A Professional Range Comparison

Steve Sheinkopf  |  September 26, 2011  |  3 Min. Read

Wolf  |  Thermador  |  Jenn-Air  |  Viking  |  Electrolux  |  Ranges

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We looked at Vikings drastic price reduction (starting October 1) in yesterdays post, but how does it compare versus their competition?

First, let's look at Viking's competition, Jenn-Air, Wolf, Thermador and then a more basic range in Electrolux.

professional rangeViking VGIC5304BSS $2999 after a $750 rebate:( Like Viking on Facebook for an additional $150 off) The VGIC series is Viking's original range with open burners and 15,000 BTU capability. Although I am in the minority, I like the detachable cleanability of open burners. The oven, however, is not self-cleaning.  For an explanation of all the Viking ranges, read this post.

R304 wolf pro rangeWolf R304:  $4459. The Wolf has a higher BTU output at 16,000 BTU burners and simmers better at 500 BTU (versus 800 on Viking) with a cool, innovative three stage burner.  Wolf has indepenent ignition per burner, so there is less service.   Wolf does have a promotion with Sub-Zero for $2500 off when purchased in combination

PRG304 thermador pro rangeThermador PRG304GH $4149: Thermador is a sealed burner, self-cleaning range with 15,000 BTU and an ultra low simmer of 200 BTU on two burners.

JGRP430WP jennair pro rangeJenn-Air JGRP430WP $3599: The Jenn-Air range is powerful with 1 20,000 BTU burner as well as 2 15,000 BTU burners on a self-cleaning, sealed burner range.  Their promotion is aggressive as well with a free $1000 dishwasher with purchase.

EW30GS75KS electrolux rangeElectrolux EW30GS75KS $2899: I placed the Electrolux on this list. It is not a traditional professional range, but the Electrolux like most ranges has a power burner, sealed burner and self-cleaning. Unlike the professional ranges, the Electrolux has a second oven below and interactive controls with every cooking mode possible. You do not have to buy just a professional range for power anymore. Look at GE Cafe, regular Jenn-Air and even Frigidaire with decent cooking products.

If you have any questions on features and brands, try one of our buying guides like the Professional Cooking Buyers Guide or the Gas Cooking Buyers Guide. Both are easy and informative reads.

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Steve Sheinkopf

Steve is the third-generation CEO of Yale and a lifelong Bostonian. He currently resides in Boston, one mile from where he was born. Despite being one of the worst goalies of all time, he is a huge hockey fan of college hockey and the Boston Bruins. The love of his life is his daughter Sophie.

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