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Frigidaire FGDS3065PF review: Frigidaire oven could use more extras

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The Good This $2,399 Frigidaire is an easy-to-use dual-fuel range that performed well in our cook tests. It's also the cheapest dual-fuel and slide-in range we've ever tested.

The Bad There aren't many additional features that you'd expect on an oven that costs more than $2,000, such as a fifth burner or cooking accessories. It's also pretty slow when it comes to broiling.

The Bottom Line The Frigidaire FGDS3065PF might not excite, but it's a solid pick if you want a slide-in range with a gas cooktop and an electric oven.

7.6 Overall
  • Design 7
  • Features 7
  • Usability 8
  • Performance 8

When a range costs more than $2,000, you expect a manufacturer to include a few bonus features that can help you try to justify the price: a double oven cavity, a baking drawer, heck, at least a griddle. Frigidaire pummels those expectations of extras in its $2,399 FGDS3065PF, a range that is slim on extra features. The manufacturer opts for a "less is more" approach with this range. There's only four gas burners on the cooktop, the oven cavity is relatively small and there aren't any cooking tools included with the appliance.

However, this Frigidaire is the cheapest dual-fuel range (a gas cooktop paired with an electric oven) and cheapest slide-in range (all controls on the front of the unit) we've ever tested, which helps justify the lack of extras. And the Frigidaire FGDS3065PF also makes up for its lack of add-ons with a decent cooking performance. The range boils water quickly, roasts a tasty chicken and bakes multiple racks of biscuits evenly. However, none of the resulting food or cook times made this range great enough to be memorable.

The Frigidaire FGDS3065PF is a good option if you want a dual fuel, slide-in range but want to spend less than $2,500. Just don't expect a wealth of extras.

Appearance

You might feel a bit of déjà vu when you see the Frigidaire FGDS3065PF. This 30-inch wide slide-in range looks very similar to comparable products, especially the Electrolux EW30IS80RS induction range (not surprising since the brands share a parent company). The Frigidaire is wrapped in stainless steel with black trim. On the cooktop, continuous cast iron grates cover the four gas burners. Most ranges in this price range throw in a fifth oblong, middle burner that is designed for you to use with the griddle. This Frigidaire, however, forgoes a fifth burner, which leaves some dead space in the middle of the cooktop. I would've liked to see Frigidaire make the most of this space by rearranging the burners in a set-up that would let you use bigger pots and pans without crowding the cooktops. Instead, you have a traditional four-burner set-up with a blank space in the middle that feels like a wasted opportunity.

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A special rack hooks to the oven door so it extends when you open the door.

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This Frigidaire comes with a 4.6 cubic-foot electric oven, which is small when you compare it other slide-in, comparably priced models, such as the KitchenAid KSGB900ES (with 6.5 cubic feet of space) or the Samsung NX58H9500WS (5.8 cubic feet). Fortunately, the oven holds large baking sheets without feeling crammed. The oven also comes with a special rack that you hook to the oven door. When you open the door, the rack will extend outward for easier access to your food. It's a thoughtful feature, but limiting in that you can only use the rack on the first two rack positions.

Performance

The Frigidaire FGDS3065PF performed well in our cook tests. It didn't break any records for speed, but it didn't lag too far behind other ranges.

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