If My New Induction Electric Range Were a Man I’d Marry It

I am in love our new induction electric range. With it, we have inched one step closer toward electrifying our home and ditching polluting fossil fuels. If you have similar goals and, like me, find the process daunting, I hope this blog post of our experience swapping a gas range for an induction electric one answers your questions. I wish I had known some of this information before starting.

We began the process of electrifying with the range only because we replaced a damaged kitchen floor, which required moving the appliances out of the room while the work took place. I really did not want to hook the gas range back up so I figured now might be the time to go electric.

Some vocab

  • And induction electric range consists of induction elements, which use electromagnetic energy to heat, and an electric oven.
  • Induction cooktops are the built-in, countertop or island elements, separate from ovens.
  • Electric ranges consist of electric elements and electric ovens.
  • Gas (i.e., mostly methane) powers the elements and ovens of gas ranges.

Breaking up with the gas range

Our gas range had worked, which posed a dilemma. We couldn’t simply toss a functioning appliance out on the curb. I contacted Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore to find out if I could donate it. ReStore told me it wants newer stoves—less than 10 years old, like ours. After filling out a donation form and sending pictures of the range, ReStore approved it for donation and I scheduled an appointment for pickup. Easy!

Because many people still want gas stoves, I figure someone will buy ours at the ReStore, Habitat for Humanity will receive money to help build affordable homes, I get the range of my dreams and one fewer gas stove will be manufactured.

And many people do still want that gas range. While comparing induction electric ranges in the various showrooms I visited, the sheer number of gas models kind of surprised me. Although gas stoves have not been banned in Northern California despite absurd headlines you may have seen, in some cities in the Bay Area, new homes cannot have new gas hookups. In other words, no one is coming to confiscate the gas stove in your kitchen. These restrictions on new construction will help wean us off the fossil fuels that cause climate breakdown.

How the (very) occasional person reacts to our plans to electrify

The induction electric range I chose

I picked this LG model. (Be sure to shop around. We paid much less than the retail price listed on the LG website.) Consumer Reports ranks it as the top model of the induction electric ranges it tests, reviewers rate it highly, it looks great and has all the features I want and none that I don’t (although I could do without the WiFi). By the way, no one has paid me to hawk this range. I’m just showing you which one I chose.

Benefits of induction

I love this thing. I don’t regret dumping gas one bit and will never go back to it!


The induction elements run quieter my portable induction cooktop (which I still need for online and in-person workshops). Occasionally I’ll hear the complaint that induction elements are loud. When you cook with gas, you should always run the fan to help reduce pollutants and that fan tends to be much louder than induction (I measured with a decibel meter app).


Induction creates a magnetic current in the pot, which heats it—and not the air surrounding the pot. This efficient heating helps keep your kitchen cooler as well.

In the below thermal images, orange indicates heat—not flame. Although the small pot shown in the left image sat on the appropriately sized burner and flames did not lap its sides, you can see a lot of heat escaping. Induction on the right has heated only the pot.

Fast and responsive

One day, while cooking on my portable induction cooktop when I still had a gas range, I needed a second burner to boil water. I turned on the gas and wondered if the element had broken. I was so used to cooking on induction—it heats so quickly. The gas heated so slowly! The elements on my range heat even faster than my portable induction cooktop. And they respond instantly to increasing or decreasing temperature.

Although induction powers the elements only, not the oven, as a sidenote, everything I’ve baked so far has baked to perfection—peanut butter cookies, sourdough discard pizza, banana bread, more cookies…

Easy to clean

The cooktop cleans up so easily. I simply wipe it with a damp cloth. I used to dread removing the heavy grates of my gas stove to clean the elements.

No fumes

Gas stoves fill homes with pollutants similar to what comes out of a car’s tailpipe: carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter and formaldehyde. These pollutants have been associated with a host of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. Of all the unburned methane gas that gas stoves emit, about 80 percent leaks from loose couplings and fittings between gas pipes and stoves. In other words, gas stoves emit most of their methane when they sit idle.

