Best Cookware Surface to Use with an Electric Range

  • Intermediate

If you are buying a new electric range you will be wondering what is the best cookware surface to use with it. Electric ranges, in either smooth top or ceramic top, need a different type of cookware to cook well and the surface reacts differently than a gas range or the old fashioned coil type electric stovetops.

Considerations

When purchasing a smooth top electric range you may need to also purchase new pots and pans. If you have aluminum or stainless steel they need to be completely smooth on the bottom and not warped or pitted. A warped pot doesn't make good contact with the heating element and you will get uneven heat. Flat bottom pans including those without ridges are the best choice. In fact, any pan that is magnetic works best.

Types of Cookware

aluminum pots

Overall the best cookware to use on an electric range is stainless steel or medium weight aluminum such as Cuisinart Everyday stainless steel, All-Clad stainless steel, Analon or Circulon nonstick stainless steel and Calphalon stainless steel. These are all more expensive lines of cookware and will not warp as easily or at all, which will keep the bottoms flat. Cast iron pans are also good if you are careful with its use and it is clad in another substance. A good example of this type of pan would be Le Creuset cookware. They are heavy so don't bang them down on the stovetop as it can cause it to crack. Copper bottom pans are also good but are sure to brush crumbs from the bottom of the pan as they tend to cause scratching when interacting with the bottom of a copper pot.

Helpful Hints

Glass or ceramic cookware such as Corning Ware is not recommended. Nor is titanium cookware since it conducts heat too quickly and can cause the thermostat in the burner to shut down too early or damage it. When in doubt, consult the manual that comes with your stove for cookware suggestions.