Known Ceramic Hob Problems – Complete List

We never said it's ugly.

We never said it’s ugly.

As oven cleaners we often engage in conversation about the appliances with our clients and what can we say – every product has its pros and cons. Curiously enough almost every time the subject turns out to be the ceramic top cookers there is always something to be said. And that’s not in a good way. It appears there’s this persistence in common faults with ceramic hobs, so, naturally, we wanted to do a little digging on the matter.

We conducted a small survey among clients that own one, asking them for their ceramic hob problems, read a forum or two and we gathered some data. Don’t get us wrong, from a cleaning point of view there are no cooktop issues for us, they stand out because of how easy they are to swipe. But we feel that if you’re planning on getting one you might as well inform yourself better.

Disclaimer: It is not necessary that YOU will find these as inconvenient. They were just picked up as general inconveniences among our clients.

A list with all known ceramic hob problems

Without further ado we would like to prepare you for your upcoming cooking adventure and go straight to the point:

  • Ceramic hobs may not be as good at distributing heat evenly under the cooking pot/pan which may result in unevenly cooked meal;
  • The heat itself is difficult to adjust if electric;
  • The ceramic top is in most cases durable but a scratch or two will appear with time. That being said dropping something on it may even crack it, so extra caution is recommended;ceramic-hob-2
  • Hot sweets, like sugar for example, will react with the ceramic surface, if not removed immediately, and may result in corrosive damage;
  • Ceramic cooker cleaning problems may occur if you attempt to clean the top with a normal kitchen cleaner. There are special ones that will prevent unwanted chemical reactions, because there’s a danger of toxic fumes;
  • Costly damage repair;
  • The red dot used as a heat indicator tends to shut off earlier than safety heat point and being careless may result in a nasty burn, if not dealing with an induction hob where there’s no direct heat;
  • When it comes to pots, only smooth bottomed ones should be used. Ones that are painted are taboo, along with copper or aluminium ones and may cause issues with the glass/ceramic surface. When getting a new ceramic hob changing the cooking pans and pots accordingly is a must;
  • Gas hobs along with electric conventional ones may go easier on your wallet than ceramic cookers;

Of course if you pursue a super-stylish, modern looking kitchen, getting a ceramic top cooker should be your first choice. Aesthetically they are miles ahead of your regular oven. Good luck!