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Best 30-Inch Professional Gas Ranges (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

Steve Sheinkopf  |  March 26, 2019  |  5 Min. Read

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The professional gas range is still the marquee kitchen appliance, and yes, it will make a statement in your kitchen.

Viking was the early pioneer but has lost interest especially against Wolf, Thermador, Jenn-Air, Miele, and BlueStar. Which should you consider? That all depends.

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Do you like to boil quickly, simmer slowly, broil or bake in the oven and what kind of controls do you prefer?

We will look at the companies, the ranges, and then break down the best range for each feature. There is not one dominant range or brand, so you are best to choose one based on how you cook.

I will also show you reliability stats based on 34,469 service calls completed by our service department just last year

You will also learn the differences between dual fuel and gas ovens.  Many people think dual fuel is way better, and it often isn't.

Let's start there.

Dual Fuel vs. Gas Ranges

Dual fuel is a gas top and electric oven versus an all gas product. It is usually $1000-2000 more than a gas range.

The benefit to an electric oven is a dryer more consistent heat. It is better for baking.

On Pro ranges, Wolf and Miele will add features on their dual fuel. Wolf adds a clock timer, self-cleaning and twin convection.

Miele will add their MasterChef controls. You just input the food and how you like it cooked. The oven figures time and temperature automatically.

Miele also has steam, so you can make bread in their dual fuel. In fact, the oven is automatically preprogrammed for 16 types of bread.

Gas is a moister heat and is preferable for roasting. However, gas is also exceptional for broiling. If you love to broil, a gas infrared broiler is a direct intense heat and the best residential broiler.

Choosing gas vs dual fuel would depend on whether you bake versus roast and broil. Wolf and Miele also add a few features as well.

Best 30" Professional Ranges

 

Thermador PRG304GH - $4,149 

Thermador is known for its star burners with even heat distribution and an extremely low simmer. The Thermador can simmer at an unbelievable 100°. All burners can heat to 18,000 as well.

It turns on and off intermittently to achieve this temperature. Thermador offers a free dishwasher (valued at $1,399) as well as a free hood promotion with other qualifying purchases.

thermador pro range prg304gh

Features:


  • Star burners with 18,000 BTU 
  • Widest range of simmer options from 375 BTU to 3,000 BTU
  • Powerful, 23,500 BTU bake and 20,000 BTU broil burners
  • Convection Bake offers precise multi-level baking results
  • Massive oven capacity of 4.4 cu.ft.
  • Six rack levels for multiple item cooking
  • One Full Access(R) telescopic rack and two standard racks, all with integrated easy-grip handle
 

Wolf GR304 - $4,850 

Wolf has the dual stacked burners for a really good simmer on each burner. There is also up to $1,000 in rebates with other combined purchases from Sub-Zero.

(Our Pro Cooking Buying Guide explains everything you need to know about Wolf gas ranges)

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Features:

  • Convection oven for faster, more consistent cooking
  • Patented dual-stacked sealed burners for precise control
  • Cast-iron burner grates with easy-slide finish
  • Infrared broiler for fast preheats, quick sears
  • Stainless steel construction
  • Rigorously tested to ensure dependability
  • Spark ignition system for each burner

Miele HR1124 - $5,599 

Miele has really great output per burner at 19,000 BTU. They also offer the twin convection for even cooking. This range is also the most cleanable and is self-cleaning.

The racks are designed to withstand the heat of the self-cleaning cycle, so you do not have to remove them and wash separately. The grates are also dishwasher safe.

miele 30 inch professional range hr1124

Features:

  • 4.6 Cu. Ft. convection oven
  • BTU: (3) 19K, 12K
  • Self-Cleaning
  • Infrared Gas Broiler

BlueStar Platinum BSP304B - $6,295

BlueStar platinum ranges have the highest heat output at 25,000 BTU on their highest burner. Their grates can be modified to fit a round-bottomed wok, great for high-heat cooking.

This range comes with an interchangeable griddle/char broiler for added cooking flexibility.

BlueStar has a POWR convection oven that reduces preheat and cooking time. It is also the only pure convection oven, so it eliminates taste crossover between racks (you should ask for a custom demo).

BlueStar Platinum series ranges are offered in 750+ custom color/trim options for an added cost. BlueStar occasionally offers rebates and incentives but they change regularly.

Features:

  • Restaurant style 25,000 BTU PrimaNova open burners
  • All burners, plus Interchangeable Griddle and Charbroiler
  • The PowR Oven provides 40% faster preheating and 30% increase in oven efficiency
  • Gentle 130(degree) simmer burner
  • Integrated wok cooking
  • Extra-large oven with True European Convection and 1850(degree) infrared broiler
  • Accommodates a full-size commercial 18" x 26" baking sheet
  • Available in Natural or LP gas

Which do you buy?

Below is a table comparing features between these ranges:

 

Jenn-Air

Thermador

BlueStar

Wolf

Miele

Power Burner

20K BTU

18K BTU

25K BTU

15K BTU

19K BTU

Simmer Burner

850 BTU

100 degrees

130 degrees

9K BTU

12K BTU

Oven Capacity

4.1 cubic ft.

