Hunting for the Best Pots and Pans for Glass Top Stoves - Suggestions?

Bobby Reynolds
by Bobby Reynolds

Hi everyone,

I upgraded my old gas stove to a sleek, new glass top one. It's great and all, but I've heard that not all pots and pans are suitable for this type of stove. Apparently, some can scratch the surface, not heat evenly, or just not work as well on glass.

I'm in the market for a new set of pots and pans that will be friendly to my glass top stove, and I thought this would be a great place to gather some advice.

What types of cookware have you found to be the best for glass top stoves? Are there specific materials that I should be looking for? I've heard about flat-bottomed pots and pans, but does the material (like aluminum, stainless steel, or cast iron) make a big difference?

Also, if any of you have run into problems with certain types of cookware on your glass top stove, I'd love to hear about it so I can steer clear.

And one last thing - any tips on how to maintain and clean these pots and pans to keep them (and the stove) in good shape for as long as possible?

Thanks so much for any advice or experiences you can share!

Pots and Pans for Glass Top Stoves
  12 answers
  • Stainless steel is recommended for glass top stoves. Avoid cast iron, stoneware, and ceramic pots.

  • Janice Janice on May 28, 2023

    Hi Bobby, it's great that you're considering this before using some of your old pots and pans. The primary thing to know is that you don't want to use any kind of pan that feels rough to your touch when you rub your hand on the underneath side of your pan. So, stainless steel or glass pans with a very flat bottom surface will keep your new stove in perfect condition. Round bottom pans will not work well and truly the heavier (more expensive) pans will function best. CorningWare ceramic works great as they are flat-bottomed, if you prefer glass to stainless.

  • Dee Dee on May 28, 2023

    Chantal, Le Creuset, HexClad, Stainless steel, and Calphalon are a few brands that are good with glass top stoves.

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on May 30, 2023

    Hi there, I break the rule with my own glass top stove because I can't live without my one cast iron crock. But, otherwise, I am very conscious to only use light weight pots and pans. A big thing I've found that helps is to give it a good scrub about once a week with baking soda and vinegar. Maintenance is key! You can buy scrubbies specific for glass top stoves but as long as they're plastic (not SOS pads!) they should be gentle enough!

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on May 30, 2023

    Stainless steel is your best option. Calphalon is a good brand.

    As for maintenance, wipe the top regularly with a damp rag when it is completely cooled.

    Don't let anything build up on the bottom of the cookware. Barkeeper's friend is good for cleaning the exterior.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on May 31, 2023

    you could also contact the mfg of your stove online or call and ask them what they recommend as well

  • Honestly, I have a glass top stove and have had it (them) for over 20 years. You can use any type of pan it from stainless to the cast iron. I think the rules are all made up for magazine articles, affiliate sales and they're not realistic if you're a cook. The key is keeping the stove and the bottom of the pan super clean so nothing gets caught in between to scratch the glass. I keep my white top, glass stove super clean and it still looks amazing over 10 years.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jun 01, 2023

    Anything that is very flat and not rough, keep both the top of the stove clean as well as the pots and pans for best surface contact.

  • Deb K Deb K on Jun 01, 2023

    Hi Bobby, I use Heritage Rock non stick cook wear on mine. It is is forged aluminum, and i am careful nit to drag the pots across the glass top. Other cook wear that works is stainless steel, and T Fal cook wear that is made with stainless steel and aluminum. Do NOT use cast iron, glass, stoneware or ceramic on stove top

  • My mom has had these types of cook tops for eons. She has always used lightweight, very smooth bottomed pots and pans so you're not dragging something heavy across. Keeping it clean of crumbs and bits, and the bottoms of the pots clean worked for her and she's never had a scratch.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jun 01, 2023

    My dad had a set of glass pots and they worked great on my glass topped stove. Didn't leave any scratches and heat was evenly distributed.

  • Bobby Reynolds Bobby Reynolds on Jun 04, 2023

    Thank you for all the insightful information