At a Glance
So, you're looking for the best all-gas professional range.
Choosing one for your kitchen should be simple.
You like to bake but love to broil that steak. You want the burners to be both powerful and have an extra-low simmer.
It’s self-cleaning and never needs repair.
But I have just described a range that doesn’t exist.
If it did, we wouldn’t have to show all these:
Professional Gas Ranges at Yale Appliance in Hanover
In this article, you will learn about the best companies and their pro ranges. Then we'll break down the best ranges for each major factor whether it's value, features, reliability, or performance.
Our reliability stats are based on 35,256 service calls completed by our service department just last year.
There is not one dominant range or brand, so it’s best to choose one based on your particular cooking style. Here's a sneak peek:
Our top picks for the best 30-inch professional gas ranges for 2020 are:
- Best for BTU Output: BlueStar Pro Range BSP304B
- Best for Simmering: Thermador Pro Range PRG304WH and Wolf Pro Range GR304
- Best for Convection: BlueStar Pro Range BSP304B
- Best for Self-Cleaning: Miele Pro Range HR1124 and Jenn-Air Pro Range JGRP430HL
- Best for Wi-Fi and Smart Connectivity: Jenn-Air Pro Range JGRP430HL
- Best for Promotions: Thermador Pro Range PRG304WH and Jenn-Air Pro Range JGRP430HL
We'll also cover the differences between dual fuel and all gas ranges. Many people think dual fuel is way better, and it often isn't.
Let's get started.
Choosing Between Gas Or Dual Fuel
The benefit of an electric oven is a dryer, more consistent heat. It's better for baking.
On pro ranges, Wolf and Miele's will also add features on their dual fuel. Wolf adds a timer, self-cleaning, and twin convection.
Miele's 30-inch dual fuel range adds their MasterChef controls, so the range calculates time and temperature automatically based on your inputs. It also has steam assist in baking bread.
Miele Range Controls Featuring MasterChef Programs
Gas is a moist heat than electric, and it's preferable for roasting. However, gas is also exceptional for broiling.
If you love to broil, a gas infrared broiler is intense direct heat and is the best you can buy for your home.
BlueStar Gas Range Infrared Broiler
Wolf, Thermador, Miele, and BlueStar all have infrared with BlueStar being the hottest at 1,850 degrees.
Choosing gas or dual fuel would depend on whether you bake versus roast and broil.
Self-cleaning is standard on all dual fuel ranges, yet Jenn-Air and Miele are the only pro ranges with self-cleaning in all gas.
Now, let's look at the best 30-inch pro ranges for 2020.Short on time? Get our free Pro Cooking Buying Guide
Best 30-Inch Professional Ranges for 2020
Jenn-Air JGRP430HL - $4,599
- Flat Tine Racks
- Remote Access
- Dual-Stacked PowerBurners
- Jenn-Air® Culinary Center
- Glide Racks
- Cast Iron Grates
- Dual-Fan True Convection
- Culinary Intelligence
- Connected Temperature Probe
Jenn-Air's ranges still have high output with two 20,000 BTU and one 18,000 BTU burner but have placed more emphasis on the cooking experience.
It is Wi-Fi enabled and compatible with Amazon's Alexa. Jenn-Air added their Cooking Center interface for Wi-Fi.
It allows you to cook more precisely and shows you pictures of the doneness of your food before you cook.
Jenn-Air also owns Yummly. This cooking app allows you to cook from any recipe - when it works. The Jenn-Air app is rated as 1.5 stars, but that should improve.
Jenn-Air has two distinctive looking ranges: the Rise and Noir. Their rebate with this range is $1,399.
Thermador PRG304WH - $4,849
- QuickClean Base® designed for easy surface cleaning
- ExtraLow®, the widest simmer temperature control as low as 100°F
- Exclusive, Star® Burner-most even heating, unsurpassed flame coverage
- 2 ExtraLow® burners for simmering, melting, or holding long durations
- Convection Bake offers precise multi-level baking results.
Thermador is known for its Star Burners with even heat distribution and an extremely low simmer.
The Thermador Star burner is unique from everybody else’s round burner. I can’t make a claim its shape is any better, but it can simmer at an unbelievable 100°.
Thermador Professional Gas Range Star Burner
The burner 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 introduced a new range with better styling and Wi-Fi through an app. Their app works reliably, so you can adjust the time and temperature remotely from your phone.
However, they also dropped their BTU output in two of their burners from 18,000 to 15,000 BTU, so it's not as powerful as the previous models.
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Wolf GR304 - $5,160
- 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
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.
The stovetop is a bit underpowered with three 15,000 BTU burners, but each burner can simmer lower than 300 degrees.
Unlike the on/off simmer of Thermador, Wolf maintains the simmer continuously.
The oven is single convection, but their infrared broiler is powerful at 1,500 degrees. Wolf, along with the Thermador Harmony and BlueStar, are not self-cleaning ovens.
Miele HR1124 - $5,699
- 4.6 Cu. Ft. convection oven
- BTU: (3) 19K, 12K
- Infrared Gas Broiler
Miele has 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.
