Radiant Cooktop and Copper Pans?

I am getting a new radiant cooktop and someone has told me I cannot use copper bottom pans on it. Anyone have any information on this?

Gardencraft from Danville, NH


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By Marlene (Guest Post)
March 8, 20070 found this helpful

I use them on my cooktop. It is about 1/1/2 yr. old but I can tell you this, I'd never buy another one!! I was simmering some rhubarb with a lid on the kettle one day and it cooked over slightly. NO ONE told me that sugar will pit the cooktop! Also, if anything boils over, it sticks to mine because the top doesn't cool off very fast. I'm really disappointed in it and would trade it off for a regular one in a heartbeat. Make sure you talk to several people who have them before you have it installed - just my 2 cents worth. If anyone has any ideas on how to clean it really good, I'd appreciate them! I've found that a scrubby crocheted (I think - it was a gift) from nylon net is the best cleaner with the liquid stuff that came with my stove but some spots - can't get them off!!

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October 21, 20170 found this helpful

Clean with cleaner for ceramic Stove tops, then use straight razor that comes with kit for stubborn spots.

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By Linda, Las Vegs, Nv. (Guest Post)
March 9, 20070 found this helpful

If radiant cook stove is glasstop range, I have one and love it. The cleaner I use is Weiman Glass Cook Top Cleaner. After it is cooled, scrape with a razor edge carefully for any big stuff. Shake up the bottle, squirt a small amount onto the cooktop, rub it into the soiled spots with your finger, let sit for just a minute or two, srub with a Scotch Brite multi-purpose no scratch scrub sponge.


Works wonderfully. I have had my new range for 2 years and it still looks like new. I'm still getting used to electric heat. I do miss my gas stove. But there is no gas in my area. As far as copper bottom pots. I have no idea about them. I know it was not recommended for glass tops. I was lucky, I aready had the right pots.

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March 9, 20070 found this helpful

I don't know about copper bottoms, but I do know the bottom of all your pots and pans must be completely flat, not warped by heat at all, or they won't work well. Even if you don't think your pan has a warp in it, it might.

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By Doggy (Guest Post)
March 10, 20070 found this helpful

A glasstop came with my new house. UGH. I HATE it. I use "barkeepers friend" (about $2.00 walmart) on the top.

Advertisement well enough, but the constant on/off of the heat makes 'real' cooking impossible.

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April 7, 20071 found this helpful

Our house came with a ceramic top stove and I can't WAIT until I can afford to replace it with a good old coil stove. Not only is it a pain in the you know what to do regular cooking on, but I have burned myself SOOOO many times by touching the surface long after the heat has been cut off. Worst of all, I just discovered that it isn't safe to can on the stupid thing, so now I have to fork out extra money for a single burner gadget I can safely use for pressure canning.

Before ANYONE buys a ceramic top stove, research it. I would never ever own another one.

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January 31, 20190 found this helpful

I can on mine. No problems.

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By Bill J. (Guest Post)
September 12, 20070 found this helpful

All of the following information came directly from the GE website.

What type of cookware can I use on my smooth glass cooktop?


* Flat bottom pans are essential for good cooking performance. Most current brands sold today have flat bottoms. Much older, used cookware and/or thinner cookware will show signs of no longer being flat. Non-flat pans may crack the glass.
* Use Medium or Heavy-Weight cookware.
* Stainless Steel is highly recommended. A sandwich clad bottom is especially good because it combines the durability and atability or stainless steel with the heat conduction and distribution of aluminum or copper.
* Heavy-Weight aluminum cookware is also recommended. It conducts heat faster than other metals and cooks evenly. Aluminum residue sometimes appears as scratches on the cooktop, but these can be removed if cleaned immediately.
* Copper bottom pans are also good, but they can leave residues on the cooktop that appear as scratches. These can be removed if cleaned immediately, but do not let a copper bottom pan boil dry. An overheated copper pot will leave a residue that will permanently stain the cooktop.


* Porcelain/enamel pans give good performance only if they have a thick, flat bottom. Avoid boiling these pans dry, as porcelain can melt and fuse to the surface.
* Glass or ceramic cookware is not recommended. These pans may scratch the surface. Glass is a poor conductor of heat so cooking times will be longer and they may require constant attention during cooking.
* Stoneware is not recommended. It may scratch the surface and will give poor performance.
* Cast Iron and Coated Cast Iron cookware is also not recommended. It is slow to absorb heat and could scratch the cooktop. Once this type of cookware heats up, it holds an intense amount of heat which is transferred to the cooktop. This can cause the element to shut down as a response to the temperature limiters which indicate surface temperature is too high for cooktop components to handle.

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8. How do I clean my smooth glass cooktop?

* Cooktop cleaning cream (such as "Cerama Brite" or "Elco") is the best cleaner for glass ceramic cooktops.
* Cerama Brite- Shake well. Apply directly to cooktop or damp sponge and rub lightly. Rinse thoroughly and dry with a soft cloth. This can be used on warm or cold ceramic cooktops.
* Elco- Rub a small amount (a few drops- less is better) of creme onto soiled area using a dry or damp paper towel. Wipe until all soil and creme are removed.
* Daily use of cooktop cleaning creme will keep cooktop looking new and easy to clean.
* For burned spots or spillovers: remove the excess soil with a razor scraper. Hold the scraper at about a 30 degree angle to the cooktop and scrape off the soil. Then, scrub the cooktop with cooktop cleaning creme. Rinse well and wipe dry.

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By susie (Guest Post)
November 17, 20071 found this helpful

Hi. My mom has a Frigidaire glass cook top, and i hate it so much. I will not cook on it anymore, there is no control with pots spinning when i am mixing a sauce pan for something simple. You need the pot to be heavy. AND what i detest is the clean up the cream and the scraper, what a waste of time. i have a simple coil Frigidaire, and IT IS HEAVEN compared to the glass top.

With poor heat control, this is definitely NOT an oven for a real chef! note that i love to cook, but this cook top deters me! My sister just moved into a new house, and i hope she changes her stove IMMEDIATELY to a coil or gas. Too many limitations with the glass cook top NO aluminum, no cast iron, no copper, and CLEAN IT right away, use this blade to clean it etc etc! Who designed this and where did the design come from?

Susie from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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By rita smith (Guest Post)
June 2, 20080 found this helpful

Can I use essteele brand saucepan on ceramic cook top?

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By Gini B. (Guest Post)
February 8, 20090 found this helpful

I am seriously considering replacing my old cook top with a radiant glass one. Your feedback on these stove tops is so very negative! Is is possible to get more positive replys? I really would appreciate that information before I buy.


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July 13, 20160 found this helpful

I love my glass cooktop. Yes you hsve to use a good frypan with smooth bottom.stainless steel pots an just dont move the pan around on cooktop and it wont scratch. Takes 2 min to clean it with cleaner an a warm wet paper towel after its cooled down. Love mine! Its a GE.

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July 13, 20160 found this helpful

I love my glass cooktop. Yes you hsve to use a good frypan with smooth bottom.stainless steel pots an just dont move the pan around on cooktop and it wont scratch. Takes 2 min to clean it with cleaner an a warm wet paper towel after its cooled down. Love mine! Its a GE.

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May 28, 20180 found this helpful

I have to say that I love my ceramic cooktop. There is a learning curve on controlling the heat. It does warm up and cool down significantly slower. The up side is that cleaning it is extremely easy. My coil stove used to take hours to get clean, and then it was still so-so. The ceramic, hit the hard spot with a straight razor, and then polish. Done in 5 minutes. I use the Weiman polish for heavy cleaning and the spray for the light stuff.

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