Frigidaire and GE earn CR Best Buys in latest range Ratings

Consumer Reports News: March 20, 2012 05:13 PM

Consumer Reports' latest range Ratings include two new CR Best Buys: a 30-inch gas range by Frigidaire for $775 and a 30-inch smoothtop electric range by GE for $700. Both rivaled the overall performance of other top-rated models in their categories that cost twice as much, though they fared better in some tests than others.

The Frigidaire Best Buy offers excellent low heat cooktop performance, so it will simmer sauces with the best of them. Continuous, cast iron grates make it easy to move pots and pans. However, its middling high heat cooktop performance could disappoint if you do a lot of pan-seared steaks or stir-fries in the wok. As for the oven, capacity and baking performance were both very good, though broiling results left a bit to be desired.

Like smoothtop electric ranges in general, the GE Best Buy delivered consistently better results than the Frigidaire. High and low heat cooktop performance were both excellent, while baking and broiling were both very good. The range also offers exceptional oven capacity and cleaning. And while this GE doesn't have the sleek styling of its Cafe and Profile brand mates, it is available in stainless steel.

See our complete buying guide for ranges, which includes a video showing the pros and cons of gas and electric units, as well as which features you should consider.

Daniel DiClerico


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