Pro-Style Range Face-Off: Monogram vs. Viking
Consumer Reports’ cooking, baking, and broiling tests reveal which range has the performance to match its good looks
Viking has been making pro-style ranges for more than 30 years, and in that time, this appliance maker has become one of the most sought-after high-end range brands. Monogram has been making pro-style appliances for about the same amount of time, but it has never had quite the same cachet as Viking, perhaps in part because of its association with the mass-market GE brand.
To find out whether Monogram pro-style ranges are worthy rivals of Viking pro-style ranges, here we pit the Monogram ZGP304NRSS against the Viking VGIC53024BSS. These are both freestanding 30-inch gas ranges with beautiful industrial styling, high-Btu burners, and heavy-gauge construction. Prices are comparable: $4,500 for the Monogram and $4,300 for the Viking.
Monogram ZGP304NRSS: This Monogram pro-style range has four burners and a single oven. Among the burners, one is high-output, with a heat rating of 18,000 Btu, while the other three have a maximum output of 10,000 Btu. The range has continuous grates, so you can easily slide pans between burners, and a convection oven.
Viking VGIC53024BSS: This Viking pro-style range also has four burners and a single oven. All four burners are high-powered, with a rating of 15,000 Btu each. The Viking also has continuous grates across the cooktop and a convection oven.
Test by Test
Here’s how each of the two pro-style ranges performed in our extensive lab tests. CR members with digital access can read on for the blow-by-blow details of how these models perform across our rigorous series of lab tests, for everything from burner performance to baking evenness.