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Pros and Cons of Buying an Electric Ceramic glass hotplate stove Review

By Edited Aug 27, 2016 3 9

Knowing how to choose the right Electric Stove for you is not an easy decision. There are so many different types and styles plus a huge contrast in prices from one to the other. Make sure that you find a helpful assistant so you do not make the same mistakes that we made.

I used to think a stove was a stove, simple. Yes you could just buy either an electric or gas stove. Not anymore. I have always used gas as I believed it was quicker. When I bought my last one I bought gas, I looked at it and saw the gas jets on top. I was misled; it had a gas top but electric oven. I was disappointed but learned to live with this.

Since moving to the country I had no choice as there was no gas in my home so we went shopping. We picked out a lovely stainless steel electric stove, which cost $1100. When it was delivered it wasn't a freestanding one. In the shop it looked like one but on returning to the shop we could see where we went wrong (dummy).

We decided on a 600mm Westinghouse stove. This has ceramic glass hotplates, which to me I thought would be so much easier to clean, no little bits and pieces to keep removing after the pot boils over. Heating elements are concealed under the glass surface. It cost us an extra $400 for the stove and $100 extra to upgrade to a bigger range hood.

These look really good.

  • Yes they are easier to clean.
  • They cook a lot quicker than a normal electric cook top.
  • You need to bring to boil then turn down low and turn off before actually cooked
  • These stay hot after turning off light will turn off when temp drops below 60degrees
  • They cook quicker than normal electric stove so actually saves electricity.
  • I believe the oven also cooks quicker on this stove to my other one.

Whirlpool Stainless Steel Stove

Features of this particular stove

This stove has a 120 minute timerIt has a defrost settingKeep warm settingFan forcedThe cook top has 5 rings (one has double ring – choice for a large or small pot)

Cons of Ceramic glass hotplate stove

  • These stoves require thick based saucepans (damaged bases of pans can cause problems)
  • Bottoms of pots need to be clean and dry to avoid scratching or burning residue onto the glass top
  • Cannot use ceramic glass pots as do not conduct heat the way others do
  • Cannot use pans with copper or aluminum bases as they can leave traces which are hard to remove
  • Buy new stainless pots with 4-6mm thick sandwich base
  • Use only pots with flat or slightly concave bases
  • Resist sliding pots across stove glass top as they can scratch glass
  • Never use cook top as extra bench top or cut anything on it.
  • Never place foil under any pots
  • Before using the first time -you need to preheat oven for 2-4 hrs before use in ventilated room
  • Before using the first time -Heat griller before using for about an hour to remove odors.

Westinghouse does not supply any cookbooks with this oven. I was disappointed with this as that is normally an added bonus when buying a new stove

Cleaning ceramic glass hotplates

This stove came with two little sachets; one to clean cook top glass and one to polish and seal the glass top. Plus they give you a scraper to clean any boiled over mess.

WARNING: Over the last few weeks there has been a lot of emphasis on the way that the Glass front ovens are exploding. (I am not saying which stove this happens with as not sure) they reccommend that you buy a stove with 4 glass front now not dual. This was on our TV so have added this after writing the article. So do more homework on this.

In conclusion

When I first bought this stove I had to learn how to cook again. My husband says that I can burn water, and he is right. With this stove you cannot be distracted as they boil quickly and will boil over. And therefore run out of water and burn whatever you are cooking.

As soon as it boils you need to turn it down to low, and still keep an eye on it. If it boils over it can spoil your glass surface. Always turn it off before completely cooked. Beware as this cook top will stay hot until it falls below 60degrees that is when the warning light will go off.

The cleaning performance to me was a bit of a pain, but I now do it without thinking. I have now found a product which is a cleaner and protector in one container. You still have to polish it off after cleaning with another soft cloth though.

And yes, these do look much nicer than the others. Although, these glass cook tops also show the dust.

I hope this article will help you to make the right choice and prepare you with the pros and cons of buying an Electric Ceramic hotplate stove.

Summit CR2110 12" Electric Cooktop with 2 Burners Voltage: 110V
Amazon Price: $276.73 Buy Now
(price as of Aug 27, 2016)
This CR2110 two burner electric cooktop is 115 volt and made from Eurokera ceramic glass. This would enhance any kitchen cupboard surface.

Easy to clean surface and takes up very little space so is ideal for a small kitchen.


Oct 24, 2010 7:42am
Thanks for the nice review. We had a glass top stove when I was a kid. There were times that mom said some very bad things about it. It was nice for easy cleanup, but I don't think she liked it that much. She commented that it required a different way of thinking about cooking.
Oct 24, 2010 9:42pm
Thanks DPeach, I am starting to like this one now that I am getting used to it, but at first having to use two products to clean and then polish after I thought this is not me. And of course we had to go out and buy special new saucepans. Because even though I had S/Steel Renaware they were old (40years) so the bases were not the best. thanks.
Oct 24, 2010 3:07pm
I love my ceramic glasstop stove. It's so nice to not have to clean the areas around the burners anymore ... wipe it off and you're done!
Oct 24, 2010 9:43pm
Thanks Deb, I am agreeing with you now because I hate cleaning and this is so much easier now that I am set up with it. So much better when organised and learned how to and all that. New experience thats for sure.
Oct 24, 2010 8:03pm
I clean a stove in much the same way as a woman does except, of course, I do it better. Even so, I begrudge the time spent cleaning the thing and your article has made me consider buying an electric ceramic glass hotplate stove.

The one problem I can see with electric stoves is that they carry on heating the pan after you turn them off. However, as you point out in your article, this can be viewed as a fuel-saving economy, so it no longer puts me off electric stoves.

Maybe you'll consider reflecting this article on BlogCase.com
Oct 24, 2010 9:55pm
Ghostforhire, I definitely hate cleaning stoves, but now am fining this is so much easier, but like anything there are new things we need to learn and yes this is no different. Do you mean to put a backlink on blogcase.com.
Oct 25, 2010 12:02am
I've always wanted one of these just for the ease of cleaning. I stockpile drip pans because I hate cleaning them so i occasionally (when they get really nasy or the mom-in-law comes to visit) throw them away and replace with new. Thanks for the info.
Oct 25, 2010 12:06am
Thanks Mary, tut tut, not scared of mother in law are you. No these are great so you will have to get one. Although as I said have to be there to watch it or it will boil over and make big mess.
Definitely easier to clean once get the hang of it.
Oct 25, 2010 10:44am
thnaks for very nice review
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