LG LDG3036ST Gas Range Review
With two ovens and five burners, this range is all about the extras.
On the surface, the LG LDG3036ST (MSRP $1,799.99) gas double oven range seems to offer something for everyone. With its five burners, two ovens, and a number of welcome conveniences, you would be hard-pressed to find a similarly-priced appliance with so much to offer.
It's clearly a winner at convenience, and sale prices of $1,450 are so low for a range with this many features, we're willing to bet most users will blame their own skills for burned or underdone baked goods. However, when it comes to actual performance, this double oven range struggles to justify its admittedly attractive price tag.
Design & Usability
Filled to the brim with features
The LDG3036ST sports a blocky, angular design that is forward looking, without being ultra-modern. It's textbook transitional, and we think it's a look that will make homeowners happy without jeopardizing resale value. The standard stainless exterior is offset by a striking blue cobalt interior, a design that is becoming fairly commonplace in contemporary ranges and wall ovens ever since Wolf introduced a similar color years ago.
The oven's controls can be found on the backsplash. Even though they require a reach, they are exhaustive and easy to use. Meanwhile, the burners are controlled by sturdy dials found on the front of the unit. Both ovens feature LG's innovative version of steam cleaning, EasyClean. It lets users choose between quick steam cleaning for light messes and a heavy-duty pyrolitic self-clean to burn off the big spills.
LG's marketing department must love CamelCase, because the wider-than-average oven window gets tagged as WideView.
Where's the heat?
If the LDG3036ST's rangetop has one thing going for it, it's real estate. With four regular burners as well as a middle griddle burner, this cooktop covers all the bases. The griddle burner with included pan is particularly welcome, as it allows owners to cook up bacon, eggs, pancakes and burgers without taking up one of the regular burners.
Unfortunately, when we put all five burners to the test, we were somewhat disappointed. Yes, the front right burner took only five minutes to boil six cups of water, which is an impressive result for a gas range. But sometimes you need to boil more than one thing at a time. A superstar needs a great backup band, and the other burners on this range just don't cut it.
Gas burners tend to have a narrow range of temperatures, and this LG's burners were no exception. We recorded an average high of only 390°F, and an average low of 132°F. While these results may seem unimpressive, you shouldn't have any trouble cooking pasta and sauteeing chicken. Still, steaks may not sear as quickly as you'd like, and you'll have to keep your double boiler for melting chocolate and other delicate items.
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Oven, Broiler, & Convection
Mediocre at best
The LDG3036ST's total 6.1-cubic-foot oven capacity is divided up over a 3.9-cubic-foot lower oven, and a smaller 2.2-cubic-foot upper oven. Both cavities were pretty much on par in most of our tests, but the lower oven had a significant edge when it came to cooking performance. During cook tests for both ovens, we recorded uneven baking across the oven category. In a sheet of cookies, some were underdone and some were overdone. And cakes that were undercooked on top were burnt on the bottoms.
It wasn't all bad, however. The LDG3036ST is a good choice for those on a tight schedule. The broiler was reasonably fast with an acceptable preheat time of seven minutes, and both ovens took only five minutes to preheat to 350°F. That's barely enough time to open up a frozen pizza, let alone prepare an entire meal.
Before You Buy
A whole lotta' oven
Look, we get it: $1,799 seems like a good price for so much oven, and LG has certainly packed the LDG3036ST with tempting additions and features. You want an oven? How about two? Forget four burners—this one's got five! Rest assured, if you value quantity over quality and have a limited repertoire of recipes, this is the oven for you.
However, if you're a foodie or gourmand, you'll likely find this oven lacking. Our tests showed inconsistency in the ovens and a narrow band of temperatures from the range. If you demand perfection, you won't get it here. As it currently stands, the LG LDG3036ST isn't quite the Swiss Army knife of gas ranges we were hoping for.
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