With their sleek appearance and minimalist style, glass stoves are an excellent aesthetic choice for modern kitchens. Compared to gas and electric stoves, they’re easy to clean since they don’t have crevices where food particles can collect. When not being used for cooking, its smooth, flat surface can also serve as additional counter space.
However, glass ranges do require more consideration when it comes to cookware. It is possible for a pot with a textured bottom – such as cast iron – to damage the surface, leading to cracks. To protect your cooking surface, you need sturdy pieces with smooth, flat bottoms that will stay in place and won’t scratch the stove.
If you have a glass cooktop, here are our top recommendations for the best cookware sets for glass stoves.
Best Overall: Duxtop Professional 17-Piece Stainless Steel Induction Cookware Set
The set is great for a new kitchen where everything needs to be done at once, or to replace old, mismatched cookware with one big set. This set includes cookware as well as a steamer insert, a strainer basket, and three cooking utensils, so you’ll be ready to cook right away.
This set is oven-safe to 550 degrees, so you can start your meal on the stove and finish it in the oven, or you can even use it for stew cooking in the oven. It is made from stainless steel with an aluminum bottom for even heating.
This set includes an 8-inch frying pan, a 9.5-inch frying pan, a 1.6-quart saucepan with lid, a 2.5-quart saucepan with lid, an 8.6-quart stockpot with lid, a 4.2-quart casserole with lid, a 5.5-quart sauté pan with lid, a pasta strainer, a steamer basket, and a cooking spoon, fork, and spatula.
Best Ceramic: Caraway Cookware Set
Despite the hype, Caraway’s buzzworthy, Instagram-worthy cookware set is worth the hype. The sleek design, available in a variety of colors, not only looks stunning on the stovetop, but performs exceptionally well. With an aluminum core and mineral-based ceramic coating, it provides responsive, even heating and a nonstick surface. PTFE (the main component in Teflon®), PFOA, lead, cadmium, and other harmful chemicals are not present in this cookware. You can safely grip the pans when putting them on or taking them off the stove because the stainless steel handles are riveted on for security.
The nonstick coating makes sauteing, frying eggs, searing steaks, and simmering sauces a breeze. On low to medium settings, the pans hold and retain heat, allowing food to cook evenly and quickly.
It is stovetop agnostic, meaning that it is suitable not only for electric glass ranges, but also for induction and gas ranges. If needed, you can finish dishes in the oven if the pans are oven safe up to 550 degrees. A 10.5-inch fry pan, 3-quart lidded saucepan, 4.5-quart lidded saute pan, 6.5-quart Dutch oven, as well as a magnetic storage rack and canvas lid sleeve hanging inside a cabinet door, are included. In order to prolong the life of the ceramic interior, hand washing is recommended as with most nonstick cookware.
Best Stainless Steel: Cuisinart Multiclad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set
An attractive stainless steel cookware set is hard to fault. Their brushed exteriors look good in any kitchen, except for the steamer and lids which have a mirror finish. With the range of sizes available, you’ll always have the right pan for the job, whether you’re cooking for one or making a pot of stew for the family, and they’re easy to clean. Additionally, they are compatible with induction stoves as well as glass stoves.
The set includes 8.5-inch and 10-inch frying pans, a 1.5-quart saucepan with lid, a 3-quart saucepan with lid, a 3.5-quart sauté pan with lid, an 8-quart stock pot with lid, and a steamer insert with lid.
Best Budget: Calphalon Classic 10-Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set
This set isn’t super-cheap, but it’s very affordable considering the number of pieces it comes with. The stainless steel pots and pans have bonded aluminum bases for high performance, and the interior is marked so that you can see how much water you’ve added or how much soup you should put away. There are integrated pouring spouts and straining lids that will make draining pasta water and straining homemade stock easier.
The set includes a 1.5-quart saucepan with lid, a 2.5-quart saucepan with lid, a 3-quart sauté pan with lid, a 6-quart stockpot with lid, an 8-inch frying pan, and a 10-inch frying pan.
Best Nonstick: Anolon Advanced 11-pc. Hard-Anodized Nonstick Cookware Set
There isn’t that scratchy nonstick cookware your grandmother used, it’s metal utensil safe (but you should still avoid scraping it or cutting it) and oven safe to 400 degrees so you can roast food or keep food warm until you serve in the oven.
The large loop handles on the glass lids stay cool while cooking, and they are easy to hold, even with oven mitts. The nonstick surface makes them easy to clean even when making foods like scrambled eggs, which are difficult to clean.
The set includes a 3-quart covered sauté pan, a 1.5-quart saucepan with lid, a 3-quart saucepan with lid, an 8-quart stockpot with lid, an 8-inch skillet, and a 12-inch deep skillet with lid.
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