I'm looking for a new stove top. The kind I want is where the entire
surface is smooth glass & no visible burners. I want the one where it
actually gets hot and doesn't rely on the pot/pan to be made of
magnetic material to heat up.
I'm looking just for the cook top not the stove portion.
I'd like one with no knobs on top....kind of defeats the "ease of
And I'd like one with a lot of power. I don't want to wait an hour
for water to boil.
If someone has something similar to this that they have used and can
recommend I"d be grateful to you for a shot out.
Maybe a little off topic but if you knew me, you'd know home repair
would be a large part of the change out from one cook top to another.
So, any advice, help, suggestions or general comments on the smooth
stove top would be appreciated.
On 11/15/2013 3:00 AM, email@example.com wrote:
The ones with touch controls are pretty expensive. I just put the knobs
in the dishwasher.
The top is not really all that easy to clean. First you use a razor
blade to scrape, then you use abrasive cream. But it's still not
possible to get it back to new looking condition.
While you do not need ferrous metal pans you do need pans with thick
flat bottoms otherwise the pan doesn't sit flat after it heats up and
the heat transfer is poor. Thin stainless steel pans won't work. I've
been using marble coated cast aluminium pans but the higher end Analon
pans work fine (not the el-cheapo versions sold at discount department
stores). I now buy Korean made pots and pans at the Asian market which
are about 1/4 the cost of Analon or Circulon. Amazon: "korean marble pan."
There are some cooktop models that have a 4500 watt burner (they are
about $1000), but most top out at 2500 watts. For example, JENN-AIR
JEC4430BS has a 4500W burner.
I've replaced mechanical controls on my glass cooktop twice. A real pain
in the butt requiring unwiring and removing the entire unit and
On Fri, 15 Nov 2013 06:00:32 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I always her people trashing these flat top stoves but I would not
trade mine for anything.
DON"T GET A WHITE ONE, then you do not have all of those "hard to
clean" problems. I have never used anything but a scotch brite on mine
and it still looks like new. I boil stuff over a lot.
The white ones will discolor and they can't be made white again but
that is a burn mark, not dirt.
I agree with the other poster about the knobs. If it gets dirty under
them, just pull them off and clean it up. The knobs themselves are
easy to wipe clean. Usually I just pass the dish rag under the knob
and get anything that gets under there.
Mine is a GE drop in cook top and it seems to boil water pretty fast.
Flat pans definitely work better but I have a couple that are not all
that flat and they work OK. Those old radial burners didn't make that
much contact either.
Uncalled for isn't it?
My stove top is black glass.
Easy to clean.
Sometimes things burn on so dampen it and use a scrub pad.
Other than that windex or any kitchen cleaner gets the dirt off.
I think it looks pretty good when clean.
Mine came with a little bottle of wax which I've used a few times
but not that often.
I had one warped pan I had to throw out.
You really need flat pans.
I've had a few different electric stoves.
The glass tops heat just as well as the rings.
I'd buy another one.
On Friday, November 15, 2013 12:03:50 PM UTC-8, CRNG wrote:
I have the stove type and for sure am not a "pristine kitchen" dtype. But
for easeof cleaning give me the smooth glasstop over any of the gas or elec
trics with the old type coils/burners. Spash of 409 and a bit of work with
a 'scratchy' and it is like new again. Doesn't take more than a minute to
Perhaps your "constant cleaning" is a bit of an exaggeration.
On Friday, November 15, 2013 2:16:10 PM UTC-5, Ron wrote:
One thing to be aware of is with either a cooktop or stove
of this design, if you manage to bust the glass top, you probably might
as well get a whole new one. The whole top, burners, are one
unit and it ain't cheap. A friend of mine had one in a house he
rents out. He got one for like $350, a renter cracked in within
the first month. The price just for the part was about the cost of
the whole stove.
What you're wanting to buy is called a "ceramic cooktop".
Stoves with ceramic cooktops have been around for long enough that most
of the patents have expired and everyone is now using much the same
technology. There are differences, such as how the heating pads
operate. Siemens, for example, has touch sensitive heating pads so that
if you take a pot off a heating pad, that pad automatically shuts off.
I would just buy the one that has the combination of features you like
I agree with other people about the knobs. Those knobs just pull
straight off. I simply leave them in some soapy water for an hour or
so, and the wipe clean easily.
On Friday, November 15, 2013 1:31:35 PM UTC-8, nestork wrote:
ldn't see it; too much downside as outlined above. KISS.
But everything has downside. I put in a new stovetop few years ago -- low
end, Magic Chef. One by one, the automatic lighting went out, so now I hav
e to use a lighter. Gas co. said that the little "wire"?? on each burner h
ad been bent/abused by someone who cleaned, even after I warned them.
Also: When I had it put in, carpentry was necessary to fill new space. I d
idn't watch the installer carefully; ended up not level, so highly pissed e
ach time I have to wedge something under one side or another.
Happens every damn time you DON'T watch the [whomever].
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