So, you’re looking for the best cookware for glass top stoves because you’re worried about cracking or scratching your new stove. I was in the same boat as you were about two years ago. And yes, I was also afraid of damaging my lovely but delicate stove.

This being said, having the right cookware for it will help us avoid the damage and hefty repair. What makes a good one? What cookware may be for you? Keep reading and I will share what I learned from research about what to look for quality cookware, as well as a couple of picks that you can consider.

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T-fal Ultimate Hard Anodized Nonstick 12 Piece Cookware Set, Dishwasher Safe Pots and Pans Set, Black
  • Set includes: 8 inches fry pan, 10 inches fry pan, 1 quart; saucepan with lid, 2 quart saucepan with lid, 3 quart saucepan with lid, 5 quart; Dutch oven with lid, solid spoon and slotted spatula; Heat source, Gas, Electric, Ceramic, Halogen
  • Built to perform: A true workhorse in the kitchen, hard anodized aluminum retains perfect heat and has a much stronger protective layer than the original metal, making it corrosion and scratch resistant, plus it won’t react to acidic foods
  • Heat mastery system: T fal's heat mastery system is a 3 ingredient recipe for perfectly delicious cooking results every time; Superior and longer lasting non stick coating, an anti warping, even heat base and patented thermo spot technology
  • Thermo spot indicator: The ring around the spot turns solid red to show when pans are perfectly preheated and ready for ingredients to be added proper preheating is key to sealing in flavor and cooking food evenly
  • Durable nonstick: Hard titanium reinforced, scratch resistant and toxin free nonstick interior stands upto everyday use and keeps food sliding smoothly along the surface, making cooking easier and cleanup a breeze

What To Look For Cookware For Glass Top Stoves

Glass top stoves are every cook and chef’s ally in the kitchen for preparing mouthwatering dishes, but they’re also very sensitive. Glass, for instance, is scratched easily, and it cannot withstand any harsh treatment.

Heavy Base

It would be wise to get pots and pans that can sit in place and are stable on the glass top stove, so I suggest that you find cookware with a heavy base.

Flat and Smooth Bottom

I suggest that you look for pans and pots with flat, smooth and level bottoms. They quite work well when it comes to an even heat distribution (and they do not scratch our stove).

Metallic Material

Find those made of carbon steelstainless steeltitanium or thick aluminium. For example, aluminum is reactive to acidic food, so it might not be a good idea. Instead, look for stainless steel coated aluminum or hard anodized one.

And then, there is copper, which is a good pick because it conducts heat pretty well. If you’re cooking more often, this may be the material to look for your cookware.

Another choice is cast iron that is quite versatile. It can be used in ovens and glass top stoves, but the problem is that it corrodes if you don’t maintain it well. Cast iron may also cause staining on the stove as well as cause dents and scratches on your glass top.

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There are materials to avoid in a glass top stove and some include stoneware and glass, according to Do It Yourself.

Unpainted Bottoms

I had experienced something wrong with my enamel-coated pans. They don’t work well in extremely high temperature, and they tend to bleed and stain the stove in this case.

Medium-sized & Deep-sided

The reason behind this is that medium-sized cookware evenly distributes heat. Small ones heat up quickly and large ones leave some parts heated unevenly or unheated. But if you’re buying a set of cookware, it may be unavoidable to have small and large pans and pot in it.

Deep-sided Pots Prevent Spillages on Vents and Burners.

So, these are the characteristics to find when shopping around for cookware. Now, let’s take a look at some questions that might be puzzling your mind (and had puzzled mine, too, when I was shopping around for cookware).

Cooks Standard 11-Piece Classic Stainless Steel Cookware SetCooks Standard 11-Piece Classic Stainless Steel Cookware SetA+
Cook N Home 15-Piece Nonstick Stay Cool Handle Cookware Set, BlackCook N Home 15-Piece Nonstick Stay Cool Handle Cookware Set,...A-
Paula Deen Signature Nonstick Cookware Pots and Pans Set, 15 Piece, Aqua SpecklePaula Deen Signature Nonstick Cookware Pots and Pans Set, 15...A+
Cook N Home NC-00359 Ceramic coating cookware set, 10-Piece, RedCook N Home NC-00359 Ceramic coating cookware set, 10-Piece,...A
Rachael Ray Brights Nonstick Cookware Pots and Pans Set, 10 Piece, Blue GradientRachael Ray Brights Nonstick Cookware Pots and Pans Set, 10...A+

And for some ideas on the materials of cookware, let this useful video do the talking for me:

Cooks Standard 11-Piece Classic Stainless Steel Cookware Set
  • Includes: 1.5 and 3 qt saucepans, 6 qt stockpot, 5 qt saute pan,...
  • Made of 18/10 stainless steel with an aluminum disc in the bottom for...
  • Riveted handles stay cool and are comfortable to hold; Steamer insert...
  • Tempered glass lids with steam vent to view food; 500F oven safe,...
  • Induction compatible; Works on: gas, electric, glass, ceramic,...


