At a Glance
- Key Feature Differences
of Professional Ranges
- The Best 60-Inch Professional Ranges
- Wolf All Gas Pro Range GR606CG
- Wolf Dual Fuel Pro Range DF606CG
- Thermador Pro Grand Dual Fuel
Pro Range PRD606WCSG
- BlueStar All Gas Pro Range BSP6010B
- Viking Dual Fuel Pro Range VDR5606GQSS
- Are Professional Ranges Reliable?
- Which Brand Makes the Best
60-Inch Professional Range?
- Which Professional Range
Should You Buy?
The 60-inch professional range is the largest range you can buy.
It has every standard add-on for professional ranges like French tops, grills, griddles, and multiple burners. You will also have two full-size ovens.
Unfortunately, that is where the similarities end and the confusion begins because, as you are about to discover, there are many types of professional ranges.
The best brands to consider are Wolf, BlueStar, Viking, and Thermador. There is no best 60-inch range with every possible feature.
The best 60-Inch Professional Ranges for 2020 are:
- Wolf Dual Fuel Pro Range DF606CG - $17,620
- Wolf All Gas Pro Range GR606CG - $14,070
- Thermador Pro Grand Dual Fuel Pro Range PRD606WCSG - $19,949
- BlueStar All Gas Pro Range BSP6010B - $16,295
- Viking Dual Fuel Pro Range VDR5606GQSS - $18,529
You should just pick one matching your cooking style.
In this article, we’ll cover the latest features and fundamental differences between these brands. I will also show you the reliability stats based on real service calls.
In the end, you will have a much better idea of what range might be right for you.
As always, feel free to leave questions and comments below. You can also download our free Pro Cooking Buying Guide for more detailed information of all the major brands.
Let’s dive in.
Key Feature Differences of Professional Ranges
The key differences between professional ranges are:
- Open Vs. Sealed Burners
- BTU Output
- Dual Fuel vs. All Gas
- Having a griddle, grill, or French top
- Single vs. Twin Convection fans
- Wi-Fi and Home Connectivity
- Steam Capabilities
- Warming Drawers
- Custom Finishes
Open Burner vs. Sealed Burner
Sealed burners are what you probably have currently where only the cap is removable. Sealed burners are easier to clean and more popular in the home.
The open burners have a higher heat output and are more common in a commercial setting. Open burner ranges can be disassembled and cleaned in the sink.
BlueStar and Capital ranges are open. Viking, Thermador, and Wolf, along with most others, are sealed.
BTU (British Thermal Units)
The performance will vary per brand. BTU’s are used to rate the power output of that specific component (burners or oven).
Open burners typically offer a higher BTU rating and are going to be the closest match to a commercial/restaurant application.
A couple of reasons would be a bigger burner, and better oxygen flows around the burner itself. The drawback to an open burner is the cleaning. Any overflow could potentially find its way down below the rangetop surface.
Burners are typically rated from 15,000 to 25,000 BTU's. Thermador, dual-fuel Wolf, is 22,000 and 20,000, respectively, with Viking at 18,000 BTU.
Dual Fuel vs. All Gas
Dual Fuel is a gas rangetop and an electric oven. An all gas range is a gas rangetop and a gas oven.
Before you automatically buy dual fuel like most people, you should also consider all gas.
Dual fuel ranges have a drier, more precise heat for better baking. However, gas is a moister heat better for roasting meats. The infrared broiler, with its direct, intense heat, is also far better than an electric broiler.
Dual fuel is usually 10%-25% more expensive than its all-gas counterpart. Electric is also self-cleaning. Gas professional ovens can be either depending on the brand.
In some brands like Wolf and Miele, dual fuel has added features, so it's not always an apple to apple comparison.
Gas Vs. Dual Fuel Professional Ranges [VIDEO]
Thermador Pro Grand 60-Inch Pro Range with Griddle
Griddle options are available with all brands. In a 60” range, they would be available in a 12” wide or a 24” double griddle.
There are three different sources of energy for a griddle, gas, gas infrared, or electric.
For example, in the Wolf, pro-range, the griddle has an infrared gas burner component beneath it, offering 15,000 BTUs of power. The benefit to infrared is its intense direct heat, whereas straight gas spreads the heat more evenly.
On the other hand, Thermador’s 60-inch pro range will offer an electric griddle. It works off a “6-pass electric element” of 1,630 watts. The electric-pass-element is not as consistent in comparison to that of the infrared Wolf.
Griddles can cook almost anything well. Most diners still use them as the only cooking appliance.
You can always buy a griddle to cover the burners, but it's not thermostatically controlled and consistent.
BlueStar Professional Range Griddle at Yale Appliance
Grill options are also available with all the brands that offer a 60” range. Wolf offers a very powerful infrared 16,000 BTU output.
