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Finally, a 30-inch pro-style gas range makes our list of picks

Consumer Reports News: June 04, 2012 05:08 PM

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Pro-style ranges make a statement and since they're typically 36- to 48-inches wide, the statement is hard to miss. In our range reviews, we've recommended several 36-inch pro-style models but the 30-inch models have been a lackluster bunch. Until now. In our latest Ratings a 30-inch pro-style KitchenAid outperformed all others, making it the only recommended model of the group. KitchenAid also tops the group of 36-inch pro-style ranges.

The KitchenAid KDRS407VSS dual-fuel range, $4,000, pairs a gas cooktop with an electric oven, delivering impressive performance overall. Superb simmering and fast cooktop heating helped put it on top, along with evenly browned cakes and cookies and very good self-cleaning. Timesaving features include convection, which can cut oven time for some foods, and three high-powered burners that quickly bring water to a boil or heat large pots of food. Beefy knobs get the cooktop going, while the glass touch-screen allows you to set the oven temperature. But despite the hefty price tag, the oven is small and broiling was only mediocre.

Dacor, DCS, Viking and Wolf are among the brands that sell 30-inch pro-style ranges. You'll see them in our gas range Ratings along with some models that earn the dubious distinction of scoring 40 or less overall. The lowest score of all went to the $2,400 Bertazzoni A30 4GGV XE where subpar performance in our simmering and baking tests earned it just 24 overall. Subpar broiling and simmering also put the $3,600 American Range ARR304 near the bottom of the bunch with a score of 32. And because of poor simmering and broiling the BlueStar RNB304BSS, $3,700, scored even less, a 31.

Whatever pro-style you're considering, be sure to look online for special promotions and rebates before you shop.

Kimberly Janeway

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