At Consumer Reports we buy every range we test. So we know what it’s like to pay big money for pro-style ranges. We recently bought the $4,600 Viking RVGR33015BSS and the $3,600 Blue Star RCS36SBSS ranges. We don’t rate them on style—that’s for you to decide—but we do review them on how quickly they delivered cooktop heat, and how well they simmered, baked, broiled, and more. Here’s what we found.

Blue Star RCS36SBSS, $3,600
Five of the six burners on this 36-inch gas range are high power. The Blue Star RCS36SBSS, above, wasn’t the fastest at delivering heat to bring our 6-quart pot of water to a near boil. Simmering was poor. This range was unable to simmer tomato sauce using a high-power large burner set to low. The oven is big but fair at baking although good at broiling. And it doesn't have a self-cleaning feature. Overall, this range was among the lowest-scoring 36-inch pro-style models in our Ratings. 

The Viking RVGR33015BSS pro-style range.
Viking RVGR33015BSS and, at top, the Blue Star RCS36SBSS.

Viking RVGR33015BSS, $4,600
Three of the five burners on the Viking RVGR33015BSS 30-inch gas range (shown above) are high-power and delivered fast heat. Simmering was superb. We measure usable oven space and found the oven to be small. Baking was only fair, meaning cookies were not evenly browned when baked on two racks simultaneously, and the same for cakes. Broiling was good, and self-cleaning was fair. Overall, this range was among the lowest-scoring 30-inch pro-style models in our Ratings. 

A few things to consider
When you’re thinking of spending thousands on a range there are some things you’ll want to consider. Through years of testing 30- and 36-inch- wide pro-style ranges we’ve found that they’re not the best ranges we’ve tested. Even though the ranges may look similar, features vary. Some have small ovens despite their width, typically 36 inches or more, and warranties differ. For more pros and cons, read "Some Pro-Style Ranges Look Better Than They Cook."

Shopping for a range?
See our full range Ratings first. In addition to pro-style ranges we test single and double-oven electric smoothtops, induction, gas, and dual-fuel ranges. They pair a gas cooktop with an electric oven.

Be sure to check our kitchen planning guide if your new range will be part of a remodel.

And if you have any questions about ranges, send them to kjaneway@consumer.org.