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A glass stove top, otherwise known as a ceramic stovetop, has a flat cooking surface with the heating elements placed underneath the top coating. This is different from coil cooktops or gas ranges, where the burners are placed on top of the stove. This style of cooktop has become incredibly popular over the past few decades because it looks sleek and is easy to use. However, cooking on one of these stoves can take some getting used to.
Whether you already have a glass stove top or are ready to invest in one, this guide is here to help. Follow these top tips to make sure your stovetop is clean, you stay safe, and your meals turn out delicious.
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If you are using a glass stove top for the first time, there might be an adjustment period as you get used to this appliance. Use these cooking tips and other pieces of advice (like how to clean your glass stove top) to make the most of your new unit.
- Be prepared for your burners to heat up quickly. This falls under the category of safety tips and home cooking tips. You might have a hot pan faster than you realize, which could cause you to burn your food.
- Get to know your heating control capabilities. See how quickly your heating elements cool down when you adjust the power levels.
- Learn how your new stove works compared to past models. A Whirlpool glass-top stove will heat differently than an LG model. This could affect how you prepare meals.
- Do not use dented pots and pans. This can create an uneven heating experience. Farberware pans and Dutch ovens are two quality options to cook with on these stoves.
- Identify the safety button. There should be a red light or other warning cue built in when a heating element is still hot. Do not touch the stove when this is lit.
- Teach your kids not to touch the stove. Show them the warning light and tell them to avoid going near the hot surface.
- Do not slide your pots and pans across the cooktop. This can scratch the stove top glass.
- Wipe down your stovetop after every use. Wait for the burner to cool down and then use a damp cloth to remove spills and crumbs. This will prevent food from sticking.
- Make sure you have enough ventilation. Just because you aren’t cooking with gas doesn’t mean you don’t need a range hood or ventilation system to clean your air.
- Use your cooktop as counter space when not in use. Some homeowners even invest in wood covers for their cooktops so they have extra space in their kitchens when they aren’t cooking.
If you currently use a gas range or an electric coil cooktop, it could be time to switch to a glass top option. Here are four of the top ranges on the market with glass stove designs that will impress you with their performance.
You can easily find a range with a glass stove top without going over your appliance budget. This model by GE balances quality features with fair pricing. There are five heating elements at the top of the range, including two dual-ring heating elements that can accommodate pots and pans of various sizes. The fifth element is a dedicated warming zone for melting butter or keeping sauces ready to use.
The oven element also has multiple features. You can enjoy the No Preheat Air Fry setting for crispy chicken wings or use the convection functionality to enjoy a faster and more even baking experience.
This is a highly-rated range with thousands of customer reviews. One person says, “I like the range. It is easy to use and cleaning is a breeze. The top seems to get hot very quickly for a quick and easy experience.”
Once you find an electric glass top stove that you like, you can look for bonus features from brands that fall within your budget. For example, this model by GE is slightly more advanced than the first option because of its dual ovens. The top oven is smaller and designed for baking sheets and other flat items, while the bottom oven is large enough to prepare a Thanksgiving turkey. These dual ovens can provide added flexibility so you can cook meals faster and easier.
You can see what customers think about this range by reading online reviews. One person writes, “This is by far the nicest oven I've ever seen and used. I've always had GE ovens that were great but this one is exceptional! Very even temperatures and you can't beat using both ovens at the same time.”
Another option to consider is this Samsung glass-top stove. It is a slide-in model with the control knobs at the front of the appliance. Many homeowners prefer this design because they don’t want to reach over hot pans and boiling pots in order to adjust the temperature. This range comes with a large-capacity oven and five heating elements – including two dual-ring burners. The range is Wi-Fi compatible (which is ideal if you have other Samsung products) so you can manage your meal preparation remotely.
You can see how much customers love the Wi-Fi option by reading their reviews. One person says, “ I love that the stove connects to my Wi-Fi. This is the one feature that stands out. I am able to see if my stove has been left on and I can set the temperature and times on my phone, then press start on the stove.”
Not all glass-top stove models are electric. You can also find induction cooking ranges that offer the same sleek design that is easy to clean. Induction cooking is faster, safer, and more energy-efficient than electric power, which is why more customers are investing in ranges that use this technology.
This induction range has four heating elements on the top that use Auto Sizing™ pan detection. This optimizes your energy efficiency and helps you prepare meals quickly. If you have never used an induction system before, it might take some getting used to, but it will become second nature before you know it.
You can see what people think about induction cooking by reading online reviews. One person says, “The induction is incredible! Precision temperature control, instant responsiveness. I love it! The oven also works very very well. I bake a lot and so far I have made pies, muffins, cupcakes, cobbler, cookies, and more.”
What should you not use on a glass stove top?
There are two things that you need to avoid when using one of these cooktops: coarse sponges (or steel wool) and glass cleaner. Coarse sponges can scrape and scratch your cooktop, causing it to lose its sleek look. Glass cleaner can leave streaks that are unsightly and hard to remove. Instead, wipe down your cooktop after every use with a damp towel and an appliance cleaner.
How do I keep my glass stovetop clean?
The best way to keep your glass stovetop clean is to wipe it down after every use. Clear your cooktop once the heating elements are cool enough to touch. This will prevent food from sticking to the glass, making it harder to remove. Use either vinegar or a specialty ceramic cooktop cleaning solution and a damp towel to clean your cooktop. This will keep it looking like new.
Are glass stove tops popular?
Yes. This design style has grown in popularity over the past few decades because it is sleek and modern. They are also easier to maintain. It is easier to wipe away spills and crumbs from a flat surface instead of removing electric coils and cleaning up the drip pans underneath. If you are looking to add an appliance to your home that increases your resale value, consider a glass stove top.
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