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Frigidaire Gallery FGIF3061NF Review

By: Kelly Burgess on January 25, 2017

Bottom Line

The Frigidaire FGIF3061NF features an induction stovetop for fast, safe cooking. It's loaded with great convenience features, including a temperature probe and a hidden baking element that makes oven clean up easier.

Pros

  • Excellent induction stovetop
  • Convection oven
  • Covered baking element
  • Temperature probe
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • Average broiling performance
Our Analysis
Specs

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 for easier cleaning, 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. In the dozens of reviews we evaluated regarding the Frigidaire Gallery FGIF3061NF, we saw very few complaints. Those we noted include a few instances of a burner not working or other issues that don't seem to have any particular theme; however, we also saw that Frigidaire's customer service generally responds to those complaints urging the owner to contact them directly to resolve their issue.

Our Sources

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 near-perfect score of 9.9, James Aitchison says "you are unlikely to find a range that offers a better mix of performance, feature, and price."

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.

Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of January 2017

Including some originally posted at Frigidaire's site, there are more than 140 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 are very pleased and the range earns an overall score of 4.6 stars with 93 percent saying they would recommend this Frigidaire to others.

Contributors to BestBuy.com, As of January 2017

We found more than 90 additional, unique user reviews at BestBuy.com. Satisfaction is similar, and the Frigidaire Gallery FGIF3061NF earns a score of 4.6 stars, with 95 percent saying they would recommend this product to a friend.

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