Glass cooktops create a distinctive look in the kitchen and have the advantage of being easy to clean. Like similar ceramic cooktops, care must be taken when choosing cookware because the wrong cookware can scratch or otherwise damage the cooktop surface. T-fal is a popular brand of cookware, but not all T-fal cookware is recommended for use on class cooktops.
Glass cooktops heat by induction, using magnetic waves or wire ribbon to heat cookware directly instead of heating a burner beneath the cookware. The cooktop itself is made of either tempered glass or a mixture of glass and ceramics. Though glass cooktops are resistant to the temperature and weight encountered when cooking normally, they can be scratched by rough-bottomed cookware or broken if the cookware is excessively heavy.
T-fal cookware is designed to provide even cooking in both nonstick and stainless steel varieties. Intended to be both aesthetically pleasing and highly functional, most T-fal cookware provides features such as built-in indicators that a pan has preheated and a resistance to oven temperatures. Some T-fal cookware can be used without issue on glass cooktops, but not all T-fal models are intended for use on glass.
Nonstick varieties of T-fal cookware are not intended for use on glass cooktops. The metal plate built into the bottom of the cookware can potentially scratch the cooktop, causing the enamel coating to come off and fuse with the glass surface. This is a potential hazard with all varieties of T-fal cookware that feature a nonstick and enamel color coating.
Stainless Steel Cookware
Stainless steel cookware can be used on glass cooktops without problems, as it is designed to be used on all range surfaces, including glass induction cooktops. When used correctly, stainless steel T-fal won't cause any damage to the glass surface. Damage can still occur if the cookware is dropped on the glass or dragged across the stovetop, although this could occur with any brand of cookware.