As appliance technology has progressed, the ceramic, or glass, stove top has become increasingly popular among homeowners. However, as with many things in life, there are both advantages and drawbacks to this type of surface. If you are considering buying a ceramic-topped stove, weigh the pros and cons carefully before making a decision.
Pro: Ease of Cleaning
After a heavy, messy meal, cleaning a ceramic stove top does not take as much effort as cleaning a traditional electric stove top or the top of a gas stove does. The lack of crevices, nooks and crannies for messes to fall into makes cleaning ceramic stove tops a breeze, according to the Home Style Recipe Cooking website. But you must use specialty cleaning products to keep from damaging the ceramic surface.
Pro: Modern Appearance
A ceramic cook top adds a sleek look to the kitchen, making the home appear more modern and updated, reports the Home Building Club.
Pro: Extra Counter Space
Because the surface is flat, with no protruding burners, a ceramic cook top can double for counter space in a pinch, says Home Style Recipe Cooking.
Con: Heat Danger
It is obvious when a traditional electric or gas cook top is turned on, because the coil in the burner turns red or the flame is burning visibly. But it is not as apparent with a ceramic cook top, and you or a child could easily suffer a burn from touching it, according to the Home Building Club site.
Con: Delicate Surface
Ceramic cook tops can easily crack or be scratched if a dropped pot or pan hits the cooking surface. Replacing these cook tops can be expensive, says Home Style Recipe Cooking.
Con: Special Cookware Required
You must use certain types of pots and pans with ceramic stove tops; the wrong type can stick to the surface or discolor it. And some ceramic stove tops work only with certain types of cookware.
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