I have brewed a few dozen batches of ale, but I'd like to brew a lager and am considering low-cost equipment to purchase. I see many using a chest freezer with a temperature control device (such as described in this question and this answer), so that's what I'm considering first.
However, I'm concerned about the reliability of a freezer when "harshly" power-cycled by something of the style of this device. It plugs in between the outlet and the freezer, and seems to work by turning on or off the freezer by essentially "plugging in and unplugging" the freezer to keep the contents in the right temperature range.
On compressor-based systems (refrigerators, dehumidifiers, air conditioners, etc.) I see warnings against "harshly" power-cycling these type of machines: it seems to imply that plugging and unplugging the system is somehow "bad" for unspecified reasons, and (based on the behavior of, e.g., unplugging and re-plugging a dehumidifier) it seems that some systems have some logic to avoid frequently turning on and off the compressor.
Should I be concerned about this at all? From your experience, have you seen any reliability (or other) concerns regarding this type of power-cycling? I'm surprised that I can't find other questions about this, so perhaps I'm just over-thinking this.