Induction Cooking

Electric induction technology offers an energy efficient, safe, and clean cooking option. Induction cooktops use electricity, do not have any open flames or emissions, and heat up faster than gas or traditional electric burners.  

Induction cooktops:
  • Heat up quickly and perform better than gas cooking.
  • Are safe to use and avoid fire risks.
  • Significantly reduce indoor air pollution compared to gas cooking.
  • Are easy to clean.

Borrow an Induction Cooktop
Interested in trying out an induction cooktop? Fill out the form below to borrow a portable cooktop for free and test out the benefits of induction cooking at home.

Equipment must be returned within 2 weeks of your check out date. 

Once your request is submitted, you will be contacted directly to coordinate a pick-up time for the portable induction cooktop. 

The Agreement and Waiver Form must be completed and signed by the scheduled pick-up date.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do induction cooktops work?
Induction cooktops are electric ranges that use magnetism to generate heat. Magnetic coils below the cooktop's ceramic glass surface create a magnetic field that send pulses to the cookware and directly heats it.  Heat transfers to the cooktop through induction. The heating stops as soon as the cookware is removed from the cooktop.

Only magnetic cookware works with induction. To check for compatibility, place a magnet on the bottom of the cookware. If it sticks, its compatible. Stainless steel and cast iron cookware are compatible; glass and copper cookware are not.

What are the benefits of switching to an induction cooktop?
Reduce emissions. Since induction cooktops use electricity and not gas, they do not directly emit any greenhouse gas emissions or other pollutants. In Burlingame, where our electricity is 100% greenhouse gas free due to Peninsula Clean Energy, switching to electric appliances helps reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and associated emissions.

Safety. Without an open flame or hot coils, induction cooktops eliminate the risk of burns and fires.  They also pollute significantly less indoor pollution than gas stovetops.

High Performance. Induction cooktops heat faster and are more energy efficient than gas or other electric cooktop options.

How much do induction cooktops costs?
Induction cooktops are growing in popularity and may be found in any appliance stores. Cost ranges from $500-$3,000.

Other Resources:
Induction cooking factsheet
Induction cooking demonstration

For questions about the program or induction cooking, email smichael@burlingame.org.