What type of cookware should I use on my ceramic/glass cooktop surface?

The cookware material can impact how evenly and quickly heat is transferred from the surface element on your ceramic / glass cooktop to the bottom of the cookware.

Here are some helpful tips regarding the most popular cookware materials:

  • Aluminum - Excellent heat conductor. Some types of food will cause the cookware to darken. If aluminum pans slide across the ceramic/glass cooktop, they may leave metal marks which will resemble scratches. You will want to try and remove immediately.
  • Copper - Excellent heat conductor but discolors easily.Stainless - Slow heat conductor with uneven cooking results. It is durable, easy to clean and resists staining.
  • Cast Iron - A slow heat conductor however it retains heat very well. Cooks evenly once desired temperature is reached. Not recommended for use on ceramic/glass cooktops.
  • Porcelain - enamel on metal - Heating characteristics will vary depending on base material. Coating must be smooth to avoid scratching cooktop.
  • Glass - Slow heat conductor. Not recommended for ceramic/glass cooktop surfaces because it may scratch the glass.If you're inquiring about an Induction cooktop surface, please go here
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