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Common EMF Sources in Kitchens


Common Sources of EMFs in Kitchens

25 Common EMF Sources
Found in Kitchens

This section covers common EMF sources found in kitchens.

People can spend a lot of time in kitchens doing food prep and the like, so it’s important to be aware of where there are elevated EMF levels (especially magnetic fields). Simply moving 2-3 feet in one direction can lower your exposure drastically.

This can be important, too, if you and your family eat meals at the counter or in a “breakfast nook.”

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Microwave Ovens

As the name implies, these ovens use microwaves to heat food and beverages.

Unfortunately, these ovens don’t entirely shield the microwaves inside the oven enclosure. Because of this we always recommend that people move far away from these when in use.

We feel this is especially important with children.

Below is a video from Bill Cadwallader that shows some of the microwave exposure:

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Our recommendation is to get rid of these entirely, but don’t stay in close proximity to these when in use.



Some refrigerator models can have extremely elevated AC magnetic fields due to the interior components.

Test with a gaussmeter to make sure, but, in general, we don’t recommend having desks, seating or food prep areas right next to refrigerators.

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Give your refrigerator some distance.


Stove or Range

These can have elevated magnetic fields do to their heating components or their digital displays.

Measure with a gaussmeter to ascertain the best food prep areas in your kitchen.

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If there are elevated magnetic field levels, find a better spot for food preparation.



Like stoves and ranges, these can have elevated magnetic fields. The digital displays can be problematic as they are often in the area of the lower torso.

Test with a gaussmeter for peace of mind.

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Our page The Best EMF Meters of 2020 lists several good options for gaussmeters.



Similarly to ovens, dishwashers can have elevated magnetic fields that due to the digital displays.  These may be more problematic though, as they are often located under the counter and may be directly below a frequented area for food preparation.

Have an EMF consultant do a survey of your kitchen for you or purchase a gaussmeter or an EMF meter that includes a gaussmeter to ascertain your kitchen’s magnetic field levels.

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The Trifield TF2 is a good entry level meter that has gaussmeter funtionality. Read our review of the Trifield TF2 here.


Mixers, Blenders & Food Processors

The motors in these can kick up elevated magnetic fields.

These don’t tend to be long exposure periods for people, but it’s worth knowing if you are sensitive to these types of EMFs.

If so, simply create space from these devices when in use.

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Distance is key with AC magnetic fields.


Pressure Cookers and Slow Cookers

These can produce elevated AC magnetic fields. If you’re sensitive to these fields, you’ll want to create distance between yourself and the cookers while they are in use.

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Distance, distance, distance.

Coffee Makers

Coffee is standard morning fare for a great many adults in the mornings.


Coffee Makers & Pod Brewers

The heating element in coffee makers and coffee pod brewers can produce elevated magnetic fields.

Just something to be aware of and distance yourself from if you are sensitive.


Espresso Machines

Espresso machines may also produce elevated magnetic fields due to the pumps and heating elements.

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If you’re sensitive to AC magnetic fields, make sure you distance yourself from the source.

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