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Best and Worst Pro-Style Ranges

Cook like a celebrity chef with top models from Consumer Reports' tests

A pot on a pro-style range.

The stakes are high when shopping for a pro-style range. That's not only because of the steep prices—some cost upward of $7,000—but also because they’re often part of a major kitchen remodel.

And nobody wants to spend $50,000 or more on a dream kitchen only to discover that your shiny new pro-style range takes forever to boil a pot of water. For the 32 pro-style ranges in our ratings, their Overall Score ranges from a high of 74 all the way down to 23. 

Suffice it to say that price does not correlate with performance when it comes to ranges. “We see conventional ranges under $1,000 near the very top of our performance ratings,” says Tara Casaregola, the CR engineer who leads testing of ranges, cooktops, and wall ovens. And just as often there are pro-style ranges at five times the cost that fall flat.

But while our tests routinely confirm that shelling out big bucks for a pro-style range won’t guarantee top performance, we get it that the look and feel has appeal. Some folks want a pro-style range anyway, so let us at least steer you in the right direction.


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How We Test Ranges

Our testing procedures call for a healthy mix of carefully calibrated tests and hands-on baking to get a feel for what a consumer would experience at home. We measure how fast the biggest burners heat water and how steadily they simmer. We record temperatures throughout the oven cavity and confirm results by baking cookies and cakes and analyzing the evenness of the color when they're finished. (Here at CR, we bake an average of 200 cakes per month.)

More on Ranges

The market for pro-style ranges has been dominated for years by brands including Viking, Wolf, Thermador, KitchenAid, Dacor, GE Monogram, Kenmore Pro, Jenn-Air, Miele, and American Range. But recently we’ve seen a new subclass of pro-style range emerge—there are brands competing to bring pro-style to consumers at a more reasonable price, often with 30-inch models under $3,000. We test these models as well, from the likes of Smeg, NXR, Bertazzoni, Thor Kitchen, Kucht Pro, Haier, and Verona.

If you’re wondering whether a pro-style range is right for you, start with our range buying guide. First, though, you might check out two models to skip, below. CR members can read on for ratings and reviews of the best 30- and 36-inch pro-style ranges from our tests.

Pro-Style Ranges to Avoid

American Range ARR304 (30-inch)
Price: $4,600
Overall Score: 32
Ranking: 16 of 16 30-inch pro-style ranges
CR’s take: This model from American Range is priced like some of the highest-end pro-style models (Viking, Wolf) but doesn't even perform as well as models from mass-market brands like Samsung or LG. Three of its four gas burners are high-powered, and they heat water quickly. But the low-power burner struggles to melt chocolate and simmer tomato sauce without scorching. The broiler is underpowered, and the range lacks helpful features, such as a self-cleaning oven and digital touchpads for setting temperatures.

Smeg C36GGXU (36-inch)
Price: $3,200
Overall Score: 23
Ranking: 16 of 16 36-inch pro-style ranges
CR’s take: This Smeg is well-priced for a 36-inch pro-style range, but it's not a great choice for anyone who loves to cook. Only one of its six gas burners is high-powered, while many pro-style ranges this size have five or six. And though the largest burner heats water relatively quickly, the range struggles on almost every other test in our labs. It doesn’t simmer steadily, bake evenly, or deliver strong enough broiler performance to adequately sear burgers. It's awkward to navigate—there are no markings for common oven temperatures, there's no preheat indicator, and there are no touchpad controls. If you need this size pro-style model, you're better off investing a little more for better performance.

Best 30-Inch Pro-Style Ranges

Three top performers in the same standard width as a conventional range.

GE Monogram ZGP304NRSS
Price:
$4,700
Overall Score: 70
Ranking: 1 of 13 30-inch pro-style ranges
CR's take: At the very top of our pro-style range ratings is this stellar model from GE. It has exceptionally strong performance at simmering, earning a rating of Excellent in our cooktop low test, and an unusually cavernous oven for a pro-style range. Performance is pretty solid for baking and broiling, too. 

KitchenAid KDRS407VSS
Price: $4,230
Overall Score: 69
Ranking: 2 of 13 30-inch pro-style ranges
CR’s take: This handsomely styled range is one of the few pro-style models that cooks as good as it looks. Three of its four gas burners are high-powered, and all of them heat water quickly and simmer steadily. It's a dual-fuel model, which requires both a gas hookup and a 240-volt electrical line. The oven is electric and bakes beautifully, even if it’s smaller than those from more mass-market brands. At just over $4,000, it’s priced well compared with the competition. KitchenAid offers matching refrigerators and ranges if a matching suite is as appealing as pro-style looks. 

Wolf DF304
Price: $6,400
Overall Score: 67
Ranking: 3 of 13 30-inch pro-style ranges
CR’s take: The Wolf is a polished and refined appliance, with thoughtful details that make cooking a pleasure. Digital controls are hidden in a panel that can be concealed when the oven isn't in use. Three of the four gas burners are high-powered (15,000 Btu each), enough to heat water in a respectable time frame and simmer tomato sauce and melt chocolate admirably. The electric oven bakes beautifully, and the broiler is among the best of any we’ve found on a pro-style range. This model offers a self-cleaning oven (some pro-style models don’t), but it’s not as effective as others we’ve tested.

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