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Ceramic cooktops review

We review ceramic cooktops (member content) to help you find the best ones for your kitchen. You can also check out our free buying guide for more general info on ceramic cooktops.

Have you installed a ceramic cooktop? Please share your experience below.

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I don’t understand why you would choose a ceramic cooktop. They are somewhat safer and easier to clean than the old exposed element electric stove but that is like saying your car tyres have better grip than banana skin. I realise that gas is not an option in some situations. If you are going electric, induction is way better than ceramic because it is:

  • quicker and more responsive which gives a better cooking control and ease of use
  • a more efficient use of electricity
  • easier to clean because the top does not get anywhere near as hot, with a ceramic the top is hot enough to burn on spills
  • safer due to the cooler top.

Induction used to be very, very expensive but that is no longer the case. Sure you can still pay $4000 or more for an induction top but you don’t have to. The average ceramic is probably cheaper than the average induction but the range of prices of the two styles overlaps and you can get a good induction for less that the top range ceramic.

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You should not install an induction cooktop if anybody who may approach it while it is being used has a pacemaker fitted.

Welcome back @flight.

In relation to pacemakers and induction cooktop, the National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine has the following paper:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16635999

Choice has also looked into this in the past and found. (and in relation to the above paper)…

Associate Professor Neil Strathmore, Cardiologist has a special interest in pacemakers and particularly in issues relating to electrical or magnetic interference. He told us there are no published accounts of an induction cooktop interfering with a pacemaker or similar device. A 2006 study looked at a “worst-case” of a left-sided “unipolar” pacemaker set at the most sensitive setting and concluded that interference theoretically might occur if the person was closer than 60cm to the cooktop. However, nearly all pacemakers in Australia are “bipolar” and not set to such a sensitive setting. Therefore it’s extremely unlikely that any interference would occur in routine use and to any extent that would cause an adverse effect.

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Well thank you phb. I stand both corrected and enlightened. Thankfully I don’t have a pacemaker - at least not yet!

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