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Best 36 Inch Pro Gas Ranges (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

Steve Sheinkopf  |  April 04, 2018  |  8 Min. Read

Professional Ranges  |  Cooking

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You are probably baffled by the amount of selection for a 36-inch professional range. 

They have evolved since their creation in 1990. You now have a choice of very simple, yet powerful ranges like a BlueStar or other products like Miele and Jenn-Air with more residential features such as sealed burners, self-cleaning, and clock/timer functions.

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The best for you and your family depends on how you cook, so we will look at the best all gas ranges:  Wolf, Thermador, BlueStar, and Jenn-Air.

First, we will explain the difference between all gas and dual fuel. Please note that we also wrote a separate article on Best Dual Fuel 36-inch Ranges and our recommendations are different for dual fuel pro ranges.

This is a thorough article at almost 1700 words. You can read each section or watch this video and then flip to the end for direct comparisons.

Professional Ranges FAQ

 

Short on time? Get our free Pro Cooking Buying GuideLearn MoreDual Fuel vs. All Gas

Dual fuel is a dryer, more precise heat. It is better for baking. Straight gas is moister and better for roasting and broiling. Every dual fuel range is self-cleaning, but less than half of all gas ranges have a self-cleaning option.

Wolf and Miele also upgrade their dual fuel ranges as well. Miele has their MasterChef guided cooking program with push-button control whereas Wolf has twin convection and an upgraded BTU output.

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Wolf All Gas

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Wolf Duel Fuel

Let's look at the best all gas brands.

Best 36-inch Pro Gas Ranges

BlueStar Platinum Series

BlueStar is an American range company known for manufacturing high-quality ranges with commercial grade craftsmanship. BlueStar specializes in all-gas ranges. They are most widely known for their open burners and customization of colors. BlueStar also offers pure gas convection or heat blown in from the rear to keep a consistent, even heat in a gas range. Although BlueStar makes several different ranges, the Platinum series range sports their best features. The downside is you must clean underneath the top of an open burner. BlueStar does not offer any of their ranges in self-cleaning.

BSP366B - $8,195 (custom color/ custom trim extra)

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Features:

  • Available in 750+ colors and finishes
  • Six surface open burners
    • 25K BTU
    • 22K BTU x 2
    • 18K BTU
    • 15K BTU
    • Simmer burner (130 degree)
  • Integrated wok cooking without a wok ring
  • Comes with interchangeable griddle/ char broiler
  • True European convection oven
  • Oven fits a full-size baking sheet
  • PowR Oven with 40% faster preheat than traditional gas ranges
  • 1850-degree infrared broiler
  • Ordered specific for natural gas or liquid propane
 

Thermador Pro Grand

Thermador is a premium appliance brand presently owned by Bosch. They are best known for their star shaped burner (known for great pan coverage) and great packages and promotions. Thermador makes two levels of gas ranges: their Pro Grand series and their Harmony series. The Thermador Pro Grand series is Thermador’s premium all-gas range. It does protrude past the cabinets whereas the Harmony is flush.

The burners and simmer are very good in a Thermador. Downside is lack of self-cleaning in the Harmony and traditional single convection delivery in both of their series. Griddle and grill are electric and slower than infrared offered by other manufacturers.

PRG366JG - $7,299 (for six burners) with a free dishwasher

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Features: 

  • Six surface sealed brass star burners for even pan coverage
    •  22K BTU
    • 18K BTU x 5
    • 2 Extra low simmer burner (100 degree)  
  • Soft close doors
  • 2-hour self-clean mode
  • Broiler
  • True convection oven
  • Oven fits a full-size baking sheet
  • Full access telescopic glide racks
  • Star K certified
  • Thermador also makes ranges that have a pre-built in electric grill, or griddle (added cost)
  • Ordered specific for natural gas or liquid propane

Wolf

Wolf is a premium appliance brand owned by Sub-Zero. Wolf is traditionally known for red knobs and their dual-stack burners. Wolf prides itself on making a residential range rooted from their commercial heritage. Their products have excellent build quality and support. Wolf also has the infrared grill and griddle for speed and easy clean up. The infrared broiler is powerful. The top is a bit less powerful at a 15,000 BTU max.

GR366 - $6,280 (for six burners)

 

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Features:

  • Six surface sealed dual-stack burners for even pan coverage
    • 15K BTU x 5
    • 9K BTU
  • Convection oven
  • 18 K BTU Infrared Broiler
  • 5.5 cubic ft. capacity oven
  • Traditional oven racks
  • Factory tested for 20 years of heavy use
  • Wolf also makes ranges that have a pre-built in gas grill or griddle (added cost)
  • Star K Certified
  • Red, black, or stainless knob color options
  • Ordered specific for natural gas or liquid propane

Jenn-Air 

Jenn-Air is the premium appliance brand owned by the Whirlpool Corporation. This range has many decent features like a real clock and timer, decent 20,000 BTU output, self-cleaning, and a dual convection oven. The griddle is chromium, so it is the easiest to clean, but slow to heat up.

