At a Glance
After spending $10,000-$20,000 on a 48-inch pro range, you would think that it meets all your needs.
However, it is simple to buy the wrong range. It's easy, and most people do not buy the right range for how they cook.
Let's say you would like to broil. You would want an all-gas range with an infrared broiler, not dual fuel with an electric broiler.
The key is buying the right 48 professional range for you and how you use it. You must check the most important features you commonly use and then match them with the best brand and model.
This article will be long and detailed, with plenty of videos along the way to guide you. You will learn about familiar brands like Wolf, Thermador, JennAir, Miele, and a few less familiar yet interesting brands like BlueStar, SKS, and Fisher & Paykel. We added a section all about La Cornue if you want a completely customizable option.
In this article, you will learn the difference between dual fuel and all gas models. Then we will rate the best range for each feature and performance. Again, there is no best range for every feature (shopping would be much easier if that were the case).
At the end of the article, you will have a much better idea of the one or two ranges best suited to your style. As always, feel free to ask any questions in the comment section below.
What Is a Professional Range?
Professional (pro) ranges are modeled after ranges found in restaurants with high BTU (British Thermal Units) output and a commercial look. However, they are rated for residential use, so you do not need special permits or sprinkler systems. They are also easier to clean.
What is not a pro range should be an easy question to answer. There are many pro-style looking ranges like Bertazzoni, ILVE, Forte, and Verona. Let's look at this Bertazzoni as an example (shown below).
It's a good-looking unit, but this range only has two professional burners of 19,000 BTU, then it drops to 10,400 BTU and then a combination of 5,000 BTU and 3500 BTU.
The ovens tend to be smaller without any features. Some tout broiling power of 10,000 BTU, but most pro ranges are 18,000-20,000 BTU. Miele is the highest at 23,000 BTU.
They are less expensive if you need a cheaper range to fit a 48-inch opening, but not pro-type performance. The fit and finish are not the same either. Look at these at your local store before buying one.Short on time? Get our free Pro Cooking Buying Guide
Gas vs. Electric (Dual Fuel) Ovens
Before talking about brands and models, you should know the difference between all gas and dual fuel (gas over an electric oven). Gas is better for roasting, while electric is better for baking.
On average, dual-fuel ranges have a more accurate temperature than all gas ranges. It is easier to control the temperature for precision cooking in electricity. All-gas ranges have better broilers, especially infrared broilers, and will sear better than electric.
Most of these broilers are infrared and the same as the sear burner on a professional grill like Lynx.
Dual fuel ranges typically incorporate more advanced features such as self-cleaning, a timer, and sometimes, menu-driven electronics. Wolf, Thermador, SKS, and Miele will have enhanced features available only in their dual fuel models like better controls, steam or speed ovens, and self-cleaning.
On average, all-gas ranges are about $2,000 to $5,000 less expensive than dual fuel ranges in the professional-style category.
Benefits of an all-gas: Broiling, roasting, less expensive. Does not need 50-amp electricity
Benefits of electric: Controls, special features, and baking
Best Features of a 48-Inch Professional Range
Many ranges give you some opportunity to choose your range's surface configuration. Most brands will offer six burners and a griddle or grill. You have a few offering a double grill or griddle and four burners as well.
A select few offer a French top, larger flat surface with the ability to cook at different temperatures or all burners. SKS offers sous vide precision boiling in a vacuum-sealed bag. Thermador Pro Grand, SKS, and Fisher & Paykel offer an induction option as well.
Wolf, JennAir, and Miele offer infrared grills for their cooktop. Infrared grills and griddles are faster with intense heat like an infrared broiler.
Steam vs. Steam Assist Ovens
Steam is a great way to cook. It adds moisture and does not bake the nutrients out of your food. You can cook anything from meats to brownies in a steam oven. However, it is smaller than a regular oven.
Thermador and SKS have a traditional steam oven. Miele has a steam assist. You are still cooking with regular elements but adding 1-3 bursts of steam.
Thermador, SKS, Wolf, and JennAir offer you the ability to operate your range through an app on your phone. You can turn the oven on or off and adjust the temperature remotely from your office.
They also have tie-ins to different recipe apps to enhance your cooking. Smart features may be basic now, but they will evolve.
Learn More: Smart Appliance Buying Guide
Best 48-Inch Professional Ranges for 2022
Wolf Pro Gas Range GR486G - $12,050
Wolf is the cooking brand owned by Sub-Zero. Wolf is made in the US. They are best known for professional-style ranges with their signature red knobs.
