Frigidaire (owned by Electrolux) and Whirlpool are the largest appliance manufacturers in the world, but that is where any similarities end. Frigidaire is the classic first mover and was the first manufacturer in front loading washers and in stainless steel appliances. Whirlpool is far more conservative, but they are perhaps the most efficient manufacturer. In many ways, recently, they have started to produce more innovative products, so this should be an interesting comparison.
Frigidaire has been making appliances since 1930. In the 1990s, they were purchased by Electrolux who completely modernized their factories and repositioned Frigidaire as a value brand. One of my favorite stoves made by Frigidaire is the DGGF3054KF.
Whirlpool is the largest American appliance manufacturer and is the parent company to Jenn-Air, KitchenAid, Amana, and Maytag. Whirlpool (like GE) has only been manufacturing gas stoves for about 20 years. Their first few iterations were underpowered, lacking in output and features. Recently, they have been more competitive.
Gas cooking has always been a very popular way to cook, because it is faster and more responsive than regular electric. Over the years, manufacturers have added powerful heating BTU even on lesser expensive stoves. You can now have professional style cooking of 15,000 BTUs or more on at least one burner. Thus, gas has become even faster.
Whirlpool WFG540H0AS - $996
Frigidaire DGGF3054KF - $949
Which is Better?
Frigidaire has a 5th oval burner used as a griddle option. The griddle can be quite handy for pancakes, and bacon for breakfast. Whirlpool has a continuous grate to help slide pots and pans over without lifting. Frigidaire is a bit harder to slide because of the griddle shaped grates.
Both ranges have great size for oven use. You can definitely fit a turkey and more. Of course with the convection fan option on, you can do a great job of multiple cooking. Frigidaire does feature a warming drawer, which can be used as a great place to store finished food for up to three hours without dehydration.
Overall, the versatile option of the griddle and warming drawer grabs my attention. Just purchasing a warming drawer separately can cost at least $1,000. I find these two options gains Frigidaire an edge on this comparison.
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Danny Nguyen is an Appliance Sales Consultant at Yale Appliance + Lighting. Danny has completed 2 half marathons and enjoys spending time travelling and snowboarding.
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