Thread Number: 73847  /  Tag: Ranges, Stoves, Ovens
Noticed something disturbing on my sister in-law's 2017 Frigidaire range....
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Post# 975485   12/25/2017 at 22:11 (204 days old) by superocd (PNW)        

Had Christmas dinner over at my sister in law's new home. Had a very delicious prime rib dinner. While conversing and snacking on hors d'ouevres in the kitchen, I looked around. I came around to the range, and I just couldn't help but notice something a wee bit disturbing.

Most of us know that pretty much all stainless freestanding ranges have black tops and sides, except on this one the stainless panels are GLUED on rather being fabricated of stainless. It appears Electrolux just pulled some black ranges off the line and tacked on thin stainless panels on front facing surfaces rather than fabricating the door frames, drawer and control panel out of stainless.

The stainless face on the control panel is glued on as well as the face on the warming drawer below the oven. Especially disturbing was the oven door. The entire front is glass with a stainless steel frame glued to the glass. There's about 1mm of glass at the edge of the stainless frame.

I wonder what shortcuts were taken to attach the glass front to the door assembly?

Post# 975490 , Reply# 1   12/26/2017 at 00:04 (204 days old) by jkbff (Happy Rock, ND)        

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Depending on the level or position in the lineup, that is pretty common. Ge and whirlpool have done it as well.

Post# 975496 , Reply# 2   12/26/2017 at 02:37 (204 days old) by whirlykenmore78 (Prior Lake MN (GMT-0700 CDT.))        
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I just looked at my Whirlpool Gold Glasstop stove and while the Stainless is pretty cheap it does not appear glued on. However the overall build seems very thin compared to my 1992 KitchenAid KUDS-23 dishwasher or my FL Speed Queens. But then most modern appliances do when compared to something that is built right. While this causes no problem with the machines performance it raises the question of what other corners have been cut. I'm sure there are plenty. I will be looking at commercial ranges for a future house. I'm used to cooking on them any way.

Post# 975584 , Reply# 3   12/26/2017 at 12:10 (203 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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well, many manufacturers, like Frigidaire, have placed a fake name on their products to claim its something that its not....

'Professional Grade' or 'Commercial Duty' for example....that is just a gimmick....

that alone is a heads up to how cheap or BOL a machine is....

they toss a badge on there, and people jump thinking their buying something better than the standard base units.....

if you walked into a true commercial kitchen, units like this are not what your going to find....

even though Dacor is not the best, it was built heavy, with true stainless panels on all sides....also with a price tag of $5000.00...not the best in reliability, but I did like the feel and performance of it....

Post# 975599 , Reply# 4   12/26/2017 at 15:00 (203 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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I try to discourage people from buying commercial.

One of the things I tell people is that commercial ranges are more difficult to keep clean. The cast iron grates/burner bibs will never look brand new once they get some use. Plus if you do not like cleaning ovens, you're done.

As JohnL said in previous posts, 'it's not the range, gas, electric, pots and pans that make your food taste any better. It is the person preparing it and their skills' .

Or something to that effect.

Post# 975662 , Reply# 5   12/27/2017 at 00:41 (203 days old) by superocd (PNW)        

My 2014 Whirlpool's stainless panels are actually fabricated as stainless and not just glued on. The control panel is black with a stainless inset, which does not appear to be glued on. That may have changed between then and now, though.

The OTR WP micro (which I no longer have as I replaced it with an undercabinet Broan high-CFM stainless canopy hood) had the stainless faces attached to the plastic frame of the door and control panel. I think it's clipped on, which is pathetic. All of the stainless OTRs, regardless of manufacturer or price range, had plastic frames with stainless facing.

I just can't believe how brazen manufacturers are with cutting corners. Take my 2014 Whirlpool Gold dishwasher, for example: its spray arm is held on by a clip of plastic, which attaches to a very flimsy looking plastic "nozzle", and Whirlpool family of dishwashers are the best "new" machines from what I've gathered, compared to Frigidaire or Samsung. My parents' 2007-ish Kenmore (Whirlpool) dishwasher (PowerClean, I think?) has a stainless wash arm screwed on to the pump housing with a pretty solid plastic nut. You don't necessarily have to buy old 1960s appliances to see the differences in quality, sometimes it's less than a decade.

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