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Most Powerful 30 Inch Professional Gas Ranges (Reviews/Ratings)

You are probably reading this post because you are a chef/cooking enthusiast or perhaps you have a large family. Either way, you have to prepare big meals for more than a few people.

However, you do not need to buy a professional range for high outputs anymore. Regular ranges have at least one high output burner and many times multiple burners. For example, this Frigidaire Professional range ($1,599) pictured below has a 18,000 BTU burner.

Frigidaire Professional 30'' Freestanding Gas Range - FPGF3077QF

You can buy a professional with all high output burners, but many ranges are available for far less money if you need just one or two burners.

We will look at professional ranges and then the individual products and manufacturers.

Professional Ranges

Professional style ranges have a commercial look with cooktop and oven controls on the front. Many professional ranges come with a wide array of burner configurations, griddles, grills, and accessories. The Professional range is UL approved and insulated to be placed next to cabinets. 

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Open vs. Sealed Burners

Gas ranges can either have sealed burners or open burners on the cooktop surface.

The majority of professional ranges in the household appliance market have sealed burners meaning that the burner is sealed to the base of the cooktop for easy clean up.

Open burners are more common in commercial settings such as restaurant kitchens because air underneath the burner gives it a very hot flame.

open-burner-vs-sealed-burner

Although many people like the open burner construction for overall heat, you have to clean underneath for spills.

BTU's

The power of gas ranges is measured in British Thermal Units, more commonly referred to as BTU's. This unit measures the amount of heat for the surface burners.

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The Most Powerful 30" Professional Gas Ranges

7. Wolf GR304 - $4,579

wolf 30 inch professional range GR304

Total Power: 54,200 BTU

Power Burner: 15,000 BTU

Features:

  • Dual stacked power burner is essentially two burners in one, bringing dish from a 15,000 BTU sear to a low simmer
  • Signature red control knobs with infinite control
  • 4.4 cubic ft gas convection oven with three adjustable oven racks
  • Infrared broiler with ultra fast preheating

Wolf is the second largest family owned appliance company in the world. They are known for producing high quality professional cooking products and their signature feature is the red knobs you see in many high-end cooking designs.

Although Wolf has a fantastic simmer, their power burner only has a maximum of 15,000 BTUs.

 

6. Viking RVGR33015BSS - $4,619

viking 30 inch professional range RVGR3305BSS

Total Power: 65,000 BTU

Power Burner: 18,000 BTU

Features:

  • Freestanding gas range with 5 sealed burners
  • 4.0 cubic ft convection oven with self-cleaning
  • Telescopic full extension oven racks to easily move heavy dishes in and out of the oven
  • High performance cooking modes including broil, dehydrate, defrost
  • Three year manufacturer's warranty

Viking is an American manufacturer in Greenwood, Mississippi. They are best known for their cooking products. They are the self-proclaimed industry leaders introducing commercial–type appliances into the home. Their products make a statement and have a distinct professional appearance. Viking was recently acquired by Middleby of Ohio, a commercial cooking supplier.

Viking has reconfigured their maximum burners at 18,000. The new range also has a 12,000, 9,000 and 8,000 BTU burner.

As you read this, power is only one consideration to buying a range. Reliability is another, and Viking still has not recovered from their pre-Middleby issues. You should be careful before buying their products.

 

5. Thermador PRG304GH - $4,149.99

thermador 30 inch professional range PRG304GH

Total Power: 72,000 BTU

Power Burner: 18,000 BTU

Features:

  • Four sealed star burners that can all reach 18,000 BTU sear and reduce to a 375 BTU simmer
  • Star burner construction covers 40% more of your pans to heat your pans quickly and evenly
  • Range can be mounted counter depth in a standard 24’’ cabinet
  • 4.4 cubic ft oven with full access telescopic racks to easily move heavy dishes in and out of the oven
  • Convection baking offers precise multi-level baking results
  • Free dishwasher after purchase of Thermador pro range

Thermador is a brand owned by the BSH Corporation, one of the largest appliance manufacturers in Europe. BSH also owns the Bosch and Gaggenau appliance brands.