Some may perceive the grill to be a challenge to keep clean, but the benefit to the infrared is that anything that falls into it will burn off.
Straight gas spreads the heat more, is not as hot, but you can control the temperature better than infrared.
The cleaning is more manageable and isolated to the grates, and the stainless sides surround the gas-fed infrared plate.
Both the Viking, BlueStar, and Capital pro-ranges also offer gas-fed grill options. Because they are not infrared, they are harder to clean.
Twin vs. Single Convection
Dual or Twin Convection
In their dual-fuel range, Wolf will offer dual convection in their ovens. In the convection mode, these two fans will work off one another or at different times, to maximize airflow and circulation in the cavity itself. This will help ensure true even baking results at all times.
Viking’s dual-fuel will offer a Vari-Speed Dual Flow convection system, which happens to be the largest convection fan in the industry.
The 8-1/2" fan works bi-directionally. In their respective all gas models, BlueStar offers the only third convection element behind the fan.
Steam is an amazing feature. Steam adds moisture rather than baking out nutrients and flavor like any traditional range.
You can keep food warm for up to three hours in a warming drawer. Food can be prepared, kept warm in a drawer, and then served to friends and/or family at a later time.
As you are reading this, most appliance companies have a Wi-Fi experience. Yet, only Thermador has invested in Wi-Fi to date among the 60-inch ranges.
Wi-Fi, in general, is somewhat mediocre, either the functionality or connectivity is lacking.
Thermador is an exception. Their “HomeConnect” allows you to not only control the range remotely but also to download recipes and other culinary experiences directly from your phone.
La Cornue French Top at Yale Appliance in Boston
French Tops allow you to cook multiple items on a griddle surface with temperature variation. The burner is located on the inside, and the heat radiates out, so you can cook effectively at different temperatures.
BlueStar and Wolf offer a French Top.
A Salamander is a four-position grilling rack, and adjustable burners allow you to cook with heat.
From rare steaks to crispy chicken to delicately broiled crab cakes, you will get perfect results in virtually half the time. The Flan you order in a high-end restaurant is caramelized in a salamander.
At this time, only BlueStar offers the Salamander.
Viking has 24 colors with a few trim options. BlueStar has 750 color options and eight trim options. You can also customize further as well.
Best 60-Inch Professional Ranges
1. Wolf All Gas Pro Range GR606CG - $14,000 - $15,000
2. Wolf Dual Fuel Pro Range DF606CG - $17,000 - $18,000
Wolf is an American made brand out of Wisconsin with over 80 years of experience in manufacturing high-end cooking products. They partnered-up with Sub-Zero to become one of the industry’s leading manufacturers of high-end, residential appliances.
Wolf is well known for its professional look, cooking precision, and a consistent 500 BTU simmer with their dual-stacked burners.
Wolf will offer a total of eight 60” ranges in their line-up, 5 in dual-fuel, and 3 in all gas. They are also specific to either, Natural Gas or Liquid Propane. Wolf has good power and the only twin convection range at 60" range. The griddle, grill, and French Top are all gas, not electric.
- Large capacity dual convection electric oven (4.5 Cu Ft on both ovens)
- Ten cooking modes
- Choice of black, red, or stainless knobs
- Stainless Steel bezels surround all knobs - chrome or brass bezels optional
- Self-cleaning ovens
- Coaxial temperature displaying oven selector knob
- Temperature probe feature in both ovens
- Hidden bake element
- Recessed broil element
- Spring/damper door system for each oven door
- Dual-stacked sealed burner
- All with simmer capabilities and automatic re-ignition at all setting
- Melt feature on one 9,200 BTU/Hr (2.7 kWh) burner
- Porcelain-coated cast iron continuous top grates
- Pivoting hidden touch control panel
- Cobalt blue porcelain oven interiors
Wolf’s 60-inch pro ranges offer a variety of BTU outputs on their burners:
- Dual Fuel: 9,200 BTU (1) / 15,000 BTU’s (2) / 18,000 BTU’s (2) and a 20,000 BTU power burner.
- All Gas 60 Inch all 15,000 BTU, 9,100 BTU
- If you choose a grill or griddle:
- Grill is 16,000 BTU
- Griddle is 15,000 BTU
Differences Between All Gas and Dual Fuel Wolf Professional Ranges
The cooking surface will be the same in the griddle and grill. However, the burners are more powerful in dual fuel at 20,000 Max versus 15,000 in all gas.
The oven and controls are different. You have light-up oven knobs plus a clock and timer in dual fuel for controls.
Dual fuel is also self-cleaning twin convection in the oven versus non-convection single convection in the gas.
The broiler in the all-gas model is better with infrared versus electric in the dual fuel.
