Best 48 Inch Professional Ranges (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

Jessica Petrino  |  September 22, 2017  |  5 Min. Read

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If you are planning for a 48-inch range, chances are you are planning to have your range be a noteworthy focal point in your kitchen designs. Because there is not a single brand with every single feature, this article will help you choose the best for your cooking style and design preference. 

Forty-eight-inch ranges are found in the professional-style range category. Professional style ranges (pro ranges) are modeled after ranges found in restaurants, however they are rated for residential use.

Popular brands in this category include (but are not limited to) Wolf, Thermador, Miele, Jenn-Air, BlueStar, Viking, GE Monogram, DCS, and Capital. Professional style ranges come in 30, 36, 48 and 60-inch widths.

Before we talk about brands and models, you should know the difference between all gas and dual fuel (gas over an electric oven).

Benefits of an all-gas range: Function and Price

Gas ovens have a moister heat and electric ovens have a drier heat. On average, dual-fuel ranges have a more accurate temperature than all gas ranges because with an electric oven, it is easier to control the temperature for precision cooking.

All-gas ranges typically have better broilers, especially if they are infrared broilers, and are good for moisture retention. On average, all-gas ranges are about $1,500 to $2,000 less expensive than dual fuel ranges in the professional-style category.

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BlueStar Infrared Broiler

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BlueStar Electric Broiler

Part of that difference is due to temperature precision; however dual fuel ranges typically incorporate more advanced features such as self-cleaning, a timer and sometimes, menu-driven electronics.

Wolf and Miele will have enhanced features available only in their dual models.

What should you look for in an all-gas range?

Cooktop configuration

Many all-gas ranges give you some opportunity to customize your range’s surface configuration. Most brands will offer six burners and a griddle. Some brands will give you the option for a grill while others offer a grill and a griddle. A select few will offer a French top, or all burners. In this blog, I will focus on the top selling cooktop configurations.

The Best 48" Professional Ranges

 
 
 
 
 
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The Best 48" Pro Ranges

BlueStar Platinum Series BSP488B - $11,675

BlueStar is a commercial cooking company that originated in Pennsylvania. Of this list, they are the most commercial-style of the pro ranges listed. BlueStar ranges are primarily known for customization. They come in 750+ colors and trims. BlueStar is a company in which you can also customize the cooking surface for an added cost.

BlueStar’s Platinum series is their premium range line. This range line has open burners, ideal for getting a very high heat. The infrared broiler cranks out heat to 1,850 degrees and the oven is large enough to handle a commercial cookie tray.

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 platinum range.

Features:

  • Eight open burners
  • 2 x 25,000 BTU burners
  • 2 x 22,000 BTU burners
  • 1 x 18,000 BTU burner
  • 2 x 15,000 BTU burners
  • 1 x simmer burner down to 130 degrees F
  • Interchangeable grill/griddle accessory (gas) allows you to have a gas grill/griddle when you want it, yet have the convenience of 8 burners. However, the grill/griddle is not thermostatically controlled. You can buy other series for integrated griddles
  • Available in natural gas or liquid propane (you must specify at the time of sale)
  • Two gas ovens 30’’ convection (4.1 cubic ft.) and 18’’ convection (2.2 cubic ft.)
  • PowR convection oven designed to reduce preheat time by 40% and efficiency by 30%
  • 15,000 BTU Infrared Broiler

Available cooktop configurations for BlueStar 48’’ all-gas Platinum range:

  • 8 burners with included interchangeable grill/griddle accessory
  • Burners can be upgraded for an added cost (limitations by local codes may apply)

Wolf GR486(C/G) - $10,440

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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. Wolf is a top-selling range brand in the New England market. Their 48-inch range is one of their top-selling styles. Their grill is infrared and is similar to an outdoor gas sear zone providing you less cleanup because the infrared will evaporate drippings.

Features:

  • Six sealed burners
  • 5 x 15,000 BTU burners
  • 1 x 9,200 BTU burner
  • Dual-stack burners allow you to simmer on every burner
  • Gas powered charbroiler (18,000 BTU) or griddle (15,000 BTU) (you must specify at the time of sale)
  • Available in natural gas or liquid propane (you must specify at the time of sale)
  • Two gas ovens – one 30-inch convection (4.4 cubic ft.) oven and an 18-inch thermal (2.5 cubic ft.) oven
  • 18,000 BTU Infrared broiler in 30-inch ovens
  • Non-self-cleaning ovens

Available cooktop configurations for Wolf 48-inch all-gas ranges (prices will vary):

  • 8 sealed burners
  • 6 burners and gas charbroiler
  • 6 burners and gas griddle
  • 4 burners, gas griddle, and gas charbroiler
  • 4 burners and gas double griddle

Thermador Pro Grand PRG486JDG - $10,249

(plus a free dishwasher[SHS4])

Thermador is the 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 and aggressive package offerings. Thermador is a top-selling range brand in the New England market.

