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Do You Choose a Professional Range or Wall Oven and Cooktop?

Steve Sheinkopf  |  November 03, 2014  |  3 Min. Read

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It is the decision. Cooking is the only appliance that can dramatically alter your kitchen design. Refrigeration, dishwashers, trash compactors and even laundry conform to standard cabinets.

Cooking, however, has endless combinations and configurations. It also impacts other factors like ventilation. However pro ranges, wall ovens and cooktops are all good choices, so choosing can be tough.

Let's compare both...

Wall Ovens and Cooktops

1 - You never have to bend for your food again. The main compartment of the wall oven is waist high.

2 - There are literally tons of options for the wall ovens. You can buy steam, microwave and speed ovens to incorporate with your main oven. We covered the different options last week. Wall ovens now have incredibly sophisticated controls. Some like the Dacor Android based system and Miele M Series can automatically figure the proper time and temperature for any food.

3 - There are tons of options for the cooktop, including my personal favorite, induction. Induction is faster than a professional and more importantly can be downdrafted. A gas pro should only be vented with a hood.

4 - Venting is far easier with an individual cooktop than a whole range.

Pro Range

1+2 - Space saver / centralized cooking: You are using only one space rather than two. You are also not moving from oven to cooktop.


3 - Larger Oven: In the 36 and 48 inch sizes, you have an oversized oven.

4 - Marquee Piece. Am I being vain? This is, however, the statement piece in the appliance business.

Which would I choose?

First, how much space do you have? Smaller space calls for a pro range instead of a wall oven and cooktop. I still love my parents friend Sally's kitchen.

Second, what does your venting options look like? Can you vent anywhere? There are many more options with the cooktop and wall oven combination than a pro range. (Side note: Please do not downdraft a professional cooktop and/or range. It will not work if used to full power)

Most importantly, how do you cook? You can do almost anything with steam and separate convection these days. Wall ovens also have really easy intuitive controls whereas the pro range is devoid of any.

I think both options are excellent. It just depends on what you will use, what type of cook you are and how much space you have. You really can not go wrong with either (that’s the hard part).

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Steve Sheinkopf

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