At a Glance
The best range you can buy is a professional dual-fuel 30-inch range, or so you have been told.
Dual fuel ranges are marketed as high output gas ranges with even temperatures of an electric oven.
In this article, you will learn about the best dual fuel 30-inch pro ranges, their prices, features, downsides, and reliability based on 37,061 service calls.
However, as we wrote in last week's best 30-inch professional gas ranges, you have some better options.
All gas has a moister heat and is better for roasting and especially broiling. You will learn the differences between could dual fuel and all gas ranges.
If you like the power of gas, then you should also consider induction. Induction is faster to boil with an infinite simmer.
For Massachusetts residents, you should pay close attention to induction. It allows you to comply with our Make up laws better than gas.
This article will guide you through the best ranges as well as some alternatives to consider.
In the end, you will have a much better idea of what range you want in your home.
What is a Dual Fuel Range?
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A dual fuel range is a range with a gas rangetop and an electric oven.
The benefit of cooking with a gas rangetop is high heat and controllability. It's easy to see the flame increase on a gas cooking surface to achieve a higher heat and a low flame for simmering.
However, you buy a dual fuel range for its electric oven and the ability to cook more evenly.
Benefits of Dual Fuel:
- Temperature Control: Electric ovens have more accurate temperature control than gas ovens.
- Self-Cleaning: Many gas pro-style ranges do not offer self-cleaning such as Wolf, BlueStar, Capital, Hestan, and Thermador Harmony. These brands only offer self-cleaning on a dual fuel range. Controls: In brands such as Wolf and Miele, the controls are more robust than the all-gas versions. The Miele controls with automatic programs for every type of meat is especially noteworthy. It also adds steam assist for bread baking as well.
- Electric Oven: Electric is a drier heat for more even baking.
- More Features: Hestan, Thermador, Wolf, and Miele upgrade their dual fuel ranges with better features like self-cleaning, better output, steam functionality, or better controls than the all-gas versions.
Now let's look at the best dual fuel pro ranges.Short on time? Get our free Pro Cooking Buying Guide
Best 30-Inch Professional Dual Fuel Ranges for 2021
JennAir 30" Pro Dual Fuel Range Rise JDRP430HL & Noir JDRP430HM - $5,599
Burner Output: 67,000 total BTU output | Number of Burners: 4 | Convection Type: Dual Fan True Convection | Self-Cleaning: Yes | Smart Integration: Yes
JennAir is the premium brand owned by the Whirlpool Corporation.
Their newer pro range is stunning in either the Rise or Noir series.
You also have a robust Wi-Fi app controlling time, temperature, and even tie-ins with their cooking app for recipes.
My Creations is an interesting setting remembering a recipe or particular mode without reprogramming.
The Culinary Centre shows you pictures of how the food will look before it's cooked.
The oven is dual convection for precise temperatures.
You have a $1,399 rebate with this range, so it's the least expensive on this list.
Downsides to a JennAir 30-inch Dual Fuel Pro Range:
Since being the product of the year back in 2018, JennAir has been the least available pro range on the market.
It's almost impossible to order a complete JennAir kitchen without a significant wait time.
Their App offers a glimpse of the future with all the functionality, but there have been connectivity issues.
Viking 30" Pro Dual Fuel Range VDR5304BSS - $6,939
Burner Output: 63,500 total BTU output | Number of Burners: 4 | Convection Type: Single Convection Fan | Self-Cleaning: Yes | Smart Integration: No
Viking is an American brand, well known for its professional ranges.
This range is similar to the others in terms of aesthetics and price.
However, you can buy Viking in 17 different colors. Color is a trend these days. We covered it in our How to Make Your Kitchen Unique Seminar.
I will leave a link at the end if you need ideas.
Downsides to a Viking 30-inch Dual Fuel Pro
It has an average output and older single convection technology.
Viking doesn't have Smart functionality yet. As Smart functionality improves to be more intuitive, it will be a problem for the brand (just not now).
Many people will point to serve as an issue. However, Viking is now well managed, and I believe over their past issues.
I don't know for sure. We haven't sold Viking for over a decade.
Burner Output: 66,000 total BTU output | Number of Burners: 4 | Convection Type: Single Convection Fan | Self-Cleaning: Yes | Smart Integration: No
Thermador recently changed its range. Styling is new. Their Wi-Fi through its HomeConnect App is excellent.
JennAir may be more robust, but Thermador works.
Their Star Burner is smart. It is raised from the cooktop surface for much easier cleaning than a traditional sealed burner.
Thermador has the lowest simmer at 100 degrees achieved by cycling on and off.
Like JennAir, Thermador has their 1,2, free promotion with a free dishwasher with the purchase of this range.
Downsides to a Thermador 30-inch Dual Fuel Pro Range
Their improvements from 2 years ago were lower BTU output from 18,000 to 15,000 BTU on the back burners.
