Glass top stoves are something that has been growing in popularity more and more in recent years., They’re versatile, easy to use, and can be a lot safer than having a gas link to your kitchen. While some people don’t like to use them, there’s no denying that they’re convenient for a number of different use cases.
In this article, we’re going to run through two things, mainly. First of all, we’re going to talk about what a glass cooktop actually is, since a number of people aren’t quite sure, and then we’re going to help you find the best cookware for glass top stoves. As experts in the field, we at Sakuchi want to make sure you’ve got all the facts to make a balanced, informed decision.
What is a Glass CookTop?
Glass cooktops are something that seems fairly simple at first, but a surprising amount of engineering has gone into completely nailing the exact makeup of what you’ve got in front of you.
At the most basic level, a glass top stove is a surface of glass-ceramic that gets hotter depending upon the electrical current supplied to heating elements underneath it. ‘Glass-ceramic’ is a fairly unique material - it’s essentially glass, to which a specific agent has been added to alter the molecular structure. The upshot is simple - the molecules of glass-ceramic are arranged in a crystalline structure, which makes the material stronger.
After that first step in production, the material goes through rounds of heat treatment. This heat treatment ensures that the material doesn’t swell or shrink too much during the heating and cooling process that it has to go through as a cooking surface.
Glass cooktops are typically electric or induction. An electric stove is quite a simple thing, really - an electric current is passed through a heating element, which gets hot. After that gets hot, the cooking surface becomes hot, transferring heat to the pan that you’re using.
An induction stove is a little more complex - electromagnets create something called an induction loop between themselves and the base of the pan. When they’re turned on, the pan gets hot due to the induction loop, while the cooktop itself doesn't.
Since induction stoves heat the base of the pan directly, they make great surfaces for pressure cookers - the heating is efficient, and the entire contents of the pot can be heated evenly.
Both of these methods of creating a glass cooktop have their advantages and drawbacks. Electric is generally cheaper, but it’s fairly inefficient. Induction stovetops are expensive to install and require specialized cookware, but they’re incredibly energy efficient.
The thing that unites them, though, is that they don’t use gas at any point during cooking. A gas hob burns natural gas to create heat, while a glass cooktop doesn’t - it uses electricity to generate heat the works as a cooking surface. This means that, since there doesn’t need to be a gas outlet, a glass cooktop can be sleek and flat, with no blemishes or breaks on the flat surface.
Therefore, you likely want to keep the sleek surface as polished and well-maintained as possible. To do this, you need to be sure that you’re buying the best pots and pans for a glass stove top.
What to Bear in Mind When Purchasing Cookware For a Glass Top Stove?
When purchasing cookware at any time, the best idea is to refine different types of cookware through the materials they’re made from.
First of all, consider stainless steel, which is one of the most beloved materials for cookware overall. It’s ideal for a glass cooking surface, since it’s durable, hard-wearing, and it’s a great weight to be neither too light nor too heavy. The glass top stove is quite delicate, and a stainless steel pan will be unlikely to scratch or damage it.
Considering how delicate you need to be with a glass top stove, aluminum or copper can also work really well, especially in skillets. On top of that, they’re really handy for how conductive they can be - that’s why they’re preferred metals for pans used on gas stoves.
However, they can both leave small traces of residue behind on glass top stoves. This means that these metals are often used as the core of a pan, while stainless steel is used as an exterior.
The primary materials that work poorly on glass top stoves are cast iron, stoneware, and ceramic. These work badly as they’re quite rough and coarse on the surface, which means that dragging them to and fro on the glass can lead to scratches quite quickly.
On top of that, these materials are very dense - this leads to a heavy pan which, if dropped onto a glass top stove, could lead to damage.
If you’re purchasing cookware for an induction glass top stove, you must bear in mind that those options only work for magnetic cookware. The cookware must be ferrous (magnetic) so that an induction loop can be formed with the electrical circuits in the cooktop, leading to heat being generated in the pan itself.
There are some types of magnetic stainless steel that work as induction cookware, but they’re generally particularly expensive. There are also specialized induction glass cooktops that work with many different types of metal, but these are still very uncommon in home kitchens.
The best option is to opt for a carbon steel pan. Metals that contain iron will work on an induction cooktop, which means that a cast iron pan would likely work too. The problem there, of course, is that the rough metal would likely scratch and damage the surface of the induction hob. Carbon steel pans are very similar to stainless steel and are generally affordable enough for people with induction hobs to buy and use them.
This final note isn’t relevant to the material, but it’s still important to note. Make sure to buy a cooking utensil with a flat, wide base. Having a piece of cookware that has a large surface to be in contact with the induction hob is ideal, as that will create a large surface that can, quite simply, get hot when the induction circuit is completed.
We hope that this article has helped you to get a grasp on what you need when considering great cookware for your glass top stove. It can be tricky to find the right option for you, but it certainly isn’t impossible.
The Best Cookware For Glass Top Stoves
Now that we know the cookware criteria when using a glass cooktop, the following is a roundup of the best cookware sets available on the market.
Sakuchi Cookware Sets
It’s best to look for a pan with a wide,flat bottom when cooking on electric or induction stoves, as heat only gets transferred to the part in contact with the stovetop.
Whether you’re looking for a starter set or complete collection, Sakuhci offersa range of essential cookware to suit your needs. Our Starter Cookware Set includes a 4.5-Quart Stock Pot, 2-Quart Saucepan, and 9.5-inch Frying Pan,11-inch Frying Pan,11-Inch Square Grill Pan,2* lids for stock pot & sauce pan
All Sakuhci cookware is made from Cast- Aluminum,for superior heat conduction.They feature stay-cool handles that are riveted to the base, are dishwasher safe, and are guaranteed compatible with gas, electric, and induction cooktops.
Excellent & Efficient Heat Conduction
If you’re cooking on a glass top stove, you need the right cookware for it. This means the right material that won’t damage the surface, and the perfect silhouette to make the most of the contact-only heating style.
For the best cookware that does both these things, opt for a high-quality stainless steel piece with a wide, flat-bottom base. Not only are these pieces perfect for both electric and induction glass stovetops, they’re also easy to use, easy to clean, and can last a lifetime.