3. Thermador Dual Fuel Pro Range PRD606WCSG - $19,949
Thermador is a Germany based company and is part of BSH Home Appliances Corporation, a fully-owned subsidiary of Bosch and Siemens Home Appliance Group, the third-largest appliance manufacturer in the world.
Thermador provides a bit more elegance in their aesthetic, with softer lines and star-shaped burners to provide more surface coverage. Their precision simmer is intermittent, which means it will cycle on and off to maintain a very low temperature of 100°F (375 BTU).
Thermador’s new 60” ranges are only available in their Pro Grand Series and as a dual-fuel only (no all-gas option). These new ranges will provide plenty of professional power, listing with the following BTU outputs on their burners: 12,500 BTU’s (2) / 15,000 BTU (1) / 18,000 BTU’s (2) and a 22,000 BTU power burner.
Thermador will offer four 60” ranges in their line-up, all of which are dual-fuel. They also offer a steam oven and warming drawer as an option instead of a regular convection oven.
- Largest Pro Range Oven capacity in the industry at 5.7 cu. Ft.
- 2,000-watt Indoor Electric Grill with Ceramic Briquettes in addition to 12” Electric Griddle and six powerful star burners.
- The only Professional Range in the Market with a built-in Steam Oven and Warming Drawer
- 27 Easy Cook Food Programs. Pre-Programmed Modes automatically set the oven temperature and humidity to ensure perfect cooking results
- Patented Pedestal Star Burner with QuickClean Base Designed for easy surface cleaning and superior heat spread for any size pan.
- Powerful 22,000 BTU (NG) burner (front left)
- Precision simmering capabilities as low as 100°F (375 BTU) with 4 ExtraLow Simmer Burners
- Cooking Models – Main / Large Cavity / 7 total, including, Bake, Convection Bake, Broil, Convection Broil, Self-clean, Keep Warm
- Cooking Models – Small Cavity / 8 total, including, Steam, True Convection, Steam/Convection, Reheat, Proof, Slow Cook, Defrost, Easy Cook
- Meat Probe
- Sabbath Function
- Self Clean
- Continuous Cast Iron Grates
- Metal Knobs and LCD Display
- 1.4 cu. Ft. Warming Drawer offering Low, Medium and High
- Steam oven option
Differences Between the Thermador 60-Inch Pro Ranges
Thermador is only dual fuel in 60 inches. Usually, Thermador has two series, their Harmony or 24 inches deep or the deeper 27 inches Pro Grande. Their 60 inch is in the deeper Pro Grande series.
Like the others, they have different grill/griddle configurations. The biggest difference is if you want a steam oven with a warming drawer below or straight double ovens.Narrow down Pro Range options with our free tool
4. BlueStar All Gas Pro Range BSP6010B - $16,295
BlueStar ranges originated in Reading, PA in 1880 from Prizer-Painter Stove Works, a manufacturing company of residential and commercial ranges, hot water heaters, furnaces, and heating stoves. Prizer-painter Stove Works continued to manufacture high-end cooking products for over a century.
In 2002, Prizer introduced the BlueStar line, restaurant-quality ranges designed for the residential market.
All 60” BlueStar ranges can be customized with 750+ colors for knob and range finishes plus (10) different trim options. Customized ranges are made to order and typically have a 4-8 week lead time.
- Star-Shaped Open burners
- Precise 130° simmer burner
- Cast-Iron Interchangeable charbroiler system allows for dual zone cooking
- Extra-large convection oven with 1850° infrared broiler that accommodates a full size 18" x 26" commercial baking sheet
- PowR oven, which is more accurate than any other on the market as it cooks with flat even heat cycling every 7 minutes. The flame is on the back wall of the oven.
- Manual Cleaning
- Integrated wok cooking
- 12” Griddle and 12” Grill
- BlueStar 60” ranges will offer a variety of BTU outputs on their burners that will now range from: 9,000 BTU (1) / 15,000 BTU’s (2) / 18,000 BTU’s (2) / 22,000 BTU’s (2) and a high of 25,000 BTU’s (3) depending on the range
- Grill and Griddle are 15,000 BTU
- 25,000 BTU PrimaNova™ burners , 22,000 BTU UltraNova, 18,000 BTU SuperNova, 15,000 BTU Nova™ burners for rapid boiling and heating
- 130-degree simmer burner
BlueStar offers tremendous quality and variety within their 60” range line-up offering (9) different 60” range options.
They are also very flexible with the open burner configurations as they can be customized to suit your cooking needs with a variety of griddle, grill, and French top sizes. They do not offer a dual fuel range.
BlueStar has the only third element convection gas range for even baking. They also feature a salamander, restaurant broiler on the top for caramelizing, and searing.
Differences Between the Platinum and RNB 60-Inch Pro Ranges Ranges
BlueStar has two series of pro ranges. Their platinum is their most powerful, with 25,000 and 22,000 BTU burners. It also has the third element convection.
