Forty-eight-inch rangetops should be easy to buy. It’s half a pro range. You don’t have to worry about the whole range component, whether its dual-fuel, all gas, twin, or single convection. You don’t have to compare steam versus steam assist, whether it has Wi-Fi (whether that even works). It’s just burners, grill, griddle, Frenchtop, and a few other new options. In this article, you will learn the best 48 inch stove top for all these comparisons, including grill, griddle, output, simmer, and other new special features.
Best 48 inch stove top
SKS Pro Rangetop SKSRT480SIS – $5,499
Signature Kitchen Suite (SKS) is the much-publicized, much marketed, upscale brand and subsidiary of LG.
The Korean companies are technology first, and this unit is no exception offering features unavailable in other brands.
- Sous Vide: If you like this feature, SKS is the only unit with Sous Vide capability.
- 23,000 BTU Power Burner: Most powerful for a sealed burner.
- 100 BTU Simmer: The great part of marketing a new product is emulating the best features. This ultra-low simmer of a 100 degrees is copied from Thermador.
- Induction: As much as you like gas, you will induction better for output and simmer
Jenn-Air Pro Rangetop JGCP548 – $4,199
Jenn-Air has two new series, Rise and Noir, and 14 different configurations. They beefed up the power, changed the design, and added an infrared grill.
- Griddle – This high-performance, 1,320-watt chrome griddle provides even heat distribution for consistent cooking along with its entire surface.
- Its durable chrome surface allows for faster cooking at lower temperatures and is by far the easiest to clean.
- High Output: Unit features 20,000 and 18,000 BTU burners for a decent output. The burners are more durable brass as well.
- Grill: 16,000 BTU infrared, similar to Wolf
- Cleanable: Grates are dishwasher safe similar to Miele
Miele Pro Rangetop KMR1354G – $5,199
Miele is the largest family-owned appliance business and based in Germany. They are known for their quality of manufacturing and their reliable products.
However, Miele is new to the professional range category as of 2014.
Their focus is cleanability and a decent all-around grill and griddle
- Stainless steel backlit knobs
- Dual-Stacked burners with TrueSimmer
- 19,000 BTU power burners
- 8 Burner or 6 Burner with grill or griddle options
- Clean touch stainless steel front
- Dishwasher safe grates
- One year mfg. warranty
- Infrared: Grill and griddle. Fast, hot, and efficient. The grill is 19,000 BTU, so it is the hottest on the market.
- Dishwasher Safe: They were the first for grates and the caps to be placed in the dishwasher. Miele even has a dishwasher cycle for stove grates
- BTU Output: Miele has a decent output of 19,000 on 3 of their burners. However, It drops off to a lower 13,600 and 10,000 BTU on the other three units.
Thermador Pro Rangetop PCG486WD – $4,699
Thermador is part of BSH Home Appliances Corporation, a fully owned subsidiary of BSH Bosch.
They have an excellent mix of burners. Their Star burner is unique in the industry.
Thermador prides itself on its formerly industry-leading, extra-low simmer at 100 degrees on two of their burners.
It is also the only cooktop with a star-shaped burner, which provides a more even heat on the pan (in theory).
It is easier to clean because the burner is raised from the top.
Their max output is 18,000 BTU. Last year, they changed their back burners from 18,000 to 15,000 BTU.
The electric grill and griddle are slower and harder to clean then the infrared burners.
- Exclusive, patented Star® Burner – most even heating, unsurpassed flame coverage
- QuickClean Base™ designed for easy surface cleaning
- Every burner 18,000 BTU (NG)
- Precision simmering capabilities as low as 100°F (375 BTU) with 2 ExtraLow Simmer burners
- Professional style, continuous cast-iron grates
- Continuous porcelain, easy to clean cooking surface
- Widest range of simmer options from 375 BTU to 3,000 BTU
- Star® design delivers superior heat spread for any size pan
- Simmer without stirring/scorching with exclusive ExtraLow
- Superior griddle results-6 pass, 1630 watt electric griddle
- Titanium surface non-stick, rust-proof cast-aluminum griddle
- Removable griddle and grill accessory for easy clean-up
- Grill accessory-thermostatically controlled for even heating
Wolf Pro Rangetop SRT484CG – $5,970
Wolf is a family-owned company based in Wisconsin. Many of the innovations mentioned were started by Wolf, as the infrared grill and griddle.
Wolf does everything well. It has a high of 20,000 BTU but has four other burners of 15,000 or more.
It can simmer well at about 350 BTU on every burner. The grill and griddle are also infrared with the griddle being 15,000 BTU.
Wolf will be introducing a rangetop with a 35,000 BTU wok burner. They have the Frenchtop as well.
