Frigidaire Induction Range Review: 2 Very Affordable Options

It's finally happening: induction ranges are starting to drop in price. And Frigidaire is leading the pack: their prices on 30-inch freestanding induction ranges have dropped a lot in the past couple of years.

Frigidaire now has two very affordable options. Both are under $1200, with one under $1000--not much more than a comparably equipped conventional electric stove. Both are standard 30-inch freestanding induction ranges designed to fit the most common range size in the US.

So if you're stuck with an electric hookup and looking for an affordable solution to your electric stove dilemmas, the Frigidaire induction range might be your answer.

The Frigidaire Induction Models At a Glance

This table will help you compare the models. The cheaper model (on the right) has different buying options for the different finishes, so we include both options. See below for more information about the model numbers. 

Frigidaire Model/Price on Frigidaire Website

FGIF3036TD/

FGIF3036TF

Freestanding

$1429/$1249*

FFIF3054TD

Freestanding

$1179*

FFIF3054TS

Freestanding

$1149*

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FrigidaireFFIF3054TD_150px

See it: Sears

See it: Amazon

(not available in black stainless finish at HD or Lowes)

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Burner Size (in.):

7/7/9.4/5.5

7/7/8.3/5.5

Burner Power (W):

2800/2800/3600/
2500

2800/2800/3600/
2500

Cooktop Lockout:

Yes

No

Oven Size (cu. ft.):

5.4

5.4

Start Button:

Yes

No

Convection Oven:

Yes

No

Hidden Bake Element:

Yes

No

'My Favorite' Feature:

Yes

No

Broiler:

Hi/Low: 550F/400F

Hi/Low: 500F/400F

Self-Clean:

Yes

Yes

Temp Probe:

No

No

Delay Clean:

Yes

Yes

Weight (lb)

180

170

*Frigidaire's price is going to be higher than the retailer's prices. For true prices, click through to the store sites.

Why Induction? 

If you're new to induction cooking, you may have a lot of questions. Here's what we think is the most important consideration: if your only option for a range is electric, then you definitely need to consider induction. It beats the heck out of conventional electric.

In fact, induction beats the heck out of gas, too. It's faster, more responsive, more controllable, better at holding a temperature, easier to keep clean, and safer. It's also more energy efficient because there's very little wasted or ambient heat. You may not notice much difference on your electric bill, but you will almost certainly have a cooler kitchen (very nice for those hot summer months).

Gas has always been considered the best cooking technology, and with induction comprising a tiny market segment--just 2-7%--people simply haven't been exposed to induction enough to give it a fair comparison. Most Americans still don't know what it is.

While gas is generally cheaper than electric, at least in most parts of the country, it will always be a fair competitor of induction. However, the difference in monthly expense is small, and if you're a serious cook, you owe it to yourself to learn about induction.

Especially now! The biggest objection to induction cooking has always been the cost. But with these Frigidaire induction range options, that's become much less of an issue. 

Before you decide, though, you should learn as much as you can about induction technology. Here are some articles that will help:

Induction Cooking Pros and Cons

Is Induction Better than Gas (And If So, Why?)

Range Hoods and Induction Cooking: What You Need to Know

A Guide to the Best Induction Cookware

Is Induction Cooking Safe?

Wikipedia article on induction cooking

If these articles, don't answer your questions, browse through our induction archives for more information.

Here is a 30 second video from Frigidaire showing how induction works:

If your only option is an electric stove and you're a serious cook, induction is a no-brainer. If gas is an option, you have a tougher choice--but don't rule out induction before you learn enough to make an informed decision! 

Induction Range Options: What to Think About Before You Buy

The array of options and extra features on ranges today is dizzying. We think the most important considerations are size (unless you're building or remodeling), basic options (common to all ranges), options exclusive to induction, and controls.

There are certainly more options to consider. Do you want programmable features? Internet connectivity? A custom color? (If you do want any of these, this Frigidaire isn't the one to get.) We're trying to help you figure out your must haves, your maybes, and what you can live without. Knowing these will help you figure out the best stove for you (even if it isn't one of these Frigidaires).

