If you peek into the kitchen of your favorite restaurant, you’re likely to see some equipment that helps the chef turn out top-tier food—warming drawers, multiple convection ovens, and plenty of burners for searing meats and simmering sauces at the same time. So it might surprise you to learn that while you’d be hard-pressed to find most of those features on a pro-style range—an appliance marketed solely on its ability to produce professional results at home—you can actually find them all on plenty of non-pro, mass-market models, and save a few thousand dollars in the process. Consumer Reports has found five features in particular that will help you feel like a professional chef in your own kitchen, even if you’d never find them on a pricey pro-style range.  

Extra Burners

While it was once rare for a 30-inch range to come with more than four burners, you can now find five on every recommended gas range in Consumer Reports’ range ratings. Most electric ranges have a fifth burner too, or a rangetop warming zone. On the flip side, only two 30-inch pro-style ranges we’ve tested offer a fifth burner, and neither scored well enough for us to recommend.

That extra burner space is handy when cooking big meals. Many gas ranges feature an oblong fifth burner in the center of the rangetop and include a drop-in griddle designed to replicate a restaurant flattop—perfect for pancakes or grilled sandwiches. You’ll generally have to splurge on a 48-inch pro-style range to find a built-in griddle, and even then you’ll have to sacrifice two burners to fit it in.  

Double Ovens

Cooking two different foods at two different temperatures and expecting both to emerge hot is a challenge—unless you’ve got two ovens. That’s a feature you’ll find on traditional gas and electric ranges costing as little as $1,000. None of the 30-inch pro-style ranges we’ve evaluated offer dual ovens, though some pro-style range manufacturers offer dual side-by-side ovens on ranges 48 inches and wider.  

Self-Cleaning Cycles

The idea of hand-scrubbing an oven seems dated, but that’s often what you’re signing up for with the purchase of a pro-style range. More than half the models in our ratings lack a self-cleaning setting. On the other hand, you’ll find the feature on virtually every traditional range we’ve evaluated, even on some models costing less than $500—making it harder to justify the $5,000 you could spend on a pro model that requires manual scrubbing.  

Warming Drawers

A simple warming drawer below the main oven will keep dishes, dinner rolls, or just about anything else warm until you’re ready to eat. Some gas and electric ranges even provide dedicated temperature controls for the drawer, allowing you to tackle light baking. And even the most basic models offer a storage drawer for pots and pans below the oven cavity, but pro-style ranges choose form over function—none in our ratings feature a warming or storage drawer.  

Specialty Settings

Since pro-style range manufacturers tend to roll out fewer models than mass-market brands, they’re often late to the party with handy oven settings. While some pro-style ranges now have a built-in meat probe, it’s still hard to find special oven programs like slow cook, delayed start, or proofing—an especially handy setting that maintains temperatures in the hard-to-hit 80-degree range, which is ideal for proofing breads and dough without killing the yeast.

Considering a Pro-Style Range?
Our top 30-inch pro-style range is the KitchenAid KDRS407VSS, $4,140, followed by the Wolf DF304, $6,400, with its signature beefy red knobs. Our top 36-inch pro-style is the KitchenAid KDRU763VSS, $7,300, followed by the GE Monogram ZDP364NDPSS, $7,600. Got sticker shock? Then check our full range ratings and recommendations for other good choices at much lower prices.