I'm in a short-term corporate apartment that has a range with a glass/ceramic cooktop. I've never had one before and thought it was cool at first but it is a BITCH to keep clean - no matter how often I clean it, no matter what speciality products I use, there are always weird shadow rings on the burners. I'll be damn glad to get back to my house and gas range.
Glass/Ceramic cooktops SUCK!
|by Anonymous||reply 38||07/14/2013|
|by Anonymous||reply 1||01/16/2011|
They really are a bitch to clean. My SIL uses one. I helped with clean-up after a family meal and tried cleaning some of the burnt on crud. You need a razor blade.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||01/16/2011|
Count yourself lucky, OP, I have to cook on one 30 hrs a week. It fucking blows. Takes forever to get hot, then it's way too hot and burns everything. I'm used to using a gas range at home, and a restaurant gas range the rest of the time. And yes, a commercial gas range is MUCH easier to keep clean than a glass-top, even with all the oil spattering and higher Btus.
Love my job, but HATE the fucking stove.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||01/16/2011|
Glad I'm not the only one. These motherfuckers need to be outlawed.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||01/16/2011|
Like r2 says, use a single edge razor blade. You can get a nice handle to put the blade in and it takes everything off.
Also you can't use your iron skillets on them.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||01/16/2011|
I go through endless paper towels to keep mine clean. White vinegar works best, it seems, but still it's lots of scrubbing and buffing.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||01/16/2011|
Don't use a paint scraper, a wire brush or a knife to clean it OP. I learnt that the hard way.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||01/16/2011|
Oh, and I forgot to mention that my fat obnoxious redneck boss stood on hers when she was trying to change a lightbulb in her kitchen ceiling. Kerrrr-rack!
|by Anonymous||reply 8||01/16/2011|
The only reason I like mine is that it is a flat surface. In a tiny kitchen, you need as much counter space as you can get. Yes, it's a bitch to clean. I have about 5 feet of countertop, and that ceramic top adds a few more feet.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||01/16/2011|
they do indeed suck we have been living with one for a year and a half now, we had a reg electric before so thought a glass top would be the next step up.. It is easy to clean with right products my problem is cooking on it. It absolutely blows, you can never find the sweet spot in temp it either burns or doesn't cook at all or takes forever..The next thing I am gonna do is toss it in the yard and a plumb a gas line and get a gas range
|by Anonymous||reply 10||07/13/2013|
My sister has one. It is awful.
I have a Thermador gas cooktop, which I love.
It is impossible to control the temperature on my sister's with any precision. The power cuts off is the glass is getting too hot.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||07/13/2013|
It may help to use Barkeeper's Friend. I've never tried it on a glass cooktop. I bought it to use on stainless, but it also cleans enameled cookware, so it might get rid of rings on glass/ceramic.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||07/13/2013|
Wow. I always fantasized about having one. Guess I should not even consider one.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||07/13/2013|
They suck, yes, big time. Gas is the only way to go.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||07/13/2013|
I've had three, all black. The first one had a slightly mottled top surface and it was by far the easiest to keep looking clean. Subsequently, I couldn't find that and had to get a solid black shinny top. I use a razor glass scrapper first and follow up with the cleaners designed for ceramic cook tops but it still takes a lot of elbow grease. Also, when the light hits it at certain times of the day it always looks like it's covered in dust.
Gas is a far superior cooking surface for the reasons previously listed.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||07/13/2013|
That's shiny not shinny.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||07/13/2013|
It's a red-flag in my fantasy real estate porn.
I don't want:
glass or electric cook top
sub-zero fridge (or whatever that thing is that features a wide vent on the top)
dishwasher (especially not the drawer dishwashers)
cabinetry for refrigerator or microwave
ductless vent over the fucking stove - Nutone or go home
|by Anonymous||reply 17||07/13/2013|
I love mine and will get one again. I hated cleaning under burners and crumbs falling in. Never again.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||07/13/2013|
I like mine better than dealing with an electric range. The shadow rings don't bother me all that much.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||07/13/2013|
Sorry, miss, but I have troubles of my own.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||07/13/2013|
I cooked on one for two years. Never had a problem. Temperature regulation was fine.
