How to Choose The Perfect Glass Top Stove Cookware

Overview

sf-table__imagePaula Deen Signature Nonstick 5-Piece Porcelain Cookware Set
  • Offers even heat distribution
  • Nonstick interior for easy cleaning and long-lasting food release
  • Comfortable, secure grip
Check on Amazon →
sf-table__imageAnolon Advanced Hard Anodized Nonstick 11-Piece Cookware Set
  • Enables balanced, efficient heating
  • Long-lasting premium-quality nonstick
  • Shatter-resistant glass lids
Check on Amazon →
sf-table__imageCirculon Infinite Hard Anodized Nonstick 10-piece Cookware
  • Distributes heat evenly and maintains a steady temp
  • Makes for a longer lasting, tougher set
  • Dishwasher and oven safe
Check on Amazon →

If you’ve ever walked into a kitchen fitted with a glass stove top, you may be excused for having a few pangs of jealousy. Glass stove tops make for a beautiful, sleek addition to any kitchen.

Not only are they beautiful to look at, glass stove tops are highly functional as well. Although made of a glass-ceramic mix, these stove tops can withstand rapid and continuous fluctuations in temperature.

Not to mention, glass stove tops are easier to clean due to their flat surface (no tiny hidden grooves to contend with) and lack of frustrating old-fashioned electric coil tops that captures and traps spills and boil overs.

However, as with anything, the glass stove tops are not without limitations and can be damaged.

Choose Glass Top Stove Cookware

As brittle as glass and ceramics are, these tops may be damaged by any solid object banging against it, either from a fall or pots and pans being slid roughly over the cooking area.

In order to take the best care of your gorgeous cooking surface, it’s important to use a type of cookware that is designed for a glass stove top and not just any old pots and pans are suitable!

In order to help you keep your glass stop looking great and lasting a long time, in this article we’ll look at what makes glass top stove cookware so special, what features to look for (including the materials, diameter, and weight) and then review three sets that would well on a glass stove top.

Why Special Cookware for Glass Stove Tops?

special cookware for glass stove tops

Glass stove tops cook effectively but they do have limitations that other types of stoves, such as gas or electric coils, do not have. One such limitation is that they can only heat surfaces that come in direct contact with the heated elements of the tops. Cookware that is too big and goes over the element will not be thoroughly heated (and the food will either not cook through or will take longer to do so). Flat bottomed cookware is also important as pots and pans that have dents or warped areas will not be as efficient.

What to Look for in Glass Cookware Sets

Glass top stove cookware sets are not specifically designed for such a cooking surface in the same way that a set would need to be geared towards induction-top cooking but there are certain characteristics that make them more effective.

The three most important features to consider when looking at a cookware set to be used on a glass stove top is:

The material the pots and pans are made from, the diameter of the bottom of the cookware compared to the burner being used, and the weight of the particular piece.

It is also important to take note of the bottom of the cookware, which needs to maintain contact with the burner, but also that it is free from anything that may scratch the stove top, especially when being moved (it’s also important to lift, not slide, your cookware when using a glass top).

Material

The most popular materials for cookware sets include aluminum, copper, titanium, stainless steel, cast iron, and ceramic.

Aluminum

Aluminum cookware has long been regarded as an important part of the cookware standard for many pots and pans; and cookware made of this material tends to be less expensive. Aluminum cookware does conduct heat well.

However, there has been a lot of controversy around the dangers of aluminum in cookware and the reaction between the cookware and acidic or alkaline foods.

Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has stated that less aluminum escapes into food through aluminum pots and pans, many people prefer to stay away from the product all together.

Aluminum Cookware

Copper

Red Copper cookwares

Copper has a superior heat conductivity and the cookware has very precise heats. What this means is that as you change the temperature on your stove top, the temperature of the pot changes almost immediately allowing for finely-tuned cooking.

Cookware made of copper also has a good weight; it’s heavy enough to sit securely on your burners without being too heavy to lift easily with one hand.

However, on the downside, copper is highly reactive with foods, so most copper pans are lined with either tin or steel.

Titanium

This cookware is expensive but is long lasting and has no dangerous side effects, and does not react with food ingredients.

Titanium is also fairly lightweight but it does not conduct heat very well. For this reason, most titanium cookware is actually aluminum cookware that has a fused ceramic-titanium, nonstick coating.

