Frigidaire FFGF3047LS Freestanding Gas Range Review
A basic, affordable gas range.
If you want to upgrade your gas range to a new model with stainless trim, the Frigidaire FFGF3047LS 30-inch freestanding gas range (MSRP $749) is just about the least expensive way to do so. You can find it on sale for under $500, which makes it one of the more affordable gas ranges on the market.
But affordability is just part of its appeal. The range has versatile gas burners and an acceptable oven—so long as you’re willing to make some recipe adjustments. Fancy features aren't common at this price, but Frigidaire does include a simmer burner. Broiling is done in the drawer beneath the main oven cavity, and there's no self-clean option, which makes the FFGF3047LS feel like it belongs in an inexpensive rental—not a luxury home.
At the end of the day, though, the FFGF3047LS is solid for a sub-$500 range. Sure, you could easily find something more stylish, better at cooking, or more feature-rich—but not at this price point.
Design & Usability
Simple and functional
The 30-inch FFGF3047LS looks appealing enough, even if it's unlikely to win any beauty contests. Frigidaire elevated the range above other cheap models by covering the front with stainless steel trim, but there’s still quite a bit of plain black on display.
Individual cast iron grates coated in a matte black cover each of the rangetop’s four sealed burners, including the right rear simmer burner. The rangetop is controlled using knobs set at the front of the appliance, just above the curved, stainless handle used to access the 4.2-cu.-ft. oven. Further down, you'll find the matching handle that opens the broiler drawer.
An interior light comes on automatically when the oven door is open, but can also be manually operated via a button on the backsplash when the oven door is shut.
The electronic oven's control panel is located on the FFGF3047LS’s backsplash, and includes little more than the most basic features. You’ll find a Bake setting and arrow buttons that can be used to adjust temperature. The Broil button switches on the broiler—surprise, surprise—and allows you to choose between a Hi/Lo setting as desired. There's not much more than that—no convection mode or self clean—but at least Frigidaire included a digital clock and timer!
Excellent high and low heat
This Frigidaire offered up a surprisingly wide span of temperatures for such an affordable range. The simmer burner only reached 358°F—not a surprise, since it's designed for low heat—but we measured maximum temps as high as 489°F from other burners—very impressive considering that gas doesn't usually get as hot as electric or induction. You should be able to throw together a sizzling weeknight stir-fry with ease.
Low temperatures were especially excellent, with the simmer burner dipping as low as a mild 105°F and the others staying well below 200°F. Bakers will be able to melt butter and chocolate, while amateur sauciers can simmer to their heart's content. In fact, even ranges costing thousands more struggle to simmer this well.
The FFGF3047LS isn’t terribly quick to boil water, but times we recorded weren’t all that bad: roughly 7 or 8 minutes on the front burners for 6 cups of water.
Oven & Broiler
Gets by without convection
We didn’t expect much from this small, 4.2-cu.-ft. oven—especially given the lack of a convection setting—but the FFGF3047LS turned out to do a good job regulating temperature throughout the cavity.
We baked a sheet of cookies in the oven and found they emerged with very dark bottoms and light tops. However, this browning pattern was repeated almost identically across all individual cookies. We also baked two cakes side by side and found darker bottoms as well—not an issue, since the two cakes matched. However, we did measure edges that were more burnt closer to the walls of the oven cavity. That's a sign of poor heat distribution.
Since the oven's performance was at least consistent every time we used it, there are steps consumers can take to make recipes fit the oven: reduce baking time, use a slightly lower temperature, place the pan on a higher rack, or use a lighter-colored pan. As long as you keep your food away from the extreme edges of the oven, the end result should be just fine.
The oven was lightning-fast to preheat, reaching 350°F in just under 6 minutes. The broiling drawer was decidedly more sluggish, taking a little less than 10 minutes for the drawer to reach the desired 600°F.
Why We Like It
Bang for your buck
The Frigidaire FFGF3047LS is inexpensive and unassuming. Despite its stainless steel front and backsplash—a welcome addition to a real estate listing—it won’t be a kitchen conversation piece. However, the food you make with it might be.
The rangetop is especially adept, with low simmering temperatures, above-average highs, and rapid boiling potential. The oven has some issues radiating greater heat on the bottom and sides, but makes up for this by otherwise consistently regulating temperature. Use it with care.
While we always like to see a convection option—or at least a standard pyrolytic self-clean cycle—the extremely affordable FFGF3047LS should give you your money’s worth.
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