Frigidaire Gallery FGIF3061NF Review

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Frigidaire Gallery FGIF3061NF Review
Bottom Line

The Frigidaire FGIF3061NF features an induction stovetop for fast, safe cooking. The convection oven does well in tests, too, though the broiler could be better. It's loaded with tons of great convenience features,  including a temperature probe and a hidden baking element that makes oven clean up easier.

ProsExcellent induction stovetop, Convection oven, Covered baking element, Temperature probeConsAverage broiling performance, Requires induction-compatible cookware

Breaking it down

Performance

Induction stovetop is fast and responsive. The Frigidaire Gallery FGIF3061NF performs well in professional testing. The induction heating zones are able to bring water to a boil faster than most other electric stovetops, yet still be deft enough for jobs that require a more delicate touch. "Magnetic coils provide direct heat to compatible pans, and allow cooks to boil in a flash and simmer at ultra-low temperatures," notes James Aitchison at Reviewed.com. (Compatible pans are those that are magnetic, including cast iron and enameled steel; other cookware won't work -- something that does befuddle a small number of owners. See our separate report on cookware for our recommendations for induction-compatible pans.) Another reviewer finds that the stovetop did an excellent job of melting and holding chocolate and simmering a delicate sauce without scorching either. Results from the convection oven are nearly as good, though different reviewers have different takes on high points and low points. One rates baking as very good, but broiling as only okay, while Reviewed.com found some uneven baking for cakes with convection, and some burnt edges on cookies when those were baked without it.

Features

Lots of nice touches. Frigidaire packed a good number of convenience features into this range. The induction stovetop has five heating zones, one of which is used to keep food warm. The 5.4 cubic foot oven has a large viewing window and comes with a temperature probe, hidden baking element, automatic shut-off and control lockout. The Gallery FGIF3061NF also has a self-cleaning cycle that performed very well in professional tests. The temperature probe seems to be a popular feature with users, especially those who describe themselves as serious cooks. There's no warming drawer, but a storage drawer provides a convenient resting place for baking sheets and the like between uses.

Reliability

Few complaints. Frigidaire is among the more reliable brands of electric ranges according to one survey. It doesn't do as well in the latest J.D. Power and Associates survey of customer satisfaction with their freestanding ranges, but the Gallery series scores a bit better, about mid-pack. User reviews are good. There are a few complaints about ranges that failed, but not an excessive number; most are pleased. The range is covered by a one year warranty.

Our Sources

1. Reviewed.com

Frigidaire FGIF3061NF Freestanding Induction Range Review, James Aitchison, March 10, 2015

Reviewed.com awards the Frigidaire Gallery FGIF3061NF an Editors' Choice award and Best of the Year designation. In granting it a perfect 10.0 score, James Aitchison says that it's better than any range the site has tested, and that its price makes it a great value as well.

2. ConsumerReports.org

Frigidaire Gallery FGIF3061NF range , Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

The Frigidaire FGIF3061NF is included in ConsumerReports.org's latest roundup of kitchen ranges. Ranges are rated on how quickly they heat water, as well as their performance at melting, simmering, broiling and baking.

3. HomeDepot.com

Frigidaire Model # FGIF3061NF Gallery 5.4 cu. ft. Induction Electric Range, Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of December 2015

Including some originally posted at Frigidaire's site, there are more than 60 reviews of the Frigidaire FGIF3061NF at HomeDepot.com. Some reports of ranges that failed or that had some defects can be found, but most owners seem to be mostly to completely pleased and the range earns an overall score of 4.4 stars.

4. BestBuy.com

Frigidaire - Gallery 30" Self-Cleaning Freestanding Electric Convection Induction Range - Stainless-Steel, Contributors to BestBuy.com, As of December 2015

We found more than 50 additional, unique user reviews at BestBuy.com. Satisfaction is similar, and the Frigidaire Gallery FGIF3061NF earns a score of 4.5 stars.