Compatibility of Ceramic Cookware and Different Stovetops – Electric | Glass | Gas | Induction

By Barbara | September 22, 2020

If you are contemplating buying a ceramic non stick cookware set, it is vital to know the types of stovetops you can use them on. Ceramic pans work really well with electric, ceramic, and gas stovetops.

Most of the ceramic pots and pans have a flat base which makes it easier to cook on the various cooktops. You cannot use even the best ceramic cookware on the induction cooktop because it will not become hot even when exposed to heat from the stove’s induction burner.

ceramic coated pan on gas stovetop

Electric Stoves

Ceramic coated pots and pans are heat resistant. They can take high temperatures (of 850°F and less) without getting damaged. Therefore, you can use them on electric stoves because they won’t be affected by the high heat.

The fact that ceramic is resistant to heat means that you can use the cookware on most stovetops that can accommodate metal.

Electric stove differs in how the burners are designed and the amount of heat they give off. The traditional electric stovetops have flat coils that become heat when they are connected to electricity.

There are electric cooktops that have a solid disk and these are easier to clean. You can use nonstick ceramic cookware sets on either of these stove tops.

The difference is that the solid disk electric stovetops absorb heat at a slower rate compared to the ones with coil burners and so you’ll also spend a long time cooking on it.

Glass Stovetops

There are two types of glass stovetops, the one with a radiant burner and those with a halogen burner. You can use ceramic cookware on both of them.

Another name for glass-topped stoves is flat-topped stoves. They get this name from the fact that the stove’s burner is found underneath the glass.

You may be surprised to learn that ceramic cooking utensils are durable and hard to an extent that they can cause damage to your glass stove if you fail to handle them well.

To avoid this, refrain from sliding or scooting the cookware over your stove surface. This kind of contact often leads to the pots and pans scratching the surface.

You should know that the best ceramic pots and pans to use on flat-topped stoves are the ones with a flat bottom.

The cookware with textured or grooved bottoms may fail to heat evenly your food. This is because glass-topped stovetops enable even distribution of heat when they have direct contact with the cookware and this may be difficult if the bottom of the pot or fry pan is not flat.

Gas Cooktops

When using a gas stovetop, it is essential to be specific about the cookware you use. This is because this type of stove heats up fast. It can lead to an ununiformed distribution of heat and you may end up with an unevenly cooked meal.

A suitable pot or pan will make sure that heat is evenly distributed and the result will be well-cooked food.

You can use ceramic cookware on a gas stove because these pots and pan sets are great conductors of heat. Therefore, they facilitate thorough cooking of food.

Although ceramic works with gas stovetops, cookware made of aluminum, stainless steel and copper provide the best results with this stove top because of how evenly they distribute heat to the food.

Induction Stovetops

Ceramic kitchenware is not made of metal. The induction stovetop has a magnetic field that reacts to kitchen cooking utensils and therefore, gets the cookware hot.

This cannot happen with ceramic pots and pans because they are manufactured using metal, meaning that they won’t any reaction to the magnetic field contained in the induction stove.

At the end of the day, the ceramic cookware will remain cold. That means that you won’t be able to cook any food in them.

This type of stove top works best with iron or stainless steel cookware because these materials can conduct heat coming from the induction burner which is something that even the best ceramic cookware cannot do.


You can use your ceramic enamel cookware on any stovetop except the induction stove.

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