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Pre-heat Not Accurate
on March 3, 2013
In good design, form should follow function. Unfortunately they put the good looks before the ability of the oven to preheat. I ruined my inaugural convection bake of croissants. They had risen to perfection, and I put them in my brand new "professional" stove when it told me it was preheated to 350 degrees. They took much longer to bake, and when finished the tops were hard and chewy. Croissants shouldn't be hard and chewy.
I went out and purchased two different "NSF Approved" oven thermometers. I placed them on the center shelf. I ran the range through a few days of tests, and here is what I discovered: when the oven is preheated to 350 or lower, the preheat alarm will sound, and the display will register the desired temperature. However, in actuality, the thermometers register over 100 degrees lower than the oven cavity actually is. The temperature continues to rise, and after 10 minutes or so, does reach the desired temperature. However, at the lower temperatures (325 degrees) the oven temperature does vary widely while "at temperature", increasing and decreasing in a 75 degree range. While I know that the oven cycles, this seems a bit much. While at higher temperatures, 375 through 425, the same pre-heat premature "beep" happens (10 minutes too soon) - while cooking, however, there is a much smaller range of variation of temperature. I looked inside the stove, and believe that the temperature sensor is either too close to the broiler or to the convection elements (all elements cycle through when pre-heating) so a false reading happens. I will be calling Frigidaire for service just in case it is a faulty sensor in my new range.
For the most part, I love the cooktop. It cooks very well, and is fairly responsive for a flat top electric stove. It has been easy to clean up. There should be one larger element, however. I do also like the automatic slide out of the bottom rack - this made keeping a large batch of pancakes warm easy while I was cooking them. That being said, I had to use my old electric skillet. I could not find a skillet anywhere that was NOT non-stick that I could use on the bridge burner. I purchased high end stainless cook wear so I could avoid non-stick cookware. Why can't they offer an alternative to a non-stick griddle? Even the one I could purchase through Frigidaire is non-stick.
The warming drawer dimensions are perfect (larger than my last one) - with this one I can keep two casseroles and one large skillet warm. It is, however, a little tough to pull out.
Mixed reviews on this range. While I love the look, and can get used to using a thermometer again, I am very disappointed that this is necessary in such a "high end" range. Oh, and get rid of the "microwave looking" "chicken nuggets" and "pizza" buttons. Make them programmable, like the "favorite" button. You don't want to see those buttons on your $2,000 range.