Thermador makes two different series of ranges - the Grand series and the Harmony series. The Grand series is the premium offering of the two with a large capacity oven, high BTU burners, and self-cleaning.

Both ranges have the star burner, which can simmer better at 100 degrees. It is also raised for easy cleaning.

Features:

  • Six sealed burners
  • 5 x 18,000 BTU burners
  • 1 x 22,000 BTU burner
  • Two burners have XLO simmer (intermittent) for extra low 100-degree simmer
  • Electric griddle 1,630 watts
  • Available in natural gas, liquid propane conversion kit sold separately
  • Two gas ovens 30’’ convection (5.5 cubic ft.) and 18’’ convection (2.4 cubic ft.)
  • Broiler
  • 2-hour self-clean cycle
  • Temperature probe
  • Timer
  • Telescopic glide racks

Available cooktop configurations for Thermador 48-inch all-gas ranges (prices will vary):

  • 6 burners and electric grill
  • 6 burners and electric griddle

Jenn-Air JGRP548WP - $7,999

Jenn-Air is the premium brand made by the Whirlpool Corporation. Jenn-Air ranges are made in the US. Although Jenn-Air was originally known for making downdraft ranges, since Whirlpool’s 2008 acquisition, Jenn-Air has been a heavy contender in the mid-to-high-end appliance market.

Jenn-Air has some great package offerings as and is the only brand listed where you can buy a full package suite of appliances with your choice of a matching integrated or freestanding refrigerator. This means that if you want to get a 48-inch range and you are not looking to spend over $4,000 on your refrigerator, you are in luck with the Jenn-Air brand. Plus the finish and handles will match because it is under the same brand.

Jenn-Air has a few key features. Their clock and timer are the best of the bunch with convection conversion. You can convert your regular recipes into convection by hitting a button.

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Their chromium griddle is the best to clean. I have watched our chefs burn food before and easily wipe it off. It is also self-cleaning with twin convection for spreading the heat more evenly.

Jenn-Air Chromium Griddle

Jenn-Air Chromium Griddle

Features:

  • Six sealed burners
  • 2 x 20,000 BTU burners
  • 3 x 15,000 BTU burners
  • 1 x 5,000 BTU burner
  • Electric chromium infused griddle 1,320 watts
  • Available in natural gas, liquid propane conversion kit sold separately
  • Two gas ovens 30’’ convection (4.1 cubic ft.) and 18’’ convection (2.2 cubic ft.)
  • Broiler
  • Self-clean cycle
  • Timer
  • Telescopic glide racks

Available cooktop configurations for Jenn-Air 48’’ all-gas range:

  • 6 burners and electric griddle

Which Range is the Best?

Your decision will likely come down to which features are most important to you. So, we took the liberty of breaking down some of those features for you.

Burner Output

Winner: BlueStar

BlueStar has the most at 25,000 BTUs. For sealed burners, Jenn-Air has 20,000 and Thermador has 22,000. Viking has 23,000, but overall reliability is part of this list, so we do not carry Viking.

BlueStar Burner

Cooking surface options:

Winners: 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. Be cognizant of how you cook and choose a configuration that works best for you.

BlueStar gives you the most flexibility. Their range comes with 8 burners yet gives you the option to upgrade the power of those burners or use their included grill/griddle accessory.

If you need Liquid Propane:

Winners: Wolf and BlueStar

Since these ranges come specifically for natural gas or liquid propane, you do not need to convert the burners to LP (which sometimes causes a loss in burner power).

Simmer Capability:

Winners: Thermador and Wolf

Thermador’s XLO burner (intermittent simmer) and Wolf’s dual-stack burner are the two best burners for simmering in the industry.

Thermador Burner 

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Wolf Burner

Charbroiler/Grill Performance:

Winners: Wolf

For indoor grilling, having a gas-powered grill will be better for sear and taste than an electric grill.

Griddle Performance:

Winners: Jenn-Air

Having a chromium-infused griddle will be the easiest for cleaning and maintenance. Wolf will have an infrared gas, so it will heat faster.

Large Oven Capacity:

Winners: 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.

Most Feature Loaded:

Winners: Thermador and Jenn-Air

Thermador and Jenn-Air both offer self-cleaning, built-in timers, and telescopic glide racks. The others do not.

Best Value:

Winner: Jenn-Air

Jenn-Air is the only range that made this list under $8,000. They have some great package promotions as well. If you are looking for a 48-inch pro range but aren’t looking to break the bank this is a great range for the price.

As you can see, these brands have their merits. Your decision will come down to which features are most important to you.

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Editor's Note: This article was originally published on February 25, 2015 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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Jessica Petrino

Jessica Petrino is an Appliance Sales Consultant at Yale Appliance + Lighting. Jessica is a graduate of Brandeis University where she studied Economics and Philosophy. In her spare time she enjoys skiing, golfing, and traveling.

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