Worried about scratching or cracking your glass top stove? We feel you! Having to repair your glass cooktop can be extremely expensive.
Our Top Pick: Cooks Standard SS
Having the best pots and pans for a glass top stove may help save you money by avoiding unnecessary damages. In this article we will review the best cookware for glass top stoves and learn to identify what makes good cookware.
Cooks Standard Classic Stainless Steel Cookware Set
Our top pick is this beautiful stainless cookware set that works on any type of cooktop, including induction. Its price competes with compares with other stainless sets and even some of the best nonstick cookware.
- 18/10 Stainless construction with aluminum disks in the bottom for heat transfer
- Induction Compatible
- Stylish glass lids won't warp and help you see cooking progress
11 Piece Set Includes
- 1.5 Quart Sauce Pan (with lid)
- 3 Quart Sauce Pan (with lid)
- 10 inch Skillet
- 6 Quart Stock Pot (with lid)
- Steamer Insert (with lid)
- 5 Quart Deep Saute Pan (with lid)
This set is constructed from sturdy 18/10 stainless steel, meaning that it will last for years (with proper care). Check out our Stainless Steel Cookware guide for more information on what this means and why it's 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.
While 18/10 stainless is beautiful and durable, 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, this set looks good and is rather inexpensive. If you don’t have a large budget, this may be a good option for you.
Check out the Cooks Standard Classic Stainless Steel Cookware Set here.
Paula Deen Signature Cookware Set
Popular TV chef Paula Deen offers a nonstick cookware collection that is a colorful way to cook in your kitchen.
- Beautiful porcelain exteriors are available in a variety of colors
- Nonstick Teflon interior makes cooking easy and convenient
- Soft, heat-resistant handles
15 Piece Set Includes
- 1 Quart Sauce Pan (with lid)
- 2 Quart Sauce Pan (with lid)
- 6 Quart Stock Pot (with lid)
- 2.75 Quart Saute Pan (with lid)
- 8 Inch Skillet
- 10 Inch Skillet
- 5 pc Measuring Spoon Set
The Teflon interior of this set avoids many of the hassles of preheating and oiling your pans to prevent food from sticking.
Like all non-stick coats, it does have a shelf life. How long your non-stick coating will last will depend on how you use and care for it. Realistically, you might have to replace a set like this in a year or two.
Paula has thoughtfully included soft, heat-resistant handles in this set. This is another major plus for convenience. It means potholders are another thing you don't need to worry about for casual cooking.
I'm a big fan of colored cookware! This cookware set looks very attractive, which can help entice people to try your dishes when you present it to picky eaters.
Other than the shelf life of Teflon, the biggest downside to this set is a lack of high temperature oven safety. Because of the comfy handles, it's not oven safe above 350 degrees. So it might be best to avoid the oven altogether.
Overall, if you're looking for a zesty nonstick set for your kitchen, the Paula Deen cookware set is a strong contender.
Using Cookware On Glass Top Stoves
The glass on your cooktop isn't invincible. If you use a cast iron pan with a nasty rough spot on the bottom, you can scratch or even break your cooktop.
Additionally, some materials (like porcelain) can melt at very high temperatures and fuse with the glass on your stove.
You can avoid both of these problems by:
- Quickly run your hand over the bottom of any pot or pan that you plan to use. Check for burrs and defects which could damage your cooktop and don’t use them.
- Never leave an empty dish on your range on high heat.
Types Of Glass Cooktops
There are two types of smooth topped ranges: induction and radiant.
Induction ranges work by using magnetic magic to jiggle metal bits in your cookware and make them get hot.
Because they work by getting hot and then physically transferring the heat to your dishes, you don't have to worry about buying special cookware or anything like that.
Heating Your Cookware
Electric ranges aren't the fastest when it comes to heat transfer, induction and gas cooktops are much quicker. Because of this, it pays double to make sure you understand how your cookware works when it comes to transferring heat.
Ensure that any pot or pan you use has a flat bottom. This helps because more of the dish will be in contact with the heating element (there's a layer of glass in the way, but you can still think of it as direct contact).
Heat travels very inefficiently through the air, meaning that this direct contact is essential for proper heat transfer.
Aluminum and copper are both excellent conductors of heat. They heat up very quickly and when you turn the heat down they'll cool off fairly quickly too.
Stainless steel isn't a particularly good conductor on its own, but it's usually used as a coating for another metal (usually aluminum).
Cast iron is a fairly poor conductor of heat. It heats up very slowly, but once it's hot the heat stays in the metal for a long time. This is sometimes useful for searing, but most people use this for slower cooking.
No Metal? No Problem
Unlike an induction range, you're free to use glass, ceramic and porcelain dishes on your radiant stove.
Dishes made entirely out of these materials are usually poor conductors of heat, so be especially careful of the temperatures you're using. You don't want to accidentally set the burner so high you melt your dish and damage your cooktop.
The most important things to remember when looking for the best cookware for glass cooktops is that the bottom should be flat, smooth, and free of rough spots.
While we presented only a few cookware options to you, there are hundreds of others that are available on the market. We hope that you find exactly what you’re looking for.
Did you enjoy this guide? Let us know in the comments and tell us about your favorite glass top stove cookware.