One more thought: it's rare to find a perfect range, or any appliance, for that matter. Unless you have one custom made or have a bottomless budget, your best choice is probably going to involve some sacrifices and settling. So again, it's important to your selection process to know your must haves, your maybes, and what you can live without!

It's smart to prioritize your must haves, your maybes, and what you can live without when you're shopping, because you're probably not going to find a range that's got exactly what you want.

First Things First: Size

All of these Frigidaires are 30-inch freestanding ranges. They will fit in any standard 30-inch space with no or only minor modifications.

30-inch is the standard range size in the US, but there are other sizes, so make sure to measure your space before you select a range.

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The Frigidaire induction range should fit in any standard 30-inch space.

Basic Options

Other than its superior cooking technology, buying an induction range isn't all that different than buying any other range. Here are some of the basic considerations:

  • Burner size/power: Ideally your range will have powerful burners in 2-3 different sizes. What's powerful? Big burners range in power from about 3000-4000 watts. Anything above 3000 is going to provide fast, powerful heat.
  • Oven Size and Dimensions: The average oven size is 5 cubic feet, so anything above that is good; actually, anything over 4cf is probably going to be just fine for all but the most gigantic turkey. Just as important are the dimensions: you want an oven that can fit a half sheet pan, which is 18 inches by 13 inches. If your oven can fit a half sheet pan (with scant room to spare on either side), it will be able to fit a large roasting pan.
  • Oven features: Other popular oven features include convection, self-cleaning, hidden bake element, adjustable broiler temp, smooth-glide racks, pretty interior color, a temperature probe, and programmable memory options.
  • Color: Stainless has been the dominant finish for many years now, but this is starting to change. You can now get ranges (and other appliances) in different finishes, including black stainless (like these Frigidaires), matte black, and other colors. It's also no longer considered important that all your kitchen appliances match; in fact, it's considered a bit old-fashioned. We like that there are more finish options than there were a few years ago, but you should always get what you like rather than what's "fashionable."

The Frigidaire freestanding induction ranges are pretty bare bones models, and lack many extras. However, both are self-cleaning, one has convection, and they come in two finish options (a nice option at this price point). A step up in features is going to be a cost increase of at least $1000, so be very sure you want all the bells and whistles (and that you'll use them!) before you pay for them.

Induction Options

Induction cooktops can also have special features that other technology doesn't, such as:

  • Power boost: This feature draws extra power to a burner for lightning fast heating. When in use, the power available to other burners is decreased, but you can boil a kettle of water in just a few minutes. Most induction cooktops have some increased power setting that will run for a limited time, usually 10 minutes. Sometimes this is differentiated by different burner wattages in the specifications, but on these Frigidaires, you only see it as one of the burner settings ("P" for power boost). After 10 minutes, the burner reverts to the high setting and automatically stops drawing extra power.
  • Bridge functionality: This allows you to control two burners as one for extra large or long pans, such as griddles. On some the entire area heats up (like this Bosch Benchmark cooktop) while on others just the two burners heat up. Really nice if you use your griddle a lot, but you probably won't miss it if you don't have it (it's not that hard to just use two burners).
  • Great low-end control: People think the lightning speed is what sets induction apart, but as great as that is, induction's true superiority lies in its ability to hold a precise temperature for long periods of time. Neither gas nor electric does this very well, usually overshooting the temp by a lot when the burner is left unattended. But induction can hold a temp indefinitely without any worry of overheating, scorching, burning, or otherwise ruining your delicate sauce, egg dish, simmering stock, etc. The low setting ("L") on the Frigidaire induction range will keep food at a constant warm temperature of between 145F-160F; unfortunately this is not low enough to melt chocolate without scorching (that's 105F), but is great for most other low temperature uses.

