When I was asked which product I’d put on my wish list this year, my mind went directly to products I could use when I cook. I love to cook. I could do it all day long if I had to. In fact, I did, back when I owned a restaurant.
I'm lucky to be the one here at Consumer Reports who goes out and finds all the latest and greatest cooking products for our testers. Once the products are in the lab, I'll usually spend some time with them. The one product line that stands out when you see our range lab, which is usually packed with upward of 20 ranges at various stages of testing, is the pro-style ranges.
Clad in shiny stainless steel, topped with full-width thick cast-iron grates, big beefy knobs, and ovens with high-powered infrared burners, these things make a Top Chef wannabe drool. Since this is a dream wish list, I'd forgo the smallish 30-inch size and go straight for the 48-inch (a size we don’t test). The high-powered burners would prompt me to go out and add a full-sized wok to my array of cookware so that I could take full advantage of the range top.
KitchenAid is at the top of our Ratings, but the brand lacks the commercial-kitchen street cred I’m looking for. Besides, KitchenAid makes dual-fuel ranges, and my kitchen is set up for gas.
So, at the top of my wish list? Wolf, which harkens back to the range I had in my restaurant. Specifically the Wolf R484DG, which has two ovens, four burners, and a huge dual griddle that’s 22 by 18½ inches, or 407 square inches. The range is similar to the Wolf R304 in our Ratings, sharing the same cooktop burners and 30-inch range, but that’s where the similarities end. The price: a hefty $10,000.
See our buying guide and Ratings for kitchen ranges.