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Anyone have experience with Frigidaire ranges?

Looking to spend my government rebate and was thinking of a new kitchen range. Looking to spend under $1000. Was looking at this model. Also...what the advantage of not having a dash board on the back of the range....a "slide in range"? Thanks, Richie

http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action...

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  1. I've been thinking about a new range too. I think the thing you have to watch the most with the "dashboard" on the back is the amount of overhang over the back burners. A lot of people have stated on other threads here on CH that those overhangs sometimes make the back burners almost unusable for all intents and purposes because most decent sized pots won't fit on them. I like the idea of SOME kind of back on the range (I think mostly because it's what I'm used to,) but when I can afford a new range I think I'm going to look at American or one of those similar ranges with the flat back (no overhang).

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    1. re: flourgirl

      I kinda like the dashboard because it helps with grease spatter against the back wall near the range. But, I also like the look without a dashboard too!

      1. re: javaandjazz

        Yeah, that's why i like the back too - the cleanliness thing. But then I've never actually seen a slide in range in use. Are they typically caulked in or something like that? Because otherwise I don't see what's stopping a big mess from forming behind there. Yuck.

    2. I have been looking at awful lot of places that are for sale lately. Seems the me that TREMENDOUS numbers of flippers and new condo builders have gone with Frigidaire because it about THE CHEAPEST WAY to get a "stainless appliance package".

      Now I don't have direct experience with the repair record or performance of Frigidaire, but from where I sit the "low price" probably comes with some negatives... I suspect quite a few folks that buy these places will be interested in upgrading before too long.

      As to slide-in ranges they are kind of must in an island, pretty much no one want an island range that sticks up. They can work fine in regular installation toward a wall too. Typically the build out of the cabinet/countertop has to be a within 1/8" to avoid a dirt trapping gap. Some cabinet companies have special stock cabinets with the cleats( reinforcements) for a slide range to sit on and maybe a small drawer under the range. The range top generally is not truly flush with the finish countertop and it does not get caulked in, though if you did so you'd need a heat resistant caulk.You will want a heat-resistant backsplash treatment, the "quilted" SS is popular but some folks like stone or tile too. I don't think there would be a code requirement to have anything other than drywall, the output of these things ought not be an issue. If you did only have drywall back there it will take a lot of abuse from steam, bumped pots, cooking splatters.

      1. I can't speak to your range problem, but we bought a new Frigidaire 24" built in gas oven in December to replace a similar oven. It was a piece of crap, with many problems. The hinges were weak and began to bend almost immediately after heating. The doors didn't close properly, etc. Between Dec. 1 and March 1 we had the servicemen out 6 times. Each time they made it worse, and Frigidaire didn't want to do anything about it. Finally we found a repair guy who declared it a loss, and Frigidaire replaced it with the same model. If I had it to do over again, I would spend the extra money to buy another brand. We had a lot of grief. That's my story.

        1. I have this 40-inch range (it's actually Kenmore, but I believe it's a rebranded Frigidaire as it's exactly the same):
          http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action...

          I've had it for almost 2 years and haven't had many problems with it. It's easy to clean, oven temps are consistent, and nothing's broken yet. The door hinges are still strong, I can still see through the glass window. One burner occasionally has trouble with the pilot, but that's about it.

          However, I can attest that the "dashboard" makes it hard to stick the stockpot on the back burners. Any other pots and pans are fine, but the stockpot fits better on the front (which is where the higher btu burners are, anyway). My oval dutch oven fits perfectly on the back burners.

          I didn't buy this range for the ss look, however. I wanted a dual-fuel, double oven range that was larger than the standard 30" (the old one was 36" and the space was built for that - we took out the slim cabinet to make room for the 40") but I didn't want to bump up to the $5000 price range. This one fit the bill and I've been happy with it. I'm sure you could do better with higher-end brands, but I'm also positive you could do a lot worse.

          A note about the range you've picked: it looks like it's dual fuel (elec oven, gas range). If you're replacing an all-gas range, make sure you have the correct electrical outlet to accomodate the duel fuel connection. I had to install a new outlet for mine as the house didn't already have it.

          1. Have that model with the 5 burners, and the convection oven in my kitchen. After 2+ years so far so good. When I was outfitting my kitchen a couple of years ago it was the range that packed the most bang for the buck(5 burners & convection)

            1. I can only attest to the Frigidaire electric range that's here in the house. This is probably a $400 or less model, white. All electric, coil burners, self-clean oven with timer, black glass door with window. Has knob oven temp control but touch control for start/timer/clock. Not what most people want to cook on, but it was here, and it works. And my SO is afraid of gas so she is more likely to cook on this anyway vs gas, and I will cook on anything that works.

              I can attest to some longevity. Not much to go wrong here, admittedly, but there is an electronic control in there, and this unit dates to about 2000, so 8 years old with no trouble. Also a fridge here from them, same vintage. (The DW was older, GE, about 20 years old, and didn't match, and I replaced with Bosch about 2 years ago.) The only thing is if I get a little rambunctious with the pot, I might tilt the coil element slightly because it only has 3 "legs" to stand on. It's forgiving in that it continues to work despite the abuse, I'll say that. I got an oven thermometer a while back, and it turned out to be dead on at 300-400, can't remember if I tried lower. Really adequate if you don't really have a large budget, I suppose. That said, reliability of a gas model can be totally different I suspect.

              It's a little hard to think I would want to spend $1000 on a Frigidaire, though, but then it does have convection in there and everything. More stuff = more likely to break, I would think. Just something to consider.

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              1. re: CrazyOne

                Frigidaire is not the same company it was back in 2000.

                Its swedish owners have been under a lot of pressure to increase profits.

                1. re: renov8r

                  That's a shame. We still have the same Frigidaire DW that was here when we bought our house. I don't know how old it is, but we've been in the house 12 years and it sure as heck wasn't new when we moved in. (I would not be at all surprised if this machine isn't going on 18 years old or more.) It still looks decent and runs fine. And I'm not replacing it until the day it stops working...

                  1. re: renov8r

                    Fair enough. I didn't remember when that takeover was and wasn't really thinking of it at all in my post. It's hard to think that an 8-year-old major appliance can't be representative anymore, but I guess that is true in this day and age. I mean, for years we thought, and many people still think, "How much could the reliability have changed in just those several years?" And of course this is what some of these companies are banking on, trading purely on past reputation.

                    Although in 2000 I already wouldn't have thought much of Frigidaire; I'm actually pleasantly surprised they (fridge and range, but fridge particularly) haven't broken in the 5 years I've had the house, with them already being a few years old.

                2. I haven't physically looked at the range yet but will take a ride this weekend and check it out. It seems to have the most bang for my buck in this price range. I looked at Sears and they seem to be made by Frigidaire also. As far as the vari-broil system in the gas range model, I couldn't tell on the frigidaire website if it was electric or gas. When I clicked on the link on the model I was looking at, it showed me an electric broiler. And I couldn't find what voltage the range required, either 110 or 220. Guess I will find out when I go and look at it in person. Thanks, Richie

                  1. I don't have that exact model but I have a step down from that and I am very happy with it. this is what I bought

                    http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action...

                    BUT I did not spend $800 on it. I got if for about $500 at Conn's, and yes I bartered. You have to shop around.

                    1. I bought this range about 3 years ago and have had no problems with it. The back dashboard does limit the size of pan that can be used on the rear burners, but having the 5th burner in the middle kind of makes up for it. The black grates are pitting a little bit above the most powerful burner, which is 18000 BTUs, I think. Otherwise, I'm happy with it. I think it was a good range for the price. Oh yes, the convection oven is great.