Controls

We probably talk more about controls than any other review site on the Internet. We do this because we think they're an important consideration that might be overlooked, especially when buying online. But there is no other single feature that's going to have a larger impact on whether day-to-day use of the range is a joy or a pain.

In fact, our biggest issue with these Frigidaire induction ranges is the all-digital controls. The controls are on the back panel, above the cooktop. All involve multiple key presses. For example, to use a burner, you must first press the On/Off key, then press the Up/Down arrow keys next to it to select the setting. 

Some induction cooktops with keypad controls have shortcuts, such as switching on to the last setting used, or to the Medium setting. The Frigidaires don't have this. You have to use both keys--On/Off and Up/Down--to set a burner to the desired temp.

So kind of a pain.

Here's the Frigidaire control panel so you can see for yourself:

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On the other hand, many induction ranges and cooktops, including premium brands like Bosch and Thermador, have controls right on the cooktop itself, underneath the glass. This can result in huge frustrations because if the glass is wet--for example if something boiled over or you dripped a bit when setting a kettle on the cooktop--the controls don't work.

Having the controls on the back panel is preferable to this, in our opinion--so there's that. But overall we much prefer manual dials for the burners. They're faster and easier than a keypad.

The oven settings are used less frequently and don't demand the quick changes that the cooktop sometimes does, so they're not as much of an issue. (This is why many ranges now have keypads for the ovens, but still have the manual dials for the cooktop.) 

Manufacturers have dealt with the digital controls issue in a lot of different ways. GE, for example, has come up with a "finger-swipe" control that closely replicates turning a dial (see that range here, or read about it in our Induction Stove Reviews article). Bosch and Thermador have all the settings displayed on the front of the stove to eliminate the Up/Down key presses (but under the glass, as mentioned). And higher-end Frigidaire models (like many other higher-end brands) still have manual dials.

In fact, the older versions of the Frigidaire induction range had manual dials for the range top. Switching to electronic was probably a key factor in lowering the price. 

Another issue we have with the all-digital control panel is that there's more to go wrong. Electronic control panels are cheaper to manufacture, which is one reason why they're becoming so ubiquitous in the appliance world, but they're delicate. In fact, electronics are one of the primary reasons for service calls on new appliances. And if the electronics fail out of warranty, they can be expensive to repair: some cost almost as much as replacing the whole appliance.

Many people prefer digital controls because they look more modern. (Which, we agree, they do.) And it's true that you'll get used to the controls your stove has. We just want you to think about it because if it may mean the difference between loving your new induction stove--or hating it. 

Before you pay for all those extra features, make sure you'll use them; before you settle for an all-digital control panel, make sure you don't hate it.

About Internet Connectivity

Some ranges now have bluetooth and/or Wifi Internet connectivity so you can control some functions from your smart phone or through a home smart device like Alexa. 

These Frigidaires do not offer Internet connectivity, so we won't spend a whole lot of time talking about it. We just wanted to say that, as cool as it is, it's just another potentially expensive thing to go wrong.

"Smart" appliances are still in their infancy, as well, so the technology doesn't really offer all that much yet; frankly, we're not sure it ever will, as a range is something you're probably never going to need to control remotely--how can that even be safe?

About the Model Numbers

We don't like using model numbers because they're notoriously unreliable. Sellers can change the model number to make it harder to compare features and pricing, and manufacturers can change them for minor upgrades, too. Thus, a model on Amazon and a model at Home Depot might be exactly the same, but have different "model" numbers. Or, the model you want today may have a different model number by the time you read this.

However, when comparing models by the same maker, the model numbers are all we have to keep them differentiated. So for this particular article, we're using the Frigidaire model numbers. As of this writing, the numbers do seem to correspond to all the web sites selling these ranges--but that may change.

Having said that, here's all you need to know about these Frigidaire induction stoves to choose the one you want:

  • There are two basic models: one with a convection oven and one without.
  • They have two finish options (which are where the four model numbers come from): stainless and black stainless. Note that the black stainless adds a few hundred dollars to the price.
  • Other minor differences: the more expensive model has a blue oven interior, a higher broil temp (550F vs. 500), an extra oven rack position (7 vs. 6), cooktop lockout, oven door lock, and a few other minor upgrades.

