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Jun 26, 2011 03:34 AM

scratches on induction cooktop

I am getting a new induction cook top and was wondering if it will be prone to scratching or any maintenance problems. Thank you.

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  1. How do you cook and do you use cast iron with a rough bottom?

    1. Hi, lattelover:

      Yes, Ceran can scratch and crack. "Prone" is a stronger word than I'd use, but yes, there is some propensity to scratch eventually. Think of a tempered glass tabletop.

      Maintenence problems... A high-end seller of induction has told me two telling things: (1) the average lifespan of the induction units he sells is around 5 years; and (2) his store will not sell extensions to the manufacturer's warranties.

      We live in a disposable culture, so many don't mind just buying another appliance if/when a failure occurs that can't (or can't economically) be fixed.


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        1. re: kaleokahu

          Aloha, k.

          If the glass is broken, there's no reason to do anything other than replace it. You don't buy a whole new cooktop. BTW, my free extended warranty is for ten years. Maybe you need to get away from those high end sellers :)

          1. re: bobcam90

            Hi, bobcam90:

            Sure, just replace the Ceran top, if you can. Having all parts widely available would be a good thing.

            Before one can judge whether it would be worth fixing, I think you would need to know more, right? Is the glass available at retail? What's the cost relative to the appliance? Is it user-installable? If not, would doing it yourself void your warranty? If it must be serviced, what does that cost? What's the likelihood the mfgr. isn't covering cracked/broken glass?

            But it's better having a warranty than not, so good job. I hope it lasts you 50 years.

            Nah, the high-end sellers aren't getting my kala. I'm still cooking on a 1953 GE Airliner!


            1. re: kaleokahu

              Good for you that your stove is that old. If only people make *everything* sold *today* as high quality as half a decade ago.

        2. Hey LL,

          I have a GE Profile with a glass smoothtop. At one point during the 5-year warranty, something dropped making a chip on the edge, and when it was turned on the glass cracked. GE replaced it with apologies.

          As far as scratches go, I do not use cast iron though you can as long as you don't slide it around -- I'm just not a big fan. I keep a spray bottle of windex next to the stove for easy cleanup, and for burned on stains we use the specialized stuff in the squeeze bottle that you can get in the supermarket. After 6 years or so I have no noticeable scratches on the cooktop though it's used 2 - 3 times a day.

          1. Scratching is pretty much a non-issue. Some people cook with a layer of newspaper underneath the pot. When you fry things, yes, the newspaper can become brittle and dark eventually.

            I only use a towel when I'm cooking things with high water content.

            Happy induction user for 1 year and 9 months.

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            1. re: cutipie721

              I use a piece of parchment paper. It's transparent enough to see the centering markings on the glass top. When just boiling water it lasts quite some time. Higher heat (searing meat) will make it dark and brittle, but it's easily replaced. I mainly use it to make cleanup easier.

              I've not had any problems with scratches. But nearly all my induction compatible pans have flat and smooth bottoms. My cast iron skillet is smooth enough, but I don't use it much on the induction burner because it does not heat very evenly (outside the induction coil range).

            2. I have had a Kenmore induction cooktop for over 3 years. The trim is scratched in places, but careful cleaning could have avoided that. The glass part has not been babied, used daily, and looks fine.