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Frigidaire FPGH3077RF review: Frigidaire gas stove isn't worth its $2,700 price

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MSRP: $2,699.00
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The Good The $2,700 Frigidaire FPGH3077RF gas range boils water quicker than comparable cooktops. The appliance looks good thanks to a stainless-steel exterior and streamlined control panel.

The Bad The broiler in the oven takes longer than other models to broil hamburger patties, it needs more time to bake goods in the traditional bake setting and some of the controls are tricky to use.

The Bottom Line This gas range is too middle-of-the-road to justify its hefty price.

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6.4 Overall
  • Design 7
  • Features 7
  • Usability 6
  • Performance 6

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"Decent" is the strongest word I could muster to describe the $2,700 Frigidaire FPGH3077RF gas range. The stove boils water quicker than many comparable models we've reviewed and it's easy on the eyes, especially if you're down for appliances that mimic the look of professional equipment. But this range's weak performance in bake and broil tests and counterintuitive controls left me wanting more. "Decent" isn't good enough to justify buying a $2,700 product.

The $2,700 Frigidaire FPGH3077RF slide-in gas range doesn't live up to promising specs.

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Appearance and specs

The Frigidaire FPGH3077RF is a standard 30-inch wide range with a gas cooktop and gas oven. It has a modern look thanks to a stainless-steel, commercial-like finish and slide-in design, which means all of the range's controls and knobs are located on the front of the unit and there's no back panel. That sleek appeal extends to the pared-down control panel on the front of the unit. It's a small square that displays the time and two cook timers that you can set. There are touch controls for you to turn on the oven light, adjust the time and set the timers.

With five gas burners, the cooktop is great for folks who literally have a lot of pots on the fire. Technically, the one in the middle is made up of two parts: a circular burner in the center that's surrounded by an oval burner (you can control each part independently). Frigidaire includes a reversible griddle to use across two burners, a nice accessory for your pancake needs.

The convenient accessories continue in the 5.1-cubic-foot gas oven. There are three different types of racks that come with the oven: a traditional rack, an offset rack for baking roasting larger dishes and a fully extendable gliding rack. There's a meat probe you can plug into the oven wall that will display the temperature of whatever food item in which you place it on the control panel. There is also a convection fan located in the back wall of the oven that is supposed to help circulate hot air better for more even baking.

Performance

On paper, the Frigidaire FPGH3077RF's features are impressive. In practice, the stove's cooking performance didn't live up to its initial promise. Let's start with the baking tests:

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I baked the above biscuits according to package instructions. They were so pale that I thought there would still be some raw dough in the middle. Fortunately, the biscuits were cooked throughout, but the biscuits came out this pale after all three test bakes. These results tell me that you'd need to leave items in the oven for a little longer for a better bake.

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