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Thermador vs. Viking 48" Professional Gas Rangetops (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

Paul Gillis  |  September 07, 2016  |  3 Min. Read

Thermador  |  Viking  |  Ranges  |  Professional Cooking

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If you are looking at professional rangetops, Viking and Thermador are two of the most popular brands. Although both are owned by conglomerates, the two products are very different.

You should buy one or the other based on how you like to cook and a few other intangibles.


So we will look at both products, companies and then compare both products. First let's look at rangetops.

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Pro Rangetops

First, rangetops are different from cooktops.

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Pro Rangetop Installed

Regular Cooktop Installed

Rangetops have the controls on the front versus the top like cooktops, so they are installed very differently. Rangetops will include larger sizes up to 48 inch, grills, griddles and French tops, but not cooktops. 

Rangetops also have more power per burner, but you can buy powerful cooktops as well. The price difference between the two could be $1,000 - $2,000.

Rangetops as Part of Kitchen Design

Rangetops are different than buying a whole range. You can add a wall oven and never stoop for your turkey. Also, you can buy a more sophisticated wall oven with speed, steam and warming drawers, so it makes sense if you have space.



Owned by BSH, Thermador was originally founded in 1916 and were the first in developing many products. In 1932, they became head strong in the appliance business and were one the first manufacturers of high-end products like built-in wall ovens, cooktops and downdrafts. 

For the last 3 years they have become one of the most popular premium brands, service-friendly, innovative and have brought in great promotions to the luxury landscape to survive the last recession. Their 1-2-Free dishwasher and hood program has been highly successful. 

Thermador has been a part of German Bosch corporation since the late 1990s.


In 2013, the Middleby Corporation, a large player in the commercial cooking field acquired Viking. Viking was originally family owned company and almost all their appliances were manufactured in Greenwood, Mississippi. At one time, Viking owned 50% of the professional ranges and rangetops sold in the US.

That figure has dwindled somewhat, because of legacy service issues and quality products. This rangetop is one of Middleby's newest products. Hopefully, they can turn it around. 

To be transparent, we do not sell Viking products.

Thermador vs. Viking 48" Professional Gas Rangetops

Thermador PCG486GD - $3,849


  • Six 18,000 BTU burners
  • Patented Pedestal Star Burner with quick clean base
  • Non-stick, rust-proof cast-aluminum griddle, fusion coated, easy to clean, 1,630 Watts
  • 100°F (375) BTU with two Extra Low Simmer burners
  • Professional Style, continuous cast iron grates
  • Two Year Full Warranty

Viking VGRT486G - $5,889



  • Three 23,000 BTU burners - Viking Elevation burners with brass flame ports
  • Two 15,000 BTU burners
  • One 8,000 BTU burner
  • Vari Simmer on all burners down to low cooking temperatures
  • Thermostatically controlled chrome griddle
  • Continuous grate design
  • Three Year Full Warranty


Viking has amongst the most powerful burners in the industry at 23,000 BTU. The grill is gas fired and sears better than the Thermador. The griddle would be faster because it is gas versus the Thermador electric. 

Thermador has all pro burners at 18,000 burners. Their simmer is best in class at 100°F. The Star Burner provides more even heat as well. 

The Thermador grill is electric. Although it does not sear like gas, the results are more consistent throughout the grill itself. We tested Thermador vs Wolf and Miele both are gas fired and Thermador was actually better (read Best Pro Grills). 

So from a feature standpoint it depends.


However, Middleby, although creative in their industry, for the short term cannot seem to build a better product. They were the least reliable product sold at Yale in 2013 at over 60% service in the first year.

In the long term, Viking could be an interesting brand, but for now Thermador is a safer choice.

Additional Resources

Want to learn more about professional ranges? Download the Yale Professional Range Buyer's Guide with features, specs and detailed profiles of all the brands like Wolf, Thermador, Miele, Viking, GE Monogram, Jenn-Air and more. Over 175,000 people have read a Yale Guide.

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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.

Paul Gillis

Paul Gillis has over 15 years of experience in the appliance industry. Paul likes to spend time golfing, working in the garden and fixing up his 100 year old home.

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