Induction cooktops are smart for universal design because they reduce potential for burns significantly because heat transfer occurs through a magnetic field, which means that the “burners” are never hot to the touch. Induction cooking is faster and more energy-efficient than a typical electric surfaces, and allows instant control of cooking power, similar to gas. Furthermore, induction cooktops are generally easy to clean, as the surfaces are flat.
Many cooktops and ranges have rear-mounted controls, requiring extra reach over potentially hot surfaces or cookware. Controls on the front or side provide more safety than rear controls.