Best Titanium Cookware

Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel Cookware

Stainless steel is one of the most well-loved materials used for cookware sets; it’s cost-effective, durable, and looks great. Plus, the smooth bottom makes a great choice for use on a glass stove top.

Stainless steel is also safe to use with all foods as there is no reaction with alkaline or acidic material.

Unfortunately, on its own stainless steel is not as effective at conducting heat well but modern sets add a conductive core (usually copper or aluminum) that improve the heat distribution abilities.

Cast Iron

Another type of material commonly used in cookware sets is cast iron, for example, this is the material used in crafting Dutch ovens.

Dutch ovens are perfect for slow-simmering soups and stews, browning meat, even whipping up delicious desserts.

To add a cast iron Dutch oven to your collection, learn out more about the Top 3 Cast Iron Dutch Ovens of 2017.

Cast Iron Cookware

Ceramic

Ceramic cookware is hardened in a kiln which makes the ceramic more durable, and longer lasting. Once the cookware is fired up, it is dipped in a glaze which helps to provide stain resistance as well as a non-stick coating. Since the glazing occurs when the cookware is extremely hot, it is suggested not to heat ceramic cookware over a medium-high heat. We recommend never cooking with ceramic cookware at high heat.

Ceramic Cookware

Ceramic cookware does not contain the chemicals traditionally found in Teflon (i.e. PTFE and PFOA) non-stick coating.

Ceramic and glass cookware sets should generally not be used on a glass stove top.

To learn more about ceramic cookware sets specifically, take a look at our in-depth guide to the Top 10 Best Ceramic Cookware Reviews of 2017.

Diameter

Size really does matter, at least when it comes to the size of your pot compared to the size of the burner being used. This is even more true when it comes to using a glass stove top. When cooking on a glass stove top, choose pots and pans that do not go over the burner by more than one inch.

Weight

Ideally, the best type of pan type for glass stove tops are on the heavier side, ensuring better contact between the cookware and the burner. As previously mentioned, it’s important that the set is not too heavy to lift properly as sliding the pot or pan along the top may result in a permanently damaged glass top.

Review of Glass Stove Top Safe Cookware

Here we’ll take you through the three of our favorite sets for use on a glass stove top. Of course, everyone has different needs so read through these glass stove top cookware reviews carefully to see if one of the ones we list below might be the perfect fit for your family.

We think these gorgeous vintage-inspired speckled glass top stove pots and pans are the perfect addition to your home and not just for their looks (although admittedly that does help). Choose from red, aqua, blueberry, butter yellow, coral, or lavender colors

Paula DeenSignature Nonstick Cookware set Review

This Paula DeenSignature Nonstick 5-Piece Porcelain Cookware set includes: 1 quart covered saucepan and lid, 2 quart covered saucepan, 6 quart covered stockpot, 2.75 quart covered sauté, 8″ skillet, 10″ skillet, as well as a five piece measuring spoon set.

This set is durable, offers even heat distribution (important for glass stove tops) and has a Durable DuPont Teflon® Select nonstick interior which makes for easy cleaning and long-lasting food release. This set is also stain resistant.

Not only is a glass stove top easy to clean, the nonstick bottom on this set also makes these pots simple to clean with warm water, dishwashing liquid, and a sponge. To keep your set looking its best for a long time to come, we don’t recommend putting the pots and pans in the dishwasher (the red finish and trim on the handles will dull overtime when washed under such conditions).

The color coordinated, dual riveted, soft-touch handles are designed to provide a comfortable, secure grip and stylish copper plated rings are attached to make for easy hanging.

Tempered glass lids with copper plated knobs lock in flavors and let you watch your food cook without lifting the lid.

This set moves right straight from the cooktop to the oven (safe to 350°F).

Paula DeenSignature Nonstick Cookware set
Anolon Advanced Hard Anodized Nonstick Set

The Anolon Advanced Hard Anodized Nonstick is a durable, hard-anodized cookware set that enables balanced, efficient heating with a long-lasting restaurant-tested premium-quality nonstick.

You can use metal utensils with this set (though we always advise against metal on nonstick to ensure the cookware lasts a long time).

The Anolon Advanced Hard Anodized Nonstick set includes: 1.5 quart and 3 quarts covered saucepans, an 8 quart covered stockpot, .5-inch French skillet, a 12-inch covered deep skillet (with helper handle, explained below) and a 3 quart covered sauté pan.

