooktop but your range at home has a glass top, this line of cookware will work well in either space.

The Nuwave Ceramic 10-piece set offers three sauce pans and two stock pots. The sauce pans all have fairly long handles that will keep cool no matter how crowded your cooktop is.

The stock pot handles are riveted in place and are curved far from the body of the pot, giving you space to grip and move them easily.

Each piece has its own vented glass lid with metal edging for stability. The tempered glass will move easily from cooktop to oven, and these pots are rated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit / 177 degrees Celsius.

The non-stick ceramic surface is finished in a bronze tone. NuWave cookware contains no Teflon and will not subject you or your pets to harmful outgassing once they are hot.

Circulon Symmetry Hard Anodized Nonstick Cookware

Circulon Symmetry Hard Anodized Nonstick Cookware Pots and Pans Set, 11-Piece, Black

Pros

  • The Symmetry line is extremely heat tolerant from cooktop to oven.
  • This cookware is quite lightweight and easy to transfer.
  • The textured bottoms reduce sticking and make the pans very easy to clean.

Cons

  • There are no vents in the glass lids.
  • If washed in the dishwasher, these pans develop a film which dulls the finish.
  • The circular grooves on the bottom of the pan can be vulnerable to chipping and damage to the non-stick surface.

Our Review

The Symmetry set includes two frying pans, three sauce pans (one with pouring spout) a stock pot and a covered sauté pan.

It’s constructed of hard anodized aluminum with stainless steel cladding so it will work on all cook tops, from gas to induction.

The lids are tempered glass with metal edging for stability, and all handles are stainless with a silicon coating for a cool, comfortable grip.

Unlike many non-stick product lines which will only tolerate 350 degrees Fahrenheit / 177 degrees Celsius, all of this cookware, including the lids, can tolerate 400 degrees Fahrenheit / 204 degrees Celsius.

If you’re trying to brown the top of a casserole or “finish” a pot of soup in the oven, the extra heat tolerance will help.

These pans are textured on the bottom. If you’ve never used a textured non-stick, this can be a little off-putting and may seem to use more oil than expected.

While you experiment with this feature, consider using an oil-spraying tool or oiling your food before adding it to the hot pan instead of heating the oil in the pan. This is a nice way to get a sear on salmon steaks and tuna steaks.

KitchenAid Professional Hard Anodized Cookware

KitchenAid Professional Hard Anodized Nonstick 10-Piece Cookware Set - Black

Pros

  • The edges of the lidded pots offer a ridge to increase the security of the lids so they seat well.
  • The durable black finish inside and out will look great for years and require no polishing if you hang your pots.
  • These pots are dishwasher safe and will not develop a cloudy finish.

Cons

  • The lids are not vented.
  • There’s a rubber seal on the lid that may collect water in the dishwasher and it’s hard to get this water out.
  • This cookware is heavier than most non-stick; if you have physical limitations, this set may not work for you.

Our Review

Fans of KitchenAid tools and utensils will not be surprised at the simplicity, durability and quality of this set.

They’re coated with Whitford Eclipse, an extremely durable version of non-stick that offers terrific heat resistance.

These pans can tolerate up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit / 260 degrees Celsius and will move easily from cooktop to oven.

The KCH2S10KM set includes two frying pans, two sauce pans, a stock pot and a sauté pan, as well as tempered glass lids for all but the frying pans. See our full KCH2S10KM review for an in-depth look at this cookware.

The handles are stainless steel and all handles for both pans and lids are affixed with stout rivets for long-term stability. The stainless steel in the cladding makes these pots suitable for all cooktops, including induction.

The KitchenAid handle design is flared and squared off giving cooks plenty of space between hot pots and lids for safe gripping.

Related | Best Anodized Cookware

TeChef Art Pan Collection Stir Fry Pan

TeChef - Art Pan Collection Frying Pan, Coated 5 times with Teflon Select Non-Stick Coating (PFOA Free) (8 IN and 11 IN Set)

Our Review

The Art Pan frying pan set does not claim to be induction capable, though the Blooming Flower Frying Pan from TeChef is rated as induction ready.

Non-stick pans are generally constructed of anodized aluminum.

Aluminum offers excellent heat transference, and anodizing it hardens and stabilizes the material, preventing warping.

TeChef aluminum cookware is forged but does not claim to be anodized, and you may find that these pans will warp over time.

Because induction cookware must have flat, continuous contact for the magnetic heating to occur, warped pans are especially problematic.

The Art Pan Collection may be ideal for smooth top electric stove, but they do not claim to be induction compatible. Therefore these may not be the best pans for glass top stoves​ that are induction only.

Cooks Standard Classic Cookware Set

Cooks Standard 11-Piece Classic Stainless Steel Cookware Set

Our Review

Our top pick is the Cooks Standard stainless cookware set that works on any type of cooktop, including induction.

Its competes with compares with some of the best nonstick cookware without breaking the bank.

This set is constructed from sturdy 18/10 stainless steel, meaning that it will last for years (with proper care).

Our Stainless Steel Cookware guide has more information on  why it’s so important.

Unlike several other cookware sets, the 11 pc set offered by Cooks comes with a steamer insert. While you get one less pot, it might be better to have a steamer than another size of pot that you won’t use.

18/10 stainless steel is beautiful and durable, but it’s not nonstick. This means you’ll have to use oil, preheat your pans fully, and avoid excessive heat when cooking with this set.

If you’d prefer to just slap a skillet down and crack some eggs into it immediately, you might want to choose a set with a non-stick coating instead.

Overall, the the Cooks Standard Induction Cookware set looks great and if you don’t have a large budget, this may be a good option for you and your glass cooktop.