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Best 30’’ Professional Dual Fuel Ranges for 2020 (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

Steve Sheinkopf  |  March 06, 2020  |  7 Min. Read

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The best range you can buy is a professional (pro) dual-fuel 30-inch range, or so you have told. Dual fuel ranges offer the power of high output gas with even temperatures of an electric oven.

I have some bad news for you (this blog seems to deliver bad news regularly).

It isn't the best range except in only one situation.

In this article, you will learn the differences between all gas and dual fuel ranges as well as dual fuel versus induction ranges.

Then we'll look at reliability for every brand based on real service calls. Our service team logged 35,256 just last year and over 100,000 in the last three years.

This is a long article, but in the end, you will understand how to choose a pro range.

Why You Think You Want A Dual Fuel Range (The Basic Pitch From Everywhere Else)

30-professional-range-display-yale-applianceBest 30-Inch Professional Dual Fuel and Gas Ranges at Yale Appliance

 

The benefit of cooking with gas 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.

You buy a dual fuel range for its electric oven and the ability to cook more evenly.

Benefits of Dual Fuel:
  1. Temperature Control: Electric ovens have more accurate temperature control than gas ovens.
  2. Self-Cleaning: Many gas pro-style ranges do not offer self-cleaning such as Wolf, BlueStar, Capital, and Thermador Harmony. These brands only offer self-cleaning on a dual fuel range. It's a drier heat than gas for better baking.
  3. 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.

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All Gas Vs Dual Fuel Ranges

All gas is still a legitimate option you should consider. 

Benefits of Gas:
  1. Roasting: Gas is a moist heat, so its better for roasting meats.
  2. 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. BlueStar is the hottest at 1,850 degrees, but Thermador and Wolf are decent as well.
  3. Price: You will spend $1,000 - $2,000 more for an electric oven.

What about induction?

Dual Fuel Vs Induction

Wolf-36-inch-induction-range-IR365PEWolf Induction Range

 

If you want an electric oven, then you need to seriously consider induction.

Benefits of Induction Cooking Over Gas Cooking:
  1. Induction is faster: It's even faster than the highest rated gas burner at 25,000 BTU
  2. Simmering is instant: With an induction stovetop, you can reach lower temperatures than gas.
  3. It's the most child-safe: Induction is magnetic. It can only activate by 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.
  4. Make-Up Air acceptable: For Massachusetts residents, You can comply with Make-Up Air regulations of 400 CFM with induction. You cannot exhaust that type of heat emission with a pro-gas stove at 400.

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Induction Drawbacks
  1. 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.
  2. The increased amperage can be an issue with power surges: It's still covered under warranty, but the repair is not easy
  3. You won't see a flame-like gas: Samsung does give the Blue LEDs simulating flame, but other brands just have surface indicator lights.
  4. For builders/remodelers, gas is better than induction for resale.

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.

Now let's look at the best dual fuel pro ranges.

Best 30’’ Professional-Style Dual Fuel Ranges For 2020

Jenn-Air 30" Pro Dual Fuel Range JDRP430HL - $5,599

Jenn-Air-Dual-Fuel-Range-JDRP430HL

Features:

  • 34 Range Configurations
  • Flat Tine Racks
  • Remote Access
  • Dual-Stacked PowerBurners
  • JennAir® Culinary Center
  • Glide Racks
  • 4 Sealed Burners
    • Two 20,000 BTU burners
    • 18,000 BTU
    •  9,000 btu

Jenn-Air is the premium brand owned by the Whirlpool Corporation. Jenn-Air typically has the best pricing and promotions.

Their new 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 Yummly cooking app for recipes.

The oven is dual convection for precise temperatures.

Viking 30" Pro Dual Fuel Range VDSC5304B - $5,699

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Features:

  • 7 cu. ft. oven
  • Rapid preheat feature
  • Self-cleaning
  • Convection fan that works bi-directionally
  • Three interior oven racks
  • Available in a number of colors
  • 4 Sealed Burners
    • 18,500 BTU burner
    • 3 x 15,000 BTU burners
  • All burners have the ability to simmer

Viking is an American brand, well known for its professional-ranges. This range is similar to the others in terms of aesthetics and price. You can buy Viking in a bunch of different colors as well.

From a features standpoint, it's average with only one high output burner of 18,500, three 15,000 BTU burners, and a single convection oven.

In recent history, the quality of this brand has waned due to well-documented service issues. I love the look of the Viking products and hope one day it will return to being a great brand.

To be entirely transparent, we do not sell any Viking products.

Wolf 30" Pro Dual Fuel Range DF304 - $6,900

wolf 30 inch dual fuel range DF304

Features:

  • Red, black, or stainless burner knob controls, chrome or brass bezels optional
  • Lowest BTU burner has a melt feature
  • Pivoting hidden touch controls
  • 5 cu. ft. oven
  • Temperature probe
  • Self-cleaning
  • Dual convection fans
  • Spring damper door system for each oven door
  • STAR-K compliant with Sabbath mode
  • 4 Sealed Burners
    • 2 x 15,000 BTU burners
    • 2 x 9,200 BTU burners
  • All burners have the ability to simmer

Wolf is another American appliance brand. This range has good power with 20,000, 18,000, and 15,000 BTU burners. The simmer is also excellent, with each burner maintaining a simmer of 500 BTU.

Like many others, it's twin convection, but Wolf has two thermostats, so the fans operate independently to eliminate any temperature inconsistency.

Thermador 30-inch Pro Dual Fuel Range PRD304WHU - $6,199

Thermador-30-inch-pro-dual-fuel-range

Features:

  • Free dishwasher after mail-in rebate 
  • Stainless or blue knobs (cost extra)
  • 4 cubic ft oven
  • Self-cleaning
  • Sabbath mode
  • Can be flush mounted in 24’’ deep cabinet
  • 4 sealed star-shaped burners
    • two 18,000 BTU Burners
    • two 15,000 BTU Burners

Thermador recently changed its range. Styling is new. Their Wi-Fi through its HomeConnect App is excellent.

