Frigidaire 30” Inch Induction Cooktop Review (FGIC3067MB)

Frigidaire is a US consumer home appliance brand, which is a subsidiary of the European parent company – Electrolux.

They believe that an outstanding taste experience should be easy for everyone.

Frigidaire induction cooktops are designed and assembled with American pride in the US. A 750,000 square foot Memphis manufacturing plant began production of stoves and ranges in 2013.

The plant’s research and development center includes the technology and machinery to simulate a stoves lifetime usage and performance expectations and can test more than 300 products at one time!

The black induction is smartly designed with adequate space keeping the consumer in mind. The burners display a beautiful and unique cross-shaped design.

There are multiple options for cookware as each cooking zone burner comes with a different size. The glass surface is thick and sturdy. It displays all systems very clearly and artistically with white writing against a jet black background.

A cooktop for the modern era, it has different power level settings for each burner giving a wide range of choice for multiple cuisines.

With easy to understand and multiple functions to aid in cooking, this one is a sixer packed in an ‘all-out’ 30-inch cooktop!

What makes Frigidaire Induction Cooktop worth buying?

Frigidaire 30'' Inch Induction Cooktop Review

Frigidaire 30” induction cooktop uses smart technology with inbuilt sensors saving energy and protecting against untoward accidents. With digital press controls, it makes the cooking process quite smooth maintaining the power and time level accurately.

The display is quite systematically laid out. Each burner has its own set of functional buttons. The speed at which the power increases and decreases are phenomenal. It generates rapid heat for a faster boil and can be quickly shifted to low heat within seconds.

This feature increases cooking versatility from gently melting chocolate to rapidly boiling water or pasta.

As control zones laid out towards the front of the panel, it becomes quite easy to understand and operate.

With children around the house, a child lock becomes a blessing. Also for elderly who are often forgetful and can touch controls by mistake.

The induction also boasts of having an inbuilt modern feature – a keep warm or hold setting. This is especially useful to melt or warm foods. It keeps the food at a certain constant temperature. It is wonderful to fall back this feature if one wants to pause the cooking process in between or needs the food to be kept warm for a long duration.

The cooktop also has a hot surface indicator which will continue to glow until the residual heat dissipates.

A smooth and flat surface, it becomes quite easy to clean without any nooks and ridges. As the heat is transferred to the cookware, the rest of the cooktop remains cool to touch and safe.

With excellent functions, speedy performance, great quality and made in America tag, this cooktop is on top of the must-have category in the kitchen.

Frigidaire 30” Inch Induction Cooktop – Features

This cooktop consists of two cooking zones- left and right. There are two burners in each cooking zone. The burners are arranged in front and rear sides of each cooking zone.

Frigidaire FGIC3067MBGallery 30" Black Electric Induction Cooktop
  • COUNTERTOP CUT-OUT DIMS: 29-5/8" - 29-3/4" W, 20-3/8" - 20-1/2" D, 4-1/2" H
  • ACTUAL EXTERIOR DIMS: 30-3/4" W, 21-1/2" D, 4-3/8" H
  • More Responsive Cooking with induction is more responsive than gas or electric so you can...

In order to provide flexibility, power is shared between two cooking zones on the same side. The cooktop has dimensions of 30* 4*22 inches. It weighs 41 pounds.

Each burner is of different size.

  • The right front element is 10 inches in diameter and 2500/3400 watts.
  • The right rear element is 6 inches in diameter and is 1450/2000 watts.
  • The left front element is 7 inches in diameter and 1800/2600 watts.
  • The left rear element is 8 inches in diameter and is 2300/3200 watts.

A power supply connection location is ar the right rear. The voltage rating is 240/208 and 60Hz. The minimum circuit requirement is 40amps.

Each burner has a cooking zone control pad with a red LED display. There are two buttons high and low with the help of which power levels can be increased or decreased. Once activated, the cooking zone will provide 15 power levels to choose from.

These are 1,2,2.,3,3.,4,4.,5,5.,6,6., 7,8,9 and P. Half power levels, available between 2 and 7 are indicated by lighting the display decimal point. The highest setting is p or power boost. There is an on and off button with a red dot indicator when the power is switched on.

The induction also has main cooktop controls placed in the center of right and left cooking zone control pads. The main control panel features a child lock button with the picture of a lock, a timer button with an increase and a decrease buttons displayed in arrow shape upwards and downwards, a keep warm button and an on/off button with LED display button.

