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Wolf vs Viking D3 30 inch Dual Fuel Ranges (Ratings/Reviews/Prices)

Steve Sheinkopf  |  September 11, 2012  |  3 Min. Read

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Wolf vs Viking D3 30 inch Dual Fuel Ranges (Ratings/Reviews)

I have compared Viking D3 against ever other manufacturer. D3 is Viking's newest iteration of a lower priced designer type range (see Viking D3 vs Viking Designer). Now it's time to compare D3 versus their main rival Wolf, owned by the Sub-Zero company out of Madison, Wisconsin.

Wolf is the quality and feature leader in the dual fuel niche with a great simmer, clock and timer and twin convection for better heat distribution.

Viking D3 RDSCD2305BSS vs Wolf DF304 30 Inch Dual Fuel Ranges

wolf 30 inch dual fuel range DF304


viking D3 30 inch dual fuel range RDSCD2305BSS

Wolf DF304
30” Dual Fuel Range

  • 54,200 btu cooking surface
  • 4 Sealed Burners
  • 4.5 Cubic Foot oven capacity
  • Self Cleaning Oven
  • 2 standard oven racks, 1 full extension glide rack
  • Ships with either red or black control knobs
  • Ships with island trim
  • 2 year warranty
  • $5,949

Viking D3 RDSCD2305BSS
30” Dual Fuel Range

  • 64,000 btu cooking surface
  • 5 Sealed Burners
  • 4.7 Cubic Foot oven capacity
  • Self Cleaning Oven
  • 3 Full Extension Glide Oven Racks
  • Stainless Steel Metal Die-Cast Control Knobs
  • Ships with 6” high backguard
  • 3 year warranty
  • $3,499

In many ways, the D3 compares favorably to the Wolf. Five burners to four with more BTUs at 64,000 vs 54,000. I really don't see people using all five burners at once, but the D3 does have a 18,000 and 17,000 BTU burner whereas Wolf is 15,000. The D3 also allows for customization of handles and knobs and is roughly $2,500 cheaper as a single piece.

Wolf is a different range. Their twin convection system is the best for heat distribution and their tri-stack burner simmers at 500 BTU. Both are better than the D3. If you are buying a Sub-Zero, there is a rebate (extended to March 31, btw heard it today) of $2,500 so the ranges become similar in price in a package.

So which one is better?

That depends on whether you are considering a kitchen of appliances or as a single item. I think Wolf is a better range, but the D3 is a worthy competitor.

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Steve Sheinkopf

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