Nothing defines a high-end kitchen like one of these beefy ranges! With large handles, big knobs, heavy-duty grates and high BTU output burners, the robust pro-range has become the centerpiece of the kitchen.
Industrial style ranges started gaining ground in the 1980’s when homeowners were looking for larger, more powerful ranges that had restaurant style add-on’s such as grills and griddles. The size of these units, especially the depth, was an issue. The industrial range was not designed for residential use so they got extremely hot. Fast forward to about 1988 when Viking came out with the “Pro Style Solution” range that was shallower and better insulated so it wouldn’t burn down your kitchen.
The pro-ranges of today deliver between 15,000 and 25,000 BTU’s of burner power while also offering a low simmer option gentle enough to melt butter or chocolate and even handle delicate sauces. These units come in a wide array of sizes starting as small as 24″ wide, all the way up to 60” wide units. The larger the unit, the more options you available. Such as an indoor grill, griddle, French top or additional burners. Once you make the jump to a 48″ unit or larger you pick up two ovens or possibly a steam/convection oven and warming drawer.
Majority of these units are available in all gas or a dual fuel. Dual fuel offers you the gas cook surface and electric oven. However, the dual fuel does come at a premium. Any one of these units is going to set you back anywhere between $4,000.00 to $19,000.00. We currently have the Thermador, Wolf, Jenn-Air, Miele and GE Monogram units hooked up live for customers to “test drive”. The Dacor, Viking and KitchenAid brands are also on display. Come on in, take a look and ask your salesperson to show you how they operate!
Written by Rick Ritt, Builder Sales Specialist
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