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SURVEY: Glass-ceramic or coil stove?

I see these threads pop up now and again, but it's hard to get a good feel of where opinions really lie. I'm going to be in the market for a new stove soon, but I'm not sure what to go with.

NOTE: I think we will all agree (or most of us) that a gas stove is better. Unfortunately, my mom won't let me install a gas line in the house unless I buy it from her, so we're sticking with electric! I know that plenty of other people are in a similar predicament. Please limit your responses to ELECTRIC stove tops. :)

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  1. In order of what I like and I have used:

    (Gas)
    Flat Top Electric
    Coil Electric

    1. <Unfortunately, my mom won't let me install a gas line in the house unless I buy it from her>

      This is really odd.

      As for electric, there are also induction cooktops if you want to consider them. So your choices are probably: electric coil, glass ceramic radiant, and induction. Each has their advantages.

      Without naming every single attributions, an electric coil stove is usually the cheapest option. It is easy to buy and easy to maintain. It can also work with any cookware and work with slightly non-flat cookware. It has a slow heat response and usually a lower heat output.

      A radiant cooktop is smooth flattop and very easy to clean. The cookware has to be flat (at least not bottom out) to sit nicely on the stove. It can work with any cookware, some better than others, but they all work. It can be very effective depending on the light absorption of your cookware.

      An induction cooktop is usually the more expensive of the three. It is also smooth flatop and very easy to clean. Not only the cookware need to be flat, it has to be ferromagntic (e.g. cast iron and carbon steel -- ok, but aluminum and copper -- not ok). It directly cause the cookware to heat up. The hottest element in your kitchen will be your cookware, and not the stove. It can heat up the cookware very quick with significant amount of heat.

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      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

        To clarify, I've been renting my mother's house from her since she got married and moved in with her husband. She is okay with us changing all kinds of things, but installing a gas stove isn't one of them.

        I haven't really even considered induction because I knew it had limitations, but I don't have any aluminum or copper cookware, and the tri-ply I'm getting is SS on the bottom. I'm not sure it will be in my price range, but I'll check them out.

        1. re: Kontxesi

          Your cookware bottoms have to be magnetic or they won't work on induction.

          1. re: Kontxesi

            <To clarify, I've been renting my mother's house from her >

            This makes so much more sense now. :)

            I was really confused for a minute.

            <the tri-ply I'm getting is SS on the bottom.>

            Many of them are ok, but some are not for induction. Just want you to know this.

            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

              There's more available now but not something to be taken for granted at all. I was looking at Costco the other day for just a couple of skillets. None of them were induction capable. When starting out I was carrying a magnet all the time :) Now boxed items will show the induction icon as they do other types.

          2. re: Chemicalkinetics

            I did not find my glass top easy to clean. Quite the contrary. It was a freaking nightmare. Coil and gas have been so much easier. I've never had to take a razor blade to my gas or coil stove tops, and the glass-ceramic is more delicate and more prone to scratches than the typical surface of a traditional stove top.

            1. re: rasputina

              < Coil and gas have been so much easier.>

              Good point. Thanks for the clarification.

              1. re: rasputina

                See if you can find Krud Kutter. I get mine at the hardware store. That stuff is amazing. It keeps my cook top look like new, well okay almost year. It is over 20 YO. and looks very well. I use it for all sorts of cleaning. It is safe, biodegradable etc. Love it, love it, love it.

                1. re: Candy

                  Hi, Candy:

                  +1. KK is good stuff.

                  Aloha,
                  Kaleo

                  1. re: kaleokahu

                    I've had luck with Weiman's paste for glass top stove. That and a razor blade. I'd love to have a gas stove, but inherited what I inherited.

                2. re: rasputina

                  Agree about the cleaning, but for me it's the everyday drips and splashes which cause more issues than baked on crud. Even the simplest cooking task leaves my hated glass joke of a cooktop looking a real mess. A thrice daily wipe over with a soapy dishcloth, a wipe with a clean damp cloth, and a careful dry to eliminate water smears is way too much after just frying some bacon or boiling some potatoes.

                  Coil or solid plate anytime!

                  1. re: Robin Joy

                    I agree with Robin Joy. But...

                    Induction units are a little easier to clean, despite sharing the same glass top as radiant cooktops. The glass only gets hot directly under the pot, which allows me to wipe up a spill right away.

                    When frying, I place paper towels or newspaper around/under the pan, and then use them later to wipe any stray spatters.

                    I HATED my radiant hob for the crappy downward response and for it's cleaning hassles. Induction eliminated the former and has really minimized the latter.

                    I use a 2-step process to clean it. I use a soapy sponge or soft scrub, depending on what's needed. Then I follow that up with a spray from my DIY glass cleaner, wiping it dry with a microfiber towel.

                    Duffy

                    1. re: DuffyH

                      That's what I do and if someone's going to be staying and using the cooktop, I'll hit it with Cerama-Brite.

                1. coil

                  I'd take coil over that stupid glass-ceramic top any day of the week. I've lived in homes with both. While I don't like coil and much prefer gas, I never want to see another glass-ceramic again.

                  1. I think you really NEED to read this current thread about ceramic. They really sound like a nightmare.

                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/928065

                    And,yes, as Kaleo says, include induction in your research. There's lots of info on CH about it.

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                    1. re: c oliver

                      That's actually the thread that spurred my question. I was interested in getting an exact count of how many prefer one over the other.

                      1. re: Kontxesi

                        Boy, I don't know. It doesn't seem like ANYBODY likes them. If given the choice, wouldn't they all toss them?

                        1. re: Kontxesi

                          I am sure some people like radiant cooktops since they are selling them and someone are buying them. In fact, I remember someone recently wrote a very positive review of these radiant cooktops.

                          CHOWHOUND is kind of not a good representative of the population anyway.

                          Still, I am pretty sure more people prefer coil than radiant cooktop among the general population. It may has to do with price as well.