They also did not upgrade their single convection oven.
Hestan KRD Series 30-inch Pro Dual Fuel Range KRD304NG - $7,279
Burner Output: 76,000 total BTU output | Number of Burners: 4 | Convection Type: PureVection | Self-Cleaning: Yes| Smart Integration: No
You are looking at the highest output range on the market with two 23,000 and two 15,000 BTU burners.
The burners, especially the brass ignition, are solid. Same for the rest of the range. It has a commercial feel, mostly because it is a commercial company.
Like Viking, it is available in colors with 12 available.
The oven controls are interesting as well.
The "Marquise" display is on the handle with swipe controls similar to your Smartphone, showing you time, temperature, and mode.
Hestan Pro Range Controls
It automatically responds to the oven temperature and oven selector knobs.
The oven is called "PureVection," jargon for single convection. However, it alternates time and temperature for even heat.
Downsides to a Hestan 30-inch Dual Fuel Pro Range
We have to test some of the claims. Their main issue is if you want to be first in buying one.
If so, make sure there is adequate service in your area.
Read More: Are Hestan Professional Ranges Any Good?
Burner Output: 69,000 total BTU output | Number of Burners: 4 | Convection Type: Twin Convection | Self-Cleaning: Yes| Smart Integration: Yes
Miele's range is loaded with the most features on this list until the new Wolf becomes available.
The MasterChef controls are menu-driven and are intuitive and simple to use with 100 automatic recipes.
You simply pick the food you're cooking, how you want it cooked, and the oven calculates the time and temperature for you. Miele also has steam assist to bake bread and caramelize foods with up to 3 bursts of steam.
You have 16 automatic programs just for bread.
Miele is also the most cleanable range on this list. You can leave the oven racks in your self-cleaning oven while the grates are dishwasher safe.
Downsides to a Miele 30-inch Dual Fuel Professional Range
What once was the most technology-driven product now lacks Wi-Fi and Smart technology.
The burners are OK but no longer the most powerful at three 19,000 and one 12,000 BTU burner.
Wolf 30" Pro Dual Fuel Range DF304 - $7,475
Burner Output: 62,200 total BTU output | Number of Burners: 4 | Convection Type: Dual VertiCross Convection | Self-Cleaning: Yes| Smart Integration: No
Wolf is mostly new.
Their top has stayed the same with a 20,000, 18,000, 15,000, and 9200 BTU burner.
All the burners can simmer at a consistent 500 BTU.
The controls and oven have changed dramatically and are similar to their wall oven.
Instead of the clock, you now have a touch screen.
It has their Gourmet settings to program the food, and the oven will calculate time and temperature.
Wolf will even show you the best rack position.
Instead of fans, the Wolf "Verticross" system employs blowers for more even heat.
The Wolf oven size is now the largest at five cubic feet because the fans are not in the oven's back.
Wolf incorporates Wi-Fi in dual fuel pro ovens as well.
Downsides to a Wolf 30-inch Dual Fuel Professional Range
Wolf improved every facet of the oven. However, availability will probably be September 2021 or later.
Could they have put steam functionality to match Miele?
Which 30-Inch Professional Dual Fuel Range Should You Buy?
When comparing ranges feature-by-feature, many of them are similar.
All have true convection, a self-cleaning oven, high BTU output burners, at least a 4-5 cubic ft. capacity oven, and glide racks.
Still, all of these ranges distinguish themselves in different ways. Let's take a look at the best range for each of your buying factors.
Reliability is a good place to start.
Most Reliable Pro Dual Fuel Range: Wolf
Pro Dual Fuel Range Reliability December 2019 - November 2020
The figures above are based on a minimum of 15 dual fuel pro ranges sold and over 350 total pieces.
Our reliability stats are based on last year's 37,061 service calls.
Wolf's reliability at 16% for dual fuel ranges is 7% better than the average. Also, Wolf typically has the best support with parts and technical support as well.
Best Pro Dual Fuel Range for High BTU Output: Hestan
Most are pretty good, but Hestan is the best with two 23,000 BTU burners and two 15,000
Best Pro Dual Fuel Range for Simmering: Thermador
Thermador has 2 Extra-Low simmers at 100 BTU. Wolf and Hestan have four 500 BTU consistent simmers.
Best Value for a Pro Dual Fuel Range: JennAir
JennAir is $4,859 and includes a free dishwasher or $1,399.
Best Pro Dual Fuel Range for Wi-Fi: Thermador
JennAir has more functionality, but Thermador is more highly rated.
Best Pro Dual Fuel Range for Baking: Wolf
JennAir and Miele have twin convection, but Wolf's new system will be better with blowers instead of fans
Best Pro Dual Fuel Range for Baking Bread: Miele
Miele is the only company with Steam Assist to bake bread.
