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Are burner knobs a must for an oven? (pictures)

The Kenmore Elite 97723 gets ride of the burner knobs in favor of a touchpad controls. On the surface, the choice gives the oven a very sleek look. But the addition of touch controls means that you have to re-learn how to control a burner's temperature.

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The Kenmore Elite 97723 is a 30-inch-wide double oven. It costs $2,600.

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This oven bypasses burner knobs for a full touchscreen control pad.

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The buttons on the back panel require close reading of the instruction manual.

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Each burner has an on-off button and buttons to change the burner's temperature.

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The oven controls are also located on the back panel of the oven.

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The Turbo Boil Flex burner boiled 112 ounces of water in less than nine minutes.

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A blue light illuminates on the control panel when the 97723 is in use.

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The curved oven door handles are the only things that protrude from the body of the 97723.

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Each oven cavity has a capacity of 3.6 cubic feet.

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