The griddle and grill are infrared like an outdoor grill’s sear zone, providing less cleanup. Infrared evaporates any drippings or residue.
Wolf allows for a French top option as well. French tops look like griddles but work completely differently. A griddle is designed to be consistent. A French top is designed to vary the heat outward, so you can cook many items at different temperatures. You also leave the food in the pans on a French top instead of placing it directly on the griddle.
Wolf Pro Dual Fuel Range DF48650C/S/P - $15,235
There is a huge difference between all gas and dual fuel Wolf ranges. In fact, only the grill, griddle, and French top are the same. The burners are upgraded to multiple 20,000 and 18,000 BTU burners versus the 15,000 BTU for gas.
The ovens will have the VertiCross blower convection system compared to the single convection of the gas model. Blowers move air faster than fans for more even heat and more space in the oven. VertiCross has been in Wolf wall ovens for six years.
Gone are the clock and timer. You now have an LCD screen. Wolf’s dual fuel range oven also features Wolf Gourmet. You pick the food, and how you like it cooked, and Wolf’s Gourmet guided cooking program will select the exact time and temperature for your meal. It will even determine the best rack position. Wolf Gourmet also features 50 automatic recipes.
Wolf’s dual-fuel range also has the new Wolf Wi-Fi system, so you control your Sub-Zero, Cove dishwasher, and Wolf range on the same app.
Wolf Pros: Grill, griddle, and broiler (in gas) are infrared. The simmer is excellent, with every burner capable of 500 BTU. Wolf has the best convection delivery system available.
Wolf Cons: All gas models are underpowered, with only a 15,000 BTU max. No steam or advanced features, and no color choices.
Wolf’s professional ranges are still great all-around ranges. Wolf is a family-owned American company and is probably the best on this list for after-sale service.
Miele 48" Pro Dual Fuel Range HR1956DFGD - $14,699
Miele was the latest major manufacturer producing a pro range. Miele didn’t start producing professional ranges until 2014. They have copied many good features like an infrared grill, griddle, and broiler. Then they added a few more, like self-cleaning racks and dishwasher-safe grates.
Miele offers steam assist in all their dual fuel ranges. You have a speed oven (convection microwave/oven) with a warming drawer instead of a smaller oven.
The real highlight of this range is their MasterChef controls. Miele simplifies the cooking process. You choose the food and weight. The oven calculates time and temperature. You also have many automatic cooking presents, including 15 different bread modes from focaccia to sourdough.
Miele Pros: Most cleanable, infrared grill and griddle, best controls
Miele Cons: No Wi-Fi, No all gas models in 48 inch
Thermador Pro Grand Gas Range PRG486WDG - $11,649
Thermador is a cooking brand owned by BSH Home Appliances Corporation. Although BSH is a German corporation, Thermador is made in the US. They are best known for professional-style ranges, aggressive package offerings, and rebate programs.
With 15 different 48-inch ranges from $10,499-$16,599, buying one is confusing. Here is how you should buy a Thermador Pro range (almost by process of elimination).
First, determine if you want a steam oven in the side compartment. Then you have to decide whether you want the Pro Grand or Pro Harmony series range.
The Grand series is the premium offering of the two with a large capacity oven, a high BTU burner of 22,000 BTU, and self-cleaning in all gas. Pro Grand is the series with steam ovens and warming drawers as well.
However, Harmony is more popular because it does not protrude from your cabinets, unlike the larger capacity Pro Grand. Pro Harmony is also less expensive.
Both ranges have star burners, which can simmer better at 100 degrees on two burners. Thermador’s star burners are raised for easy cleaning, as well.
In 2019, they changed the style, added Wi-Fi, but dropped their back burners from 18,000 to 15,000 BTU. Two burners can be induction burners instead of gas for a higher BTU output and the best simmer of any fuel type on a few models. Induction is a good option. You should consider it.
Lastly, Thermador has a huge difference between their all gas and dual fuel ranges. You can buy the steam oven option with a warming drawer in dual fuel, and all models are self-cleaning in dual-fuel compared to the Pro Grand in all gas.
Thermador Pros: Great simmer, good Wi-Fi system, and the star burners are cleanable with a good simmering output. The only company with a steam oven and induction option. Good price and promotions. Pro Grand is self-cleaning in gas.