The glass lids are a shatter-resistant keep in heat and moisture and the handles give a comfortable, soft grasp and are dual riveted for extra strength.

An added bonus, especially as deep skillets may be too heavy to lift with one hand and you never want to drag a pot on a glass stove top, is that in this cookware set has a convenient helper handle (a small additional handle) making it easier to move a heavy item to a different part of the kitchen or stove without sliding the cookware and scratching the glass top (and without breaking your forearm).

Just to note, the Anolon Advanced Hard Anodized Nonstick set is not induction compatible so if you are considering an induction stove top in future take a look at this review of the 6 Best Induction Cookware Sets.

This nonstick cookware is oven safe (to 400°F, higher than the Paula Dead set reviewed above).

We always recommend reading (and following) the manual and for cooking and cleaning instructions. Using a too-high heat or abrasive cleaning supplies will degrade the nonstick overtime.

Anolon Advanced Hard Anodized Nonstick Set Review

The Anolon Advanced Hard Anodized Nonstick comes with a Lifetime Warranty.

The Circulon Infinite cookware set is constructed from hard-anodized aluminum with a stainless-steel base with an encapsulated aluminum core (the aluminum conducts heat more efficiently than the steel) so these pots distribute heat evenly (important for glass top stove cooking). The pots and pans are all flat bottomed on the outside; they lay completely flat. The two sauté pans do have tapered sides, but the actual (outside) cooking surface is flat.

Circulon Infinite Hard Anodized Nonstick Set

This helps the pots to maintain a steady temp (such as a low simmer).

A unique feature of Circulon cookware is the patented TOTAL® Food Release System that features a series of raised nonstick circles on the pan surface that reduces the amount of nonstick in contact with cooking utensils, cuts own on surface abrasion, and makes for a longer lasting, tougher set. The design helps to cut down on food sticking to the bottom of the pot, as well!

Circulon Infinite Nonstick Pan

The Circulon Infinite Hard Anodized Nonstick 10-piece cookware set includes: 1.5 and 2 quart covered saucepans, 8 quart covered stockpot, 3 quart covered sauté pan, and 8- and 10-inch open skillets.

The handles are cast stainless-steel (riveted) that stay cool on the stovetop and the lids are a heavy-gauge stainless-steel.

This nonstick cookware set is also marked as dishwasher-safe and go straight to the oven (to 500°F, the highest oven temperature of all sets reviewed in this article).

This set is suitable for all stove types from gas and electric to glass stove top and induction.

In case you have looked into Circulon in the past, you may be wondering about the difference between the Circulon Elite range and this Infinite range. This Circulon Infinite range is a superior set and holds a few differences. For example, the Elite range is handwash only and not metal utensil safe. Infinite is sturdier, more durable, and heavier as well as being dishwasher/metal utensil safe. These are traits that make it better suited to a glass top stove as well.

The Infinite range has a stainless steel base which will make it usable on an induction cooktop, so if you have or are considering an induction stove at any point, rest assured, this set will happily cook on either!

The Circulon Hard Anodized cookware set, is also superior against ceramic: anodized doesn’t crack, doesn’t discolor and does not allow food to stick, and the heat is distributed evenly.

Be forewarned though, these are investment set and as such are fairly heavy (compared to less durable cookware) and if not handled properly can scratch the top of your glass top stove. The larger pans are pretty heavy and will likely need two hands to carry (the smaller skillets aren’t too heavy, though).

Circulon Infinite Hard Anodized Nonstick Set Review

Yes, they are very heavy. I have a hard time holding the largest pan and the large pot when I am pouring things out of them.

On their own, they are not heavy but depending on how much and what type of food is put in them they can get heavy. Not cast iron heavy, by any means, but this is something to consider if you have difficulty lifting heavier pots and pans so as not t accidentally scratch the stove top.

This set is PFOA free and is made in China and Thailand. The Circulon Infinite Hard Anodized Nonstick 10-piece cookware set also comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Glass stove tops are a wonderful addition to a kitchen making for a gleaming, seamless look. Just be sure to treat it kindly and to select a cookware set that is designed to give its best on a glass stove top and you’ll be whipping up delicious meals for a long time to come!