We have rooftop solar so we don’t power this induction electric range with, say, coal. But in many states, you don’t need your own solar panels to power your home with clean energy. According to Energy.gov, at least half of all utility customers in the US can choose renewable energy for their homes through their power supplier. If you live in an individually metered rented apartment, you can switch—you don’t need to own the unit.

To make the switch, log into your utility account and switch to green electricity if your provider offers it. If you have trouble finding information on your utility’s website, call and ask for help. Or do an online search with the terms “switch electricity to clean energy [YOUR CITY].”

Drawbacks of induction

Expensive electrical upgrades

Because our home is piped for gas, not wired for an electric range, we needed an additional circuit for the electrical panel, a 40-foot copper cable installed under the house, running from the kitchen to the panel and a new 220-volt socket for the range. The electrical work cost almost as much as some new ranges! (In high school, my daughter Charlotte had thought about becoming an electrician and after seeing the bill for this, I sort of wish she had.) We needed a plumber to fix our dishwasher so capping the gas didn’t cost all that much—he was here anyway.

I could have chosen a cheaper range. This Samsung model costs less than half what we paid for ours and has good ratings. We do qualify for at least one rebate, which will help cover some of the costs of this upgrade. I’ll get to rebates in a bit.

Potential issues with very old pacemakers

According this New York Times article, “If you have a pacemaker, induction is safe to use. Fred Kusumoto, MD, a cardiac electrophysiologist at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, assured us that the risk is basically zero, unless you got your pacemaker more than 30 years ago.”

Your current pots and pans may not work on induction

To check compatibility, attempt to place a magnet on the bottom of your pots and pans. If it sticks, the pots and pans will work. I cook with stainless steel, cast iron and enameled cast iron, all of which work on induction. The one beautiful copper pot I had didn’t work so I gave it to my daughter MK for her first adulting apartment.

Non-sitck pans may contain toxic PFAS—also known as forever chemicals because they persist in the environment and our bodies—and so if the magnet doesn’t stick to your non-stick pan, good riddance. A well-seasoned cast-iron pan prevents food from sticking and works on induction. (Go here for more on avoiding PFAS.)

Rebates for induction or electric stoves

You may be eligible for more than one rebate.


The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) rebate for electric or induction electric stoves goes into effect in 2024, which will be here very soon. Unlike the IRA 30 percent rooftop solar tax credit, the (up to) $840 electric or induction rebate has an income requirement—your household can’t earn over 150% of your area’s median household income. Also, the rebate is not retroactive. So if you qualify for it, you may want to wait until the rebate goes into effect.


The IRA rebates will be distributed through each state’s energy office. States have only recently received the green light to set up their programs—California’s isn’t up and running yet—and states that have politicized electrification and physics may drag their feet.

After electrifying everything in our home—heat pump, heat pump water heater, electric dryer and induction cooking (or had we already had an electric stove)—we can apply for this rebate program in our state. (We have a long way to go.)


Here in the Bay Area, BayREN (Bay Area Regional Network) offers a $250 rebate for an induction range or cooktop. Your utility may also offer rebates or incentives. In California, search for programs using your zip code here. Search for similar programs in your state.

I’m sorry the rebate information applies mostly to Northern California but researching all the various programs for every state (and region) would take me months and months. I hope this information gives you an idea of what to look for in your location.

Before you start your project

Search for rebates

Even if you won’t start your project for months, consider researching available or soon-to-be available rebates now and determine the requirements. You may want to install your appliance tomorrow but it may be backordered or, unless you’ll make the necessary upgrades to your home yourself, you may have trouble finding professionals to make them for you.

Take pictures

Many, if not all, rebates will require proof of your old gas range or cooktop and the capped gas. I had already taken lots of pictures of our gas range before we started because I write a food blog. I also took pictures of the hole in the wall resulting from capping the gas because I need to constantly feed the social media beast.

