Frigidaire Professional FPEH3077RF Freestanding Electric Range Review
From performance to style, this Professional has it all.
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From the Lab
From real world baking tests to rangetop temperature measurements, the Frigidaire FPEH3077RF performed well in every category of our comprehensive suite of tests. Most impressive were the baking tests, which even pricier ranges have failed to pass so thoroughly.
We liked the looks of the Frigidaire Professional series when it debuted at the Kitchen and Bath show earlier this year, but we weren't sure if the affordable appliances could live up to their fancy duds.
Now, we can definitively say that the Frigidaire Professional FPEH3077RF electric range (MSRP $2,499) won't disappoint those who want a serious kitchen upgrade. Frigidaire claimed the Professional series was more affordable than a true pro-style range, but a sale price of $2,000 certainly doesn't count as cheap. Still, if you don't mind shelling out for style and performance, boy does this freestanding range deliver.
It’s a striking centerpiece for an all-electric kitchen, with a 5.1 cu.-ft. oven cavity that distributes heat evenly for ideal baking conditions. The 30-inch electric rangetop offers versatile temperatures and fast boil times on every burner.
True pro-style electric ranges are few and far between. So unless you want a larger oven or a lower price—or you've decided to go with induction—we can’t think of any reason why you wouldn’t want to take this beauty home with you.
Design & Usability
A freestanding range disguised as a slide-in
The FPEH3077RF is a freestanding range, but at a glance you might mistake it for a slide-in. With the front-mounted controls and no backsplash, we'd hardly fault you for the confusion. In fact, many of Frigidaire's competitors are also selling front-control ranges that lack backguards, but fit in a standard freestanding cutout.
It’s a handsome range, covered in a flat expanse of smudge-proof stainless steel and topped with a black electric rangetop. Handles are shiny and set into pro-style brackets—a look that stands on its own without mimicking pricier models. A storage drawer fits below the 5.1 cubic-foot oven cavity.
Inside the cavity, you’ll find a gliding rack and two standard racks. Control the oven with knobs located near the center of the panel, on either side of a digital display screen, and choose from Broil, Convection Bake, Convection Roast, standard Bake, Powerplus Preheat, or a pyrolytic self-clean cycle. The oven is also equipped with a meat probe to take the guesswork out of a pork roast. Uniquely, you’ll find two timers on this range, to keep track of rangetop and oven cooking simultaneously.
Up top, the rangetop has four burners and a keep-warm zone. The front right burner is of the dual-ring variety, while both left burners can be combined with a bridge element to accommodate long skillets or other abnormally shaped cookware.
Oven & Broiler Performance
There’s little to criticize regarding how this oven bakes. The FPEH3077RF’s broiler reached our target temperature of 603°F in 5 minutes 13 seconds, while preheat times were about 11 minutes with the standard bake setting and 10 minutes 40 seconds with convection.
Once the oven was up to temperature it turned out near-perfect baked goods. Cookies were evenly baked at the standard setting, with golden tops and bottoms regardless of where each individual cookie was located in the cavity. Convection only made these excellent results better.
Cakes also did well in this oven, browning evenly with both standard bake and convection settings. Use convection if you want, but standard bake works so well that it doesn’t really matter which setting you choose here.
The left front burner reached the rangetop’s highest temperature of 688°F, and dipped to an acceptable 132°F when we measured its minimum temp. The right rear burner wasn’t far off when it came to high temps, peaking at 680°F, but bottoming out at an even lower 112°F. The left rear burner hit a similar max temp of 678°F, but its lowest temperature was 138°F. The right front dual-ring burner wasn’t as hot as the other burners, climbing to just 546°F—still hot enough for searing—but dipping to the rangetop’s lowest temperature of 106°F. The numbers don’t lie—simmer or stir-fry on any burner, they’re all versatile enough.
When it came to boiling, the fastest burner was the right front's outer ring, which got 6 cups of water bubbling in just 3 minutes 50 seconds. The left rear burner boiled in 7 minutes—still quite fast. Other burners were significantly slower: 9 minutes 39 seconds on the left front burner, and just under 11 minutes on the right rear. None of these are terribly long waits, but you might as well stick to the right front and left rear burners for boiling if you can.
Versatile enough for all your cooking needs
There’s no doubt about it—this rangetop won’t disappoint. While some burners get hotter than others, with maximum temperatures falling between 530°F (right front burner, inner ring) and 688°F (left front burner), you’ll be able to sear steak no matter which element you use.
As far as low temperature cooking goes, all burners dipped to adequately low temperatures. You’ll hit your lowest temperatures on the right side of the rangetop, which offers 106°F up front and 112°F in the rear. All minimum temperatures were 138°F or lower, so you can simmer on any burner you like. Starting to notice a trend, yet?
Water boiled exceptionally quickly on the right front burner: just 4 minutes for 6 cups. The left rear burner took nearly twice as long at 7 minutes, while all other burners needed about 10 minutes. Decent results all around, but if you’re impatient, stick to the right front or left rear burners for boiling.
Oven, Broiler, & Convection
Even baking and spot-on temperatures
Plan to do any baking with this Frigidaire? You’re in for a treat: The FPEH3077RF’s oven aced every test we threw at it.
We baked a batch of cookies using the standard bake setting, then another batch using convection. In both cases, the cookies were evenly browned across the entire cookie sheet, especially convection, which yielded a level of evenness that flirted with perfection.
When we baked two cakes side by side using standard bake, then convection, we again noted consistent browning all across the board. You simply can’t go wrong with either setting. This is a fantastic oven, end of story.
Preheat times weren’t too shabby either: about 11 minutes for each setting. The broiler reached ideal heat in about 5 minutes.
If you have issues with this range due to defects in material or workmanship, Frigidaire has you covered for one year from the date of purchase. During that year, Frigidaire will cover the costs of repairs or replacement parts to address those defects.
And if you want to see the factory in Memphis, TN where this oven is made, check out our video tour.
Worth the price
Sometimes you really do get what you pay for. At upwards of $2,000 on sale, the Frigidaire Professional FPEH3077RF is too pricey to call a "good deal," but the truth is it’s just plain "good." The oven aced our bake tests across the board, while the rangetop has a slew of versatile burners to choose from.
Oven capacity may be a bit on the smaller side, but it’s hard to go wrong here, especially if—like us—you appreciate that slide-in-inspired aesthetic, and a minimalist design that doesn't go overboard.
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