4.4 cubic ft.

18''x26'' baking sheet

4.4 cubic ft.

4.63 cubic ft.

Self-Cleaning

Yes

No

No

No

Yes

Accessories Included

Glide rack

Glide rack, roasting pan

Interchangeable grill/griddle, glide rack

Roasting pan

Glide rack

Broiler

Gas

Infrared gas

Infrared gas

Infrared gas

Infrared gas

Open/Sealed Burner

Sealed

Sealed

Open

Sealed

Sealed

Promotions

$1000 toward another (select) J-A appliance

$1299 toward a Thermador dishwasher

Up to $1000 for BlueStar appliance package

Up to $1000 after mail-in with select Sub-Zero product(s)

10% mail-in rebate on select Miele packages

BTU Output

Winner: BlueStar is the most powerful with the 25,000 BTU Nova open burner. 

BlueStar Burner

Runner-Up: Jenn-Air is really powerful for a sealed burner range at 20,000 BTU.

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Jenn-Air Burner

Convection

All the ranges offer convection (fan forced heat for more even baking and roasting).

Winner: BlueStar's POWR convection oven is designed to be the fastest and most even. It is the only pure convection. The air is blown in through the rear versus the bottom. 

BlueStar Oven

Runners Up: Miele and Jenn-Air have twin convection or two fans for even baking. I like twin convection in 36-inch ovens because there is more of a difference in larger cavities.

Miele Twin Convection Oven

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Jenn-Air Twin Convection Oven

Still, many 30-inch wall ovens have twin convection, so it is an advantage.

Self-Cleaning

Jenn-Air and Miele are the only companies offering self-cleaning in an pro all-gas models. Every company features self-cleaning in their dual fuel ranges. (BlueStar is the exception because they don't offer a dual fuel range).

Simmer

You would think high to low would be an easy comparison, but it's not. Thermador is the lowest with temperatures as low as 100 degrees. It is, however, an intermittent or on/off simmer. Wolf has a consistent simmer at a higher temperature of 500 degrees with a smaller burner of 375 degrees.

Promotions

Thermador and Jenn-Air are the most aggressive with their rebate promotions. Both give you a product valued at ($1000-$1399) from buying the range. Both brands offer additional incentives with the purchase of full-size integrated refrigeration.

Wolf offers a $1,000 mail-in rebate.

Miele is offering up to 10% back via mail-in rebate with qualifying kitchen packages during different times of the year.

Reliability

  Service Qty Shipped Qty Service Ratio
Samsung Chef Collection 0 1 0.00 %
Fisher & Paykel 2 10 20.00 %
Bertazzoni 3 14 21.43 %
Thermador 85 346 24.57 %
Jenn-Air 36 138 26.09 %
Wolf 75 278 26.98 %
Miele 10 20 50.00 %
La Cornue 1 2 50.00 %
BlueStar 20 36 55.56 %
Grand Total 232 845 27.46 %

Thermador, Jenn-Air, and Wolf have similar reliability. Miele and BlueStar are less reliable. The ignitors are the biggest problems for any gas range and need service more regularly.  

It is the second most repaired item after icemakers in refrigerators. It is not a major issue since you will still be able to cook with three burners.

Every Pro range is over 20% in service in just the first year. You should consider service before buying any of these brands.

Which Pro Range is The Best?

As I said before, this is a tough choice. If you are using the top cooking surface, look at Jenn-Air or BlueStar for power or Wolf and Thermador for a better simmer.

Miele and Jenn-Air will have self-cleaning and better clock functionality as well. All have a certain amount of issues, so consider who services the brands in your area.

You don’t want to find out before Thanksgiving.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I choose a professional-style gas range? (link to our pro range configurator)

What type of oven is best for home use?

What is the best appliance brand to buy?

Additional Resources

Download the Yale Pro Range Buyers Guide with features, specs and inside buying tips to all the major brands. Over 280,000 people have read a Yale Guide.

WHY SHOULD YOU TRUST US?

A few review sites have placed this at the bottom of their articles. So here is our take: Our mission is to find reliable products for you to buy. Other review sites may say this as well.

However, we don’t love every product. Quite frankly, it costs us way too much money in repair costs to support less reliable brands.

In fact, we sell fewer brands than most appliance stores. Here is why:

We feel it is our responsibility to repair your appliances after you buy them.

We now have 30 service technicians, each averaging 8-10 calls a day Monday through Friday, plus another 110 on Saturday. That's over 30,000 service calls logged in one year.

The labor rates of fixing an appliance do not come close to the true cost in any product’s warranty period.

That is why no major retailer has a service department. It costs too much labor, money and time.

Our Blog is a bit different than most others you will read. We cannot write glowing reviews of unreliable products.

Hopefully, the bloggers and organizations who write such glowing product reviews for every brand consider servicing these products first. Only then they will understand the consequences of their marketing.

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.

A Note About Pricing

Pricing on this blog is for reference only and may include time sensitive rebates. We make every attempt to provide accurate pricing at time of publishing. Please call the stores for most accurate price.

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