The Viking RDGSU2005B is part of the cooktop & wall oven
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, gas cooktop
models like the RDGSU2005B are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Reflects how quickly the highest-powered burner heated water to near-boiling.
Reflects how well the lowest-powered burner melted and held chocolate without scorching and how the most powerful burner, set to low, held tomato sauce below a boil.
About This Brand
This high-end brand sells electric wall ovens priced from $1,500 and gas, electric, and induction cooktops that cost $2,200. Viking is considered the original pro-style brand. The company adds premium features to its ovens and cooktops and offers the Professional and the Designer series, both sold through independent appliance retailers.
High-power burners The number of surface cooking burners rated at over 11,000 Btu/hr., maximum. High-power burners are good for quickly heating large quantities, searing, and other high-temperature cooking. Some also perform well on low-heat tasks (when turned to their low setting).
Medium-power burners The number of surface cooking burners with maximum output ratings over 6,500 Btu/hr but not more than 11,000 Btu/hr. Though they don't offer top speed and power, medium-power burners can generally handle all cooking tasks.
Low-power burners The number of surface cooking burners with maximum output ratings of 6,500 Btu/hr or less (sometimes called simmer burners). These are intended for delicate tasks such as sauces.
Stainless steel Indicates a stainless-steel surface. Cooktops and wall ovens that offer it are noted so you can match both appliances.
Glass ceramic Indicates a glass ceramic top, also called gas-on-glass.
Porcelain enamel Indicates a porcelain enamel surface.
Continuous grates Grates abut one another, making it easier to slide pots around or to support large pans over two burners.