While the Ceramic Glass Cooktop may be a great addition cosmetic wise to the kitchen, and the feeling of being part of the Starwar’s era, it could be the worst investment ever made. I was given one as a gift this Christmas, and heaven knows it is more of a pain to maintain than to expereince the convenience of easy cooking. If I could trade back my old electric range today, omg, I would! At every turn, the manufacturer seems to give a hint or warning of some sort on what might happen if one does not babysit the ceramic cooktop every step of the way as they tell you to.
For instance, just sliding a pan on the cooktop can cause metal markings and can become permanent fixtures if not removed prior to future cooking. Sounds reasonable if I had no more cooking left to do, but I haven’t finished, so the heat is really doing a number on the stain by baking it right into the glass surface. I have two choices:
Stop cooking, turn off all burners to let cool, so the cleaning process can begin.
Or, I continue my cooking and pray that my ceramic cooktop won’t keep me up well after midnight trying to remove the stains I am penalized with, for yet another day’s use!
Then there is the warning not to use any wobbled pans or pots, as they will give an uneven heat to the pan.
De-coding this warning confirms all pans in the kitchen have to be perfectly even with no scratches or dents underneath. So what happens to that old, favorite pitina pan I use every morning to cook my eggs in? Opps, out of the window it goes! In fact, investing in a brand new set of cookware once again becomes the only option. It feels like everything now centers around a pampered stove with no give back joy of owning one. So out with the old everything and in with the new everything. Gosh, even my dad has his favorite pan from the early 70s. I guess there won’t be any cooking for him on this thing-a-ma-jig.
I can’t see me dropping a can of food on my range everyday, but I have dropped something heavy on occasions, with little or no effect on my old range. However, should I by chance make such a clumsy move on the ceramic glass top, I could loose a whole cooktop, the surface could very well crack. No wait, I only got it a month ago. Sorry, there is no warranty on that. Whoa, there goes $600 down the drain.
So do yourself and your family a big favor, if you enjoy cooking and love to use your stovetop more than once a day, get something that won’t be a constant nightmare and a drudgery to use, unless ofcourse, you have maid service, and to that I say, kudos dude!