- Dual-stacked, sealed surface burners, all with simmer capabilities and automatic reigniting at all settings. Wolf has the best grill of the four and the most grill, griddle and Frenchtop configurations available
- Classic stainless steel exterior finish with island trim
- Comes standard with Wolf’s signature red control knobs and stainless-finished bezels surrounding each knob – the second set of black or stainless steel knobs is available at no charge at the time of purchase
- Bezels with stainless steel finish surround all knobs – chrome or brass bezels optional
- Porcelain-coated cast iron continuous top grates
- 20,000 Btu/hr (4.4 kW) burners with 950 Btu/hr (.3 kW) delivered at simmer
- 9,200 Btu/hr (2.7 kW) burner with 325 Btu/hr (.1 kW) delivered at simmer and melt
- Stainless steel cover included with griddle, charbroiler, and French Top.
BlueStar Pro Rangetop RGTNB486GV2 – $5,295
BlueStar is an American manufacturing company based in Pennsylvania. They are the closest to a restaurant range.
They have two rangetops. The Platinum has a max output of 25,000 BTU, but with eight burners and a removable grill/griddle option.
Their RNB has two 22,000 BTU and a built-in gas grill and griddle.
BlueStar has the highest output but is an open, not sealed burner. That’s good news/bad news.
If you spill, you have to clean under the cooktop. However, you can clean everything in your sink including burner pans instead of scrubbing the unit like the other brands
BlueStar will give you choices as well. How about 750 colors plus eight knob and trim packages
- Restaurant-style 22,000 BTU UltraNova™ & 15,000 BTU Nova™ open burners
- Precise 130° simmer burner
- Integrated wok cooking
- Removable dishwasher friendly stainless steel drip trays
- Full motion grates
- Includes standard island trim backguard
- Available in Natural or LP gas
Promotions And Rebates
Jenn-Air and Thermador will offer similar rebate programs for free dishwashers and hoods or cashback with qualifying purchases only.
At times, Sub-Zero and Wolf have a rebate for $1,000 and points for pots and pans or countertop appliances for qualifying products with the purchase of both brands.
Miele has its discount programs as well.
Make sure to ask about current offers as they do change sporadically.
Better yet, have a decent salesperson call you when there is an interesting offer.
Which 48-Inch Pro Rangetop Is The Best?
There is no single best pro rangetop, so let’s break it down.
Best Rangetop For Sous Vide And Induction: SKS
SKS Pro Rangetop With Induction And Sous Vide Water Bath
SKS is the only one with Sous Vide and induction.
Best Rangetop for Output: BlueStar
BlueStar Pro Rangetop on Display at Yale Appliance in Hanover
BlueStar has 22,000 BTU power in the RNB unit. Their eight burner Platinum unit delivers 25,000 BTU. For sealed, SKS has a max unit of 23,000. Jenn-Air and Wolf are decent as well with 20,000 BTU multiple burners.
Best Rangetops for Simmer: Thermador, SKS, and Wolf
Thermador Pro Rangetop On Display at Yale Appliance in Hanover
Thermador, SKS, and Wolf all the the best rangetops for simmering. SKS and Thermador have the 100 BTU simmer on two burners. Wolf can simmer well on every burner. The SKS induction is the best if you buy that option.
Best Rangetop With A Grill: Miele
Miele Pro Rangetop with high BTU Burners and Infrared
Miele has the highest infrared at 19,000 BTU.
Best Rangetop For Woks: Wolf
Wolf Pro Rangetop at Yale Appliance in Hanover
Wolf has the 35,000 BTU single wok burner.
Best Rangetop With A Griddle: Wolf and Jenn-Air
Jenn-Air Pro Rangetop with a 48-Inch Griddle
Wolf has the hottest griddle. Jenn-Air’s griddle is the easiest to clean.
Best All-Around Rangetop: Wolf And Jenn-Air
Wolf Pro Rangetop Featuring A Frenchtop
Wolf and Jenn-Air will offer a good combination of every feature.
Now you know there isn’t one best rangetop. Is there one best suited for your cooking style?
So look at the feature or combination of features most appealing.
Consider service. It really is that bad throughout the country as most retailers think the sale is over when you write a check.
Find the few that don’t.
Lastly, consider how you’ll ventilate your rangetop.
Power options for stoves and ovens
The heat output from electric cooktops is measured in watts. Output varies from stove to stove and burner to burner, but the output generally falls somewhere between 1,200 watts for low heat on a small burner and 3,800 BTUs for high heat on a large burner, though we’ve seen outliers at both ends of the spectrum. There are different types of electric cooktops from which you can select:
Smoothtop (glass-ceramic cooktop)
These cooktops are made of smooth glass-ceramic with heating units under the surface. A built-in sensor lets you know when a burner is still hot. This is important with smooth electric cooking surfaces, because the burner doesn’t always turn red if the heat is low.
Keep in mind that this type of cooktop is prone to scratches, and not all cookware is safe to use on the surface (the appliance’s manual will give you those specifics).
These burners convert the electricity that runs into the coil into heat. These cooktops contain thermostat sensors that notify you when a burner is on, but not necessarily whether it is still hot. Electric coil stoves are notorious for uneven cooking because of uneven distribution of the coil.
In short, it is hard to keep the coil perfectly level, which can make all of the food in the pan slide to one side. In addition, electric coil stoves are slow to heat and slow to cool. But ranges with this type of cooktop are cheaper than comparable models.
