Features to look for in a flat top stove include a variety of heating elements with different cooking options, dual-heating options and clear displays. A flat top stove should also feature an easy-to-clean surface that can be used with a variety of cookware and hot warning light and sound indicators.
As of 2015, most flat top stoves feature four heating elements that are designed to fit varying cookware sizes. The elements are fitted with different power options that allow users to simmer, sear or stir-fry food depending on individual needs. Small, large and medium power options are the most common in flat top stoves, but additional elements can be an added advantage for professional kitchens.
Unlike other stove types, flat top stoves take longer to cool down, and this is a safety hazard especially in homes with young children. Therefore, it is advisable to look for a stove with heat sensors and warning lights that go off or beep when the stove has cooled down.
Flat top stoves can be damaged easily and it is advisable to look for a stove that can handle a variety of cookware. Glass and cast iron cookware are some of the restricted materials for use on flat top stoves. Look for flat top stoves that have smart features and a variety of options for adjusting settings.