Induction ranges are interesting and different. These ranges are increasing in popularity, and many consumers are seeking to learn more about them. If you are researching new ranges and considering an induction range, especially if you're looking for American-built quality, Frigidaire induction ranges should definitely be on your list. For over 85 years, Frigidaire has been manufacturing products across North America. They currently offer incredibly affordable induction ranges starting at $1,299, which we'll review below. This is over $1,000 cheaper than most other brands' induction offerings!
For more about the benefits and drawbacks of induction cooking, read our article, What is Induction Cooking? - Is it right for your kitchen?
Frigidaire currently offers several induction cooktops, and you can find freestanding and slide-in induction ranges in their Frigidaire Gallery line. Frigidaire often participates in holiday sales and promotions, so you may be able to find these models for less than the typical retail price throughout the year.
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Frigidaire GCRI3058AF Induction Range Review - $1,299 MSRP
The Frigidaire GCRI3058AF induction cooktop electric range is one of the cheapest induction ranges available - other ranges with induction start at around $2,000 while this one retails at $1,299. This amazingly quick cooking surface has the ability to heat and boil water 50% faster than the average electric cooktop. The variable heat settings are very accurate and are the most similar experience to working with a gas cooking surface that you'll find in an electric range.
Benefits of Induction
This 30" freestanding range allows you to sear steaks, crisp the bread for sandwiches, melt chocolate, or simmer sauces with the precise temperature control of induction. Dial in your desired power level, and this unit will maintain the necessary heat setting. Since induction heats your cookware and not your kitchen, less energy is lost throughout the cooking process. The only potential shortfall with this model compared to an electric range is that it has four elements, while many smoothtop electric ranges in this price range have five elements.
No stressing over spills and boil-overs as the top simply does not generate heat, therefore food will not burn and adhere to the glass. The pan is now the element and will hold true temperatures for as long as you need it. Whether you want to simmer, boil, sear, or saute, induction cooking is much more accurate than traditional heating elements.
...& Other Great Features
Beyond that, you'll find a 5.4 cubic foot capacity True Convection oven with self clean and steam clean options. This convection system utilizes a rear wall-mounted fan assembly and an additional heating element to circulate hot air to bake and brown 20-25% faster and more evenly than traditional baking methods. New for 2020 is a feature Frigidaire is rolling out across its range lineup: Air Fry. We've written a whole article about Frigidaire Air Fry ranges, but basically, this feature is a great way to get crispy air fry results without needing a dedicated countertop air fryer. The convection is key to air frying, too - high heat and lots of air movement help achieve that crispy crust we all love!
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How Do Frigidaire's Induction Ranges Compare to the Competition?
Again, Frigidaire's popular induction models are the least expensive on the market - alternatives from GE Profile, GE Cafe, LG, Samsung, and KitchenAid are $2,799-$3,799. Frigidaire is a great option if you are mainly focused on induction cooking and don't necessarily need premium styling.
GE Profile & GE Cafe: GE has a few options. One is the induction range model CHS900P2MS1 from Cafe, which comes with Wi-Fi connectivity, so you can control your oven with your smartphone. You can also bridge two elements for large cookware like griddles. You'll also find a fifth element warming zone. Like the Frigidaire, this Cafe model has True Convection. It has heavy-duty racks that can be left in the oven during the self clean cycle. Models in the GE Profile line are around $2,700.
LG: LG offers a slide-in induction range, model LSE4616ST, with a larger 6.3 cubic foot ProBake true convection oven that comes with self clean and steam clean options. The slide-in design allows for easily accessible front controls. Rather than the touch controls found on the Frigidaire and GE, LG offers knob controls. The cooktop has five elements.
Samsung: Samsung's slide-in induction range model NE63T8911SS has a fun feature: Virtual Flame. LED surface lights shine on your pans to provide the "look" of gas cooking. Priced at $3,299, it offers Air Fry, Smart Dial, and Convection+ (fan with a heated element to circulate hot air in the oven and therefore cooking mood fast and more evenly). There's also Wi-Fi connectivity, so you can control your oven through an app and receive real-time cooking alerts. The slide-in style offers handy front controls. The cooktop has four elements, and one of them is an extra large element.
KitchenAid: KitchenAid's model KFID500ESS is a freestanding induction range with double ovens and four cooktop elements. It comes with a steam rack to easily add moisture for better cooking results. The induction element controls are integrated into the cooktop surface as glass touch controls.
The features you're compromising on if you go for Frigidaire's entry level induction range are mainly about the looks of the appliance and "extras" like Wi-Fi connectivity. You're still getting quite a lot from Frigidaire, and the Air Fry feature has proven to be very popular!
We hope you enjoyed this review and comparison of induction range options. Besides being easy to clean, an induction cooktop ensures you'll always have accurate temperatures without heating up the whole house!
Let us know how your experience goes if you end up purchasing one of these products. We'd love to hear from you!
Editor's Note: This blog was originally written in November of 2017 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy as of the publication date noted above.