Best pro style range

Today, we review the best pro style range for the money, and best pro style range top There is nothing understated about pro-style ranges, they are bold and stunning appliances that from a centralized culinary center in your kitchen. With heavy cast-iron grates, big bulky knobs and high-BTU burners, the pro-style range has become a dramatic focal point in the kitchen. Let us check out the Best pro style range to buy.

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Best pro style range

When you are thinking of shelling out a pretty penny for a pro range, there are a few things you’ll want to consider.

First, most pro ranges start at 30” in width and go as big as 60” wide. The larger the width, the more burners or other cooktop options, such as a griddle or grill you have available to pick from. And naturally, larger ranges have more oven capacity or sometimes two ovens.

All pro ranges are available in either all-gas or dual fuel gas options. They all have convection cooking, which is fan forced heat to maintain an even temperature in the oven. Their simmer burners can maintain a low temperature output for sauces and soups and their high output burners can vary from 15,000 BTUs to an inferno-like 22,000 BTUs.

While they may all look very similar, pro range features can vary. You can find pro ranges with 6 high-powered burners or pro ranges with only 4 power burners. They will have either large dials or touch screens for setting the oven temperature. You might expect all pro range ovens to be self-cleaning, but that isn’t the case, so make sure you ask. And range warranties also vary depending on the manufacturer.

Kitchen Stove Pro-Style: Eye-Catching

Red Hot

This splashy all-gas Bertazzoni range dresses up rugged stainless steel with fire-engine-red enamel. Its 30-inch frame has four sealed burners and a gas convection oven. Also available in six other color options.

About $4,000; us.bertazzoni.com

Smart and Stylish

This sturdy 30-inch dual-fuel GE Monogram range comes with four sealed burners; reversible cast-iron grates can be flipped to fit a wok pan. A handy center grate provides a continuous surface for parking hot pots.

About $5,500; monogram.com

Super Sleek

Two pairs of sealed burners sandwich an electric griddle on this 36-inch gas model from Thermador. The star-shaped burners are designed for faster boiling time; two have simmer settings that hold temperatures as low as 100 degrees F.

About $6,900; thermador.com

Trimmed Out

This dual-fuel white-enamel and stainless-steel beauty from Ilve comes in a retro 40-inch size. Remove the grates from the large center oval burner and replace with a griddle insert. Comes in six other colors and with the added option of bronze, brass, or chrome trim.

About $8,250; ilveusa.com

Chef Favorite

This 48-inch BlueStar range has two gas ovens (one a convection) and eight open burners, including two that hit a searing 25,000 Btus. Char-broiler and griddle inserts are interchangeable; swap in as needed. Comes in 750 colors and finishes.

About $9,980; bluestarcooking.com

Mega Model

Cooking for an army? This 60-inch Capital self-cleaning gas range gets the job done with six open burners and dual convection ovens. Lift the cover to expose a 24-inch griddle or grill.

About $14,530; capital-cooking.com

Kitchen Stove Pro-Style: Industrial Chic

Antique Look

Victorian-era style meets modern utility in the Elmira 1865-ST. Copper trim and a textured black finish dress up a cooktop with four gas and two electric burners. In a stealthy twist, the top cabinet conceals digital controls for the single electric oven (the three doors are really one).

About $8,220; elmirastoveworks.com

British Beauty

A contemporary update on the old coal-fired cast-iron cooker, this handsome import is forged of solid steel with a high-gloss enamel finish. It has five gas burners and three separate oven compartments, including a top broiler. In five finishes.

About $5,900; aga-ranges.com

Brass-Trimmed

This stately range, hand assembled in France, comes with four high-heat burners ringing one larger burner in the center (shown) or a classic French top. One gas oven and one electric come standard. Trim choices include brass, chrome, and nickel, as well as stainless steel. In 24 porcelain-enamel colors.

Power options for stoves and ovens

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The Kenmore 41313 range has a smooth electric cooktop and an electric oven.Tyler Lizenby/CNET

Electric

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).

Electric coil

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.

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The Kenmore 95073 range has an induction cooktop and an electric oven.Tyler Lizenby/CNET

Induction cooktops

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.

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The SMEG C30GGRU is a gas range, so it has a gas cooktop and oven.Tyler Lizenby/CNET

Gas

Gas cooktops

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.

Gas ovens

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.

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The Dacor ER30DSCH has a gas cooktop and an electric oven.Tyler Lizenby/CNET

Dual-fuel

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.

Design styles

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The Kenmore 97723 is an example of a freestanding range.Tyler Lizenby/CNET

Freestanding

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.

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The Samsung NE58K9850WG is a slide-in range, so it doesn’t have a back panel and sits flush with surrounding countertops.Tyler Lizenby/CNET

Slide-in

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

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.

Bonus features

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.

Wireless connectivity

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.

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The GE PHB920SJSS induction range has built-in Wi-Fi and works with Alexa, Amazon’s voice-activated virtual assistant. You can give voice commands to this Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker to control the range.Chris Monroe/CNET

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

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

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.

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The KitchenAid KFDD500ESS range has two oven cavities, so you can bake two dishes on different temperatures at the same time.Tyler Lizenby/CNET

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.

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