Viking Ranges vs SMEG Ranges

Steve Sheinkopf  |  December 08, 2011  |  3 Min. Read

Professional Ranges  |  Viking  |  Gas Cooking  |  SMEG

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You will probably not see this comparison of Viking vs SMEG anywhere on the internet. You probably will not see this on any other sales floor when shopping for appliances in Boston, but it actually makes sense.

At $2999, both these ranges are good alternatives to the more pricey professional ranges. These ranges are very different aesthetically with SMEG being the best European range and Viking being more commercial looking (small note: Viking has a temporary $750 allowance through 12/31/11).

Let's compare actual specs:

 viking VGIC5304BSS pro


 smeg C30GGXU range

Viking VGIC5304BSS



Despite their appearance, both are all gas with convection. The actual baking should be similar. However, the burners are very different. SMEG has five burners, and Viking has four. The specs on the burners vary as well:

  • High output: Viking has four 15,000 BTU burners, SMEG has five burners, one at 17,000 and four at 10,000
  • Simmer: Viking simmers consistently at 500 BTU (that;s excellent, BTW) whereas SMEG is 1150 BTU

The Viking has an obvious advantage if you are simmering or need more than one power burner, but with aesthetics and prices after the New Year, SMEG may be a decent alternative.

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