Save all your receipts

Most rebates will require copies of receipts for your new appliance and any electrical upgrades.

Find a plumber

You’ll need to hire a plumber to cap the gas. I had no trouble finding a good plumber right away. You could search YouTube for a video and cap the gas yourself if you feel confident you won’t blow your house up. When I saw our plumber cap the gas, I was surprised at how straightforward it was.

Find an electrician

Electricians in my area are booked up, some well over a month out. You may want to research availability now.

Find a drywaller or painter

We patched the hole in the wall with a piece of new drywall and painted it ourselves and you can sort of tell if you look closely but it’s behind the stove where no one will see it.

Try out induction for free

Not sure if you’d even like induction? A few libraries in my area lend portable induction cooktops to residents. If you are a PG&E customer in California, you may be able to borrow one through its Induction Cooktop Loaner Program. Or search here for cooktop lending programs in other areas of California. Check your library or utility for similar programs.

A pot of soup cooking on a portable induction cooktop that is sitting on a wooden table
My library lends out this Nuwave portable induction cooktop model

Although difficult for a self-deprecating Canadian, I must flout modesty and say that I have written an award-winning cookbook (two awards, one shortlist) so I do know something about food and cooking. The fossil fuel industry had me duped for years over the supposed superiority of cooking over polluting “natural” gas. Consider the source. It’s simply not true.

Buy my award-winning cookbook!

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18 Replies to “If My New Induction Electric Range Were a Man I’d Marry It”

  1. Okay. I’m convinced. We will upgrade to induction when we replace our gas stove, which is 20 years old now. Thank you for sharing your experience; it’s very helpful, because I thought I strongly preferred gas cooking. But i realize after reading this that my only experience with non-gas was an old, beat up electric stove with coils that turned red hot. That was NOT an induction range. We have fantastic options now. Better for cooking AND the environment.

    1. I’m glad you found the post helpful! For years I thought the same thing about gas. And this works so much better than the electric coils. It’s really a joy to cook on.

  2. Unsubscribing faster than you can turn on your electric range.

    1. That’s fine but why are you so offended?

  3. One advantage that gas hobs have over traditional electric hobs is that it is so easy to adjust the heat, reducing from a boil to a simmer (or vice versa) almost immediately. I’ve found that my induction hob is just as efficient as my gas hob in this regard, so one of the drawbacks of electric cooking is removed.

    1. Thank you very much for pointing that out. It is just as responsive but more efficient.

  4. Love that you donate the old stove. Too many end up in landfills when they still have lots of function left.

    1. Thank you! ReStore is great! I bought a like-new sofa there a few years ago and felt good about it.

  5. It’s great to know induction is as responsive as gas. That was my worry.

    You mentioned heat pumps and if you have any experience in them, hope you will share. My gas furnace went out and needs replacement. I’d heard info they are included in the inflation reduction act, but know nothing about them. I’m local, only about 10 miles from you, so would love any information you could share because I know zero about them!

    1. They are so responsive!

      The heat pump is going to be next for us (unless our gas water heater dies… it has been acting up). Heat pumps heat efficiently in the winter and cool in the summer. We’ve had two bids so far and it’s expensive. There is a $2,000 tax credit in the IRA and a larger rebate based on income (up to $8,000). BayREN also offers a small rebate ($250 I think). Someone told me at an Earth Day event that I could apply for a third one somewhere but I’ve forgotten how or where I apply for that so I have to find that info.

      There is an electric home tour coming up on Saturday, October 14th in Palo Alto. You can tour houses that have had all the work done and ask the owners questions. We went to one in Los Altos last year and it was helpful. Here’s the link for that if you’re interested: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/electric-home-tour-tickets-682542742717

    2. We just switched from a gas furnace to a heat pump this summer. So far we’ve only used it for cooling, but we love it! Some things we learned in the process that might help you:

      * As Anne-Marie said, it’s not cheap. It’s also important to factor in electrical work you’ll almost certainly need to do to support the new device since you’re coming from gas, which will take both money and time to get the work booked, completed and inspected. In our case (a medium-sized, 100-year-old house in Seattle), we needed to expand the capacity of our electrical panel (especially because we are getting completely off gas, having already installed a heat pump water heater and preparing to install an induction range) as well as have an electrician run appropriate power to the indoor and outdoor locations where the two portions of the heat pump were installed.