Best Pro Dual Fuel Range for Cleanability: Miele
You can leave Miele's racks in the oven while self-cleaning, and the top grates are dishwasher safe.
Best Pro Dual Fuel Range for Custom Colors: Viking and Hestan
Viking and Hestan are the only dual fuel on this list with a few colors. In all gas, BlueStar offers 1000 different colors.
If you want to be fancy, then La Cornue will have 48. Their 30-inch range is about $27,000.
Best 30-inch Pro Dual Fuel Ranges: Key Takeaways
Wolf 30-Inch Pro Dual Fuel Range
Now, you need to match these to your particular cooking style.
Will you use the Wi-Fi? Do you want more automatic controls
What is important to you? Is it power, simmer, or the ability to bake?
You also should assess whether all gas or induction might be better for the way you cook.
Regardless of what you buy: Understand who can fix pro ranges in your area as you will probably need service.
Technical support will be a bigger issue with these more advanced features.
Normally, I would end the article right here. But I have one last thought for you: Do you need a dual fuel professional range?
Other Dual Fuel Pro Range Options
There was a time when you needed to buy a pro range for output.
Now you can buy a all gas, induction, or a high-end slide-in range.
Just remember, the JennAir and Thermador dual fuel pro ranges have $1,399 credits/rebates, so the price is about the same.
Let's briefly look at a few of your options.
All Gas vs. Dual Fuel Ranges
Hestan Pro Gas Range
All gas is still a legitimate option you should consider.
Benefits of Gas:
- Roasting: Gas is a moist heat, so it's better for roasting meats.
- Broiling: The broiler is far better in gas, especially infrared. You have faster, more concentrated heat for broiling. Infrared is the same as a sear element in a pro grill. Miele has the hottest at 23,000 BTU, but most are in the still-hot 15-20,000 BTU range.
- Price: You will spend $1,000 - $2,000 less than a dual fuel
What about induction?
Induction vs. Dual Fuel Ranges
Wolf 30-Inch Induction Pro Range
If you want an electric oven, then you need to consider induction.
Benefits of Induction:
- Induction is faster: It's about the same speed as Hestan's new 30,000 BTU burner.
- Simmering is instant: With an induction stovetop, you can reach lower temperatures than gas.
- It's the most child-safe: Induction is magnetic. It can only activate with contact from a metal pan. The glass does not heat up and is much cooler. There is residual heat from the pan, but the chance of being burned is far less in induction.
- Make-Up Air acceptable: For Massachusetts residents, You can comply with Make-Up Air regulations of 400 CFM with induction due to its efficiency (90% vs. 60% for gas) and lack of heat emission. You cannot exhaust that type of heat emission with a pro-gas stove at 400. If you don't know what I am talking about (and why should you), then download our Ventilation Buying Guide to explain what state inspectors now cite as code violations.
- Easier to Clean: The glass for induction does not heat like an electric or a gas burner with only residual heat from the pan. With a cooler surface, the spills do not harden and are much easier to clean.
- Induction can use 50 amps: Dual fuel ranges are typically only 30. It may require changing the service. In some places in Boston with limited total amperage, you do not want an induction stove. Then again, you shouldn't buy a dual fuel either with limited amps.
- The increased amperage can be an issue with power surges: It's still covered under warranty, but the repair is not easy.
- You won't see a flame like you would with a gas rangetop: Samsung does give the Blue LEDs simulating flame, but other brands just have surface indicator lights.
- Poor resale: For builders/remodelers, gas is better than induction for resale.
Ultimately, you do have the best of both worlds with induction. It's the best cooking surface and also has an electric oven.
However, it requires more power, more service and lacks the curb appeal of gas.
Slide-In Dual Fuel Ranges
Slide-in dual fuel ranges now have good output and other features like controls not available in professional ranges (except Miele).
- Double Oven
- Six Burners with the following BTU Output:
Feature Highlight: This slide-in range has six burners. That's right. 6
You can also buy it with five burners plus a griddle. It is unique with two separate ovens. It is available in different finishes and different trim packages.
Samsung 30-Inch Dual Fuel Slide-In Range NY58J9850WS - $3,239
- FlexDuo - Cook Two Dishes at Two Different Temperatures Simultaneously
- 22K BTU True Dual Burner
- 5 Burners with the following BTU Output:
Feature Highlight: The Flex Duo oven allows you to cook in 2 ovens with convection simultaneously or remove the divider for one larger double convection oven. The bottom drawer is for keeping food warm for up to three hours.
JennAir 30-Inch Dual Fuel Slide-In Range JDS1450FS - $3,199
- 7.1 Cubic Foot Total Baking Capacity
- True Convection
- 5 Burners with the following BTU Output:
Feature Highlight: It's larger than any other oven. It also has a baking drawer at the bottom as well as three high output burners.
These are three good brands with excellent features like larger or double ovens and other features not available in a pro range like air fry capability.
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