Upgrading your range to a high-end model is one of the most powerful statements you can make in your kitchen. Your range is likely to see a lot of usage during its lifetime, so it's important to find one that can handle whatever you throw at it (or into it). That's why we've made this list of five of the best high-end range brands of 2021.
ILVE's premium, handmade, Italian lines are sure to make your new range the subject of much discussion among whoever's lucky enough to see them in action. Not only do many of them stand out visually (the Nostalgie Series in particular comes with a classically European aesthetic while still keeping all the modern features you love), but they bring unparalleled power and sophistication to your kitchen. All of their ovens offer true European convection, cooking your food quickly, efficiently, and evenly, while you can choose between gas and electric stovetops to suit your particular needs. ILVE ranges are also coveted the world over for their selection of over 200 colors, multiple trim colors, leg options, and various cooktop burner configurations.
Miele has a reputation for bringing precision German engineering into everyday kitchens, and its selection of ranges certainly gives credence to that. The high-end features you find in Miele ranges make cooking any meal a breeze. Some of their ranges come with MasterChef Plus Automatic Programs that utilize TwinPower Convection fans to enable more than 100 pre-programmed cooking modes, and some of them even switch off early to utilize residual heat for cooking while saving you energy and money. They even have an AirClean Catalyzer in some models that greatly reduces the amount of odors in the air, even in the rare cases that you burn something.
One of Viking's main goals is to bring professional-grade technology into the home kitchen, and even their most budget-friendly ranges have many features that were formerly exclusive to restaurants. Whether you look at a model with the ProFlow™ Convection Air Baffle (which ensures the air in convection ovens is circulated properly) or the GourmetGlo™ Infrared Broiler (which sears as it broils), you're bound to find some feature that improves your life. Even the small details such as easy-to-handle knobs and GentleClose™ doors add to the feeling that you're cooking with the pros now.
La Cornue is another attention-getter among the high-end range brands on this list thanks to its classic French aesthetic and flexible customization. At widths ranging up to six feet, your cooktop can accommodate your preferred setup, whether you want standard burners, power burners, a French top, a large electric teppanyaki, induction hobs, induction plates, or even a lava rock grill. The accents and trim on the CornuFé Series in particular will give your range a feeling of retro charm, while the spacious ovens and powerful burners are anything but old school. Many of their larger ranges are multitaskers, with two ovens (often one electric convection oven and one multi-mode oven), and the gas burners are among the most powerful ones available.
For modern convenience and a sleek appearance, it's hard to beat Bosch. Their 800 Series of true European convection ovens is particularly luxe, bragging extra-large viewing windows and integrated temperature probes. Many of Bosch's ranges contain small, high-end features such as telescopic racks and heavy-duty knobs as well as their usual powerful cooktops and spacious ovens. The broil elements are often recessed, making cooking that much safer for you. As a recent recipient of the Energy Star Partner of the Year award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Bosch is dedicated to preserving both the environment and your energy bills, without sacrificing the quality and power you've come to expect from the brand.
What is a professional range?
Professional grade appliances, including ranges, have features that are more commonly seen in professional kitchens. This can include anything from heavy-duty metal knobs to extra heating elements. Many professional grade appliances are also suitable for larger cooking jobs than their residential counterparts: whether that's due to more burners, expanded internal space, or other high-end features, the result is faster, more efficient cooking.
What should I look for when buying a range?
The most important thing to consider when buying a range is your own needs. Do you prefer cooking on a gas cooktop or an electric one? What capacity do you need? Do you want a specific feature, such as convection? What size burners do you need? Do you want a range that can connect to your WiFi? There are thousands of options available, and we'll be glad to help you find one that matches your specific needs.