The Best High-End Ranges

After 40 hours of research—including interviews with three kitchen architects, four chefs, and three luxury-appliance specialists—we’re convinced that the Wolf Dual Fuel Range is the best 36-inch pro-style range for most people. For kitchens that can fit a 48-inch range, we recommend the Thermador Professional Series Pro Grand Dual Fuel range. Both ranges offer the best balance of features, power, aesthetic potential, and long-term service reliability we’ve found.

Our research showed that most people designing a luxury kitchen want a 36-inch pro-style range with dual fuel—namely, a gas cooktop and an electric oven. The Wolf Dual Fuel Range (DF366) combines one of the most spacious ovens in the category with one of the most versatile cooktops; it has a 20,000 BTU power burner, the lowest simmer output we’ve seen (300 BTU), and more convection options than other ranges its size. We like that it has straightforward physical controls, and we think the simple but timeless stainless steel design will look great in a variety of kitchens. It comes with an above-average five-year warranty, and our research into years of service records shows that Wolf has one of the best records for dependability among several competitive brands. This range also comes in 30-, 48-, and 60-inch versions (which we also recommend). Because it’s made in the US, parts are reliably available for maintenance.

For 48-inch spaces, we suggest the Thermador Professional Series Pro Grand Dual Fuel (PRD48JDSGU). The gas cooktop is even more powerful than that of the Wolf Dual Fuel, with six burners, including a 22,000 BTU power burner and unrivaled low simmer temperatures. It has two ovens and is one of the only pro-style dual-fuel ranges we’ve found with full steam-cooking capabilities (in the smaller oven). The Pro Grand Dual Fuel also has an elegant stainless steel design and easy-to-use physical controls. Like Wolf, Thermador manufactures its appliances in the US, so maintenance issues are slightly less of a hassle than for some import brands.

The Miele Dual Fuel Range (HR 1934 G) is another strong choice for 36-inch spaces, but its digital controls and cooktop look slightly less impressive compared with the Wolf Dual Fuel. Miele is one of the few brands (along with Wolf and Jenn-Air) to offer dual convection, and this oven has a modified steam feature that’s good for baking artisan breads, steaming vegetables, and making roasts. Miele also enjoys a strong reputation for long-term reliability.

Wolf’s 48″ Dual Fuel Range (DF486G) is a great option for 48-inch spaces, although we ultimately preferred the Thermador’s cooktop and secondary steam oven. The Wolf 48-inch Dual Fuel is very similar in features and specs to the 36-inch version, plus it includes the option of a fixed griddle, charbroiler, or French top. Like the smaller version of this range, it has a 20,000 BTU power burner, a low output of 300 BTU on all the burners, a timeless style, and Wolf’s record of reliable customer service.

For smaller kitchens, we recommend Wolf’s 30″ Dual Fuel Range (DF304). It’s the same width as a standard slide-in or freestanding range—but compared with the gas range we recommend for most (nonluxury) kitchens, it’s about six times the price. This model is narrower than Wolf’s other dual-fuel ranges and has only four burners, but it basically comes with the same features as you’ll find on the larger models. The cooktop has a 20,000 BTU power burner, and all the burners go down to 300 BTU for simmering, plus it has dual convection in the oven. You get the same style, design, reliability, and service as with the other Wolf ranges in this guide.

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