Looking for a pro-style range? Check our Ratings

Consumer Reports News: August 25, 2011 02:30 PM

Pro-style ranges aren’t for every kitchen or budget. But unlike the commercial ranges that first became popular with some homeowners, the retrofitted “prosumer” ranges are easier to install and safer to use. At Consumer Reports we’ve tested quite a few 30- and 36-inch pro-style ranges and also made them easier to find in our Ratings.

In our most recent range Ratings, we recommend three 36-inch, dual-fuel pro-style ranges including a KitchenAid, a GE and a Thermador, which range in price from $6,000 to $7,500. When you’re paying that much for cooking equipment, you want to make sure you get the best performance possible. That may rule out the Kenmore Pro 7962[7] ($5,400), which was mediocre at broiling, baking and simmering. But it has six burners and the oven is ample.

Although we tested more than a dozen 30-inch pro-style ranges we were unable to recommend any of them. The best of the lot was the Wolf DF304 ($5,200); the worst the Bertazzoni A30 4GGV XE ($2,400). Still, if you want to go pro, there are some good gas and dual-fuel choices on the market. Or you can pocket the difference and consider one of the conventional gas ranges in our Ratings. Our six recommended 30-inch models range in price from $800 to $2,000.

Mary H.J. Farrell

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