When you go shopping, it's best to know which options you want and the price you want to pay. Armed with that information, you should be able to get the range you want even if the model number has changed.

For a full side-by-side comparison of the models, see the Frigidaire website.

About the Appliance Industry

Fierce competition in the appliance industry has created a market very different from the one that existed a generation ago. Today, appliances are considered to have a roughly 10 year life span--nothing like the stove your mother or grandmother may have had for 30 or 40 years!

More importantly, few warranties extend beyond a year. Therefore, we strongly suggest that whoever you buy from, you also purchase an extended warranty. 

Another important aspect, especially when buying online from a retailer who may not have a store in your town, is to make sure you have competent service technicians in your area. Such service is no longer a given with any appliance retailer because fierce competition has forced them to cut costs and services to remain competitive. So even if you buy from a local dealer, make sure you can get a certified technician should you need a service call.

As a buyer, you have to make sure you're covered. While we believe that customer service is going to get better as the global marketplace becomes the norm, it's at a dismal low point right now across the industry. So make sure you get good post-sale service by buying the extended warranty and ensuring there are service technicians in your area who can work on an induction range.

How to do this? Ask. Any reputable seller should have a toll-free customer service number you can call. If you're buying from Amazon, click on the seller's link at the top of the listing, usually just under the product name, as shown here: 

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This is where the seller's name is on an Amazon listing.

Click the link and if there's no info, then google for their website--if you can't find it, or if it doesn't have a toll-free customer service number, then find another seller. 

No matter who you buy from, protect your purchase by 1) getting an extended warranty, and 2) making sure there are competent service technicians in your area who are familiar with induction technology.

About Frigidaire Induction Ranges

Frigidaire is owned by Electrolux, a Swedish-based corporation. (So if you thought Frigidaire was an American company--nope, not anymore.) Electrolux makes a wide range of appliances meant to appeal to many different market segments. Besides these affordable freestanding induction ranges, Frigidaire also makes a 30-inch slide-in range packed with options, as well as their "Professional" line of induction cooktops. (Both at substantially higher price tags.)

Frigidaire's affordable induction ranges are one of their newer offerings, and this is by design. About 10 years ago, Electrolux lowered the price of some of their European induction offerings to make induction a more attractive option. This was wildly successful, increasing the percentage of European homes with induction cooktops and ranges from about 5% to an astonishing 50%. 

This is exactly what Frigidaire is trying to do now in the US with these affordable induction ranges. 

If you want to read more about this, check out this article in Digital Trends.

How to Buy Appliances Online

Many people are skittish about buying appliances online. However, like smart appliances and digital controls, buying online is the wave of the future. There are a lot of pluses to online buying as long as you're smart about how you do it. 

We go into more detail about this topic in other articles, so we won't repeat it all here. Instead, click over to one of these articles for more tips on how to be a savvy online buyer (it opens in a new tab so you won't lose your place):

How to Buy Online: Teach Yourself About Technical Products and Get What You Can Truly Love

Can You Trust Amazon Reviews?

Induction Range Reviews

Induction Cooktop Reviews

Specifications

The FGIF3036TD/FGIF3036TF (With Convection):

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FrigidaireFGIF3036TF

FFIF3054TD/FFIF3054TS (No Convection)

FFIF3054TD: Amazon $1091 (NOT the one in the induction range article) Sears

FrigidaireFFIF3054TD
FrigidaireFFIF3054TS

Cooktop and Oven Specifications

FGIF3036TD/TF

(with Convection)

FFIF3054TD/TS

(no Convection)

Cooktop:

Design/Color

Black ceramic

Black ceramic

Control Type/Location

Digital keypad/rear panel above cooktop

Digital keypad/rear panel above cooktop

Left Front Burner (size/power)

