Accidents happen. In the kitchen, slippery hands, hot handles, and any number of distractions can cause even the most experienced home cooks to drop heavy cans, cookware, and utensils.
Since the cooktop is the epicenter of the kitchen, it often bears the brunt of these mishaps. Yet, even under the most difficult demands, cooktops are counted on to safely generate heat without breaking after an accidental drop.
To ensure our cooktops stand up to the impacts they might face in the kitchen, we drop a steel ball, weighing in at 535 grams (1.18 pounds), directly onto the cooking surface from a height of nearly two feet. That’s like dropping a can of soup from the cabinet above the stove. Watch what happens when SCHOTT scientists pummel a glass-ceramic cooktop with a solid steel ball: