It is amazing, but these products have almost nothing in common. The burners, oven, griddle and controls (or lack of) all work differently. Jenn-Air, like Wolf and Miele, is commercial with the clock, timers of a residential range. BlueStar is simply a restaurant range modified for the home.
Jenn-Air’s lineup is limited to just all gas and dual fuel versions of the same range while BlueStar has 48” options in their Platinum, RNB, and Heritage Classic series. We’ll review both companies and compare the products.
At the end, you will have a better idea of the best range for you and your family.
Jenn-Air is Whirlpool’s luxury brand since 2007 after it was acquired via Whirlpool's buyout of Maytag. Whirlpool has spent 300 million dollars on the Jenn-Air brand specifically in this pro range and their new wall oven.
Jenn-Air offers decent power, good control at a competitive price.
- (2) 20k btu power burners
- Dual fan True Convection Oven
- Chrome Griddle-easy to clean
- Auto convection convert-changes traditional time/temp to appropriate convection settings
- Sealed burners
- Self-cleaning gas oven
Prizer-Painter Stove Works has been making ranges since 1880. This is the parent company of BlueStar ranges. BlueStar was started in 2002, when Prizer started manufacturing commercial quality ranges for the residential market.
BlueStar is unique in that they offer unique customizations of their ranges. You can choose burner configuration, body color, trim color and even door swing throughout their line.
BlueStar BSP488B - Starting at $11,127
- 25,000 BTU PrimaNova
- All burners, plus Interchangeable Griddle and Charbroiler™ burners
- The PowR Oven™ provides 40% faster preheating and 30% increase in oven efficiency
- Gentle 130° simmer burner
- Integrated wok cooking
- Extra-large oven with True European Convection and 1850° infrared broiler
- Accommodates a full-size commercial 18" x 26" baking sheet
- 8 Burners with swappable Grill/Griddle Inserts
BlueStar vs. Jenn-Air 48 Inch Professional Ranges
BlueStar is a true commercial cooking range. It has the highest BTU burners at 25,000 versus Jenn-Air tops out at a still decent 20,000. However, Jenn-Air is sealed, whereas BlueStar is open. Jenn-Air contains the spills whereas BlueStar does not.
However, most of the BlueStar burner is removable, so you clean easily at your sink.
Jenn-Air is electric and integrated. Electric does take time to heat, but the temperature is even. Jenn-Air is also the easiest to clean, because it is infused with chromium.
BlueStar is portable and uses the burners underneath. Gas is an instant heat, but the temperature will not be as even as Jenn-Air's integrated unit.
Jenn-Air has twin convection. BlueStar may be more even because it is the only pure convection system blown in from the back with a separate element. Both systems are excellent.
However, Jenn-Air is self-cleaning and BlueStar is not.
Jenn-Air has a clock and timer similar to what you would find in a regular range. It even has convection conversion, to automatically convert your regular recipes to convection with a touch of a button.
BlueStar does not have any electronics, which is similar to a commercial range. The BlueStar infrared broiler is the hottest reaching temperatures of 1,850 degrees.
Jenn-Air will be $8,000 with a free dishwasher. BlueStar is over 11,000, but offers true customization of door swings. 750 different colors and different trims for a totally unique product.
As I said in the beginning, these ranges have almost nothing in common, so your choice depends on how you cook.
Jenn-Air is more user friendly, whereas BlueStar will be more powerful and technically a better range.
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Brett Lucero has been with Yale Appliance + Lighting since 2005, working in our delivery team before transitioning to the sales department. Brett enjoys spending time snowboarding, striper fishing, and golfing.
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