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Is a Built-in Grill or Griddle Worth It?

Things to consider when buying a pro range
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If you’re thinking about buying a professional-style range you’re either building a new kitchen or replacing your existing range. If you never before owned a pro range get excited because you’re going to love it! In this article, I’m going to talk about the top things you should consider when buying a new pro range. Specifically, is a built-in grill or griddle worth it?

Is a grill or griddle worth it?

Professional ranges come in a wide variety of configurations. All burners are the least expensive and the most popular configuration. Yet some pro ranges come with a built-in surface such as a grill or griddle.

You might have to choose a grill, griddle, or both
Some ranges (especially in the larger sizes) don’t have an all burner option and therefore you need to select a configuration. Burners with either a grill or griddle are the most popular.

Why consider a griddle?

Breakfast foods, sauteed vegetables, stir fry, pan-seared meats and so much more. A griddle is like having a big skillet built into your range. Are you going to use it? Maybe more often than you think. The downside is cleaning. I tend to like the chromium infused griddles best for low maintenance.

Jenn-Air JGRP536HL 36’’ Gas Range with Chromium Infused Griddle

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Features:

Chrome-Infused Griddle

  • Cast off porous, superficially plated options. Go deeper. Infused with chrome, our griddle cleans up well after heavy usage.

Dual-Stacked PowerBurners

  • Two stacked, symmetrical flames bloom and retreat at your inclination, offering total control over heat levels. High-heat searing and wok cooking. Low, slow simmer and melt. Infinite intermediate settings satisfy every appetite.

My Creations

  • Curate recipe presets at will. Bake for 30 minutes, broil for 4 and keep dishes warm until you're ready to dine-all without lifting a finger.

Why consider a grill?

If you live in a cold or seasonal climate, shoveling snow off the grill to cook steak in the winter is a cumbersome task. Getting a professional range with a built-in grill is a great alternative. The downside is cleaning, smoke, and lack of versatility. The grill is not as versatile as the griddle, yet if you’re a grilling enthusiast could make your winter months a little more comfortable. Also, make sure to have ample ventilation above your range to eliminate smoke and grease from your kitchen. There are different opinions on this, but I prefer a range with a gas-powered grill rather than an electric grill as the cooking experience feels more authentic.

Wolf DF36CX 36’’ Dual Fuel Range with Infrared Charbroiler

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Features:

  • 4 dual-stacked burners plus 16,000 Btu infrared charbroiler
  • Temperature probe lets you know when it's done
  • Red, black or stainless steel control knobs and a cobalt blue dual convection fan oven

Some ranges come with both a grill and griddle, keep in mind this typically takes up more burner real estate so I only recommending opting for both on a very large pro range.

I also like the Bluestar platinum series interchangeable griddle charbroiler because it’s removable for cleaning. You can also replace this griddle/ charbroiler assembly with burners, which is unusual.

Bluestar BSP304B Platinum Series 30’’ Gas Range

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Features:
Interchangeable Griddle Charbroiler

  • Cast-iron interchangeable griddle charbroiler system allows for dual zone cooking with up to 40,000 BTUs of heat on four unique surfaces.

New PowR Oven

  • New PowR Oven provides 40% faster preheating and 30% increase in oven efficiency.

1,850° Infrared Broiler
What else is trending?

In addition to griddle or grill configurations, we’re beginning to see pro ranges with induction, sous vide, and wok cooking. Although most brands have a grill or griddle option, the newer surfaces are just beginning to trend.