A professional style range, also known as a pro style range is a stove that is designed to look and perform like the ranges you might find in a commercial setting or restaurant. Your decision to purchase a pro style range will likely come down to your kitchen design, ventilation or ducting ability, and your budget.
Sealed Burner vs. Open Burner Pro Ranges
- Sealed Gas Burner RangesSealed burner ranges are more common, basically the cooktop under the gas burners is a solid surface. This means that any boil over or spills will be contained under the burners on the cooking surface. Sealed burners are known to be easier to clean.
- Open Gas Burner RangesOpen burner ranges are more popular in commercial or restaurant settings. There are a select few open burner ranges available for residential use. Open burners are great for achieving high cooking temperatures for searing and stir frying. Since the space under the burner is open, the flame is exposed to more oxygen creating more heat.
Why You SHOULDN'T Buy a Professional-Style Range
Professional-style ranges are not an ideal fit for every consumer. Whether it's ventilation, space constraints, or budget. Let's discuss the drawbacks of opting for a pro style range.
- Ventilation LimitationsProfessional-style gas and dual fuel ranges have high heat burners. These burners are so powerful, that they can create excess heat, smoke, and cooking grease. If you are unable to vent your range outside, opting for a professional style range isn't a great idea.
If you have a microwave above your range, you should be careful buying a pro style range. Some pro ranges have really powerful burners. Over time, the high heat from the cooking burners can break the control panel on your venting microwave.
There are a few exceptions to this rule. If you cannot vent outside, consider a professional-style induction range. Some manufacturers make ranges with lower burner power, so you can still get the look, but you won't get the ultra high temperatures of the super powerful pro ranges.
Pro Tip: If you can't vent outside or have a microwave, consider an induction professional-style range!
- Space ConstraintsPro style ranges tend to have smaller oven capacity than regular freestanding, front-control, or slide-in ranges. The concept is counterintuitive, but if you were to look at the average oven capacity on a 30'' regular range vs. a pro range, you would notice a considerable difference.
Modeled after restaurant ranges, pro style ranges also don't have a drawer underneath the oven. In a small kitchen, going with a pro range you will lose that potentially vital storage space.
- BudgetProfessional-style ranges are considerably more expensive than regular freestanding or front control ranges. However, pro ranges are better built, better performing, and better looking. Your decision might come down to how long you want to stay in your home and how much you love to cook.
Why You SHOULD Buy a Professional-Style Range
If you're designing a large sprawling kitchen, or if you LOVE to cook, you will appreciate the size options and functionality of a pro range.
- More Size OptionsAlthough standard ranges are 30-inches wide, you will find pro ranges built in 36-inch, 48-inch, and even 60-inch wide sizes. The larger pro ranges (48'' and 60'') will have multiple convection ovens, great for large-scale entertaining.
- High Quality PartsWhen you buy a pro range, you will find that the cast iron grates and burners are heavy duty and you will have one or more high-heat power burners. The burner "real estate" will also be larger, so you'll have more space for large stock pots and pans.
In the oven, you will notice the grates are much heftier and stronger than you will find in most residential stoves.
- Extra Modes (When you want them)You probably won't find as many features and modes as you will with lower end ranges. However, app-guided cooking and other downloadable modes are getting more popular with the wifi-connected pro ranges.
What I love about this is the extra modes are not overbearing. Your stove will simply look better. You probably won't see a pizza button on your pro stove. But if you are a wi-fi enabled range, you could access a multitude of pizza recipes.
- Amazing Rebates and PromotionsPro Tip: Although professional-style ranges are more expensive than regular ranges, you should explore the rebates and promotions associated with buying a pro range. Depending on the range, you might be able to get a great rebate or even a free appliance when you buy a pro range.
Top 5 Best Professional Style Ranges 2020
- 1. Thermador Pro Grand Professional Series PRD606RCSG 60 Inch Dual Fuel Range with Steam Convection OvenKey Features:
22,000 BTU Power Burner
- Thermador's powerful sealed Star Burner delivers an industry-leading 22,000 BTU of pure cooking power for better searing and faster boiling.
- The award-winning oven offers three distinct cooking variations: Steam only, Convection only, or Steam & Convection Cooking which makes food crisp on the outside and moist on the inside.
- The spacious warming drawer features a state-of-the-art glass-ceramic surface that uses a powerful element to ensure quick and even heating.
- 2. Fisher & Paykel Series 9 Professional Series RHV3484N 48 Inch Freestanding Professional Dual Fuel Smart Range with 4 Induction ZonesKey Features:
5 Sealed Dual Flow Burners™
- Sealed Dual Flow Burners™ deliver rangetop power up to 23,500 BTU for seriously fast boiling right down to a precise 140°F full surface simmer with the gentlest of flames.
- No heat is wasted during induction cooking because only the cookware is heated, not the cooktop surface, making induction cooking more energy-efficient than electric or gas cooktops.
- Two independently operating cavities provide a large total capacity of 4.8 cu. ft. in the main cavity and 2.1 cu. ft. in the secondary.
- Key Features:
PowR Convection Oven
- Provides 40% faster preheating and 30% increase in oven efficiency
- The PrimaNova burners deliver an intense 25,000 BTU flame for maximum high, concentrated heat, perfect for achieving unmatched searing and an ultra-rapid boil. Choose from available 22,0000 BTU, 18,000 BTU, 15,000 BTU and 130°F simmer burners
- The interchangeable griddle and charbroiler can be placed anywhere on the range, providing you with the ultimate flexibility in cooking.
- Can be made in any RAL color, with 10 handle and bezel trim options.
- Key Features:
Steam-Assist and Convection Oven
- The power of steam and convection cooking in one. For meats that are juicy on the inside, yet brown and crispy on the outside. Bake artisan bread with a light, fluffy center with a flaky crust. Healthier, faster cooking with the power of pure steam.
- Quickly boil water with 22K BTU of power or maintain a gentle simmer at 750 BTU with the all brass, Dual Valve, Dual Ring Burner.
- Activate and adjust the hood with Bluetooth and ConnectOn auto-responsive technology. Turns on the ventilation in conjunction with the cooktop, and increases the speed as necessary, with the use of a temperature sensor.
- Key Features:
- Cast off porous, superficially plated options. Go deeper. Infused with chrome, our griddle cleans up well after heavy usage.
- Preheat. Check cooking status. Personalize settings. Connect to WiFi for real-time notifications and control your appliance from anywhere. Tap and swipe on both iOS and Android devices.
- You'll indulge in culinary adventures tailored precisely to your preferences with step-by-step recipes, timers and more. Look and learn your way to unforgettable dishes.