It has automatic pan detection and good temperature sensors which prevent overheating and energy wastage.

It also has a residual heat indicator.

What we liked about the Frigidaire 30” Inch Induction Cooktop

Frigidaire comes in a thoughtful, unique and beautiful design. The glass surface is attractive, smooth and sturdy.

The burners are of different sizes giving the user the flexibility to cook in different sized pans/pots. All the burners can work at the same time as placing cookware on burners does not interfere with the adjacent burners.

Digital touch controls make the cooking process quite smooth and easy to operate. It is simple and placed right in front of the cooktop. Quite a comfortable and ergonomic shape and position!

The cookware can exceed or decrease from the normal diameter by half an inch and not more nor less.

Frigidaire inductions cause a rapid change in temperatures going from very high to very low. This can be helpful in cooking different cuisines requiring different temperatures.

It heats up rapidly compared to other inductions. It evenly heats up at the surface of the cookware in contact with the induction. Heat remains confined to the cooktop with the rest of the cooktop being cool to touch. Hence there is no danger of burns.

It has automatic pan detection and overheating detectors making cooking a safe process. If there is no pan detected, it switches off in 3 minutes saving energy. By shutting down when overheated, it prevents accidents.

The cooktop comes with a child-lock setting to prevent switching on automatically. It also boasts of a keep warm or holds feature which comes handy quite a lot. Especially with children around. The cooking remains paused with the food remaining warm.

An inbuilt timer helps to remind you about the duration of the cooking. The timer can be set from 1 minute up to 99 minutes.

What could have been better

The control panel buttons are very small making it difficult to read during cooking especially if there is water or steam on it. The automatic digital controls get switched on with the slightest splatter.

The front burners are quite near the control panels and can interfere with the digitally sensitive buttons on the control panel.

Like all cooktops, this one also hums briefly while cooking.

This is especially true when multiple zones are being used and at high power levels. Sounds mostly occur due to the cookware. The induction field will cause the steel layer to vibrate against the other materials in which it is encapsulated.

Lightweight cookware is also another common cause of vibration. We recommend using heavyweight cookware.

If the cookware is not kept in the center of the cooking zone burner, heating will not take place.

Being glass-ceramic, the surface of the cooktop is vulnerable to breakage/cracks. Breakage can occur if a heavy object is placed on it with force or falls on the cooktop accidentally.

If no buttons are pressed within 10 seconds of switching on, the power on feature gets cleared. This is a very short duration for the user to choose settings. Everything would need to be done hurriedly and the pan should be either on the cooktop or ready to place with raw food ingredients within 10 seconds.

As the control panel buttons are quite near each other, they can be pressed together by mistake. Wrong buttons will cause the appliance to not operate.

As the control panel is a bit away but on the same surface as the cooking zone, there are chances of spillage or accidental heating up of the control panel if it comes in contact with it.

While working on the cooktop, due to its huge size and operational buttons at quite a distance from the edges of the cooktop, it becomes difficult to maintain a distance of 1 foot to avoid EMF exposure according to ICNIRP guidelines.

As the induction consists of a complex embedded system, repair requires professional help which can be costly.

Some value-added smart features are missing in the cookware like wifi enabled or remote control operated etc. with cut-throat competition, frigidaire lacks behind in such features.

How the 30-inch Frigidaire induction cooktop works

Frigidaire 30'' Inch Induction Cooktop Review

After installing the induction according to the instructions in the user manual, make sure the cooktop vent holes are not blocked. Maintain an appropriate distance from the wall to ensure this.

Keep away all objects which are sensitive to a magnetic field from near the cooktop. Use ferromagnetic and flat bottomed cookware. Do not use curved or warped bottom cookware. Use a magnet to check for ferromagnetic properties. If it sticks to the base of the pan, it is ferromagnetic and can be used on the cooktop.

Use a lid to avoid splatters and conserve energy and use a wooden spoon instead of steel spoons which are ferromagnetic and can heat up.

To avoid stray radiation and last-minute fumbles, place cookware on the cooktop before switching on the induction.

Always place the cookware in the center of the cooking zone. Match the center of the cooking zone with the center of the cookware.

The cooking zone on the cooktop requires a minimum sized pan to be used over each heating element. A half an inch increase or decrease is acceptable but not more than that.