  • I love this set as it already has a skillet, steamer, sauté pan and saucepan, allowing cooks to save up on time looking for individual pieces. If you cook more frequently, and you do not want to deal with finding each piece to complete a cookware, then it might be the right choice for you.
  • What I love about it over another cookware out there is its competitiveness and durability. It has this Bonding technology, a feature that works well regarding improving heat efficiency by integrating aluminum at the bottom of each piece. The product also comes with airflow technology, which might be excellent when it comes to managing heat flow and ensuring that the handles don’t get hot.
  • This set is also impressive regarding ease of maintaining and cleaning the cookware, allowing me to save time when getting rid of the mess that each piece has after cooking. It also has a solid feel, making it durable, no matter the level of abuse it receives in my kitchen.
  • The product has the same quality as those used in restaurants and other industrial kitchens.


  • Pricey, but might be a good choice if you’re looking for a durable cookware that can stand the test of time and use
Cook N Home 15-Piece Nonstick Stay Cool Handle Cookware Set,...
  • Includes: 1 and 2 qt saucepans, 3 qt casserole, 5 qt dutch oven...
  • Made of thick gauge aluminum that provides even heat conduction and...
  • Nonstick coating makes food release/cleaning easy; Handles are...
  • Tempered glass lids with steam vent for viewing food while cooking;...
  • Works on: gas, electric, glass, ceramic, halogen, etc; Not...


  • It is another might be real contender in our review. Just like our first product, this set has almost everything that we will need in our kitchens, making it a money saving investment for most of us who loves cooking. It includes casserole with lid, sauce pans with lid, spoons, fry pan, Dutch oven with lid, ladle, server and spatula.
  • It is made from an aluminum material, a popular choice for glass top stoves with its heat efficiency and lightweight built. This product might be for you if you want to save time in cooking!
  • Each pot/pan in the set comes with a non-stick coating material. So for foodies like me who want only healthy and minimal oil in the kitchen, then it might be the choice. You can depend on the product if you’re on a diet, and you want to minimize the use of oil in cooking your favorite steaks and fish.
  • It is durable, and it won’t chip even with frequent use in a prolonged time. So if you want a set that you can pass onto to your kids, then the cookware might be the pick for you.
  • Just like our first cookware, this set is also dishwasher friendly and safe, allowing us to save time and effort in maintaining and cleaning it.
  • The product has glass lids, allowing us to see what exactly is happening with our stews and dishes without us needing to lift the lid off and let the heat escape.
  • No matter how long you have been cooking, the handles don’t become hot.
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  • There is one thing that you might not appreciate about this set and that’s its handles that might wobble and fall off with heavy use. They might corrode quickly, too.
Paula Deen Signature Nonstick Cookware Pots and Pans Set, 15...
  • This set includes a 1 qt cov saucepan, 2 qt cov saucepan, 6 qt cov...
  • This cookware's colorful speckled porcelain exterior is durable, stain...
  • This set has a heavy guage construction heats up quickly and evenly,...
  • Color coordinated, dual riveted, soft touch handles are designed to...
  • Tempered glass lids lock in flavors and let you watch your food cook...


  • Just like the previous sets, you’ll get almost everything you need when you choose this cookware, as it already comes with a stockpot, saucepans, skillet, measuring spoons, sauté pan and more.
  • Each pot and pan are made with a porcelain exterior, making it a standout among its competitors. The porcelain element also adds to its elegance, making the set an excellent addition to a modern kitchen, not mentioning you can pick from nine different colors—butter, coral or honey, to name some. So no matter your kitchen’s color theme, you might find the perfect set in Paula Deen Signature set.
  • The set is also easy to clean, and it can resist staining. They make a good pick for busy homemakers who do not want to spend much effort and time cleaning her saucepans.
  • It also comes with a soft-touch handle that provides a secure grip. As you may already know, handing the pan with ease when cooking is one of the most important things to consider, especially when the pan is full.
  • Plus, there are also copper rings attached to the handle of each pan or pot, giving us the freedom to hang it in our kitchen.
  • It also has tempered glass lid, which lets us seal in the flavor and moisture in our stews or sautéed vegetables.
  • It has an excellent construction and design. It transfers heat evenly and efficiently, letting us save time in cooking, without burning what’s inside with its glass lid.
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  • The handles on the pot might come loose with frequent use. In this case, you might have to tighten every after a few times of use.
  • The non-stick bottom might also become a problem after some time and they might start to peel off as little bubbles.
  • The bottom might also have some burn marks, which might be hard to scrub off.
Cook N Home NC-00359 Ceramic coating cookware set, 10-Piece,...
  • Includes: 1 and 2 qt saucepans, 3 qt casserole, 5 qt dutch oven with...
  • Made of thick gauge aluminum that provides even heat conduction and...
  • Nonstick ceramic coating makes food release/cleaning easy and allows...
  • Tempered glass lids to view food, fits on fry pans; Handles are...
  • Works on gas, electric, glass, ceramic, halogen, etc.


