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Café Appliances Vs. Thermador Pro Front Control Gas Ranges (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

Steve Sheinkopf  |  September 09, 2020  |  7 Min. Read

Thermador  |  Gas Cooking  |  Slide-In Ranges  |  Café Appliances

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For years, you have been told pro ranges have the highest output and are much more expensive than an upscale regular gas range.

That hasn’t been the case for years.

In this article, you will see a comparison between the popular Thermador Professional (Pro) range against the high-end front control Café Appliances gas range.

You will learn about the output, oven features, reliability, and compare prices of both Café Appliances and Thermador ranges.

In the end, you will understand the differences between high-end gas and pro ranges and what might be better for you.

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Café Appliances

Cafe-Appliances-in-Stainless-Steel (1)Café Appliances Kitchen Appliances at Yale Appliance in Hanover

 

Café Appliances is the high-end line of GE appliances. Of course, GE is now part of Haier, a Chinese company.

However, most of the appliances are still manufactured in the US.

Café is the only line accessorizing well with four finishes white, black, stainless, and mirrored as well as three trim packages stainless, brass, and copper.

Styles-of-Cafe-Appliances-Ranges-Styles of Café Appliances Gas Ranges

 

Café Appliances has two gas front control ranges, the CGS700 and CGS750.

Café Appliances CGS700P2MS1 Gas Range - $2,789

Cafe Appliances CGS700P2MS1

Café Appliances CGS750P4MW2 Gas Range - $3,239

Cafe Appliances CGS750P4MW2-1

The 750 is more interesting with the double oven and will line up better for price comparison with Thermador.

Café Appliances CGS750P4 Double-Oven Range Video Review
 

Read More: Is The Café Appliances CGS750P4MW2 Gas Range Any Good?

Thermador

Thermador-Kitchen-in-at-Yale-Appliance-in-HanoverThermador Kitchen at Yale Appliance in Hanover

 

Thermador is the high-end pro company of the German BSH company. Their pro ranges, as well as many other appliances, are made in the US.

Thermador was the first with downdrafts, wall ovens and was the first American-made premium appliance company.

There are two professional ranges to qualify for this comparison in 30 inches.

Thermador Pro Harmony Range PRG304WH - $4,849

Thermador Pro Gas Ranges PRG304WH

Thermador Pro Harmony Range PRG305WH - $5,499

Thermador Pro Harmony Range PRG305WH

What's The Differences Between The PRG304WH And PRG305WH?

Thermador Pro Gas Ranges

The difference is in the burner arrangement.

  • The PRG305WH has five burners at 18,000, 15,000, 10,000, 10,000 and 8,000.
  • PRG304WH has four burners, two at 18,000, and two at 15,000.

The PRG305WH costs $5,499 for that burner. You also do not need as much venting in theory with less powerful burners.

However, the PRG304WH is more powerful and more popular as well at $4,849. It also fits the more classic definition of a professional range and is better for this comparison.

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Café Appliances Vs. Thermador Pro Gas Ranges

Cafe Appliances Vs. Thermador Gas Ranges

What The CGS750P4MW2 And PRG304WH Have In Common

They don’t have much in common at all.

However, they are both front control ranges, not slide-ins. Front control ranges fit existing spaces, whereas slide-ins overlap the sides for easier cleaning.

We have articles devoted to this comparison. This graphic will help to clarify the difference. I will also leave a link at the bottom for more information.

Freestanding Vs. Slide-In Vs. Front Control Ranges

They are also both available in dual fuel or gas over an electric convection oven.

If you have the power for electric, you should buy induction instead of dual fuel.

Induction is faster, safer, better on the simmer, and requires less venting than gas. You have the same electric convection oven at the bottom of both.

We could (and probably will) compare induction models, but that’s for another article.

Read More: What’s the Difference Between Freestanding and Slide-In Ranges?

How The PRG304WH And CGS750P4MW2 Differ

Cooktop and BTU Output

Cafe-Appliances-vs.-thermador-gas-range-cooktops-(2)

These are completely different cooktops.

Thermador has 4 pro burners (15,000 or greater) 2 at 15,000 and 2 at 18,000.

The Café has six burners.

Burner profile of a Café is 2 Pro burners (1) 21,000, 91) 15,000 along with a 12,000, (2) 9500, and (1) 5000 BTU simmer burner.

Depending on how you use the cooktop, Thermador will have all high output with an ExraLow simmer on two burners.

They have the best gas simmer because 2 of the burners cycle on and off for a lower mean BTU of 100 BTU.

Café has one bigger burner at 21,000 to cook faster for some added power for woks and other high heat cooking.

They also have more burners, but it’s not clear how useful a 9500 BTU burner is. Then again, you have 2 for power, 1 for simmer, and 3 for anything in between.

Star-Burner-Flame-LowThermador Star Burners for a Pro Gas Range

 

Thermador promotes its burners and their star shapes heavily. They say it heats up better due to better coverage of the pan.

