12 Induction Cookers in Classic to Ultra-Modern Kitchens

Breaking news: My husband, Josh, and I recently took the plunge and switched to an environmentally friendlier induction range. Our 20-year-old gas range lived a full life but was starting to require yearly tinkering (fortunately, our chef neighbors were turning their garage into a second catering kitchen and were happy to take on our gas guzzler). We chose an Aga Elise Series 36-Inch Freestanding Electric Induction Range (I’m a longtime Aga obsessive), and I’m happy to report we both love the functionality, the handsome design, and the improved air quality in the kitchen.

The gas-versus-induction debate—spurred on in the US by city legislation limiting the number of gas hookups in new construction and already in effect in NYC and CA—is no longer debatable. Induction cooktops and ranges, with their precise heat control, environmental friendliness, health benefits, and convenient cleaning is the wave of the future.

Though the benefits of switching to an induction stovetop (which you can read more about here) are obvious, if you’re waffling on the aesthetics, there are now a wide array of traditional-looking free-standing ranges from companies like Viking, Wolf, Aga, Bertazzoni, La Cornue, Ilve, Lacanche (Julianne Moore’s favorite brand), and Smeg.

Here are a dozen of our favorite kitchens featuring induction cooktops and free-standing ranges, all gathered from our archives:

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Above: The East London kitchen of Pete Monaghan and,Cherish Perez de Tagle features an induction cooktop; for more, see Reighton Road in London: A Calm, Contemporary Revival of a Victorian Apartment.

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Above: An unobtrusive induction stovetop in the Paris kitchen of Ochre designer Solenne de la Fouchardière. Read more in A Flat in Montmartre, Echoes of Chanel.

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Above: The Dinesen Showroom in the historic landmark building Mejlborg, in Aarhus, Denmark, features a free-standing kitchen island with an induction cooktop.

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Above: The cooktop in the Paris loft of Hugo and Charlotte de Tonnac Sauzay (the husband-and-wife team at Festen Architecture) is fitted into the custom stainless-steel island, with an oven below. See more in Kitchen of the Week: An All-Stainless Design in a Paris Loft.

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Above: A Bora Professional 3 Induction Cooktop and Extractor is inset in the bamboo-and-limestone kitchen counter of Kine Ask Stenersen and Krstoffer Eng (founders of Norway-based kitchen company Ask og Eng). For more, see Steal This Look: An Unexpected Bamboo Kithcen in Oslo, Norway.

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Above: The kitchen of Parisian stylist/blogger Lucille Gauthier-Braud; for more, see A Sunny Ikea Kitchen in the Marais.