Frigidaire FGGF305MKF Review
Frigidaire sticks a high price tag on the FGGF305MKF, but don't be fooled: paying a lot doesn't make it a good product.
It's said that a wine merchant can increase sales just by raising the price on a bottle, since a consumer who doesn't know any better might choose the more expensive one assuming it actually tastes better. Frigidaire appears to be trying that tactic with the FGGF305MKF, a halfway decent range that would be a bargain for $1,299.
The problem? Frigidaire suggests a price of $1,799, and retailers' sale prices hover around $1550. If it aced all our performance tests, we'd consider paying that much. But that's too much to ask for an oven that has some issues and a rangetop that falls short of perfection.
Design & Usability
An interesting lower oven might work for some.
The Frigidaire FGGF305MKF has a classic design, with continuous grates that look tough as nails and a sleek stainless exterior. Controls for the range are on the front, and the oven is run off a touchpad on the backsplash.
At first glance, it appears to be a single-oven range with a warming drawer. But that pull-out drawer beneath is actually a 0.5 cubic foot "SpaceWise" oven, for cooking a side dish while the giant roast is in the upper oven. It's an intriguing idea: a second oven that doesn't intrude on the space of a first oven.
A note: Lowe's sells the exact same oven as the LGGF305MKF. The design and price are about the same -- but the leading letter is different.
Quick boiling and superb simmering, though high temperatures fizzle out.
The FGGF305MKF has one burner that can bring six cups of water to a boil in four minutes, which is absolutely fantastic. The front burners could simmer at around 100ºF, keeping soups and sauces warm without boiling them over. Our only complaint was when it came to high temperature cooking. The Frigidaire didn't have a single burner that could get hotter than 400ºF. That means frying in some oils might not work out very well.
Oven Broiler & Convection
A good rangetop and oven, but not $1,799 good.
This Frigidaire didn't take very long to preheat -- just seven minutes to reach 350ºF. Well, it actually didn't reach 350. Instead, it kept on climbing until it reached 364. When we set the dial to 550, it hit 539ºF instead. The differences aren't that great, but you should keep in mind that this oven runs hot and cold if you're an exacting chef.
Luckily, it didn't have too much trouble staying at whatever temperature it reached. Fluctuation was almost nil at lower temperatures. While it bounced around a bit when we cranked the heat, that's not very unusual and it shouldn't really wreck your recipes.
Good performance doesn't always mean good value.
Were we able to find it on sale for $1,299, the Frigidaire FGGF305MKF would be a great deal. For $300 more than that, however, its small faults begin to show. Competition is crowded in this price segment, and price sensitivity is high.
The only differentiating factor on this oven is its 0.5 cubic foot secondary oven. It's a bit of a cool feature, but a toaster oven serves the same purpose. Without that benefit, this Frigidaire is seriously overpriced.
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