You might be tempted by the $899 Frigidaire Gallery 30-Inch Electric Range but I advise you to resist its charms. Sure, clad in a handsome stainless steel finish designed to repel fingerprints and grease smears, the Gallery sports premium good looks. The compact oven also includes a hidden bake element, a five-burner range complete with a speedy quick-boil burner plus a controllable warming zone.
But while this Frigidaire cooks with very consistent temperatures for an electric appliance, it lacks a convection mode which offers superior roasting and baking. You're much better off opting for the less expensive $800which provides nearly identical oven performance, design, and cooking capabilities. Even more shrewd is to spend an extra $100 on a similarly equipped Frigidaire or GE range with convection technology on board ($999 or $899 respectively). It'll be a big step up in terms of oven performance for not much more cash.
Design and features
Wrapped in stainless steel, the Gallery Freestanding Electric Range is attractively styled, at least for a mid-range slide-in model. Both the flat control panel backsplash and oven door sport the same classy steel treatment along with the cover of the warming drawer beneath it. You'll find the oven handle feels sturdy, too.
The Gallery Electric Range's sharp appearance extends to its flat, ceramic cooktop. Smooth, glossy, and deep black (a finish Frigidaire describes as "black porcelain") the Gallery's cooking surface holds four circular electric burners (two small, one large, and one combo small/medium).
A fifth medium-sized hot zone (located at the back center of the range) isn't a true burner for cooking but rather functions as a region to keep finished food warm. You can adjust the temperature of this warmer using its own dedicated knob control. I was also happy see that the aforementioned combo burner (front right section of the stovetop) has a quick-boil feature. Additionally the flexible heating surface, consisting of two concentric rings, lets you either activate a small or medium burner individually or crank them both up in unison for maximum cooking power.
Of course these features aren't exactly premium. Many basic ovens boast similar or comparable abilities at the same price range or even less. For example both the($800) and ($800) ranges offer hidden baking elements, as well as fast-boil and multi-function burners. That said, the LG lacks a special fifth burner. A cheaper ($600) possess classic retro styling but has neither a warming zone nor hidden baking element to cut down on excess smoke from drips and splatters.
Unfortunately the Gallery's luxurious appearance doesn't carry over to its back-mounted control panel. While the oven's flat touchscreen is relatively uncluttered and framed by aluminum and stainless steel, the appliance's burner knobs are molded from flimsy plastic. These dials also felt loose in my hands, almost as if they might pop off if I twisted them too hard. And since all the controls sit on a rear panel, you'll have to reach over the burners to fiddle with them. That's not a unique issue to the Frigidaire, of course, and it's also better than the LG LRE3021's all-touch control panel, which is truly a pain to interact with.
Another trade-off worth considering is the Gallery's small 5.5 cubic foot oven capacity. For the same price, the LG LRE3021 brings a full 6.3 cubic feet of cooking space to the table. The Gallery oven does provide a bit more room than the GE JB650SFSS (5.3 cubic feet). Of course the biggest hurdle to choosing the Gallery 30-Inch Electric, or any range at this price or less, is the lack of a true convection oven. All three ovens, however, including the Gallery, come with self-cleaning modes standard.