If you care about cooking, you probably have strong feelings about your stove—particularly where the fuel for the heat is coming from. Gas-powered cooktops are definitely the fan favorite among chefs (you have precise control over the flame, thus not burning your food to a crisp), but there’s a growing trend to replace them with their less-popular counterpart: electric.
According to a 2020 report from Curbed, more and more cities are targeting the use of natural gas in homes in the name of climate change. (The movement is an effort to cut down on the 560 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions released each year.) As it turns out, electric stoves are twice as energy efficient. So not only are they a lot cheaper to install, but they keep utility costs down over time. Studies also link gas stoves to poor indoor air quality and a higher risk of asthma.
Whether you’re in the middle of a renovation or simply in the market for a range, don’t let this news bum you out. While you might think electric cooktops aren’t as responsive, plenty of newer appliances feature impressively wide temperature ranges and can boil water in a matter of a few minutes. Plus they’re easier to clean and provide extra counter space when you’re not cooking. And if it’s the visual cue of fire that you miss, some options, like Samsung’s Slide-In Induction Range, use LED surface lights to reflect virtual flames on the pot or pan. Your electric stove doesn’t have to be a big black box either (Italian kitchen appliance manufacturer Fabita debuted an induction surface last year that can be hung up on the wall after use!). These stylish picks make the case for going a little greener.
This story was originally published in February 2020. It has since been updated.
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