Thermador Cons: The electric grill and griddle are not as fast. Thermador features a single, not dual convection oven. There are no color options for finishes.
BlueStar is a commercial cooking company originating in Pennsylvania. Of this list, they are the most commercial style of the professional ranges listed for looks and BTU power. This range has two 25,000 and two 22,000 BTU burners.
BlueStar ranges are also known for customization. They are available in 1000 colors and ten trims, and you can also customize the cooking surface for an added cost.
BlueStar has five different lines in all gas-only until later this year. Their top two series are their Platinum and RNB series ranges. BlueStar's Platinum series is their premium range line. This range line has open burners, ideal for very high heat but tougher to clean.
BlueStar uses pure convection in their ovens with the heating element in the back.
Their RNB series has a built-in grill and griddle with slightly lower BTU output and without the pure convection in the element. You can buy the RNB series with a French top as well.
Having open burners is tougher to clean. In a spill, you have to clean the underneath of the top. However, almost everything is removable and can be cleaned in the sink.
If you are looking for a range that has commercial characteristics or if you want a pop of color in your kitchen, you should consider a BlueStar pro range.
BlueStar Pros: Power, pure convection, colors, configurations
BlueStar Cons: Basic Controls, higher repair rate, no self-cleaning, no dual fuel, The Platinum offers an interchangeable griddle and grill. If you want a better grill, you should buy their RNB series.
Newer brands seem to have the same playbook of matching the best features of existing products and then adding a few new features.
SKS (Signature Kitchen Suite) is now the most featured professional range you can buy. The burners are 23,000 BTU with a combination of 15,000 BTU. Three of the burners are 100 BTU matching Thermador's high and low output.
In all gas, SKS’s pro range has one option with a griddle. In dual fuel, SKS offers two options, one with the griddle and the other with an induction set and sous vide water bath option for the stovetop.
The griddle is chromium, the easy cleaning surface JennAir made famous. SKS adds induction to the stovetop like Thermador.
Induction will be faster than a professional gas burner and have a better simmer. It also requires less venting, so more companies have been adding induction to their professional gas ranges. Then again, with more cities banning gas like New York and Cambridge, you will see more induction ranges in the future.
In the smaller oven, you have a combi-steam oven like Thermador.
Sous vide or cooking through precision water immersion is SKS' unique feature. You can cook with precise results with sous vide. Just add your protein and marinade in a vacuum-sealed bag, then wait for it to reach the core temperature for a perfectly cooked meal.
SKS is also Wi-Fi-enabled through LG’s ThinQ app.
SKS Pros: Induction and sous vide options, 23,000 BTU burners, steam oven, steam assist ovens in their dual fuel, and a chromium griddle.
SKS Cons: No recipe tie-ins in their WI-FI, No Grill. New brands typically have a problem with service technicians.
JennAir 48" Rise Pro Gas Range JGRP748HL - $10,499
JennAir is a premium brand made by the Whirlpool Corporation. Their new series, Rise and Noir, are beautifully designed with 16 different models to choose from.
Unlike the others, the features don't change from dual fuel to all gas. Dual fuel and all gas are similar in features and looks. Both are self-cleaning.
You can choose double griddle and double grill models. The grill is now infrared, along with decent output on the burners and a twin convection oven. They coated the griddle with chromium, which is the easiest to clean. Even eggs slip off. (They made me cook eggs on it).
Their Wi-Fi experience is the most robust, with the ability to see pictures of the cooked food before it's cooked.
JennAir Pros: Best Wi-Fi for recipes, great looking, easiest to clean chromium griddle, good price, and $1,399 rebate program.
JennAir Cons: Higher repair rate, no colors. Their availability is incredibly tough even before COVID-19.
Fisher & Paykel Pro Range RHV3-484-N - $14,199
Fisher & Paykel has five ranges with baffling small distinctions other than all gas or dual fuel. The RHV3-484-N is their most interesting range and offers a glimpse of what the future may look like for larger ranges. It has 18,500 BTU gas burners along with four induction burners.
The other two dual fuel models are eight burners with a combination of 23,500 and 18 000 BTU burners or five burners with a 24,000 BTU griddle (that is unusually hot for a griddle). Fisher & Paykel’s dual fuel ranges have more cooking modes, eight burner ranges, and Wi-Fi connectivity.
