We are in the market for a new electric range. Have always had the type with
the exposed coil "burners". Many of the ones we look at have the flat glass
surface. What are the pros and cons of the flat glass ranges.
I have subscribed to Consumer Reports for years. Many times after evaluating
a product I find that the CU ratings are counterpoint to my evaluation and I
have purchased a lesser rated item and have been very happy with it.
CU makes a good starting point though.
Main disadvantage is that they can be easily broken if you drop
something hard and heavy on them. Friend of mine had that happen on
a brand new one he put into a vacation house he rents out. Renter
put a quarter size chip into it, and now there is a crack running
across from it too. And the $300+ figure is accurate to replace
it. In his case, it would be almost as much as he paid for the whole
Main advantage is they are very easy to keep clean and look cool.
Personally, I prefer gas and when it's time for a new range here,
that's what I'm getting.
If you opt for the flat surface, keep it clean using the liquid made for
that purpose. If you cook on it when it is dirty, you just might wind up
with a stain that cannot be removed (happened to us). And, try to avoid
I have seen compliants that the surface is too easily broken. So, if
you accidentally drop something heavy on it (cast iron skillet?) it
can be broken. Some brands have a better warranty than others so
check the warrtany since it is of course an expensive repair.
Easy to clean
Not all cookware work well on them
Cast iron pans are not very good on them and can scratch the top
Expensive to replace if it breaks $300 and up.
Older models were slow response, but that is supposed to be improved
Can't toast marshmallows like you can on a gas range
You may want to search/read the archives on rec.food.equipment as this has
been discussed there many times.
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