As appliance technology has progressed, the ceramic, or glass, hob has become increasingly popular among homeowners. However, as with many things in life, there are both advantages and drawbacks to this type of surface. If you are considering buying a ceramic-topped stove, weigh the pros and cons carefully before making a decision.
Pro: Ease of Cleaning
After a heavy, messy meal, cleaning a ceramic hob does not take as much effort as cleaning a traditional electric hob or the top of a gas stove does. The lack of crevices, nooks and crannies for messes to fall into makes cleaning ceramic hobs a breeze, according to the Home Style Recipe Cooking website. But you must use speciality cleaning products to keep from damaging the ceramic surface.
Pro: Modern Appearance
A ceramic hob adds a sleek look to the kitchen, making the home appear more modern and updated, reports the Home Building Club.
Pro: Extra Counter Space
Because the surface is flat, with no protruding burners, a ceramic hob can double for counter space in a pinch, says Home Style Recipe Cooking.
Con: Heat Danger
It is obvious when a traditional electric or gas hob is turned on, because the coil in the burner turns red or the flame is burning visibly. But it is not as apparent with a ceramic hob, and you or a child could easily suffer a burn from touching it, according to the Home Building Club site.
Con: Delicate Surface
Ceramic hobs can easily crack or be scratched if a dropped pot or pan hits the cooking surface. Replacing these hobs can be expensive, says Home Style Recipe Cooking.
Con: Special Cookware Required
You must use certain types of pots and pans with ceramic hobs; the wrong type can stick to the surface or discolour it. And some ceramic hobs work only with certain types of cookware.