The Frigidaire FFGF3053LS 30 Inch Range: Should I Buy It?

You may be looking for a new gas range but know that you don’t want or need a high end “pro-style” range, just something well made and easy to use.

One of the most affordable and reliable gas ranges on the market is the Frigidaire FFGF3053LS.

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This range has a lot of the features that some of the higher priced “pro style” ranges have, but at a much lower price.

This review will go over all of these features and benefits and help you to decide if this is the right range for you.

You may use the table of contents here below to select a specific area of this review that you are most interested in, or just read through the whole post.

What About Frigidaire Ranges, Where Are They Made?

Frigidaire was founded as a refrigerator manufacturer in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1916. It was originally called the Guardian Frigerator Company until  it was acquired by General Motors in 1918, and shortly thereafter re-named Frigidaire.

Frigidaire was owned by General Motors (GM) for over 60 years. During that time, it became one of first companies to introduce a compact 30 inch range, in 1950. GM finally sold Frigidaire in 1979 to White consolidated Industries (WCI).

Swedish appliance powerhouse Electrolux acquired WCI, and through it, Frigidaire, in 1986. Electrolux still owns Frigidaire, but Frigidaire is still based in the United States and headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. Frigidaire ranges are designed, engineered and assembled in the United States.

These ranges have a high reputation for quality, with some dealers rating them among their most reliable brands.

What’s On The Rangetop?

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The FFGF3053LS is an all gas range with four burners on the rangetop and a large 5-plus cubic foot gas fueled oven below.

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The four burners vary in power from 5,000 BTUs in the right rear position to 14,000 BTUs in the right front. This high powered burner located in the right front is perfect for fast boiling or searing. The 5,000 BTU burner is a simmer burner designed for slowly cooking delicate sauces or for melting applications.

The other two burners are 9,500 BTUs each and are located on the left rear and left front of the range. You can use these two equally powered burners together with large griddle pan across both burners to create a grilltop.

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These burners are all sealed burners, easier for cleanup but not as high powered as the highest powered open burners found on other ranges. You’re probably not going to notice the difference though, unless you’re trying to do some really high temperature searing.

The burners are protected by raised cast iron grates that are typically found in higher end ranges. Each burner has an individual grate that is easily removed for cleaning.

How About The Oven?

The oven in the FFGF3053LS is very large, measuring 5.02 of cubic feet in the interior (large turkey-sized). It is fueled by gas, which is typically cheaper to operate than electric ovens are. You can also convert the fuel source to propane.

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The oven interior is 24.375 inches wide, wide enough for good sized baking sheets. It is also 18.6.25 inches high and 19.125 inches deep.

The broiler is powered by a 13,500 BTU burner. It’s a great way to sear your favorite cut of steak or put a nice crisp to your favorite pie. There’s a lot you can do with this broiler.

The “Vari-Broil” broiler system can be set to either “Hi” (500 degrees F) or “Lo” (400 degrees F), depending on what you’re cooking.

The bake broiler is powered by an 18,000 BTU burner. This is powerful enough power for almost any cooking application, including putting a nice sear on your food.

Where Is The Broiler And How Many Rack Positions Are There?

The broiler sits in the top of the oven interior. When using the broiler to sear meat or other food, you can place the oven rack in the top position to get it close to the broiler.

There are six different rack positions to choose from, so you can adjust based on what you are cooking.

For instance, lean meats like turkey are best cooked in the bottom of the oven in the first rack position. Baked products like cookies are best in the middle positions.

Does The Oven Light Work When The Door Is Closed?

The oven door automatically turns the oven light on.  You can alternatively turn the light on when the door is closed with a button on the top left side of the range.

It’s great to know that you can use the light whenever you need to so you don’t have to open the oven door. You can just look through the extra large “Visualine” window to check your food. That way, you won’t have to lower the oven temp when you open the door.

What are the timing features?

The oven controls give you timed cooking options and delayed start. You can also set options for the self-cleaning option.  The oven will also chime to alert you when your oven reached any pre-set temperature that you choose.

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The controls also allow you to lockout the oven if you need to and you can also turn off the “chirping” if you don’t want to hear it!

The oven will automatically shut off after 12 hours of cooking, but you can override that feature if you need to.

What Are The Exterior Range Dimensions And Weight?

The exterior oven dimensions are, 29.875 inches wide, 28.5 inches deep and 47 inches high when  measured to the top of the control surface. It is about 36.125 inches high to the rangetop. The height of the range can be adjusted to allow for uneven floors, so these height measurements are approximate.

You should also note that this range weighs about 135 pounds.

Is Propane Kit Included?

It used to be, but now you have to order it when you place your range order. The kit should cost no more than $50 and is pretty easy to install. Good to know for those who have better access to propane than to natural gas.

The specific model number for the propane kit is PN# GRLP3.

What Is The Finish?

The finish is stainless steel with black matte accents on the control panel and in different parts of the range. The rangetop features black porcelain to protect it against heavy use.

The four oven grates are each cast iron with a black matte finish.

Self Cleaning?

The FFGF3053LC has a self cleaning mode that uses the ovens highest temperature settings to burn off cooking residue. You may choose either a self-clean cycle of either 2 or 3 hours, and you can also set the cycle to begin at a designated time.

Storage Drawer And Insulation?

The storage drawer is located below the oven. It is strictly for storage and you should note that it doesn’t have any heating elements. So, it is not a warming drawer.

This storage drawer is also insulated to protect it from the oven heat above.

Can A Glasstop Be Purchased For The Range?

There is no glasstop accessory or option available for the FFGF3053LC.

Voltage?

The voltage for this range is 120v.

What You May Not Realize About Your Oven Vent

The oven vent is located just below the main portion of the control panel above the rangetop and just below the “FRIGIDAIRE” label. You can see it in the picture of the control panel above.

You should note that is located in the center of the seam area. It is between the control panel and the rest of the range, so don’t block it with anything. Warm oven air will be coming out of that area so don’t put anything in front of it.

What Is The Highest Temperature Setting?

The highest temperature setting on the oven is 550 degrees Fahrenheit or 287.8 degrees Celsius.

What About The Warranty?

The warranty on the Frigidaire FFGF3053LS is a one year limited warranty.

The warranty states: “For one year from your original date of purchase, Electrolux will pay all costs for repairing or replacing any parts of this appliance that prove to be defective in materials or workmanship when such appliance is installed, used and maintained in accordance with the provided instructions.”

Frigidaire also offers an extended service contract for up to three years to cover repair costs that you might want to consider.

Alternatively, Square Trade offers protection for up to five years, see the purchase options below.

So What Should You Do?

The FFGF3053LS is a solid range for the price and manufactured in the U.S.A. by longstanding range manufacturer Frigidaire.

For everyday cooking, both on the rangetop and in the large oven, this range will give a lot of features for the price. It’s also good to know that this range is very reliable.

You can even add a Square Trade warranty (see below) for additional protection, for up to five years.

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If you really want to have a convection fan and temperature probe in your oven, then this range doesn’t have them. You might want to consider other options for those features, including the Frigidaire FGGF3058RF.

But if you don’t think you want or need to pay more for these features then you can feel very confident that this range will be a solid performer in your kitchen.