Many cooks favor one type of cooktop over all others. Electric is the most common, since electricity is available almost everywhere. Knowing what types of cookware work best on your electric stove will help to maximize your efficiency and results.
Shape of Cookware
When cooking on electric coils, either open or radiant, flat bottoms are key. The heating element is most efficient where it touches the cookware. Otherwise, it loses and wastes heat. On glass/ceramic cooktops, smooth, flat-bottomed cookware is a necessity to avoid scratching the surface.
Gauge of Cookware
For electric cooking, medium- to heavy-gauge cookware works best. The heavier the gauge, the more evenly heat will be distributed during cooking. With better diffusion and fewer "hot spots," food will cook evenly and be less inclined to burn.
Copper and aluminum are materials that heat quickly on any stove top. Use these at low to medium heats to maintain their shapes. Cast iron and stainless steel cookware also tend to have flat bottoms, making them prime choices for electric cooking. Manufacturers often combine these materials, such as a frying pan composed of stainless steels with an aluminum or copper core. These are also good choices.
Heather Reeher began writing professionally in 2009. Reeher covers a variety of how to articles and tips, and has been published on eHow and Answerbag. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education with a Music History minor from West Chester University.