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Manishahc Mar 7, 2014 02:04 PM

Trying to choose between stainless steel or black porcelain gas cooktop. Any recommendations with Indian cooking (lots of sautéing)? Is oil splatter harder to clean on one type over the other?

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  1. DuffyH RE: Manishahc Mar 7, 2014 02:32 PM

    I can't speak specifically to Indian cooking, but I do a lot of sauté and my cooktop is normally a splattered mess.

    I like brushed stainless, preferring it over all other finishes. It cleans as easily as anything else, doesn't show fingerprints, and scrubbing won't leave it looking ugly. Fume free oven cleaner was one of my secret weapons. For quick scrubs, an SOS pad worked wonders. And didn't damage it.

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      sparrowgrass RE: DuffyH Mar 10, 2014 01:52 PM

      No, no, no, don't use oven cleaner on the top of the range! It won't hurt the porcelain or stainless, but it WILL corrode the burners.

      Ask me how I know, and how much that little experiment cost me!!

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        DuffyH RE: sparrowgrass Mar 11, 2014 12:20 PM

        I sprayed it onto a sponge and wiped the cooktop with it. Never touched my burners.

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      mike0989 RE: Manishahc Mar 7, 2014 02:40 PM

      We have a shiny black gas cooktop in our new home. As much as people complain about SS (we had one in our last place) being a PITA to keep clean, this one is worse

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        DuffyH RE: mike0989 Mar 7, 2014 03:41 PM

        Polished SS is indeed a PITA. We rented a house with a big open burner pro-style range in high polish SS. I hated everything about it, except the way it cooked. But did it cook appreciably better than my GE Profile with brushed SS? Nope. I would never buy it.

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        texanfrench RE: Manishahc Mar 8, 2014 02:26 PM

        Polished anything is a pain. We have brushed stainless, which wipes down with minimal effort, and doesn't show every little smudge and fingerprint.

        1. monavano RE: Manishahc Mar 8, 2014 02:27 PM

          + brushed stainless

          1. Will Owen RE: Manishahc Mar 8, 2014 04:22 PM

            I've got a shiny SS Bosch cooktop, and to be blunt the stainless is one of the only two things I like about it, the other being the continuous surface across the three grates. It's easy to keep shiny enough (a thing I am not really concerned about) with a bit of work every few days with 409 and paper towels, and if I've let it get really grungy the every-other-Wednesday housekeeper gets it all snazzy again. There are some abraded areas visible, but nothing that bothers us at all. I would happily get another with the same surface, just not the same maker.

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              DuffyH RE: Will Owen Mar 10, 2014 10:26 AM

              I do admit, a housekeeper makes a world of difference. With my induction range, I give it a quick wipe, knowing it'll get a thorough cleaning twice a month. I was the sole cleaner of my two SS ranges. That's where brushed made all the difference.

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              mikie RE: Manishahc Mar 10, 2014 12:26 PM

              We have an electrolux icon gas range top with the hobs set in black glass surrounded by brushed SS. The glass doesn't get hot like a conventional glass/electric stove top, so it's much easier to clean. Ease of cleaning was the reason we picked it. The nice thing about it is that it doesn't scratch or show abrasion marks when you have to clean it. Just pick up the grates, wipe it up with a degreesing cleaner and then polish with cerama brite and it looks like new.

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                DuffyH RE: mikie Mar 11, 2014 12:06 PM

                My old (mid-90's) gas on black gas cooktop was my first experience with glass cooktops and I hated it. I still hate my induction's glass top. It's that extra step with windex, ceramabrite, whatever, that I don't like. I just really hate anything that shows smudges and fingerprints. Color me lazy.

                I'd be really happy if the LNG genie would run a gas line to my house, or if someone would make me a brushed stainless induction cooktop. Now THAT would be nice. :)

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