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Why are leading chefs in Australia switching from gas burners to electric induction stovetops? [Source]

Some people think they've tried induction stoves and didn't like them, but chances are, they used an electric resistive stovetop instead.

Spot the difference:

Devanti Electric resistive stovetop

Bellini Induction stovetop

The reality is, induction cooktops are completely different. They are hands down the fastest, healthiest, and most efficient way to cook.

How does it work

A traditional electric stove has a heating element under each burner. The surface gets hot, which makes your pan hot, which lets you cook your food.

An induction stove sends energy directly to the pot or pan itself through a magnetic field. This works exactly like charging your phone wirelessly. Because they transfer energy through magnetic fields, induction cooktops will work with most of your existing steel and cast iron pans (but not with aluminium, glass, or ceramic pans).

What are the benefits?

  • Health. Gas cooktops contribute 12% of the childhood asthma burden, which is equivalent to tobacco smoke in the home. [Source: Asthma Australia]
  • Speed. A high quality induction cooktop can bring water to the boil twice as fast as a gas cooktop. [Source: Choice]
  • Safety. The cooking surface is far less hot than a gas or electric resistive stovetop. Also if you turn on an induction stove without putting a pot on it, nothing will happen.
  • Efficiency. Because heat is generated very close to the food and nowhere else, it uses far less energy.

Environmental impact

The average Australian household only uses about 5% of their home energy on cooking (excluding EV charging), so there are modest savings when switching to an induction cooktops.

This doesn’t sound like a lot, but the gas cooktop is often the main item that keeps households on the gas network.

Government Rebates

As part of a national shift away from consumer gas use, certain states, territories, and local councils offer government rebates for induction cooktops.

One prominent example is the state of Victoria where gas connections are banned in new homes. Victorian households will be able to claim rebates of up to $150 each for induction cooktop.