Miele Twin Convection
The racks are designed to withstand the heat of the self-cleaning cycle, so you do not have to remove them and wash them separately. The grates are also dishwasher safe.
BlueStar Platinum BSP304B - $6,495
- 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
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/charbroiler for added cooking flexibility.
BlueStar Interchangeable Griddle and Charbroiler
BlueStar has a POWR convection oven that reduces preheat and cooking time. It's also the only pure convection oven, so it eliminates taste crossover between racks (you should ask for a custom demo).
BlueStar Platinum series ranges offers 750+ custom color finishes and trim options for an added cost. BlueStar occasionally offers rebates and incentives, but they change regularly.
Which Professional Range Should You Buy?
|Jenn-Air Pro Range JGRP430HL||Thermador Pro Range PRG304WH||BlueStar Pro Range BSP304B||Wolf Pro Range GR304||Miele Pro Range HR1124|
|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 Cu. Ft.||4.4 Cu. Ft.||18" x 26" Baking Sheet||4.4 Cu. Ft.||4.63 Cu. Ft.|
|Broiler||Gas||Infrared Gas||Infrared Gas||Infrared Gas||Infrared Gas|
|Open or Sealed Burners||Sealed||Sealed||Open||Sealed||Sealed|
|Accessories Included||Glide Rack||Glide Rack, Roasting Pan||Interchangeable Grill / Griddle, Glide Rack||Roasting Pan||Glide Rack|
As I said before, this is a tough choice. If you are using the top cooking surface the most, then 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 twin convection for better temperature control.
Jenn-Air is the most interesting because their online app experience is so advanced (when it works).
Each range has its attributes, depending on what and how you like to cook. Below, we broke down which range is the best for every major factor of your buying decision.
Best For BTU Output
BlueStar Nova Open Burner
BlueStar is the most powerful with the 25,000 BTU Nova open burner.
Second Best for BTU Output
Jenn-Air is really powerful for a sealed burner range at 20,000 BTU.
Best For Simmering
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.
However, it's simmer is intermittent meaning it turns on and off to maintain that low simmer. Wolf has a consistent simmer with a smaller burner that can simmer lower than 300 degrees or a larger burner with a higher temperature of 500 degrees.
Best For Convection
BlueStar Convection Oven
All the ranges offer convection (fan-forced heat for more even baking and roasting). BlueStar's PowR convection oven is designed to be the fastest and most even. It's the only pure convection. The air is blown in through the rear versus the bottom.
Second Best for Convection
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.
Still, many 30-inch wall ovens have twin convection, so it's an advantage.
Best For Self-Cleaning
Jenn-Air and Miele are the only companies offering self-cleaning in pro-all-gas models. Every company features self-cleaning in its dual fuel ranges. (BlueStar is the exception because they don't offer a dual fuel range).
Best For Wi-Fi and Smart Connectivity
Wi-Fi is the future of appliances without question. Jenn-Air is the furthest along with recipes and apps to improve and innovate your cooking.
Thermador would be next. It's not as advanced but more reliable for now.
In the next 3-5 years, you'll be telling your range what to cook. It will know what you want, shop for your food, and set the dishwasher to the right cycle.
But we're not there yet.
Best For Budget
Jenn-Air Kitchen Package at Yale Appliance in Hanover
Thermador and Jenn-Air are the most aggressive with their rebate promotions. Both give you a product valued at ($1,000-$1,399) 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 rebates with qualifying kitchen packages during different times of the year.
Are Professional Gas Ranges Reliable?
Most Reliable Professional Gas Ranges for 2020:
|Service QTY||Shipped QTY||Service Ratio|
|Fisher & Paykel||4||17||23.53%|
|Samsung Chef Collection||5||56||8.93%|
Thermador, Jenn-Air, and Wolf have similar reliability. Miele and BlueStar are less reliable. The ignition system is the biggest problem for any gas range and may need service more regularly.
It is the second most repaired item after ice makers in refrigerators. It is not a major issue since you will still be able to cook with three burners.
Nearly every pro range has over a 20% service rate within the first year. You should consider service before buying any of these brands.
All of these ranges would be a great, functional addition to your kitchen. They are all strong brands with different strengths. You need to choose what's right for you.
Remember, all gas ranges can have an ignitor issue, so always check to see who can service your appliances in your area.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What type of oven is best for home use?
The best oven for home use depends on our lifestyle and how you cook. For broiling or roasting, gas provides a moist heat and is better for baking meat.
2. What is the best appliance brand to buy?
Sub-Zero and Wolf are the best names for resale, but Thermador, Miele, and Jenn-Air are great considerations also.
Download the Yale Pro Range Buying Guide with features, specs and inside buying tips to all the major brands. Over 580,000 people have read a Yale Guide.
Craig Marcotte is an Appliance Sales Consultant at Yale Appliance. He has been with Yale for a year now. Before working at Yale, Craig was a corporate trainer and later spent several years managing restaurants in Boston. A New Hampshire boy at heart, you can often find Craig on a mountain or running a Spartan race when he isn’t helping customers upgrade their homes.
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