Electric ranges have changed dramatically in recent years, offering new time saving and cooking performance enhancing features that make life easier and better for the cook in the family. GE and Frigidaire are on the cutting edge of the industry, developing many new features of their own. Frigidaire and GE have been manufacturing and selling appliances in the United States for over 75 years and have always held a strong percentage of market share. They are two of the best known names in the industry and have a reputation for quality and value in appliances. Their ranges offer great feature packages at very competitive pricing.
We'll compare two of their most popular smoothtop models available at around the same price point of $799 MSRP to help you decide which brand might offer the best value for your needs. These ranges can go on sale for under $550 throughout the year during holiday sale periods.
The Frigidaire FFEF3054TS - Self Clean Oven + 5 Stovetop Elements - $799
One of our best-sellers is the Frigidaire FFEF3054TS, available in black or white for $699, stainless steel at $799, and black stainless steel at $899. This is a nicely designed model with all of the basic features you need to get cooking with a 5.3 cubic foot self-clean oven and four stovetop elements plus a warming zone.
The stove elements include a 100W Warming Zone, an extra-large 12" 2,700W element, two 6" 1,200W elements, and an expandable 6"/9" element with 1,400W up to 3,000W for quick boiling power. The oven comes with 2, 3, and 4-hour cleaning cycles, plus variable broil and options like Delay Bake, Delay Clean, and Control Lock. The extra-large window adds aesthetic appeal to this electric range. A storage drawer underneath provides space for frying pans and cookie sheets.
Overall this is a great basic range - it doesn't have convection or other fancy features but will perform well and look nice in your kitchen. For a little more money, you can get the also-popular Frigidaire Gallery GCRE3038AF priced at around $949 MSRP, which comes with fan convection and other great features.
The GE JB645RKSS - Dual Element Self Clean Oven + 4 Stovetop Elements - $759
Our most popular GE model as of this writing is the GE JB645RKSS, which prices at around $759 in stainless steel, $659 in white or black, and $859 in slate or black slate (read more about slate and black slate here). This model offers similar styling and features with a self-cleaning 5.3 cubic foot oven and four stovetop elements.
The stovetop elements include two expandable Power Boil elements that can be changed from 6" to 9" and offer 3,100W of power. The two rear elements are both 6" and 1,200W. The oven includes options for Auto Self Clean, Delay Clean, Delay Bake, and Hi/Low Broil. Dual elements in the oven produce even heat for improved baking results.
Again, this is a great mid-priced option that will cover all of your bases. For a little more money you can get the GE JB750SJSS for around $1,059 which comes with True Convection, a steam clean oven, and two dual stove elements plus a fifth element Warming Zone.
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Stovetop: The Frigidaire model comes with a Warming Zone and an extra-large 12" element, while the GE model does not. If you don't need an extra-large element, you may prefer the GE model's dual expandable power boil elements instead. The Frigidaire's stovetop has more options and features overall.
Oven: Both models have 5.3 cubic foot self-cleaning ovens with exposed bake elements and broil options. The GE model comes with a dual bake element that should provide more even heating, so if you like to bake but don't have the budget for a convection oven, this GE model might be a good happy medium.
Look & Feel: We think GE wins here with a slightly sleeker overall look thanks to the stainless steel burner knobs on a stainless steel backguard. However, if you're looking for stainless steel appliances that have a more metallic look, the Frigidaire model may appeal to you since the oven window is framed in stainless steel rather than glossy black. GE's model is available in GE's slate and black slate colors as well if you're looking for a unique finish for your kitchen.
Frigidaire and GE offer great products in all categories of appliances. These two models are very similar, but check them out in the store to see how it feels to open the doors, move the oven racks around, and use the controls. You may prefer the Frigidaire model if you do more stovetop cooking, or you may like the GE model if you use the oven more often.
Which model do you prefer? Leave us a comment below - We'd love to hear from you!
Editor's Note: This blog was originally written in December of 2015 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy as of the publication date noted above.