Peek into the kitchen of your favorite restaurant and 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.

But if you want to cook like a pro in your own kitchen, you don’t have to spend $5,000 or more on a pro-style range—and you might not want to.

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“Even basic conveniences that you’d take for granted on a regular range, like a digital oven display or preheat light, are often missing on pro-style ranges,” says Tara Casaregola, who oversees range testing for Consumer Reports. 

While you might be willing to shrug off a few missing features, we’ve highlighted five that could make you rethink the choice to go pro.

Extra Burners

It was once rare for a 30-inch range to come with more than four burners, but 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 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 make room.

Double Ovens

Cooking two different foods at two different temperatures simultaneously presents a challenge—unless you have 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 almost every traditional range we’ve evaluated, even on some models that cost less than $500. That makes 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 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.

Pro-style ranges, on the other hand, choose form over function—none in our ratings feature a warming or storage drawer.

Specialty Settings

Because pro-style range manufacturers tend to roll out fewer models than mass-market brands, they’re often late to the party with helpful and innovative oven settings.

Though some pro-style ranges now have a built-in meat probe, it’s still hard to find special oven programs such as slow cook, delayed start, or proofing—an especially handy setting that maintains temperatures in the hard-to-hit 80° F range, which is ideal for proofing breads and dough without killing the yeast.

Want a Pro-Style Range Anyway?

Our top-rated pro-style ranges can cost anywhere from $4,000 to $8,000-plus.

Got sticker shock? Check our full range ratings and recommendations for other good choices at a variety of prices.

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