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I am finally replacing my 20+ year-old gas cooktop. It is 36", white glass. So that means the cooktop surface itself is glass. I really like that because clean-up is easy and glass doesn't scratch.

The choice now is between a stainless steel model or a "gas on glass" model.

The stainless steel ones look about like what you would imagine: perfect stainless steel on the cooktop surface and below the burners; big black grates that the pots sit on.

The gas-on-glass swaps out the stainless steel except for a little bit of edge trim. The grates sit on the glass.

My worry with stainless steel is that someone will scratch it while cleaning it: cleaning people, visitors, family. I worry I will be constantly monitoring how people clean the stove, rushing over to snatch scouring powder and scrubbing devices out of their hands.

How hard is stainless steel to maintain? Has anyone tried gas on glass -- I would have to order it sight unseen because no store stocks it.
 
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Stainless does scratch - at least our fridge did. Never did figure out who the culprit was but someone took a scouring pad to it and left a web of circular scratches shortly after we bought it Mad . On the other hand, I've gone gangbusters with a scouring pad in a stainless steel sink and never had an issue and I would think they would probably use a similar grade stainless for a cooktop.

I have an electric glass stove now and while I hate electric, it is super easy to clean. I have scratched it though - there's a bunch of surface pitting from when things overcooked on it (apparently acid-y things can etch the glass), and a big scratch from I don't know what exactly what - I think a worker guy did it while installing the microwave.

Looking at both photos, I suspect the gas on glass would be easier to clean and hide messes a little better (assuming you can lift up the grates to clean them and they are not permanently attached).

Whenever I have an appliance question that is specific like yours, I post here:

https://www.gardenweb.com/discussions/appl

or here:

https://www.gardenweb.com/discussions/kitchbath

People are incredibly helpful on those forums. The site recently got swallowed up by houzz, so it's a little less friendly now, but I bet you'd still get a bunch of people to weigh in.

Good luck! I think both cooktops are really pretty!
 
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I have gas on glass. That edge can very easily break and crack. I have replaced my glass once already and it is again broken. I'll just get a new range when induction gets cheaper. Go with either a completely surrounded glass or metal.


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Lisa thanks for those links, I'm looking at their painting discussions!


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Stainless steel scratches. It's the nature of the beast.
 
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SK - the home decorating forum is where you'll find all the painting color discussion you could ever want.

https://www.gardenweb.com/discussions/decor

There's a paint forum too, but it's a little slow.

https://www.gardenweb.com/discussions/paint

All of these forums used to be hosted on this little homemade site that someone created in his basement called gardenweb. But a few years ago, it got bought out by houzz which is like a combination merchandiser and big marketing platform for professional home decorators and contractors. So there's a lot of pros on the forums now who can be a little mean with their answers. It's not this friendly little tight crew of homeowners anymore. But there's enough of the old guard left that I still go there -- you can definitely get great info about any kind of remodel project -- you just have to wade through more obnoxious people than you used to.
 
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This is a bit of an aside, but we have a gas range, and Mary Anna hates it.

She has always cooked on an electric cooktop, and she prefers electric. But me, I like gas.

And then I have a small one-burner standalone induction cooktop. IT IS FABULOUS. If you need to heat something quickly, it heats really fast. (Imagine halving the time of a large pot of water.) And turns off the heat instantly. But the downside ... the Quirt v2.0's hate it, because it makes clad pots vibrate, and that hurts their ears. (I cannot hear it.)
 
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Lisa, I think I saw some of that already!! Eeker

I don't think I'd be brave enough to share my photos there!

Quirt, Mr. SK loves gas ranges too! Unfortunately, we don't have one now and we won't have one after we move either. He's figure out how to adjust, but for the kind of cooking he does, he says gas works a lot better.


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Personally, I prefer stainless steel. It may get scratched with aggressive cleaning, but it won't break.

I like gas for cooking. I grew up in a home with electric (no gas on our farm) and knew how to use it, but I've cooked on gas my entire adult life and like it for its quick response and wide adjustment.

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We have stainless gas and it's scratched. Such is life.

We had a glass electric cooktop in our AZ abode, and I thought it was nice. You could clean it with all sorts of evil chemical concoctions. However, note that it does stain as well. All our glass burners had some form of discoloration, usually a white-ish film of some sort. I could never get it off, but if I'm being honest I didn't try all that hard, other than to clean it like mad. Particularly problematic was when pasta boiled over. The starchy water seemed to really discolor the (black) glass.

On the other hand, I think the black gas on glass ones look really cool and space-agey. Just not sure how long they would remain that way, at least in my house.
 
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I like white appliances.

They don’t have these problems.


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We have stainless and it does get a scratch here and there. It's just gonna happen, at least on our cooktop. Important to wipe it down following the "grain" of the metal.

I do like white in principle because of cleaning issues, but don't have any at the moment.


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