A few years ago I replaced my amazing gas range with a dual oven glass top electric. I am very happy with the even heat and lack of fumes but I admit that electric cooking is perforce a leisurely activity. Well, my partner decided she needed lighter weight pots and pans with pour spouts since she has trouble managing my Martha Stewart tri-ply. She brought home a few pieces and okay, I can live with anodized aluminum. I'm not getting any younger either. Then I noticed that her new pots and pans are induction compatible. Having nothing better to do I bought an 1800 watt induction portable "hot plate" for $70 and gave it a shot. If you are a gas fanatic but worried about breathing all that schmutz or like me committed to an electric stove you should try this. Induction is very quick, responsive and stable. My hot plate does almost everything as well as electric and FASTER than gas. Almost everything...there is a decided hot spot in the middle. The heat isn't nearly as even as radiant electric but then neither were my gas burners. Not a problem for boiling or simmering (if you stir fairly often) but omelets need to be watched. Try it!