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Induction Stoves: Analog vs Digital Controls

westes | Jan 10, 202209:18 PM     23

I am thinking of an upgrade to an induction stovetop. The vast majority of these are being sold with digital controls. I am considering analog controls and would like to get feedback on certain points regarding digital.

The problems I see with digital controls:

1) While it is great that the digital knobs can automatically shut off when there is no pan on the burner, what is really really bad is that these kinds of controls are easy to turn on by mistake or to configure the wrong settings by mistake.

I read one review where the induction stovetop owner accidentally changed settings just by liquid splashing out of the pot onto the controls. I read another review where the owner was dragging vegetables across the surface and they were seen as a finger and changed the settings.

2) Digital controls are great for technically oriented users but when you have someone cooking for you who is "not so bright" these controls can be very intimidating. For better or worse, almost everyone understands how to operate an analog stove control.

This leads me to the next point. When I looked for induction stovetops with analog controls, I only found two, both from Frigidaire:
https://www.frigidaire.com/Kitchen-Ap...

Those two models FPIC3677RF and FPIC3077RF both present analog controls in the front. If I have to deal with analog, it is much nicer to have those on the side so that they do not interfere with sliding a pan on and off the burner. Does anyone make an induction stovetop with analog controls on the sides instead of the front? Any size will work. Ideally, I would like a budget brand similar to Frigidaire.

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