Dacor vs. Viking 30-inch Professional Ranges (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

Steve Sheinkopf  |  March 09, 2016  |  6 Min. Read

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Viking and Dacor have been mirror images of each other, just at different times. Dacor is a family owned American company and really innovated built-in cooking in the 1980’s. Viking was a family owned, American company widely credited for inventing the professional range in the 1990’s.

viking range

Much has changed since then and should influence your decision to buy either Dacor or Viking. We will look at the companies, their products and then compare.

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Dacor

Dacor is an American based and family-owned company that designs, manufactures and distributes kitchen appliances. Dacor specializes in cooking appliances such as ranges, wall ovens, cooktops, microwaves, refrigerators, dishwashers, and ventilation systems. The company was started in 1965 and has been continuously owned and run by three generations of the Joseph family.

In the late 1980’s Dacor introduced the first pure convection range. Pure convection ovens differ in several ways to that of a traditional convection oven. Pure convection ovens have a 3rd heating element located outside the wall of the oven which heats the air before it enters the oven cavity.

Dacor Pure Convection

The oven also has a filter in front of the heating element which filters out odors allowing you to cook different food groups at the same time without transfers of flavors or odors from one item to another. This system performs much better than the traditional convection oven which just uses the fan to circulate air. Even with the pure convection oven Dacor still has an identity crisis.

This 30 inch range is interesting for a very different reason, because it's well priced compared to the other brands.

Dacor 30" Professional Gas Range DR30GIFS - $3,399 

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Features

  • 4.80 cu. ft.
  • 4 Cooking Modes
  • 4 Sealed Burners
  • SimmerSear Burner
  • 57,500 BTU's over 4 sealed burners
  • Dedicated illumina indicator Glow light
  • Professional, heavy-duty, Die Cast Stainless Steel Knobs with metallic finish for a contemporary style
  • Blue LED push-button switches for convection fan and oven light
  • SimmerSear Burner provides up to 18,000 BTU
  • Perma-Flame technology. Automatically re-ignites a flame for continuous heating
  • SmartFlame Technology. Reduces flame contact with grate to prevent grate discoloration and increase longevity
  • 2 - 14" Extra Wide continuous platform grates
  • Adjustable to 7 rack positions and removable for easy cleaning

Viking

In the 1980's, Fred Carl, Jr. founder and CEO of Viking Range, discovered some major flaws in the design of commercial appliances with respect to their installation in a residential kitchen he was designing for his family. Thus the Viking brand was born. It was perhaps the industry's most powerful brand. Like Dacor, they have lost their way a bit recently.

Repairs in refrigeration and their D3 series release of ranges in 2012-2013 have really hurt the name and brand. Middleby is now the new owner since 2013. They are a commercial manufacturer based out of Ohio. Hopefully, they will be adding some sorely need manufacturing discipline to the Viking brand. To be transparent, we do not sell any Viking products.

Viking 30" Gas Range RVGR3305B - $4,619

viking 30 inch professional range RVGR3305BSS

Features

  • 30" Freestanding Gas Range with 5 Sealed Burners
  • 4.0 cu. ft. ProFlow Convection Oven
  • Self-Clean
  • TruGlide Full Extension Rack and Island Trim Features and Functions
  • Wide variety of BTU ratings to accommodate all types of surface cooking needs - including a fifth burner
  • Total cooktop output of 64,000 BTU's
  • Sealed burners with porcelainized, cast-iron burner caps
  • SureSpark Ignition System with Automatic electric spark ignition/re-ignition
  • All convection functions utilize the ProFlow Convection Air Baffle
  • Exclusive - combination of single 30,000 BTU U-shaped burner and broiler with SureSpark Ignition System
  • 15,000 BTU broiler provides intense searing heat for broiling applications
  • Two halogen oven lights for excellent visibility throughout oven cavity
  • Grate design provides continuous cooking surface for easy movement of pots and pans
  • Durable metal die-cast knobs with child-proof, push-to-turn safety feature

Dacor vs. Viking 30" Ranges: Which is Better?

For comparison purposes, we're looking at the Dacor model DR30GIFSNG and put it up against the Viking model RVGR3305B.

If we are looking at specifications, then Viking has better output at 64,000 BTU versus 57,000 for Dacor. The oven size is 4.8 cu. ft. for Dacor whereas Viking is 4.0 cu. ft.

Viking has a warranty of 3 years vs. 1 year for Dacor. However, a warranty does not imply performance. In fact, it almost says the opposite as Viking was the most serviced brand we have ever carried through 2013.

Service is the point of this article. Dacor seems to have learned from their problems in the 1990's. It remains to be seen whether Viking can do the same.

At this point, I would consider the Dacor and save the $1,200. I love the pure convection oven it has to offer. Also I prefer 4 large grates on the surface for those large pans as opposed to 5 smaller burners.

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