The $1,649 LG LRG3085ST Free-Standing Gas Oven is built to make a good first impression. Its stainless steel chassis is easy on the eyes while its more tangible attributes, front-mounted controls, easy to operate touch panel, oval center burner, and convection oven are worthy features to have on hand in the kitchen.
Unfortunately this range's sluggish cooking times and lack of any distinctive extras make similarly priced options such as the $1,699and $1,649 better appliance deals. Both products are also superior performers, especially Samsung's oven which looks just as pretty yet offers greater space for baking and roasting and is jam-packed with extras.
Design and features
As free-standing ovens go the LG LRG3085ST is actually quite attractive. Sure it relies on the tried-and-true blocky stove shape complete with a back-mounted touch panel, which range manufacturers have used for decades. That said LG also decided to throw in a few snazzy design elements such as shiny stainless steel surfaces contrasted by sober black elements.
Specifically a steel skin covers much of the appliance's front face including the oven door and warming drawer below it, both of which sport sturdy curved metal handles. Likewise the flat touch panel in the rear, beyond the cooktop, is framed by a wide silvery border crafted in iridescent brushed metal.
You'll find a gas cooktop on the LG LRG3085ST's range whose five-burners live beneath a flat cast-iron grate. Both the grate, burners, and range surface are cast in a shade of deep black. The burners themselves range in power from a max of 1,700 BTU down to 5,000 at the low end. One welcome feature is a center oval burner (8,000 BTU) which comes with its own removable griddle pan accessory.
Underneath the cooktop sit five front-facing burner control knobs which while silver in color are actually constructed from plastic. They still feel solid, and turn with satisfying precision, but the metal knobs on the competing Samsung oven make the plastic which LG has used here feel like a shortcut.
The LG LRG3085ST range has a 5.4 cubic foot capacity oven cavity to handle your baking needs. Admittedly that's smaller than many of its competitors such as the KitchenAid KGRS306BSS and Samsung NX58F5700, both of which provide 5.8 cubic feet of oven room to play with.
And if you're expecting much in the way of slick accessories this isn't the oven for you. Outside of the griddle pan and oval center burner, the LRG3085ST only comes with basic flat oven racks (though there are three of them) for use with its seven slots.
What this oven does have at its disposal is a big internal fan linked to its own heating element for European convection (often called true convection) baking and roasting. Euro convection typically offers either faster cooking times or satisfactory results at lower temperatures.
Performance and ease of use
I can't deny that using the LG LRG3085ST is a simple, fun and, at times, an even entertaining process. The oven's back-mounted touch panel is clearly laid out using a minimum of buttons. I also like that instead of the often inscrutable symbols you'll find grafted onto the buttons of many other oven controls, the LRG3085ST's keys are labeled with straightforward English text.