The Best 48-Inch All Gas Professional Range: La Cornue Le Château 120 – Starting at $50,000
You probably have a sense of what we said in the beginning. No one range has the best of all features - except for La Cornue.
La Cornue is the exception because you can order any features. In fact, the range is customized by you. The 120 range has a gas and electric oven. Their ovens are natural convection meaning the air is emitted from the bottom. Along with the arched top, it keeps an even heat without using fans.
The cooktop can be almost anything you want from having a French top, griddle, a wok burner, gas burners, or a grill.
You have 48 colors with eight trim styles for a unique look. If you don't like their colors, you can choose one of your own.
It is the best range with one drawback. The price is over $50,000
Pros: Many customization options including several stovetop configurations and over 40 color choices.
Cons: Incredibly expensive starting at $50,000.
Are Professional Ranges Reliable?
Professional ranges need more service than any other appliance. That said, a 48-inch range is also much larger than an average appliance with more burners, ignition systems, and two ovens.
Before you become panicked, half of these ranges are fixed without parts. Installation and customer education are two big factors that contribute to the life of your range.
Igniters are one of the most common repairs for gas ranges in general, but it is usually just a burner. In a 48-inch range, you have at least 3-7 more burners than a regular gas range.
However, service for sophisticated appliances becomes crucial. You want your range to work. Always inquire about repair before you buy any appliance.
Read More: Most Reliable Professional Ranges
Which 48-Inch Professional Range Is the Best?
There is no single best range for price, baking, broiling, steam, or preferred features. So, we broke down the most popular considerations when buying a range and selected your best options.
Best Professional Range for Burner Output: BlueStar, Fisher & Paykel, and SKS
BlueStar has 25,000 BTU in an open burner while Fisher & Paykel and SKS have multiple sealed burners at 23,500 BTU.
Best Professional Ranges for Cooking Surface Options: Wolf and BlueStar
Wolf offers the most cooktop configurations of any 48-inch range brand. Keep in mind when you commit to a configuration with Wolf, you are married to that configuration.
Best Professional Ranges for Simmering: Thermador, SKS, and Wolf
Thermador's XLO burner (intermittent simmer) and SKS Ultralow burners can drop down as low as 100 degrees. Wolf's dual-stack burner has the best burners for simmering in the industry.
Best Professional Range for Grill Performance: Wolf, Miele, and JennAir
Having a gas-powered grill will be better for sear and taste than an electric grill for indoor grilling. Ensure it is infrared, so the drippings also burn off for easier cleaning.
Best Professional Ranges for Griddle Performance: JennAir, SKS, and Wolf
JennAir and SKS will be the easiest for cleaning and maintenance with their chromium surfaces. Miele and Wolf have the infrared for faster, more directed heat.
Best Professional Ranges for Oven Capacity: Thermador and BlueStar
Both Thermador and BlueStar can hold a commercial sheet pan. The other companies cannot. If you are looking for a large oven, BlueStar and Thermador are the best choices.
Best Professional Ranges for Steam Features: Miele, Thermador, and SKS
This depends. Miele and Thermador both have some version of steam and a warming drawer. Miele has the best controls but is steam assist, not an entire steam oven. SKS has a combi-steam like Thermador, just without the warming drawer at the bottom.
Best Professional Range for Value: JennAir and Thermador
JennAir is the only range that made this list under $10,000. They have some great package promotions as well. If you're looking for a 48-inch pro range but aren't looking to break the bank, this is an excellent range for the price.
Best Professional Ranges for Broiling: Thermador, Miele, and Wolf
Miele has the hottest at 23,500.
Best Professional Ranges for Tech and Controls: Miele, Wolf, and JennAir
Miele is the easiest to use. JennAir has the best Wi-Fi app. Wolf has both.
Most Cleanable Professional Range: Miele
You can clean everything in this range with minimal difficulty. The grates, racks, and burners are easy to clean.
Best Colors: BlueStar and La Cornue
BlueStar and La Cornue are the only options with color for professional ranges.
Best 48-Inch Professional Ranges: Key Takeaways
First, there is no single best professional range. You should buy the features necessary to how you cook, whether it's baking, broiling, grilling, griddling, steam cooking, or any other feature.
See a demonstration on these ranges before you buy one if possible. Always inquire about service as well.
Unfortunately, you will need some type of service throughout the lifetime of any of these ranges. Each manufacturer has its pros and cons. You want to match those to how you cook.
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