PROS / The electric stovetop has a medium-size expandable element and warming burners.
CONS / There is no steam clean cycle on this electric range.
VERDICT / The Frigidaire FGEF3030 finds a good balance between standard and extra features to make it a standout appliance in its price range.
Whether you're a master chef or a frozen pizza connoisseur, the electric range is a staple of the modern kitchen. For all the extra features included in these appliances, it can be tricky to know what you're paying for. The Frigidaire FGEF3030 manages to find a sweet spot between basics and extra features.
The flat ceramic stovetop fits four standard burners and one expandable element that grows from 6 inches to 9 inches. The small element and two rear burners are suitable for melting or simmering delicate food like chocolate or butter. There's no power boil element on the electric stovetop, but the 9-inch element produces up to 3,000 watts, enough to heat quickly and boil water or soup stock.
You can place the two oven racks anywhere on the seven guides in the oven. This electric oven has a capacity of 5.7 cubic feet, which is enough to cook multiple large dishes simultaneously. The baking and broiling elements produce similar wattage, indicating similar preheat times for both. However, there is typically a wider difference in wattage between the two. The baking element produces 3,500 watts while the broiling element produces 3,600 watts.
This electric oven uses a heated self-clean cycle to clear the oven chamber of soils. During this cycle, the oven reaches temperatures up to 900 degrees Fahrenheit, hot enough to melt aluminum foil. While this method is effective for removing baked-on messes inside the oven chamber, the high heat makes the oven dangerous to touch.
Thankfully, this oven comes with built-in safety measures while the self-clean cycle runs. The door automatically locks, and the clean and lock light illuminates. The best models have a display message or countdown that replaces the digital clock. While the self-clean cycle is a powerful feature, the burnt soils inside the oven chamber often produce fumes and the oven becomes extremely hot to the touch. Both effects can be dangerous to kids and some pets, especially birds.
The Frigidaire FGEF3030 has all the standard user conveniences we looked for in a kitchen range. While there's no Sabbath mode, timed baked shut off or convenience settings, you can still find features like a digital clock, timer, oven lock and a well-organized control panel on the backsplash. To make up for some of its missing features, there are delay bake or clean settings that allow you to start cooking or cleaning after a designated time.
A lot can go wrong in the kitchen. When it does, this Frigidaire model is covered by a full warranty for one year. If you have questions about this range or Frigidaire's policies, you can find plenty of support methods on the website. Email, telephone and live chat information is easy to find on Frigidaire's page. In addition, you can find the user guide, wiring diagram, installation instructions and product specs if you lose the original paperwork.
This Frigidaire model is a standard electric range for its price. You can find some extras on this model like self-clean, an expandable element and a warming zone, but it's missing useful features like a convection fan or steam cycle. If you're looking for a functional electric range without many extras, the Frigidaire FGEF3030 may be a good choice for you.