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Wolf vs. Viking Gas Ranges (Reviews / Ratings)

Nic Dednah  |  October 11, 2018  |  5 Min. Read

Wolf  |  Professional Ranges  |  Viking  |  Cooking

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If you're looking for a professional (pro) gas range, there is no question Viking and Wolf are probably on your list. They were both similar companies at one time. However, they manufacture very different products 30 years after they first pioneered the pro range.

In this article, we'll talk about the different companies, their products, and then we'll compare the two so you can decide which one is right for you.

Viking

Viking was the first real professional range company and are based out of Greenwood, Mississippi.

At one time, they owned 60% of the market. Viking had some issues with products and service in the late 2000’s which led to a decline in sales.

They were eventually purchased by The Middleby Corporation in 2013.

The Middleby Corporation primarily manufactures commercial kitchen equipment. They claim to have re-engineered 85% of Viking products since the purchase in 2013. As this was much needed, only time will tell if the re-engineering was successful.

Viking is made in Greenwood, Mississippi.

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Wolf

Wolf was a commercial range company out of California. They were bought by the Sub-Zero corporation in the early 2000s and totally redesigned the grill, griddle, and twin convection system.

Sub-Zero is the second largest privately held appliance company (after Miele) in the world. Wolf is manufactured in Wisconsin and Arizona.

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Wolf vs. Viking 48 Inch Professional Ranges

Let's look at their specifications first.

Cooktop

Wolf has 15,000 BTU burners. Viking also has 15,000 BTU burners with the front right burner having the option to be raised up to 18,500 BTU’s.

However, The Wolf dual fuel has a 20,000 BTU burner, two 18,000 BTU burners, and two 15,000 BTU burners. Viking has a new range called the 7 series which provides four 23,000 BTU burners, three 15,000 BTU burners, and one 9,200 BTU burner.

The 7 Series is an all burner or griddle model only. The Wolf dual fuel has a grill, griddle, grill and griddle, double grill, double griddle, and French top models with the choice of 4 or 6 burners.

(See burner BTU's for all major brands in our free buying guide)

Simmer

Wolf has dual-stack burners which allow the flame coverage to be recessed away from the cookware with a low of 500 BTU. This is the lowest consistent simmer in the industry.

Viking has the Vari-Simmer which is similar to a dual stack burner, but Wolf has the lower temperature. Both of these ranges will allow you to simmer on all burners.

Controls

Both of the controls on the all gas ranges look similar. Both have a knob for every burner with a simmer setting on each burner knob.

The Wolf dual fuel has a more user-friendly clock, timer, and temperature indicator.

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Viking Controls

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Wolf Controls

Ovens

Both ranges have convection in the larger oven and no convection in the smaller oven, specifically designed for baking. Wolf has convection in it's dual fuel range. Both main ovens have infrared broilers in gas.

Gas convection oven technology doesn’t vary too much from company to company. The only company that will vary greatly is BlueStar with their True Convection system in which the heating source comes from behind the convection fan.

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Viking Dual Fuel Oven

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Wolf Dual Fuel Oven

In electric dual fuel, Wolf has their twin convection with sensors behind the fan. Each fan can turn on/off independently based on temperature.

Accents

Wolf has their famous red knobs and limited accents. Viking will offer an assortment of 7 colors. BlueStar has 750 different colors. La Cornue has infinite color possibilities.

Grill

Wolf uses an infrared grill. Viking uses a standard broiler tube. Infrared is a direct, intense heat from top to the surface. It is the sear element on an outside grill. Infrared also is easier to clean because it vaporizes the spills.

A regular gas grill heats outward with less direct heat and is harder to clean.

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Viking Broiler

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Wolf Infrared Griddle

Griddle

Wolf also has the infrared griddle for a faster heat. Viking uses the same type of griddle. However, they have changed the surface to be more cleanable.

French Top

A French top is a bigger burner under a larger griddle surface. The heat is hotter in the center and warmer in the outside, so you can cook and simmer different items at the same time.

Only Wolf offers a simmer.

Reliability

We haven’t carried Viking since 2013. At one time they were the most repaired appliance sold at Yale. The repair rate was over 50% in the first year. Perhaps Middleby has improved.

Either way, you should inquire about service for either brand before you buy. The number 2 repair across every product is an igniter on a pro range.

Within 5 years, you will most likely need a service call.

Most Reliable Dual Fuel Professional Ranges

 

Service Qty

Shipped Qty

Service Ratio

Fisher & Paykel

12

5

240.00 %

Dacor

3

2

150.00 %

Kitchenaid

9

23

39.13 %

Thermador

52

134

38.81 %

Miele

8

26

30.77 %

Wolf

55

188

29.26 %

Samsung

2

9

22.22 %

Bosch Benchmark

4

19

21.05 %

La Cornue

4

22

18.18 %

Jenn-Air

4

39

10.26 %

Bosch Appliances

4

44

9.09 %

Bertazzoni

0

5

0.00 %

Blomberg

0

1

0.00 %

DCS

0

1

0.00 %

Aga

0

1

0.00 %

Electrolux

0

1

0.00 %

Grand Total

157

520

30.19 %

Most Reliable Professional Gas Ranges

 

Service Qty

Shipped Qty

Service Ratio 

Capital

3

2

150%

Miele

9

21

42.8%

Wolf

63

176

35.7%

Jenn-Air

29

79

36.7%

BlueStar

6

29

20.6%

Thermador

82

421

19.4%

Which Gas Range Should You Buy?

This comparison depends on how Viking has changed since 2013. I started at Yale in 2017 and have not sold the brand.

From a specification standpoint, the 7 Series has some merit with the hottest sealed burner at 23,000 BTU. Their cleanable griddle is a good feature as well.

However, Wolf still has the best simmer, grill, and infrared griddle in terms of performance. Their dual fuel still offers the best twin convection available on the market today.

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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.

Nic Dednah

Nic has been working for Yale since January 2nd of 2018. Before his employment at Yale, he worked in the automotive industry for over 9 years. He’s a foodie and surfs year round in the frigid waters of the Atlantic. He currently lives in on the south shore with his wife Lauren, daughter Emilia, and dog Mabel.

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