Electrolux EI30GF35JS 30-Inch Freestanding Gas Range Review
Hot burners, cool design
From the Lab
In our tests, the Electrolux EI30GF35JS was an average student, acing a few exams but coasting through others. Despite some good boiling performance and an amazingly fast preheat, the burners' temperature range and general oven performance wouldn't make the honor roll.
Oven & Broiler Performance
If there is one thing consumers expect from a modern oven it's speed. And fortunately the Electrolux EI30GF35JS delivers in that department: the oven took eight minutes to reach the target temperature of 350°F. The broiler was less impressive, taking a total of nine minutes to pass the target temperature of 600°F, but it did get there.
Using thermocouples, we check for temperature accuracy and precision in all the ovens we test, and unfortunately—excluding the Keep Warm setting—the Electrolux EI30GF35JS did not impress. The aforementioned Keep Warm setting was top of the class, averaging 173°F—only three degrees from the target of 170°F. The 350°F did not acquit itself well only averaging 327°F, falling as low as 314ºF and rising only as high as 344ºF. However, the convection setting was the true dunce. This setting averaged only 324°F, varying widely from 312ºF to 354ºF.
We also test ovens using real food. Though this Electrolux had no problems baking cakes and cookies evenly throughout, there was something odd going on with the left side of the oven. The closer an item was to the edge, the more likely it would be over or underdone. That's a sign of airflow issues.
Pretty much what we hope for from a gas range.
The Electrolux EI30GF35JS offers excellent boiling performance: The primary burner took a staggering four minutes to boil 48oz of water. That's amazing. If you didn't read the owner's manual and decided to make pasta on the simmer burner, it would take a whopping 34 minutes to boil water.
Gas offers a great deal of control but it cannot match the range of temperatures offered by electric and induction cooktops. This is evident when looking at the average high and low temperatures of the EI30GF35JS. We recorded an average high of 458°F with the primary burner reaching 489°F, and an average low of 133°F with a lowest recorded temperature of 112°F.
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