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Electrolux EI30GF45QS review: Electrolux's gas stove can't keep up with the competition

Large-burner boil test (gas models)

LG LDG4315ST
10.65
Electrolux EI30GF45QS
11.55

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Time to achieve rolling boil, in minutes

It took an average of 11.55 minutes for the EI30GF45QS to bring 112 ounces of water to boil. That's nearly 4 minutes faster than the most expensive gas range we've reviewed, the Dacor RNRP36GS. But that time still trails nearly 2 minutes behind the $1,400 Kenmore 74343, the gas range with the fastest boil times we've tested.

Broil times were even more disappointing:

Hamburger broiling test (gas models)

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Time to achieve 145 degrees F, in minutes

It took an average of nearly 20 minutes for the EI30GF45QS to bring six hamburger patties to an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a super sluggish time when you stand the EI30GF45QS's performance next to its competitors'.

But there's a flip side to the EI30GF45QS's performance. Though it takes a long time to get those burgers to our testing temperature, the end result was patties that retained their juiciness despite being under direct heat for about 20 minutes. That's definitely a coup for the EI30GF45QS -- if you're willing to carve out the time to wait for those aforementioned juicy burgers.

And the convection roast setting produced an equally moist chicken, though the skin could've been crispier:

The skin needed a little more crispiness, but the meat of this roast chicken was nice and moist.

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The EI30GF45QS's baking chops are just decent. The convection fan, which circulates air for more even baking, wasn't effective enough to evenly cook two racks of biscuits at the same time. The biscuits that baked on the bottom right side of the oven were regularly lighter than the rest of the biscuits across two racks:

The biscuits in the top left picture were baked on a higher rack than the biscuits in the bottom left picture. Color rendering of the browning is on the right.

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Final thoughts on the EI30GF45QS

I'd be happy with what this stove can do with food if I didn't compare this stove with other products -- the EI30GF45QS is a solid product if you don't mind the wait. But if a quickly cooked dish is a must-have for your mealtimes, you can find stoves from other brands that can cook food faster for the same amount of money.

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