Because Who Has Time to Clean?

I’ve had my new Frigidaire stove and microwave for a couple of months now, and I am totally pleased with them.  One of my biggest pet peeves about my last stove was what a pain it was to clean.  It had about 154 movable parts on the stove top, and every time I needed to wipe up the simplest of spills, I had to take the ding-dang thing apart and wash every single last piece.  It drove me to the brink of insanity.  As a result, I rarely cleaned it.  And I cook A LOT.  I know, lovely.

When I received word from Mom Central that I was chosen to receive a stove and microwave and be on one of the Frigidaire Test Drive Teams, the first thing I said to my husband (after I squealed with excitement and danced around the house) was that I hoped the stove top was one of those solid surface dealies.

Well, lo and behold, it was.

Instead of 154 movable parts, it has 8.  And 5 of those are just those little burner covers.  No biggie.  At first I found the black ceramic top hard to get shiny, but then my cousin Kelly told me about her homemade Sparkle Cleaner* and I have never looked back.

*Sparkle Cleaner — Throw about a half cup white vinegar into a spray bottle.  Add a couple tablespoons rubbing alcohol (it helps it dry fast).  Fill with water.  Spray and clean!  Streaks be gone!  See?  PURTY?


In addition, the stove and microwave are made with real stainless steel that has a protective coating to reduce fingerprints and smudges.  I have other stainless appliances, and they all clean up nicely, but I have noticed that the stainless on the Frigidaire is shinier and doesn’t show smudges as quickly.

I have yet to try the One-Touch Self Clean feature.  Considering that I had my last oven for three years and never once used the self-cleaning feature, my track record is not inspiring.  But for the sake of reviewing all the cool features of my new oven, I may have to break down and give it a go.

Seeing that I’m cooking more than ever these days, I am so glad that I no longer have the stove with 154 parts to clean.

If you’re curious about exactly which Frigidaire stove I have, it is the Frigidaire Gallery Series FGGF3056KF.  And the microwave is Frigidaire Gallery Series FGBM185KF.  Frigidaire gave me the range and microwave to keep, in exchange for a few posts about my experience and their More Me-Time Guarantee.

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15 Responses

  1. That is a beautiful stove.

    But I’m curious as to what you mean by solid surface, since that obviously has removable burner covers.

    My current stove is glass-topped, and while it’s SUPER easy to clean (no moving parts at all), it doesn’t cook worth a dime. It’s the age-old difference between gas and electric, really. I’m hoping that someday I’ll have a gas stove again, which is why I’m so interested in this one.

  2. With gas, perhaps solid surface isn’t the right term. But they can come all apart (like my old one) or the burners can be attached so you only remove the flat covers (and the grates of course).

    I had the electric glass topped last time, and while I loved the easy clean up, I really prefer the cooking quality of the gas. 🙂

  3. Wow, how neat. We have electric in our home, so I wonder if it works just as well? I am so glad that you like your new appliances!

  4. i got to USE jo-lynne’s pretty new stove when i was over there and it was GORGEOUS! she gave me the full demonstration and i was drooling – seriously. i loved it!!
    (i can also attest that her old stove was – and i say this with a great deal of love – very dirty. but the new stove – spotless!!)

  5. I am sure everyone else got this obvious question, but I’m suffering from Monday brain a little…. do you also use the sparkly vinegar mixture on the stainless steel itself, because stainless steel is my nemisis. I swear I have tried every cleaner under the sun and it still doesn’t look as shiny as I think it should. thanks!

  6. Jill, I have wiped over the stainless with it, but when I want to give my stainless a good shine, I use a creamy stainless cleaner.

  7. You get to keep them??? Lucky you.. that’s not a test drive, that’s a here’s the title the car’s all yours deal!! That’s awesome! I’m a bit confused about the solid surface dealies though. I wouldn’t call that surface a solid surface because of the burner thingies. Do they call that a solid surface? Just curious. I guess I’m out of the appliance loop =)

  8. Oh, I guess I should have read the comments BEFORE I left my comment. My solid surface question would have been answered. I guess I don’t cook (or care) enough to know if my stove cooks well or not. It cooks stuff and does it seemingly as well as my gas stove did. That’s interesting that you prefer the gas over the electric. I was never a fan of the open flame with kids in the house, not to mention the pain in the patootie it was to (like you said) clean those metal drip pans under burner coils (especially when the job called for a brillo pad). I’m slowly remembering why I don’t cook much. =)

  9. I never thought of adding alcohol to my vinegar solution! Thanks for the tip! BTW I just love your stove/micro combo. Our house came with an electric stove (fancy no-burner)and I miss cooking on gas. I was looking at your exact stove in Lowe’s on Saturday.

  10. I’m with Rita – adding rubbing alcohol to my vinegar / water solution never occurred to me! I’m totally going to do that when I get home.

    I’m not a huge fan of the vinegar smell though. Any suggestions for masking it?

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