Thermador is a premium appliance brand with the easily recognized star shaped burner. Their star burner design places more even heat on the cookware.

Thermador periodically runs very good package promotions, so if you are looking for a new kitchen you may want to consider this brand. At time of writing, buy this range and a refrigerator and receive a free dishwasher as well as a hood.

If you are looking for power, then consider this range with all 18,000 BTU burners. Great simmer as well.

4. Miele HR1124 - $4,999

Total Output: 69,000

Power Burner: 19,000

Features:

  • DirectSelect controls
  • M Pro dual stacked burner system with True Simmer
  • ComfortClean dishwasher-safe grates
  • Twin Convection fans
  • Speed heat (powerful bake and broil element)

Miele is the largest family owned appliance manufacturer in the world. Pro ranges are new for Miele as they were introduced first in February 2015. They are known for their reliability and are considered the most dependable appliance in the world. 

3. Jenn-Air JGRP430WP - $4,099

jennair 30 inch professional range stainless JGRP430WP

Total Power: 55,000 BTU

Power Burner: 20,000 BTU

Features:

  • Four sealed burners
  • (1) 20,000 stacked power burner great for wok cooking and flash frying
  • (2) 15,000 BTU burners so you can cook multiple dishes at maximum heat simultaneously
  • (1) 5,000 BTU simmer burner that can be reduced to as low as 500 BTUs
  • 7-inch full color LCD display control panel with 6 convection cooking modes
  • MyCreations feature stores favorite recipes for later use
  • True convection system distributes heat evenly throughout the oven
  • Auto convection conversion automatically converts your recipes with conventional cook time and temperature to convection
  • Self-cleaning oven feature
  • 4.1 CU. FT. oven capacity
  • Free dishwasher with purchase of Jenn-Air Pro range (JDB8200AWS)

Jenn-Air is part of the Whirlpool Corporation (along with KitchenAid, Maytag, Whirlpool and Amana). The range is affordable at $3,999 with a free dishwasher (like Thermador). It has a sophisticated clock and timer as well as twin convection for more even cooking.

I like the Jenn-Air with a powerful 20,000 BTU output and two 15,000. It drops to a 5,000 after that.

 

2. Capital Culinarian Series CGSR304N - $5,829

capital culinarian 30 inch professional range CGSR304N

Total Power: 92,000 BTU

Power Burner: 23,000 BTU

Features:

  • Powerful open top burners at 23,000 BTU for all burners
  • All burners capable of simmering at 145 degrees F
  • 4.1 cubic ft self-cleaning oven
  • Motorized rotisserie system
  • Large infrared broiler
  • Full extension removable drip trays mounted on ball bearing racks to catch cooking surface spills
  • Three oven racks with five possible rack positions

This would be number 1 with 4 volcano like 23,000 BTU burners. Output is the highlight of this range. It is an open burner with no clock or controls.

 

1. BlueStar Platinum PrimaNova™ BSP304B - $5,876

BSP304B.png

Total Power: 68,000 BTU

Power Burner: 25,000 BTU

Features:

  • PowR Convection Oven
  • Open Burner System
  • Infrared Boiler
  • Interchangeable Griddle Charbroiler
  • Custom Colors

BlueStar is a bit of an unknown in the industry. Originally, it was the residential Garland range, but faded and are only sold by a few dealers.

 

Which Would I Buy?

All seven of these ranges will be a BTU upgrade to your current range...and then some. However, there are many other reasons to buy a range like simmer and evenness of cooking. 

In terms of reliability, Thermador, Miele and Wolf will be your best bet. Jenn-air is your best value with the free dishwasher with BlueStar being the most powerful.

One last thought: Powerful ranges now abound in the industry. You do not have to spend $5,000 for a high output range.

Additional Resources

Want to learn more about Pro Ranges? Download the Yale Professional Range Buying Guide with BTU ratings on every range, features and detailed profiles of every brand. Well over 125,000 people have read a Yale Guide.

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Topics: Wolf, Thermador, Jenn-Air, Professional Ranges, Viking, Capital

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Steve Sheinkopf

My goal has always been simple: I want Yale to be the best retail experience anywhere. I have tried to create a compelling environment for customers and employees alike

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