7 inches/2800W

7 inches/2800W

Left Rear Burner (size/power)

7 inches/2800W

7 inches/2800W

Right Front Burner (size/power)

9.4 inches/3600W

8.3 inches/3600W

Right Rear Burner (size/power)

5.5 inches/2500W

5.5 inches/2500W

Burner Settings

10 heat levels, including Keep Warm

10 heat levels, including Keep Warm

Cooktop Lock

Yes

No

Oven:

Range Color

Smudge proof stainless or smudgeproof black stainless

Stainless or black stainless

Oven Size

5.4 cubic feet

5.4 cubic feet

Oven Dimensions (HxWxD)

19.75 x 24.375 x 19.125

19.75 x 24.375 x 19.125

Convection (Oven, not True)

Yes

No

Self-Cleaning

Yes

Yes

Delay Cleaning

Yes

Yes

Broiler Settings High/Low

(note: broiler pan not included)

550F/400F

500F/400F

Oven Interior Color

Blue

Stainless

Rack Positions

7 (2 stainless racks incl.)

6 (2 stainless racks incl.)

Door Lock

Yes

No

Temperature Probe

No

No

Hidden Bake Element

Yes

No

Oven Light

Incandescent

Incandescent

Lower Drawer

Storage

Storage

"My Favorite" Function

Yes

No

Sabbath Mode

No

No

Installation Specifications

FGIF3036TD/TF

(with Convection)

FFIF3054TD/TS

(no Convection)

Electrical Hookup

240V/240 amps (standard)

240V/240 amps (standard)

Dimensions (WxHxD in.)

29.874x46.625x28.406

29.874x46.625x28.406

Total Depth w/Door Open (in.)

48.625

48.625

Weight (lbs)

180

170

Power Cord

Not included

Not included

Safety

  • Automatic pan size detection (standard on all induction cooktops)
  • Automatic burner shutoff with 3-minute delay 
  • Hot surface indicator lights
  • UL listed.

Warranty

1 year limited manufacturer warranty.

What We Don't Like About the Frigidaire Induction Ranges

These ranges have induction every bit as powerful as more expensive brands and are a great, affordable way to get into induction.

But they're not perfect. Here are some of its drawbacks:

  • At 170/180 pounds, this is a lightweight range. It has a rather cheap feel to it and you can tell the moment you handle it. The storage drawer is really flimsy and easily goes off track when you pull it out. The oven racks will bow under the weight of a heavy pan.
  • The convection is not "true" convection. True convection has a heating element around the fan. This range doesn't, so the heat isn't as even as it should be. True convection eliminates the need to rotate pans when you have more than one at the same time, but rotation is still usually needed with this oven.
  • Some buyers have had fatal errors occur within a few months of purchase. Sometimes the range can start beeping and needs to be reset (circuit breaker) to stop. Sometimes the fatal error means that a new control panel is required. While the majority of buyers love the range, some have had terrible experiences. (Again: buy the extended warranty!)

Recommendation

Overall, we liked both models and think they're a decent affordable induction option. If you're trying to get into induction at a bargain price, this is the range for you.

Since the convection isn't all that great, we actually recommend going with the less expensive model--save even more by choosing the stainless finish over the black stainless.

If money is no object and you're willing to spend 2-3 times the price of this range to get a more robust appliance, then we recommend that you keep looking. Our induction stove review may help get you started.

Buy the FGIF3036TF (Convection in Smudgeproof stainless finish):

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Buy the FGIF3036TD (Convection in Smudgeproof black stainless finish):

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Buy the FFIF3054TD (Non-convection in black stainless finish):

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Buy the FFIF3054TS (Non-convection in stainless finish):

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Final Thoughts

Induction is still largely unknown in the US. This is largely because of the higher cost. But if your only option is an electric stove, induction is the superior choice, better in every way to conventional electric and even better than gas in many ways.

Frigidaire has lowered their prices on some of their induction ranges and cooktops. If cost has always been a factor for you, you should really take a look at these options.


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