There's been a lot of hype about Thermador's Star® Burner technology recently. But is it that much faster than round burners? The experts at Appliances Connection recently put these burners to the test, and here's what we've discovered.
First of all, you'll find that Star® burners look very different from traditional round gas burners on a range or cooktop. Instead of being shaped like a circle, Thermador's Star® Burners arrange their gas ports in the shape of a five-pointed star. From the beginning, this results in a power increase, as the longer perimeter allows for up to 56% more ports than a round burner. Indeed, Star® burners can offer up to 22,000 BTUs of energy per burner, allowing you to boil water far more quickly than with a round burner. This star shape also distributes heat more evenly across your cookware, preventing annoying cold spots from developing at the center of your pans.
The next question is: how do Thermador's Star® burners deal with very low temperatures, since they're so powerful? The answer is simple: using ExtraLow® Select technology, these burners automatically cycle the lowest heat setting to keep the temperature around 100° F, allowing you to melt butter and chocolate without scorching them. In fact, because of the more even distribution of gas ports, you don't have to watch out for extreme hot spots either.
Thermador's Star® burners are also super easy to clean, thanks to their QuickClean® Base. The one-piece porcelain top repels spills, and the raised pedestal burners are easy to access, making it easy to clean with only a sponge. It even comes with a teardrop shaped emboss, preventing even the largest and heaviest spills from reaching the burners in the first place.
All of these features together mean one thing: yes, Thermador's Star® Burner is certainly worth every bit of the hype.
If you're searching for a range with Star® burners, just look at the Thermador PRD305WHU.
In addition to the five extremely powerful, versatile Thermador Star® Burners, PRO HARMONY Series model has a variety of features that make it one of the best ranges you can buy. Two of the burners come with ExtraLow® functionality, which sets a simmer temperature as low as 100° F. With this technology you can melt chocolate or cook delicate sauces with ease. The true European convection oven has a fan system that circulates both air and heat evenly throughout the oven cavity, providing even and precise temperatures throughout the oven. This oven even features convection broiling, which combines the broil element with the convection fans. The one-piece porcelain cooktop is easy to clean with only a sponge thanks to its QuickClean® Base, and the heavy duty metal knobs coordinate seamlessly with the range's stainless steel exterior. It even has telescopic easy-glide racks that make for convenient access to even the bulkiest of food items. It even offers a 2-hour self-cleaning mode, which is the fastest in the industry and negates the need for harsh, smelly chemicals. Powerful halogen internal lighting and a large viewing window in the door ensure you always have a clear view of whatever you're cooking, as well.
When did Thermador start using star burners?
Thermador first developed the Star® Burners in 1998. This means they've had more than 20 years to fine-tune them and make them the best they can possibly be.
Are sealed burners better than open burners?
Open burners have an open flame, which provides faster cooking than sealed burners, but sealed burners are safer than open burners because they keep even the largest spills contained. This also means you don't have to remove any parts to clean them, and you don't have to worry about the burners being extinguished after a spill.