Frigidaire FGGF3058RF review: Do extra features make this Frigidaire oven a worthwhile buy?

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MSRP: $1,049.00

The Good The $1,150 Frigidaire FGGF3058RF gas range includes some extra cook settings and features, such as a pizza button and a heating element built around the oven's convection fan. It also boils water quicker than comparable gas ranges.

The Bad The gas range slowly broils burgers, and the oven controls are counterintuitive.

The Bottom Line The Frigidaire FGGF3058RF attempts to offer higher-end features to distinguish itself from similarly priced ranges. But when you dig deeper, this range isn't much different than the competition.

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7.3 Overall
  • Design 7
  • Features 8
  • Usability 7
  • Performance 7
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At first glance, it seems like the Frigidaire FGGF3058RF is a feature-rich appliance available for a reasonable price: $1,150. There's a heating element built around the oven's convection fan for more even cooking. It has specialty cooking modes, such as convection roast and a simple button that just says "pizza" for your favorite frozen or fresh pie. And there's a probe that you plug into the oven wall that tracks the internal temperature of dishes you're cooking, a feature we usually see on more expensive ovens.

But when you dig a little deeper into this oven's extras and basic functions, you realize that Frigidaire has created an appliance that is on par with other gas ranges in the less-than-$1,200 price range. The oven takes its sweet time broiling burgers, and it doesn't bake multiple racks of biscuits as evenly you'd hope, especially with that "true convection." And the pizza button? It works, but it's so simple that it almost seems like an unnecessary part of the oven.

Overall, the Frigidaire FGGF3058RF is a decent range. It just doesn't have enough bells, whistles or cooking prowess to make it any more special than other ranges. Consider the $1,000 GE JGB700SEJSS, a cheaper gas range with fewer bonus features, but an equally good performance.

Another day, another stainless-steel range

The Frigidaire FGGF3058RF does little to set itself apart aesthetically from other gas, freestanding ranges. Fortunately, this now-standard design is inoffensive and won't be an eyesore in your kitchen. The Frigidaire is a 30-inch wide freestanding range coated in stainless steel that's supposed to be resistant to smudges and fingerprints (it was indeed resistant, but not impervious, so keep stainless-steel wipes handy). Continuous cast-iron grates cover the five gas burners on the cooktop. The range comes with the nice addition of an option of a griddle you can swap over the middle, oblong burner for foods like pancakes or grilled cheese.

The touch panel buttons often control more than one cooking option.

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The touchpad controls can be difficult to get the hang of because one button can access multiple features. For example, there isn't a separate button between convection bake and convection roast; you use the same button to access each cooking mode. And if you're using the temperature probe, you can decide whether you want the oven to continue cooking after your desired temperature has been reached or if you want it to stop. This is a smart option to give users, but it's hard to remember exactly how to get to that selection. You need to make sure you hold onto this oven's user manual so you can keep all the controls straight.

Down in the oven, Frigidaire gives you 5 cubic feet of baking space, which is a bit on the small end for a freestanding gas oven. But in practice, there is plenty of room for large baking sheets and roasts. A convection fan is built into the back wall of the oven to improve the circulation of hot air. As I mentioned earlier, there's a heating element around the convection fan (in addition to traditional heating elements on the top and bottom of the oven) to heat the air while it's circulating.