JGRP436WP - $5,499 (for six burners) with a free dishwasher

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Features:

  • Six surface sealed dual-stack burners for even pan coverage
    • 20K BTU x 2
    • 15K BTU x 3
    • 5K BTU
  • Convection oven
  • 5.5 cubic ft. capacity oven
  • Telescopic oven rack
  • Jenn-Air also makes ranges that have a pre-built in electric griddle (added cost)
  • Star K Certified
  • Built-in timer
  • Ordered specific for natural gas or liquid propane

Miele

Miele is a family owned appliance company out of Germany. They are known for attention to detail and meticulous quality control. To achieve this, they are one of the most vertically integrated appliance companies out there. 

Miele is best known for their cleaning products (dishwashers, laundry and vacuum cleaners) however they are a heavy competitor in the cooking category as well.

Miele has self-cleaning dual convection like Jenn-Air as well as infrared grill and griddle like Wolf with decent controls.  The grates and racks are the simplest to clean.

Compared to Wolf, Miele’s burners are half as powerful at 19,500 and half not powerful at 12,000.

HR1136G - $6,799 (for six burners)

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Features:

  • Clean-touch steel range (finger print resistant)
  • Dishwasher safe grates
  • Racks that can stay in oven during self-clean cycle
  • Six surface sealed dual-stack burners for even pan coverage
    • 19.5 K BTU x 5
    • 12.5 K BTU
  • Convection oven
  • 5.76 cubic ft. oven
  • Self-cleaning
  • Broiler
  • Telescopic oven rack
  • Built in timer
  • Miele also makes ranges that have a pre-built in gas grill or griddle (added cost)
  • Star K Certified
  • Ordered specific for natural gas or liquid propane 

Who makes the best 36-inch all-gas range?

Your range choice will really depend on what you value.

Style:

Winners: Miele and BlueStar

Traditionally, pro-style ranges were manufactured to look like restaurant ranges. They were big, bulky, and stainless. Miele is the newest range on the floor and has the most contemporary design elements. As a bonus, Miele has a fingerprint resistant stainless coating, dishwasher safe grates, and racks that can stay in the oven during the self-clean cycle.

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Bluestar is another clear winner just due to the endless custom color and trim combinations you can choose. You can design your range to be truly yours to match your personal style and preference.

High Burner Power:

Winners: BlueStar and Thermador

There are benefits and drawbacks to buying a range with an open burner. Open burners will almost always be more powerful than sealed burners.

BlueStar’s 25,000 BTU Nova Burner is the hottest on the market, ideal for high heat cooking. BlueStar’s burner design is also perfect for a round-bottomed wok.

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For a sealed burner, Thermador’s star-shaped 22,000 BTU burner is a great alternative with great pan coverage and very high heat.

Simmer Performance:

Winners: Wolf and Thermador 

If you value having great simmer performance, Wolf and Thermador make the best burners. Wolf has a dual-stack burner. This means that there are two gas ports going to every Wolf burner. When you want to simmer, you ignite a simmer port that is completely independent of that burner’s high heat capability. This creates a lot of variation in Wolf’s simmer performance on any burner.

Thermador’s simmer is intermittent and technically gets down low. At Thermador’s lowest setting the flame will ignite and then go out and ignite again. My advice would be to visit our showrooms and see these ranges live. Once you see the burner performance you will likely choose the burner that works better for your needs.

Grill/Griddle:

Winner: Miele and Wolf

Both use an infrared gas grill and griddle for faster, more intense heat.  Infrared is better than regular gas for cleaning as well because it evaporates the drippings.

Honorable Mention: Jenn-Air

The Jenn-Air griddle is chromium and the easiest to clean.

Self-Cleaning:

Winners: Thermador, Jenn-Air, Miele

These ranges have self-cleaning modes, the others do not.

Oven Performance:

Winner: BlueStar 

BlueStar’s Power Oven is arguably one of the best range ovens out there. It is known for very fast preheat time, fast cook time, and very even oven temperature.

Honorable Mention: Thermador

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Thermador’s Pro Grand oven has true convection and a large capacity which is a bonus. Both brands, Thermador and BlueStar, can fit a commercial sheet pan, the others cannot.

Broiler:

Winners: BlueStar and Wolf

An infrared broiler on a gas range is the best broiler type for intense high heat. Both ranges have a more powerful infrared broiler.

Value:

Winner: Jenn-Air

Jenn-Air has some of the best package options in the industry. They also offer a 20,000 BTU range burner, self-cleaning, and a built-in timer for a relatively low price. They also have the best clock and timer functions of all the units mentioned.

What Do You Buy?

How will you use it? Each range has a reason to buy depending on what you value whether it is for the Wok, broiler, burner, grill or griddle or even for price.

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