Pro: Ease of Cleaning
After a heavy, messy meal, cleaning a ceramic stove top does not take as much effort as cleaning a traditional electric stove top or the top of a gas stove does. The lack of crevices, nooks and crannies for messes to fall into makes cleaning ceramic stove tops a breeze, according to the Home Style Recipe Cooking website. But you must use specialty cleaning products to keep from damaging the ceramic surface.
Pro: Modern Appearance
A ceramic cook top adds a sleek look to the kitchen, making the home appear more modern and updated, reports the Home Building Club.
Pro: Extra Counter Space
Because the surface is flat, with no protruding burners, a ceramic cook top can double for counter space in a pinch, says Home Style Recipe Cooking.
Con: Heat Danger
It is obvious when a traditional electric or gas cook top is turned on, because the coil in the burner turns red or the flame is burning visibly. But it is not as apparent with a ceramic cook top, and you or a child could easily suffer a burn from touching it, according to the Home Building Club site.
Con: Delicate Surface
Ceramic cook tops can easily crack or be scratched if a dropped pot or pan hits the cooking surface. Replacing these cook tops can be expensive, says Home Style Recipe Cooking.
Con: Special Cookware Required
You must use certain types of pots and pans with ceramic stove tops; the wrong type can stick to the surface or discolor it. And some ceramic stove tops work only with certain types of cookware.