Kitchens have always been at the forefront of cutting-edge tech, with the constant introduction of new gadgets and appliances designed to solve everyday problems. One such noteworthy advancement is the evolution of the stovetop. While homeowners once twiddled their thumbs waiting for a gas or electric stovetop to boil water for a pasta dinner, new induction cooking can bring pasta water to a boil in a fraction of the time. Rather than employing conventional “burners,” induction appliances use electromagnets that transfer energy to cookware, heating the food within. The result: No hot surfaces to burn yourself on, more-precise temperature settings, and nearly twice the energy efficiency of a gas or electric system.