The best cookware for smooth-top ranges is stainless steel or heavyweight aluminum pots and pans with flat bottoms since the bottom of the cookware must be in direct contact with the surface for optimal heat transfer. Medium- or heavyweight cookware is better than lightweight cookware on a smooth-top range.
Stainless steel cookware is both durable and stable, and heavyweight aluminum cookware is a good option for conducting and distributing the heat from the range. Sandwich-clad cookware combines the best traits of both metals. Glass, ceramic, stoneware and cast iron cookware are the worst options for a smooth-top range because they are likely to scratch the range's surface, and they tend to perform poorly.