I am not sure about that and haven’t seen any studies proving it.

The Star Burner is better for cleaning because it is raised up from the base. You can clean under the burner instead of scouring around it like every other round burner.

Oven

Thermador has your standard single convection oven at 4.6 cubic feet. BTW, you don’t have storage in Thermador or any pro stoves.

Theramdor-30-Inch-Pro-Range-OvenThermador 48-Inch Professional Gas Range Oven

 

Café Appliances front control range is 6.7 cubic feet with a 2.4 cubic foot top oven and a main 4.3 cubic foot convection below.Cafe Appliances Gas Range Oven

Café Appliances Gas Range Oven

 

It’s a versatile product; you can bake or broil in both ovens. The top isn’t convection, but you don’t need much airflow in a smaller oven.

There are some downsides to this arrangement as well.

First, the larger oven is slightly smaller to the Thermador at 4.3 to 4.6 cubic feet.

Also, you do have to bend further with the oven almost at floor level.

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Broiling

thermador-pro-gas-range-broilerThermador Broiler In A Pro Range 

 

How come nobody ever talks about broiling? They compare BTU and move on. That’s a mistake.

Thermador has an infrared burner versus a regular tube burner for the GE.

Infrared is intense, direct heat, whereas gas spreads the heat like a gas burner.

Regular gas heats the air as well as your food versus infrared heating, just your food.

For you, BBQ fans, the sear elements of the high-end Lynx, Heston, and DCS grills is simply an infrared burner (with some pretty good marketing).

Read More: Infrared Vs Traditional BBQ Grill Burners

Self-Cleaning

GE is a self-cleaning oven. Thermador is not.

Clock and Timer

Like a true restaurant range, Thermador does not offer a clock and timer.

The Café has a robust clock and timer. It even has convection conversion converting your recipes to convection automatically.

Style

Cafe-Appliances-Yale-Appliance-in-HanoverCafé Appliances Kitchen Appliances in Matte White at Yale Appliance in Hanover

 

Café Appliances has four styles, 3 with different handle options copper, brass, and stainless.

Thermador has stainless only.

Wi-Fi

Both companies are at the forefront of Wi-Fi. Thermador has HomeConnect, their App connecting your range with different recipes.

Just inexplicably not on this range.

GE has Wi-Fi on all their products. You can even talk to your range through Alexa. It also has basic recipes and allows you the ability to turn on or off the oven remotely along with other basic features.

Price

Café Appliance's price starts at just over $3,000 to about $3,500 depending on the range and hardware.

Thermador is priced at $4,849. However, a $1,000 dishwasher is free with the purchase, so the price is $300-800 higher with the Thermador.

Reliability

Gas Range Reliability For 2020

  Service Qty Shipped Qty Service Ratio
Bosch Benchmark 8 14 57.14%
BlueStar 9 18 50.00%
JennAir 83 263 31.56%
LG  3 12 25.00%
Blomberg 3 12 25.00%
KitchenAid 48 231 20.78%
Fisher & Paykel 3 19 15.79%
Bosch  33 241 13.69%
Café Appliances 9 81 11.11%
GE Profile 17 177 9.60%
Beko  1 11 9.09%
Samsung 76 1199 6.34%
Whirlpool 11 239 4.60%
GE 0 32 0.00%
Grand Total 304 2549 11.92%

Pro Range Reliability For 2020

  Service Qty Shipped Qty Service Ratio
Miele 15 21 71.4%
BlueStar 30 42 71.4%
Wolf 50 307 16.3%
JennAir 15 103 14.6%
Thermador 53 430 12.3%
Grand Total 163 903 18.1%

Café Appliances is excellent in terms of reliability, especially for such a high-end range with more burners and a second oven.

Thermador has the most reliable pro gas range. Its even lower than the average for appliances at 13.4%.

Still, these appliances are more sophisticated than most appliances.  

You need to find a good service company for repair issues in the future on any advanced appliance or laundry.

Café Appliances Vs. Thermador Gas Ranges: Key Takeaways

First, the difference in prices between a high-end regular range and a pro has narrowed considerably, especially in Thermador and other pro companies like Jenn-Air and BlueStar.

The output of regular gas ranges versus pro has also narrowed over the years.

In fact, in many cases, you can buy regular ranges with a few higher output burners and higher overall BTUs.

The fundamentals of high-end range versus pro are still the same with all high output burners versus 2 with better oven functionality in the regular range.

For this particular comparison, Thermador does have a better burner in The Star as well as an excellent broiler in the infrared.

The Café has more styles, better oven functionality, and capacity as well as more burners.

So which is right for you?

The answer is different depending on what you like to do: bake or broil? Boiling needed on every burner versus just two, and do you need clocks, timers, and an easier oven interface

What do you think?

Additional Resources

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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.

Steve Sheinkopf

My goal has always been simple: I want Yale to be the best retail experience anywhere. I have tried to create a compelling environment for customers and employees alike.

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