To be totally transparent, we stopped selling Monogram a couple of years ago. For some reason, we could not sell it versus Wolf, Viking, Thermador or even Jenn-Air. Nationally, Monogram sells well through their builder channel where builders will buy a bunch for a building or project. Let's see how they compete against the most aspirational brand.
Pro ranges are becoming increasingly popular in high-end kitchens, in sizes ranging from 30 to 60 inches. A professional range is quite simply a high BTU stove with a commecial appearance. Today we will look at 48 inch models from two very different manufacturers in the dual fuel configuration, Wolf and GE. Dual fuel is the best (and most expensive) of both cooking worlds with the power and response of a gas top with the evenness of electric convection.
The Wolf Classic Control Panel and Red Knobs
Wolf was originally a manufacturer of commercial cooking equipment, supplying restaurants and hotels. In 2000 Wolf was acquired by refrigeration pioneer Sub-Zero. By combining the looks of a commercial range with some conveniences appreciated by home cooks, they have established themselves as a leader in pro style cooking in a residential application.
They offer 5 different 48 inch dual fuel models, all with the same ovens. The main oven is 4.5 cubic feet, the secondary is 2.5. Both ovens offer convection (dual fans in the main oven) and self-cleaning. Other features include electronic controls for accuracy, a temperature probe, and cobalt blue interior. There are 10 pre-programmed cooking modes, including proof, dehydrate, and a bake stone for pizza.
The cooktops offer multiple configurations, with 4 or 6 burners. These burners are a dual stacked design, for both high heat cooking and a very low simmer. In addition to the burners you have a choice of a grill, griddle, grill and griddle, double griddle, or a French top. These options make the Wolf a very versatile piece. You can choose from black, stainless, or the signature Wolf red knobs.
GE Monogram Stacked Burners
GE is a huge international company, with 300,000 + employees worldwide. Businesses under the GE flag include aviation, finance, energy, health care, transportation, and yes, appliances. They offer 4 distinct lines, with the Monogram being the best.
Monogram is the GE professional series, ranging from refrigeration, ventilation, dishwashers, compactors, and cooking products. Their 48 inch dual fuel is available in 3 configurations, all with the same ovens. The main oven is 5.75 cubic feet, the smaller is 2.5. Both are self-cleaning with convection, and a temperature probe in the larger oven. The main oven is designed to accommodate full size sheet trays. Present functions include a proof function. The cooktop options are 4 burners with a grill and griddle, or 6 burners with either option. They also offer dual stacked burners for high heat and a low simmer. A unique feature of the Monogram is the reversible grates. These can be flipped form a flat surface to a wok grate on all burners.
Wolf vs GE Monogram
Wolf Dual Fuel 48" Range
GE Monogram Dual Fuel 48" Range
Both of these ranges from these well known manufacturers are great products with similar prices at about $13,000 with $2,500 rebates for additional purchases. The Monogram does have a larger oven with more powerful burners.
Wolf is the bigger oven with dual convection in the larger oven to spread heat more evenly. I like dual convection in a 36 inch space. Wolf also features a temperature probe in both ovens for a more accurate roast along with more pre-programmed cooking modes and a larger variety of cooktop configurations.
In my opinion as evidenced by watching clients choose between the two, Wolf may be the better choice. Although Monogram is a decent product, very upscale consumers seem hesitant about the label. There seems to be more of a comfort level with the Sub-Zero/Wolf brands on the very high end of the appliance industry.
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