Does an oven need burner knobs? Kenmore doesn't think so.The Kenmore Elite 97723 replaces burner knobs with touchpad controls, a decision that dampens cooking with this electric double oven.
[MUSIC] Are we ready for a completely knob free oven? Kenmore thinks so with it's Kenmore Elite 97723. With this Kenmore Elite model. The company gets rid of burner knobs entirely, and instead goes to touch controls for the burners. Now, Kenmore says this creates a more precise temperature control mechanism, and also creates a nice, clean, sleek finish. Now, I will agree about the finish of the oven, it looks really sharp. But the touch controls for the burners turned out to be trickier to use than I thought they would be. It's hard to figure out what is the equivalent of medium or high or low when you just have a number scale. You have to definitely make sure that you are reading the instruction manual to figure out how to use the burners as they should be used. You know, after a few tries, you will eventually get the hang of using the burners and once you do, this oven delivers Very good cooking performance. There's a turbo boil flex burner that can boil 112 ounces of water in less than nine minutes which is pretty fast here in the test kitchen. The double oven cavities also provide a lot of room for you to multitask while you bake, and I love having that option. However, this oven comes at a pretty steep price tag. $2,600 to be exact. So I'd rather have my burner knobs back in exchange for a cheaper price for this Kenmore. To read my full review of the Kenmore Elite, check out CNET.com. For CNET appliances, I'm Ashlee Clark Thompson. [MUSIC]