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Looks are deceiving with this little red range (pictures)

The SMEG C30GGRU is a red gas range that's easy on the eyes, but hard on the baked goods. Take a look at some of the features of this $3,200 and some of the testing results.

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Ashlee Clark Thompson

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SMEG C30GGRU

The SMEG C30GGRU is a $3,200 freestanding gas range.

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What's SMEG?

SMEG is an Italian appliance manufacturer best known for its 1950s-style refrigerators.

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Gas cooktop sizzles

The 30-inch wide freestanding range has five burners on its cooktop. The center burner can emit as much as 17,000 BTUs of power.

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What's the temp?

Not all common American baking temperatures are marked on the SMEG's oven dial.

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More knobs, more problems

The burner knobs are also tricky to use because you have to turn the knob to the center to light some burners.

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The convection fan

A separate knob operates the SMEG's convection fan, oven light and defrost feature.

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The biscuits don't lie

When I baked two sheets of biscuits while using the convection fan, the top rack of biscuits was always lighter than the rack of biscuits that baked beneath it.

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More biscuits, even bigger problems

These biscuits baked in the SMEG at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes. Some still had raw dough on the inside.

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Simmer temperatures

The blue line represents the average temperatures of a can of tomato soup that I heated on the SMEG's cooktop and let simmer for 20 minutes. The temperature gradually increased over time, but not as extreme as the Dacor RNRP36GS, a similar high-end gas range.

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