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Frigidaire FGF348KS Review
Frigidaire FGF348KS 5 Star Rating: Cheapism Best Pick
Summary:

The Frigidaire FGF348KS (starting at $539) is a relatively snazzy gas stove with a comparatively frugal price and estimable performance. Frigidaire FGF348KS reviews at Lowe's give this model points for the heavy, continuous cast iron grates; an oval, fifth burner at the center of the stovetop; accurate oven temperatures that yield evenly-baked foods; and steady heat output from the burners. Although one review quibbles that the high-power burner is insufficiently hot for Asian cooking, another says the flames burn hotter than the coils on an electric stove the reviewer had used previously. The sealed burners and grates (dishwasher safe) are easy to clean, assert reviews, and pots don't slip and slide on the cast iron. Cooks say the oval fifth burner is handy for breakfast items, stove-top barbecue, and oddly-shaped cookware.

The glitz of the stovetop is partially offset by a few compromises on the Frigidaire FGF348KS's oven. The oven on is only 4.2 cubic feet, which will require some juggling when feeding a hungry crowd, and there's no self-cleaning mode, although Frigidaire FGF348KS reviews assert oven cleanup is easy enough. The digital touchpad for the oven offers lots of settings (temperature levels can be moved up or down in 5-degree increments) but the timer beeps irritatingly until it's turned off; one review at the company website laments the absence of an automatic shut-off. The broiler is located in a low drawer beneath the oven, which may necessitate a lot of deep-knee bending.

The burners, meanwhile, offer cooks lots of versatility. There are two standard 9,500-BTU burners, one power burner with 14,000 BTUs, a simmer burner with 5,000 BTU, and the middle, oval burner with 9,500 BTUs. The Frigidaire FGF348KS also features a Sabbath mode. This model is available in white and stainless steel (the latter often priced beyond the Cheapism ceiling) and comes with a one-year warranty.

The Frigidaire FGF348KS is much admired by users, especially given the budget pricing. If you're looking for a cheap gas range and white matches the kitchen decor, this is the model to choose.

by Elizabeth Sheer (Google+ Profile) – April 11, 2014
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