Samsung FX710BGS Review
We cannot recommend this range unless fast preheating and boiling are all you need.
Retailing anywhere between $1,050–$1,499, the Samsung FX710BGS is far from unreasonably priced. Its five-burner set up and convection oven put it straight into the Thousand Dollar Range club, and its myriad of somewhat peculiar options pay the dues.
Unfortunately, poor temperature stability in the oven makes its membership status tenuous, despite impressive boiling and preheating performance.
Design & Usability
An attractive design, albeit with a quirky backsplash.
The Samsung FX710BGS's five burner rangetop design met our standards. With sturdy continuous grating and front controls—ensuring that your arms don't get burnt as you reach over hot burners—it seems like an excellent compromise between residential practicality and pro-range performance.
In general, the design is an elegant one, and we especially like the brushed, stainless finish. Yet we found the backsplash to be a bit large, and home to some of the most ridiculous presets we've ever seen. A dedicated chicken nuggets setting? Someone at Samsung saw Super Size Me.
Regardless, the 5.8-cubic foot self-cleaning oven has a heated convection fan and tons of space for chicken nuggets (and more) with its three racks—one of which is split, adding appreciated flexibility.
This typical gas rangetop has great boiling abilities, but its temperature range is narrow.
We were very pleased to see the usual 18,000 and 150,000 BTU/hr burners doing their jobs well, boiling water hastily. Even the other (non-simmer) burner impressed us with its power.
Less satisfying was the narrow range of temperatures that our test pans recorded. Searing temperatures were not hot enough, and simmering was a struggle, as well. A small silver lining: these burners lock-in superbly on the temperatures they do hit. The results weren't entirely surprising: Gas rangetops often have temperature spectrum issues, where electric rangetops typically have temperature control issues.
Oven Broiler & Convection
Samsung appears to have stressed preheating time over everything else.
Though we were quite pleased with the FX710BGS's burner performance, we found a few problems in the oven—and no, they had nothing to do with chicken nuggets. The one positive nod we can offer this oven is that it preheated to 350°F very quickly—under six minutes, in fact!
Now for the criticism. Of all of the standard temperatures we test—keep-warm, 350°F, 550°F, and 350°F with convection—we found the oven either missed the target temperatures (undershooting in every case), or the mercury rose and fell like the fortunes of Soviet premiers in the early '80s. Sometimes both. We also found a washed-up old broiler that just couldn't bring itself to heat up.
Room for improvement? More like a master suite.
Most cooks need a variety of tools in their kitchen, but this range is a particularly blunt instrument. As far as power numbers go—boiling and preheating—we were extremely satisfied by the pure muscular performance we saw. The Samsung FX710BGS heats up faster than a barfight.
When it came time for more nuanced operations, like searing and simmering, it was pretty poor. Across the board, oven temperatures remained jumpy and inaccurate. Clearly we cannot recommend this to anyone with needs that extend beyond fast preheating and boiling.
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