Pro gas ranges combine capacity and durability to provide a high level of performance, but many people think that professional grade appliances are out of their reach. The good news is that there are quite a few gas stove manufacturers that produce professional appliances for standard domestic cutouts. Some of the best gas ranges available on today's market are professional grade: they're easy to clean, they have a high capacity for their size, and they are a great overall value for your kitchen. This post contains our expert compilation of five of the best gas ovens on the market: no matter which one you choose, you can cook with professional grade tools for a luxury experience. Each of these ovens fits into a 30 in. cutout, allowing you to get a high level of power without the need to completely remodel your kitchen in the process.
Professional grade appliances are built to last a long time, no matter what appliance you're getting. In particular, pro-grade gas ranges are built to handle large, complex meals and frequent usage. This means using the highest grade materials in their construction, and even paying attention to the little details such as the knobs. Many professional grade gas ranges have metal knobs instead of plastic ones, as well as high-grade stainless steel.
If you want an example of how using durable components can lead to a superior cooking experience, just take a look at this Forte freestanding all gas range. Its Italian-made dual-ring brass burners are fully sealed, making them both long-lasting and easy to clean, and the Easy Glide oven racks slide effortlessly in and out of the oven cavity. Meanwhile, the edge-to-edge cast-iron grates allow you to seamlessly move even the heaviest pots and pans between burners.
Superb Cooktop Control
Professional chefs need finely tuned control of their cooking temperatures, and pro gas ranges definitely deliver on this need. Whether you're melting chocolate or adding vegetables to a stir-fry, a pro-grade gas cooktop has to deliver the exact right amount of power, exactly when you need it. This power also has to be consistent across multiple cooking sessions: one of the main issues people have when cooking on gas cooktops is that the power settings on their cooktops are inconsistent. Pro gas ranges serve to eliminate this instability.
Thermador's patented Star® Burners are a fine example of this cooktop control. Just take a look at this 30-in. all gas range from the PRO HARMONY Series. The ExtraLow® Simmer Burner on this model allows cooks to simmer at temperatures as low as 100° F (375 BTUs), while its highest burner has an output of 18,000 BTUs. The configuration of the Star® burner provides superior flame coverage as well as heightened power: with one of Thermador's Star® burners, you never have hot or cold spots!
Precise Cooking Results
When buying a gas range, it isn't just the cooktop that you have to consider, but the oven and its cavity as well. This can mean having a quick preheating function, but it can also include features such as temperature probes and convection cooking. Many professional grade gas ovens have settings that provide consistency and precision in all forms of cooking.
This 30-in. freestanding range from Frigidaire Professional pulls out all the stops when it comes to precision in the gas oven. In particular, its PowerPlus™ Convection Bake and Roast function delivers consistent, powerful results every time, and it even comes with a PowerPlus™ temperature probe, allowing you to get even the most complex dishes right on the first try, every time.
Simply place the temperature probe in your food, and you can set and monitor the ideal cooking temperature using the range's PrecisionPro Controls™. Meanwhile, the 5.6 cu. ft. convection oven has by far the largest capacity of all the pro gas ranges that are being compared in this post. With that much internal space, you can easily handle even the largest items, or multiple meals at the same time.
When it comes to buying appliances, function is only one part of the equation. Another element of choosing a pro gas range is the aesthetic appeal of the appliance. Professional grade appliances are often the centerpiece of your kitchen, and it's important to choose one that complements your decor. Many range manufacturers are considered luxury brands to begin with, meaning that you will already have a leg up on adding style to your kitchen. The best of these luxury brands combine the aesthetic appeal with enhanced function for an optimal cooking experience.
Bertazzoni, for instance, manufactures quite a lot of professional grade gas ranges. No matter what Bertazzoni appliances you choose, you'll have their classic Italian design style in your kitchen. This pro gas range from the Master Series has four sealed burners, making the stovetop visually striking and easy to clean as well. It also comes standard with Bertazzoni's classic dial temperature gauge, which will add a striking visual element to your kitchen. Meanwhile, the soft motion hinges on the oven door make this range a great choice for frequent bakers, especially in smaller kitchens.
Enhanced Safety Features
One thing that sets professional gas ranges apart from the rest is their ability to handle even the most hectic of situations. In a professional kitchen, things can get extremely fast-paced, and a professional chef's appliances have to be up to the task. They may be required to cook multiple food items at once, or change temperatures rapidly, or any number of other things. This vastly increases the number of things that can go wrong in a kitchen, as well. That's where the enhanced safety features of pro gas ranges come in: you don't have eyes and ears everywhere, so you should let your kitchen appliances help out when possible. This is especially important on appliances that use gas, such as ranges.
This Viking pro gas range from the 5 Series has a huge selection of these safety features. In particular, look for the SureSpark™ Ignition System that automatically provides consistent, reliable ignition for your gas oven. It also has burners that automatically re-ignite after being extinguished, regardless of the burner's temperature setting. This means you don't have to turn your gas stove on to a higher setting before you melt butter or sauces: you can simply set it to the temperature you want, and the burner will activate on its own.
Do professional chefs use gas or electric ovens?
In general, most professional chefs use gas cooktops and ovens. They are unparalleled in their efficiency and responsiveness to the chef's input. If you want a professional grade cooking experience, consider gas appliances. If you can't use gas for cooking, induction cooktops are the next pick of professional chefs.
Is it cheaper to run a gas or electric oven?
Gas ovens are usually cheaper to run, since natural gas as a utility tends to be cheaper than electricity.
What does a pro style range mean?
A pro style range is designed to function as you would find in a commercial setting, such as a hotel or restaurant. This means more cooking power, added safety features, and enhanced ergonomics for long-term use.