The Electrification of Homes is Creating a Moment for Induction Cooktops
The world is increasingly electric, from our cars to our homes, making our lives more efficient and sustainable. Electricity overtook natural gas as the leading home heating source for the first time in 2020, and natural gas consumption hit a five-year low in January and a four-year low in February. This shift toward electrification is especially prevalent in the kitchen, a central hub of energy use. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates 15% of energy consumption in the average American home happens in the kitchen between cooking, refrigeration, hot water heating, and dishwashing.
Architects and homeowners looking to increase efficiency and sustainability are finding the benefits of induction. According to ENERGY STAR, gas cooktops are only 32% efficient at transferring heat, and traditional electric stovetops are 75-80% efficient — induction is even better at 85% efficiency.
Adoption of induction cooking is growing as more people see its potential. The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers reports that induction cooktops accounted for one-third of all electric cooktops last year, a 6% improvement from 2021. Recent innovations have made induction cooktop ranges increasingly popular and compatible with modern kitchen designs, creating an even starker difference between induction, traditional electric, and gas stovetops.
Health and safety
Glass stovetops were initially great alternatives to a coil range because they are easy to clean, but the benefits go much further than that.
Induction cooktops are far safer than the open flame of a gas range or even a traditional electric cooktop, where a burner could be accidentally turned on and harm a user. Because the current goes directly to the cookware on induction cooktops, the