If you’re thinking of replacing your old stove, and have money to burn, why don’t you consider an induction cooktop? It’s more expensive than conventional gas cooktops or smoothtop electric cooktops, but in general it performs better and is said to be the safest and most energy-efficient way to cook. Induction cooktops use electromagnetic energy to heat the pan. It won’t start unless you place an iron-based pan on top, and will automatically switch off when the pan is removed. It powers up fast, and you can adjust the heat setting instantly and with greater precision than an electric stove. Unlike a traditional gas stove, it has a smooth, flat, easy to clean surface, that heats evenly, so you don’t get “hot spots”. Also, the surrounding area always stays cool, so it makes for a cooler kitchen, and a safety plus for families with young kids who like to poke their fingers everywhere. Induction cookers also make your kitchen look more modern and stylish.