Most and Least Reliable Pro-Style Range Brands

With data on more than 88,000 ranges, CR reveals the brands that build models that last

An illustration of a pro-style range.

Because professional-style ranges are built to withstand a lot of use, at least in theory, you’d think they’d be more reliable than your average kitchen range. But based on data from Consumer Reports’ reliability surveys, the opposite is true.

In fact, according to our members, some of the most expensive pro-style range brands have some of the highest rates of repair by the fifth year of ownership. And their predicted reliability ratings reflect that reality. Of the 13 pro-style brands we rate, none earn an Excellent for reliability, and only one earns a rating of Very Good.

To see how well ranges hold up in a consumer’s home, every year we survey our members about the products they own, and we use the data to make projections about how new models from a given brand will hold up over time. That constitutes our predicted reliability ratings. We also ask members how likely they are to recommend their range to others, and that serves as the basis for our owner satisfaction rating.

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In our most recent reliability surveys, we asked members about their experiences with 88,510 ranges they purchased between 2010 and 2020.

"Compared to other types of ranges, they're generally more problematic, but their owners tend to be more satisfied with them," says Simon Slater, CR's associate director of survey research. One possible reason is that nothing can match the look and feel of a pro-style range, even if the appliances are prone to repairs. If you do choose to go pro, there are still safer bets that are less likely to let you down. 

So which brands of pro-style ranges are the most reliable and which are the least reliable? Below are our detailed findings. For more information on ranges of all types, read our range buying guide. And for data-based assessments on how well pro-style and other ranges perform in our rigorous tests, see our range ratings.

Most Reliable Pro-Style Range Brands

We have reliability ratings for 13 major manufacturers of pro-style ranges: Bertazzoni, BlueStar, Café, Dacor, Electrolux, Fisher & Paykel, Jenn-Air, KitchenAid, Miele, Monogram, Thermador, Viking, and Wolf. 

CR members with digital access can read on for some of the most interesting findings from our survey, along with specific pro-style range models from brands that rate well for predicted reliability and owner satisfaction. We've also included ratings and reviews for the most reliable models that also fare well in our performance tests. 

No pro-style range brand earns an Excellent rating for predicted reliability, but one comes close. Café (formerly GE Café) earns a rating of Very Good, meaning you’re less likely to have problems with its pro-style ranges during the first five years of ownership. KitchenAid, Monogram, Thermador, and Wolf earn ratings of Good for predicted reliability. 

Café also earns a rating of Excellent for owner satisfaction. But it's not alone there. BlueStar, KitchenAid, Monogram, Thermador, and Wolf also earn ratings of Excellent for owner satisfaction.

The bottom line? Café makes some of the most reliable pro-style ranges, and its owners are overwhelmingly satisfied. The Café model below splits the difference between a traditional range and a pro-style. It has two ovens (both of which are large), high-power burners, and plenty of features. 

If you're looking for a true pro-style in a 36-inch configuration, the Monogram is the best of the bunch. 

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