The RNB is a bit less powerful, maxing at 22,000 and 18,000 BTU burners. The RNB has an integrated grill and griddle. The Platinum has more of an enhanced portable, reversible grill/griddle.
The RNB is also straight convection versus third element convection of the BlueStar.
5. Viking Dual Fuel Pro Range VDR5606GQSS - $18,529
Viking has experienced many recent changes. They are credited for developing the first pro ranges, but now are a subsidiary of Middleby company. It's tough to talk about Viking without mentioning past service issues. To be transparent, we like Viking, but we do not carry the line.
Viking is another brand with the option of selecting custom color finishes.
- VSH (VariSimmer-to-high) Pro Sealed burner system.
- All burners equipped with SureSpark, Ignition System for consistent and reliable ignition.
- Automatic re-ignition
- Surface burners light at any position on the knob and re-light if extinguished.
- Heavy-duty metal knobs with stainless steel finish shipped standard.
- Vari-Speed Dual Flow convection system has the largest convection fan in the industry. The 8-1/2" fan works bi-directionally for maximum airflow and excellent cooking results.
- Concealed 10-pass dual bake element provides precise temperature control.
- Extra-large Gourmet-Glo glass enclosed infrared broiler provides superior broiling performance.
- Rapid Ready Preheat System provides one of the fastest preheats times, so your oven is ready to begin cooking when you are.
- The oven has six porcelain-coated rack supports and comes standard with one standard oven rack and two TruGlide full extension oven racks.
- Three oven lights provide maximum visibility.
- Heavy-duty broiler pan and tray provide more roasting and broiling options.
- 8 High-performance cooking modes
- Self-cleaning ovens
- Viking’s BTU outputs on the burners are as follows: 15,000 BTU’s (5) / 18,500 BTU’s (1)
Viking will offer two 60” ranges in their line-up, one in dual-fuel and one in all gas. They’re also specific to either Natural Gas or Liquid Propane. Viking does offer a total of 7 finishes (colors and stainless).
Differences Between Viking 60-Inch Pro Ranges
Viking has two 60-inch pro range series in dual fuel and all gas. Unlike Wolf, they have the same general specs. You would just choose which type is better.
Are Professional Ranges Reliable?
Sixty-inch professional ranges require more maintenance than any other appliance. Then again, a 60-inch range is two regular ranges with more power and more combinations on the top.
The most reliable brands for professional ranges are below.
Most Reliable Professional Gas Ranges for 2019
|Service Qty||Shipped Qty||Service Ratio|
|Samsung Chef Collection||0||1||0.00 %|
|Fisher & Paykel||2||10||20.00 %|
|La Cornue||1||2||50.00 %|
|Grand Total||232||845||27.46 %|
Our most repaired item is an ignitor. The good news is this is an easy repair on one burner. With 6-10 burners available, it should not be an issue unless it's Thanksgiving or another holiday.
Which Brand Makes The Best 60-Inch Pro Range?
Three thousand five hundred words into this article, I still don’t know. It depends on how you will use it. Let’s compare some basic features.
Best for BTU Output
In terms of sheer output, BlueStar does offer a 25,000, 20,000 and 18,000 BTU burners in their Platinum series of ranges. Wolf has 20,000, and Thermador does have a max 22,000.
For simmer, Thermador has the lowest at 100°F on a few burners with an on/off simmer, while BlueStar offers a 130°F precise simmer. Wolf’s dual-stacked burners offer 500 BTU on all burners with a consistent simmer.
Wolf has the best grill because infrared is hot and simple to clean. Their griddle is better, but Thermador is easier to clean.
BlueStar and Viking off gas grills and griddles. It's not as powerful as infrared, but you can control the temperature.
Best Clock/Timer and Control Functions
BlueStar and Viking, like true commercial ranges, do not have any controls. Wolf has some with light-up knobs and clock with timer.
Thermador has a TFT digital display with the Wi-Fi HomeConnect to help you cook. You can also turn your oven on/off or change the temperature remotely.
First, you have to determine whether you buy all gas or dual fuel. For dual fuel, Wolf has the best twin convection system with two independent fans.
In all gas, Viking and BlueStar have the third element convection for more even cooking.
Best for Special Features
Thermador has steam in its side oven with a drawer. Cooking with steam is the best if you learn. BlueStar and Viking allow for customization so your range can look different from your neighbors.
Which 60-Inch Professional Range Should You Buy?
It depends on your cooking style. If you tend to bake, then Wolf and Thermador should be your consideration.
For roasting BlueStar, Viking, and all gas Wolf are better.
After that, it depends on what you value: Better power, simmer, broiling? Would you use steam? How important is the grill/ griddle or burner types?
As I said in the beginning, there are a ton of choices without one definite answer.
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