Unfortunately, some of the other changes in lowering the BTU outputs and increasing prices were not as good. Thermador, like Viking, also is a single convection oven.

However, Thermador still has the lowest simmer with decent output at a good overall price.

Miele 30" Pro Dual Fuel Range HR1924DF - $6,999

miele 30 inch dual fuel range HR1924DF

Features

  • Four sealed burners
  • Dual stack burner allows you to go from a high sear down to a low simmer
  • Comfort swivel handle will move with your hand as you open oven door
  • Oven control panel will lift up so you can easily access controls
  • Self-cleaning
  • M-touch control panel has a menu-driven system,100 pre-programmed recipes take the guesswork out of cooking your favorite dishes to perfection
  • Dual fan convection
  • Sabbath mode
  • Wireless Temperature probe
  • Racks can remain in oven during a self-clean cycle
  • Able to connect with Miele directly through remote vision module, closely monitor range performance
  • Optional rotisserie accessory
  • Rapid preheat
  • Moisture plus – you can connect your range to a water line to get bursts of steam during the cooking process

Miele's range is loaded with the most features on this list. The MasterChef controls are menu-driven. Pick the food, how you want it cooked, and the oven calculates the time and temperature for you.

It even has steam to bake bread with 16 automatic recipes (do not forget to install the waterline).

Curiously, it doesn't have Wi-Fi connectivity.

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.

Best Pro Dual Fuel Ranges For High BTU Output: Thermador and Wolf

Wolf-burnerWolf Professional Range Sealed Burner 

 

Thermador has a better overall BTU output. Wolf and Jenn-Air have higher individual burners at 20,000 BTU.

Best Pro Dual Fuel Pro Range For Simmering: Thermador

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Thermador Pro Range Star Burner

 

Thermador has 2 Extra-Low simmers at 375 BTU. Wolf has four 500 BTU consistent simmers.

Best Pro Dual Fuel Value/Least Expensive: Jenn-Air

Jenn-Air-Kitchen-featuring-new-dishwasher-at-yale-appliance-in-hanoverJenn-Air Kitchen Appliance Package with 30-Inch Pro Range at Yale Appliance

 

Jenn-Air is $4,859 and includes a free dishwasher.

Best Pro Dual Fuel Range For Wi-Fi: Jenn-Air

Thermador is decent, but Jenn-Air offers more features.

Best Pro Dual Fuel Range For Baking: Wolf

wolf-dual-fuel-oven-interior-yale-applianceWolf Pro Dual Fuel Range with Twin Convection at Yale Appliance

 

Jenn-Air, Miele, and Wolf have twin convection, but Wolf also has two thermostats for even temperature.

Best Pro Dual Fuel Range For Baking Bread: Miele

miele-kitchen-abandoned-cart-emailMiele Kitchen Appliance Package with Pro Range at Yale Appliance

 

Miele is the only company with Steam Assist to bake bread.

Best Pro Dual Fuel Range For Cleanability: Miele

Miele's racks can be left in the oven in self-cleaning. Top grates are dishwasher safe.

Best Pro Dual Fuel Range For Custom Colors: Viking

Viking is the only dual fuel on this list with a few colors. In all gas, BlueStar offers 750 different colors.

Most Reliable Pro Dual Fuel Range: Wolf

  Service Qty Shipped Qty Service Ratio
Café Appliances 1 15 6.66%
Wolf 68 224 30.36%
KitchenAid 8 20 50%
Fisher & Paykel  9 22 40.91%
Jenn-Air 13 28 46.43%
La Cornue 11 21 52.38%
Thermador 60 113 53.10%
Miele 14 23 60.87
Bosch Appliances 11 16 68.75%
Grand Total 207 519 39.88%

 

In the chart above, we removed any brands with fewer than 10 dual fuel ranges shipped. Our reliability stats are based on last year's 35,256 service calls.  

Now, you need to match these to your particular cooking style. You also want to check to understand who can fix pro ranges in your area as you will probably need service.

Normally, I would end the article right here. But I have one last thought for you.

Do You Need A Dual Fuel Professional Range?

There was a time when you needed to buy a pro range for output. Now you can buy a high-end slide-in range with good output and other features like controls not available in professional ranges (except Miele).

Just remember, the Jenn-Air 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 dual fuel, slide-in ranges.

Café Appliances 30-Inch Dual Fuel Slide-In Range C2S950P2MS1 - $3,239

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  • Double Oven
  • Convection
  • Six Burners with the following BTU Output:
    • 21,000
    • 15,000
    • 12,000
    • 9,500
    • 9,500
    • 5,000

Unique features: This slide-in range has six burners. 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 - $2,699

Samsung-30-inch-dual-fuel-slide-in-range-NY58J9850WS

  • FlexDuo - Cook Two Dishes at Two Different Temperatures Simultaneously
  • 22K BTU True Dual Burner
  • 5 Burners with the following BTU Output:
    • 22,000
    • 15,000
    • 9500
    • 9,500
    • 5,000

Unique features: 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 up to three hours.

Jenn-Air 30-Inch Dual Fuel Slide-In Range JDS1450FS - $3,199

Jenn-Air-30-inch-dual-fuel-slide-in-range

  • 7.1 Cubic Foot Total Baking Capacity
  • True Convection
  • 5 Burners with the following BTU Output:
    • 19,000
    • 15,000
    • 15,000
    • 9,200
    • 8,000

Unique Features: 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.

Still, need a professional dual fuel range? :)

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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.

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