What are you all doing that is getting your stove-top so dirty?
|by Anonymous||reply 21||07/13/2013|
I'm with R21. I think some of you are just old and shake too much.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||07/13/2013|
95% of deathbed interviews reveal a deep regret that one's cooktop wasn't cleaner.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||07/13/2013|
Well, I've had three of them so I think I can speak as someone with quite a bit of experience. If you are cooking something on high initially, as many recipes specify, and then turn it down it doesn't immediately cool to the lower temperature like gas does. That's when a problem can arise. Sometimes you have to remove the pan from the burner and wait for it to cool a bit. It also takes much longer for the burner to come to temperature than it does with gas. Now if you're not really cooking, just heating something up, making scrambled eggs or boiling water it's not as big a problem as when you have to brown something or cook things like sauces that can't burn or scorch. When you're done cooking the burner stays hot quite a while and you have to be careful not to burn yourself or anything you've left on the glass top. I think most all real cooks prefer gas.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||07/13/2013|
If you mix cum with a half cup of white vinegar, heat almost boiling it will get any residue off a glass cooktop
|by Anonymous||reply 25||07/13/2013|
What R18 said.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||07/13/2013|
I have a black one. You can't boil a little water in a saucepan without it looking like an utter hell mess. Then you have to polish the fucker like a prize car, and half an hour after you're done, new smears show up all on their own.
oh, and don't try heating anything with tomato sauce or sugar in it. It's there forever.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||07/13/2013|
I would prefer gas but we live in a rural area and it isn't available. Found so far the best product is Weiman Cook Top cleaner. They also have wipes for just quick clean ups.
Not thrilled with the glass top but prefer it over electric burners that are almost impossible to clean - especially if you have something boil over.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||07/13/2013|
I used to have one and was always afraid that my cat would walk across a hot spot Nd burn himself. Guess he was smarter than I thought.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||07/13/2013|
R25, the white vinegar is easy enough, but where on Earth can I get cum?
|by Anonymous||reply 30||07/13/2013|
Another stupid range idea appliance manufacturers foisted on the public: the annoying "drop-in" style electric range.
Drop-in as opposed to slide-in or free standing.
This abominable style of range was inflicted on the public mainly in the '80s by the likes of Whirlpool, General Electric and some guilty others.
If you are unlucky enough to own one, you know it is about at the end of its service life.
And you know you are faced with having to buying another ridiculously over-priced, relatively featureless electric drop-in range or you will have to pay a carpenter to reconfigure your kitchen cabinetry to accept a slide-in or free standing electric one.
Bottom line: you are screwed either way you go.
I have one and I intend to plumb a gas line extension ($$) and call a carpenter ($$) because I prefer cooking with gas. And do you know WHY I have to do carpentry work on my cabinets after the plumber extends the gas line to the wall behind my range?
Because they DON'T FUCKING MAKE drop-in gas ranges!
|by Anonymous||reply 31||07/13/2013|
Seriously.. you use gas? lol. We use electricity here in my country. We hardly ever use gas for anything.. heating, cooking.. it's all electricity.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||07/13/2013|
Hate them hate them hate them. Barkeeper's Friend works ok, but my glass top won the battle.
Just bought another house with a gas range. I am so much happier.
By the way, let me rant about Sub Zero. I've had two. Besides being expensive I don't understand the love. Always breaking down. One was going to cost me a lot of money to replace because it was custom and had a woodwork front which matched the cabinets. Because I was going to sell the place I replaced it with a Whirlpool. In bisque, not almond.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||07/13/2013|
Now you're cooking with gas....
|by Anonymous||reply 34||07/13/2013|
Sub Zero, Viking, Bosch, Thermidor, etc. -- so not worth the price when factoring in build quality, parts prices, and repair costs.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||07/14/2013|
Since we have some cooks in this thread, I need some advice.
I have a gas stove, it's perfectly fine for most things. I'm considering getting a counter-top convection oven specifically for baking. Has anyone tried one? If so, do you like it, hate it, never use it for whatever reason?
|by Anonymous||reply 36||07/14/2013|
What's wrong with your gas oven?
|by Anonymous||reply 37||07/14/2013|
R36, I have a Breville BOV800XL Smart Oven (convection) and I love it. The only time I use my regular oven now is when I'm making something that's too big to fit in the Breville.
I just finished baking a perfect batch of pita bread using a stone in the oven.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||07/14/2013|