Induction burners use the heat created from electromagnetic energy to cook your food. An element just below the surface of an induction cooktop creates a magnetic field. When you put a piece of cookware containing iron on top of that magnetic element, it causes a vibration of sorts that converts to heat through a series of magnetic interactions with iron (you can read more about the science behind induction here).
These cooktops are safer than gas or electric burners because they don’t use flames or direct heat — induction burners won’t start to heat if you put something on them that doesn’t contain magnetic material. Induction cooktops are also more efficient and heat things quicker than other types of burners (the ones we’ve tested have boiled a large pot of water in an average of 6 minutes).
There are a few downsides to induction cooktops. You have to make sure you have cookware that will work with the cooking surface, and ranges with induction burners tend to cost more money than comparable electric or gas ranges.
Electric ovens: This type of oven uses a heating element that is either visible on the top or bottom of the oven, or hidden. Our baking tests show that they often cook more evenly than their gas counterparts.
Both home and professional cooks have valued gas stovetops because of the how uniform the heat output is. An open flame surrounds the bottom of your cookware, which evenly distributes the heat around it. This heat output is measured in BTUs (British thermal units). Like electric models, the power range varies from model to model, but the output generally falls somewhere between 5,000 BTUs for low heat on a small burner and 18,000 BTUs for high heat on a large burner. We’ve seen burners on high-end ranges get as low as 800 BTUs and as high as 20,000 BTUs. If you’re a speedy cook, be aware that our cooking tests show gas cooktops tend to take longer to boil large pots of water than electric or induction cooktops.
When it comes to gas ovens, we’ve seen in our cook tests that they have a harder time producing even baking results than electric ovens.
Some ranges use two types of power: gas for the cooktop, and electric in the oven. These dual-fuel ranges are a good compromise for folks who want the direct heat of a gas burner but the even cooking of an electric oven. However, these hybrids cost more than traditional one-power-source ranges.
Freestanding ranges are designed to fit anywhere in a kitchen. Oven controls are often located on a back panel that raises up above the cooktop. These are less expensive than slide-in models.
These ranges don’t have a back panel and are meant to fit in flush with the surrounding countertops. Slide-in ranges are often more expensive than freestanding models because of the mechanics that go into putting all the controls up front.
Drop-in ranges are similar to slide-in models — they sit flush with the surrounding countertops and all the controls are located at the front of the unit. But this type of range looks like you dropped it between two cabinets because of a strip of cabinetry you place beneath the appliance.
The search for an oven or range can resemble a visit to a car dealership — there are always opportunities to upgrade. Assess your needs and decide if these bonus features are worth throwing down more money for an appliance.
Companies have become more proactive in including wireless capabilities such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and near-field communication (NFC) in their ovens and stoves so you can control your appliance from your smartphone. For example, you could begin to preheat your Wi-Fi-enabled oven on your way home from the grocery store, so it’s ready for your frozen pizza by the time you get home.
Manufacturers have also started to connect appliances with smart-home products to add some automation and voice control in the kitchen. For example, GE’s Wi-Fi-connected ranges work with Alex and Google Assistant, so you can give voice commands to control your appliance. And Jenn-Air wall ovens work with Nest Learning Thermostats ($269 at Amazon) so you can automatically lower your home’s temperature when the ovens get hot.
Convection fans are built into the back of oven walls. They circulate the heat in the oven so hot air is more evenly dispersed, which means your food will bake more evenly. You’d want convection fans if you’re baking food like cookies on more than one oven rack at the same time. Midprice ovens will have at least one convection fan. Some ovens have what’s called “true” or “European” convection, which means there’s a heating element that surrounds the fan that warms the air as the fan blows. Read more about the science of convection here.
Special cooking modes
Your basic oven can bake and broil. But as the price for ovens increases, you’ll see that there are more cooking options. For example, ovens with convection fans will have modes for convection baking and convection roasting, which will enable the fans and heating elements. Some ovens also come with cook settings for specific foods, such as pizza or turkey, or food preparation methods, like dehydration or bread proofing.
Bottom drawers (baking/warming/broiling)
Some ranges come with a bottom drawer that can serve one of many purposes depending on the model. Some range ovens offer a baking drawer, which enables a person to use the main oven to roast or broil, and the baking drawer for smaller dishes, so you can cook more than one thing at the same time using different temperatures. A warming drawer will keep food warm, but it won’t cook the food. Some ovens have a broiler drawer, which functions like a traditional broiler and must be watched just as closely to ensure that food does not burn.
Temperature probes plug into the wall of your oven, and you use them to monitor the internal temperature of meat as it cooks. The temperature displays on the control panel of your oven, so you don’t have to open the door to see if your dish is done.
Double ovens in conventional space
The ovens on some ranges have dual baking chambers, which give you the flexibility of double wall ovens without the need for more space. These ovens allow the convenience of simultaneous cooking at different temperatures. Some ovens come with a divider that allows you to split your single oven into two unique temperature zones that will remain separate as long as the divider is in place.