      * Lots of places will happily sell you a heat pump, and not all of them know what they’re doing as far as selling you a heat pump that’s a good fit for your home. A nonprofit called Rewiring America put out a free eBook called “Electrify Everything In Your Home.” We have found it invaluable for learning what to expect from the processes of converting various things to electric, and for tips on vetting prospective contractors. We had one HVAC company that was preparing a bid do precisely what the eBook had warned us against, whereas a different one approached the process almost exactly as we would have hoped. That’s the bid we went with!

      * If your furnace has already died, you obviously don’t have the luxury of lots of time. But to the extent that you can, be sure not to ignore ways that inefficiency in your home might affect how hard a heat pump will work to keep you comfortable. In our case, because of the age of our house there was literally no insulation to start with, and leaky, single-paned windows. Adding insulation everywhere we could, updating the windows, and adding insulated, light-blocking curtains on key windows before we did the heat pump made it much more likely that the device we bought will be able to maintain a comfortable temperature without paying a fortune in electrical bills. If it’s not practical to do those kind of updates before you replace your furnace, be sure that you discuss possible efficiency issues with the HVAC companies you get to bid so that they can recommend the most appropriate unit for your needs.

      I hope that helps! We were super overwhelmed when we started this process a few years ago, but we’ve learned a ton along the way and have been so happy with how the swaps and updates have been working out.

      1. Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience. It’s so helpful! We want to switch to a heat pump (our gas furnace is on its last legs) and the process is daunting—and expensive. We’ve had two bids so far. I will look up what Rewiring America says to look out for in its download.

      2. I’m in Seattle as well and am looking to getting a heat pump. Thank you for the recommendation of the book? Are you willing/is it okay to share the name of the company you used?

  6. This is an excellent article. When we were building our super efficient, electric-only passive house in 2018, induction was a no-brainer. I LOVE IT!!! In our former house, we had inherited gas from the previous owners which, just as the author wrote, I had been brainwashed into thinking was the best for those of us who cook. Once you use induction, you will see what lies we have all been told and are still being told. Gas is horrendous for your health, horrendous for the environment, and inferior to induction for cooking with ease and efficiency. Everyone should upgrade as soon as is possible to induction. FYI re: the cost: IKEA sells induction cooktops. (We did not buy ours from them, but I am sure they are good.)

    1. Thank you for sharing your experience. I know someone who bought the portable IKEA cooktop and really likes it. IKEA also makes induction electric ranges and one of them has a good score from Consumer Reports. A passive house sounds dreamy by the way 🙂

      1. Thank you, Anne-Marie. It is a joy not to ever feel a draft, and even though we live in the Northeast of the US with cold winters and hot summers, we hardly use our heat or A/C. Even on the coldest day of the year, if we have our window treatments raised, we do not have to heat the house during the day if it is sunny out. I wish passive house were the worldwide building standard.

  7. Michelle Harburg says: Reply

    Another option I would add here is that you don’t need to do a big electrical overhaul if you only need one or two burners, instead just recommend people purchase a portable induction stovetop. We got one with two burners for $89, sold our gas range cooktop and then covered the hole in our counter with a large cutting board. Cheap, effective and also gave us back a lot more counter space because I can put the induction top away when we aren’t using it.

  8. Thanks so much for sharing your experience! I’m shopping for an induction range and have been disappointed at the few display models in stores near me and how little the salespeople know about them. One thing that I can’t figure out – can you use a griddle on an induction stove? I have a great cast iron griddle so I know it’s the correct material, but several salespeople have told me that it won’t work over 2 induction burners.

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