  • The cookware is quite money saving, as you will also have almost every piece you need in one investment. The set comes with a covered casserole, Dutch oven, fry pan and covered saucepan.
  • The product is made with thick gauge aluminum that might be impressive when it comes to durability and being lightweight. And because the material is an excellent heat conductor, you might have a nice cooking session, knowing you don’t have to spend much time in the kitchen cooking with this set.
  • They don’t give off bad smell coming from the materials when cooking.
  • It might be a safe option, considering that its maker did not make use of hazardous components you would normally find in cookware, including cadmium and lead.
  • The set also includes anti-slip coating, so you might not have a hard time gripping or holding it even when your hands are wet.
  • The set is affordable, and it might be an attractive choice for starters who want to invest in their first cookware (e.g. newlyweds)


  • Two of the pots have protruding screws that become hot and might burn skin when you accidentally touched them while cooking.
  • Users might have a problem with the loose handles after some time of frequent use, and the issue might be worse if you couldn’t tighten them because your screws might be stripped out.
  • And despite very careful use, another issue might be the Dutch oven that might have small chips on its coating after a couple of months, if you use it often.
Rachael Ray Brights Nonstick Cookware Pots and Pans Set, 10...
  • Set includes: 1-quart,covered saucepan, 2-quart,covered saucepan,...
  • Beautiful and functional - stylish two-tone gradient exterior adds...
  • Nonstick interiors - a long-lasting nonstick interior allows food to...
  • Grippy handles - The rubberized dual-riveted handles are comfortable...
  • Tempered glass lids - watch your foods cook without having to remove...


  • It might also be a good contender for mothers and cooks that look for a set that comes with everything they need in the kitchen, as it include covered sauté pan, covered stockpot, covered saucepans and skillet.
  • The set might be perfect for modern kitchens, with its wide color selection offer, including blue, fennel and green, to name some. Thus, you might find your perfect fit if you’re searching for cookware that could also match your kitchen’s overall color scheme.
  • The product is also heat-efficient and it is something that most people love about it. Each pot and pan work to distribute heat evenly, allowing cooks to save much time.
  • Aside from heat efficiency, the product also comes with non-stick interior, allowing you to minimize oil in cooking or remove it totally for healthy eating.
  • You will also know what is exactly happening in your cooking with the set’s tempered glass lid.
  • The product comes with rubberized handles, offering firm grip even when your hands are wet.


  • While its stylish design and bright colors are two major selling points of this signature set, you might be disappointed to find black marks on its colored coating after several uses. You might also notice that its color finish would be coming off on your towels after washing or drying.


Summing up, our clear winner for this round up on the best cookware for glass top stoves is Cooks Standard NC-00391 11-piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set, which also garners an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in most reviews. I don’t doubt why. While it’s plain in color, it’s top-performing when it comes to durability and efficiency.

As compared to Rachel Ray’s cookware, Cooks Standard might be the better choice if you don’t want disappointment when you start noticing that your pans and pots’ colored coating is starting to wear off or fade. Versus Cook n’ Home’s set, our winner is better for its stainless steel to make that is quite pretty more impressive than aluminum.

There you have our review of the top cookware sets on the market, as well as a couple of things to look for when shopping around. Plenty of choices are for you, so you should weigh your options well and determine which one is most suitable for your cooking style, lifestyle and budget, among other considerations.

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Austin Sims

Currently Executive Chef at famous NY restaurant, Austin began his tenure with as Chef de Partie. He has over eight years of experience, including tenures at two- and three-Michelin star restaurants. Austin is passionate about all things cooking – products, supply chain, management, menu design, and budgeting.

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