A glass cook top is stylish and works efficiently, but takes a lot of care. Take our quiz and find out how to maintain a glass top stove.
One big advantage of a glass top stove over a traditional stove is that you don't have to take it apart to clean it or gouge out food from nooks and crannies.
The most important thing to remember when it comes to maintaining a glass top stove is to wipe up spills immediately. Spills become permanently burned into the surface otherwise.
Sugary spills like jam, jelly, candy or syrup pit or crack the stovetop when they cool on the glass surface.
To clean your glass top stove, you need specialized materials purchased from the manufacturer, including ceramic cook top cleaner, individual use cleaning pads and a single edge razor blade scraper.
A routine cleaning of a glass top stove involves a wipe with a paper towel or cleaning pad and some ceramic cook top cleaner.
Induction range stove tops are the most expensive, because they use electromagnetism and so don't reach such high temperatures. They heat only the pots and pans, not the whole surface.
Be very careful not to let liquids dry out when cooking -- pots boiling dry can discolor the surface.
Cast iron is not recommended for use on glass top stoves; they make black marks on the stove's surface.
When it comes to electric glass top stoves, flat bottomed cookware is best. It ensures the closest contact between the heating element and the pot, using energy most efficiently.
Pitted or cracked glass top stoves are more than an esthetic problem -- spills can seep through the cracks and pits into the heating elements and cause an electric shock.