After taking care of the minimum and maximum pan size requirements for the desired cooking zone, switch the induction on by pressing the main keypad on for 2 seconds. Next turn the on/off pad for the desired cooking zone for 2 seconds. Press the power button or timer within 10 seconds of switching on.

Make sure your finger is placed in the center of the touchpad. If the finger is not placed in the center of the touchpad, the cooktop may not respond to the selection mode.

To choose maximum heat setting press the upward arrow power button immediately after switching on. For an immediate sim, press the downward button after switching off.

Choose from 15 different power levels to cook your food. Note that the highest setting of power, also called power boost, provides approximate 139% power for 10 minutes.

If the highest power is used on two burners in the same zone, the power-sharing feature will activate and decrease the power of anyone burner. The last burner set will cook at a maximum power level. The other burner will experience a slight decrease from its power setting

Use the timer button by pressing on/off button for two seconds and then increase or decrease the timer setting from 1 minute to 99 minutes..

The control lock pad feature allows the cooktop to be locked only when the cooktop is switched to off. Touch and hold the child lock keypad for 3 seconds. Once locked, no other displays will glow and no cooking zone will activate. To turn the controls lock off, touch and hold the lock keypad for 3 seconds.

Frigidaire FGIC3067MBGallery 30" Black Electric Induction Cooktop
  • COUNTERTOP CUT-OUT DIMS: 29-5/8" - 29-3/4" W, 20-3/8" - 20-1/2" D, 4-1/2" H
  • ACTUAL EXTERIOR DIMS: 30-3/4" W, 21-1/2" D, 4-3/8" H
  • More Responsive Cooking with induction is more responsive than gas or electric so you can...

If the cookware is moved from the center of the cooking zone for any reason and also if no pan is detected, the power level will flash in the affected zone display. If the situation is not corrected, the zone will turn off after 3 minutes.

There is also a pause button/hold button to keep the dish warm. Touch the on/off button of the desired cooking zone first and then touch the warm keypad in the cooktop main control area. “L” will feature in the corresponding zone display.

Once the cooking is done, turn off the cooking zone by pressing the on/off button. Wait for the residual heat indicator to stop displaying “H”. once the cooktop has cooled down, it is ready for cleaning.

Use a soft cloth and mild detergent or ceramic cooktop cleaning cream. Do no use hard abrasives. To prevent scratches, do not slide anything metal or glass across the cooktop. Do not use the cooktop as a cutting board.

For stubborn residues, use a specialized scraper at 45 degrees angle to scrape away the residues. You can read our link to cleaning the cooktop here.

Warranty

Frigidaire cooktops come with a one-year limited warranty from the original date of purchase. They have a wonderful after-sales service and can be reached via phone and email both.

The company will pay all costs for repairing or replacing any part of this appliance that proves to be defective in material or workmanship. They require an original sales receipt.

If any service is carried out during the warranty period, it will not increase the warranty of the product.

Frigidaire FGIC3067MBGallery 30" Black Electric Induction Cooktop
  • COUNTERTOP CUT-OUT DIMS: 29-5/8" - 29-3/4" W, 20-3/8" - 20-1/2" D, 4-1/2" H
  • ACTUAL EXTERIOR DIMS: 30-3/4" W, 21-1/2" D, 4-3/8" H
  • More Responsive Cooking with induction is more responsive than gas or electric so you can...

Conclusion

Frigidaire induction cooktop is a smooth, elegant and classic cooktop looks beautiful with a black background and white displays.

With super-efficient functions, it soon takes over the cooking from the chef leaving less burden on the chef.

It has safety features of automatic pan detection, overheating sensors, control lock, and warm setting to prevent any accidents.

The control panel is easy to use and operate and conveniently located in the front of the cooktop

The four different sized burners give the consumer many options to cook in different cookware. The four burners also ensure a good quantity of food can be cooked at the same time.

Coming from this strong background – Frigidaire 30-inch induction cooktop meets expectations in terms of quality, durability, and speed. Not to mention good after-sales services in terms of customer support. Something that Chinese inductions sorely lack.

It has all the necessary functions which would be needed to cook. The superior technology works on standard electrical voltage present normally in most homes in the US.

It does not make a lot of sounds and has raving feedback about its performance.

With Electrolux as its parent company and made in America, it delivers quality and style both while making sure the cooking process is easy and smooth for outstanding dishes cooked with very little effort and time!

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