Frigidaire Gallery FGES3065PF Electric Slide-In Range Review
A reasonably priced slide-in with unreasonably impressive performance.
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From the Lab
We subject the ovens and rangetops we review to a barrage of tests, scrutinizing everything from water boiling speeds to baking performance. The Frigidaire FGES3065PF withstood pretty much everything we threw at it. With exemplary range top and oven performance this is the value-priced slide-in to beat.
Put simply, the Frigidaire FGES3065PF (MSRP $1,799.00) electric range pretty much blows the slide-in competition out of the water.
Along with a number of high-end conveniences, the FGES3065PF features an exceptional rangetop and some of the best cooking performance we have ever seen. If all that weren't enough, it's one of the least expensive slide-ins on the market, frequently going on sale for just under $1,600. You'll pay at least $1,300 and as much as $2,500 for the competition.
Sure, nobody's going to confuse it with a Wolf or Viking, but if you're looking to ditch a freestanding range for one with front-mounted controls and a flush-fit look, you should check out this Frigidaire.
Oven & Broiler Performance
We test our ovens for accuracy and precision. Accuracy is determined by how often the temperature in the cavity matches the setting—whether it be 170°F, 350°F, or 450°F. Precision, on the other hand, is determined by how far the temperature strays from the ideal. The FGES3065PF isn't the most accurate oven we have ever tested, but it was very precise.
The Keep Warm setting exhibited incredible accuracy and precision. It averaged around 164°F, not far off from the target temperature of 170°F. Accuracy dropped significantly in the 350°F and Convection settings. The 350°F averaged 317°F while the Convection setting averaged 326°F.
Based on these tests alone it would be tempting to write off the FGES3065PF as lacking. Fortunately, we perform cook tests using actual food. The FGES3065PF did better than pretty much every oven we have tested in this area. Both the cookies and cakes we cooked emerged from the oven perfectly uniform and consistent. There was little noticeable difference in doneness between each individual cookie, and the same was true for the difference between the bottoms and tops. This was also the case for all the cakes we baked. The results of these tests let us know that the FGES3065PF has excellent air circulation and little-to-no hot or cold spots in the oven cavity.
The FGES3065PF also performed well in our preheat tests. The broiler took only 6 minutes to reach 602°F, while the oven took just under 10 minutes to reach 350°F.
Design & Usability
More than just the basics
This slide-in unit is designed in a "transitional" style—not too modern, not too classic—and should match most kitchens. As an added bonus, the range likely won't look too dated when it comes time to sell your house. It's 28 5/16" deep and lacks a backsplash, so be sure to measure your counters before pulling the trigger. As is the case with most slide-ins, all the controls are placed on the front of the appliance and they are angled for easy access.
Even though it's relatively affordable, the FGES3065PF doesn't lack for features. In addition to convection, a so-called Effortless oven rack slides out on rails with ease, and an adjustable Spacewise half rack provides a little bit of extra height for taller dishes on one side of the oven. The unit is also encased in Frigidaire's smudge-proof stainless steel, which actually is a bit easier to clean. Just be aware that the surface is a bit darker than standard stainless steel, so you may want to make sure it matches your other appliances.
You may disagree, but we think the FGES3065PF can't outdo the competition when it comes to looks. Most of the elements are there—stainless trim, an angled control panel—but we think all that black enamel looks out of place alongside the better looking Samsung NE58F9710WS and Electrolux EI30ES55JS.
While electric rangetops lack the responsiveness of their gas counterparts, they make up for it with fast boil speeds and a wider range of temperatures. The FGES3065PF, offers an extremely wide range of temperatures. The front right inner-ring burner reached 735°F, while the front left inner-ring burner reached 728°F°. Meanwhile, the front right outer-ring got a bit too hot for our tastes with a maximum temperature of 850°F. The FGES3065PF also excelled in the lower end of the spectrum: We recorded an impressive low temperature of 83 from the left rear burner, while the remaining burners all sitting comfortably in the mid to upper 80's.
The FGGS3065PF's front right burner was mighty fast, and boiled six cups of water in only 3 minutes. The front left was close behind with a 6 minute boil time for the same amount of water.
It brings the heat.
The glass cooktop features four burners and one warming zone. The front two burners have variable-sized elements that allow users to adjust power based on pot and pan sizes. The front right inner ring has a 9-inch diameter, while the outer ring has a 12-inch diameter. In total, the burner can output 3,200 watts. The slightly smaller front left burner has a 6-inch inner ring and a 9-inch outer ring, and is good for 3,000 watts.
In order to pass our boiling test, ranges need not just one stellar burner, but two. After all, you might want to boil linguine and lobster at the same time. Lucky for this Frigidaire, both front burners stood out. The front left burner alone managed to boil six cups of water in only three minutes, which is incredible.
In terms of responsiveness, electric rangetops can't really turn on a dime like gas and induction counterparts. Electric burners do, however, offer a wide range of temperatures, and the FGES3065PF is no exception. Temperatures got as low as 83°F and went all the way up to an impressive—but unnecessarily high—850°F. Regardless of whether you're searing a steak or simmering a sauce, this range top should have you covered.
Oven, Broiler, & Convection
A baking superstar
At 4.6 cu. ft., the FGES3065PF may not have the largest oven cavity out there, but it should comfortably fit a turkey come Thanksgiving. Fortunately, what it lacks in size it makes up with stellar cooking performance.
In terms of temperature, this oven avoided peaks and valleys and stayed even in the Keep Warm, 350°F and Convection settings. While it tended to overshoot and undershoot the temperatures shown on the control panel, numbers don't tell the whole story of oven performance. That's why we baked cakes and cookies and measured them for evenness and doneness. All our samples emerged from the oven almost perfectly cooked, proving that this Frigidaire is a well sealed oven that has no problems with air circulation.
The broiler took a speedy six minutes to warm up, while the oven itself took only 10 minutes to preheat to 350°F. The FGES3065PF also features a quick preheat mode that supposedly brings the time down to six minutes, but our tests only use default settings.
Why We Love It
An obvious choice
We can't really think of anything bad to say about the FGES3065PF. Sure, other ovens are covered in even more stainless, but this one is far from ugly. If you're in search of a slide-in that's also a great value, the FGES3065PF is the one to beat. $1,799 may seem like a lot of money, but this range is in fact well-priced for a slide-in. For that money you get a feature packed, performance powerhouse. That sounds like a good deal to us.
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