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Are you in the market for a new stove and considering a Wolf range? Or have you heard of Wolf but are curious to learn what makes it the most desirable range on the market? Look no further! In this review, I'll dive into the key aspects of Wolf stoves, including their design, cooking capabilities, and customer satisfaction.
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Is Wolf range a match for you?
Pros: Reasons To Buy a Wolf Range
Wolf 36" Range
- Increase your home's value. The iconic Wolf ranges are known for their timeless design, featuring a sturdy appearance and recognizable red knobs that give them a distinctive look. As a result, your kitchen will remain stylish and relevant for many years, regardless of changes in fashion and interior design trends.
- High-performance stovetop. Get ready to elevate your cooking with the unique "dual stack" burners on a Wolf range! With a high-power burner perched right on top of a low-simmer burner, you'll have the best of both worlds - explosive heat when you need it and gentle warmth when you want it. This dynamic duo of burners is responsive, so you can switch from searing steaks to simmering sauces with ease.
- Unleash your inner chef. Get ready to take your baking to the next level! Whether you prefer gas or electric, you'll enjoy consistent heat that'll keep your baked goods moist and delicious every time. Upgrade your kitchen with the electric oven option, and you'll also get access to advanced convection technology (patented as VertiCross) and guided cooking options that'll make you feel like a pro. Say goodbye to dry and over-cooked treats and hello to perfect baked goods every time!
- Brand reputation and superior customer care. Wolf has a long-standing reputation for producing quality appliances with exceptional craftsmanship and attention to detail. The brand is the only appliance manufacturer that offers expert assistance with 24/7 concierge support. You can be confident in the quality and longevity of your investment.
- Try before you buy. Wolf invests heavily in functional showrooms that showcase its products in realistic kitchen settings, allowing prospective customers to test-drive their products. This commitment to customer experience has resulted in high levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, setting Wolf apart from other manufacturers.
Cons: Reasons To Avoid a Wolf Range
Wolf Dual Fuel 36" Range
- You want color or the mixed metal look. Wolf ranges come in stainless steel. This could be seen as a disadvantage for those who prefer different color options or a more unique look. However, you are not stuck with just the iconic red knobs. You can stylize using black, brushed stainless, brushed gray, or brushed brass knobs.
- You want a techie digital interface. Wolf strikes a balance between staying true to its timeless pro design and offering a fantastic cooking experience. While the dual fuel ranges have a hidden, pop-up digital control panel, gas ranges sport a minimalist profile.
- Light on promotional pricing. Wolf offers long-lasting, high-quality appliances and industry-leading customer service. Rather than offering seasonal discounts, they promote factory-certified installations with extended warranty incentives. Full kitchen purchases also come with special promotions.
Types of Wolf Ranges
Unleash your inner chef with Wolf's range of cooking marvels! Choose from the all-gas, dual fuel, or induction options to elevate your cooking.
If you're a fan of traditional gas cooking, go for the all-gas range with its gas stovetop and oven. If you're looking for a hybrid of power and precision, the dual fuel range with its gas stovetop and high-performance electric oven is the one for you. Or, if you're a tech-savvy cook, try the induction range with its electric induction cooktop and electric oven - it's a game-changer!
Let’s take an in-depth look at some of the most important, powerful, and impressive features of the modern Wolf ranges by series. We'll start with gas ranges and continue on to dual fuel and induction ranges. Since many features overlap among the three series, we'll spend most of the time on the gas ranges and indicate the difference when we arrive to the next series.
Watch our exclusive video review of Wolf cooktops.
The Wolf Gas Range
The Wolf gas range is brand's signature product and one of the best high-end stoves on the market. Apart from its professional look, the following features distinguish this gas stove from its competition:
Each Wolf range has porcelain-coated cast-iron grates that sit on tiny silicon feet to prevent scratching. These grates are arranged in a continuous formation, so you can easily slide pots and pans off and onto the heat while cooking.
A dependable spark ignition system controls each burner individually. That means only the burner you want to use will spark, which eliminates a common issue with other gas ranges: that irritating clicking sound that starts whenever you try to light the stovetop. Additionally, the spark ignition system reignites the burner if the flame goes out, ensuring safety and convenience.
Those can’t-miss red knobs are not just a style statement; they also give you precise control from simmer to high-BTU operation. Wolf also offers the option of configuring the knobs in black or stainless steel.
Powerful Dual Stacked Sealed Burners with Precise Flame Controls
Wolf kitchen stove burners are legendary for their performance. You’ll love the sealed burner system, which makes cleaning them super easy. All Wolf ranges feature a 9,200 BTU burner for smaller pots and pans.
Depending on the model you choose, you can also enjoy 15,000 to 20,000 BTU burners. When it comes to simmering, all Wolf burners are dual stacked and come with a super low simmer ability, as little as 300 BTUs. That level of precision, from the low simmer to high sear, is the thing that truly sets Wolf ranges apart from the rest.
Wolf Charbroil Grill
Grilling isn't just a seasonal activity when you have a Wolf charbroiler on your stovetop. It has a 16,000 BTU infrared burner that's specifically designed to emit intense heat for grilling. This allows you to sear the outer edges of your food and seal in that juicy flavor.
It’s recommended that you cook food directly on the charbroiler grate (i.e., without cookware) to get that authentic grill-seared experience. To regulate the variable indirect heat, just use the blank-off plate that comes with your Wolf range. This amazing performance tool requires a quick 10-minute preheat time.
This one-of-a-kind charbroiler grill option is another feature that sets Wolf apart from the pack. Every other brand except for Miele uses a standard electric grill that can be found in oven broilers.
Want a griddle instead? This diner-style cooking surface has 15,000 BTUs of infrared power and is thermostatically controlled to maintain consistent temperatures across its entire surface. The double griddle option allows you to reach 30,000 BTUs of cooking power. That's a lot of power for a lot of pancakes! With regular maintenance, your griddle will be good to go for years to come.
A French top is a circular cooking surface with 15,000 BTUs of power, featuring multiple heat zones that increase from low to high as you move toward the center. Many consumers believe the French top is meant to be used as a griddle, but it’s actually designed to be used with cookware. It makes it easy to cook with multiple pots and pans at once, with some boiling and some at a low simmer or just staying warm.
Wolf Range Ovens
Design and Power Combined
Wolf’s signature design aesthetic, featuring its cobalt blue porcelain interior, is second to none. But it’s not just about looks: You’ll also notice the ultra-fast preheat time on Wolf machines, thanks to intense infrared heat. Meanwhile, the oven boasts a 30,000 BTU bake and 18,000 BTU infrared broil feature. That’s a whole lot of power in your oven!
Large Oven Cavity
Even on Wolf’s 30-inch ovens, the large interior is a hallmark feature. They can easily handle any size Thanksgiving turkey. Need to feed an army? No problem if you use the 36-inch range with its supersized, 5.5 cu. ft. oven. You’ll have more cooking space than you know what to do with.
Twin Convection for Even Temperature Distribution
Not only do dual blowers circulate heat, but the convection oven fan motor has an independent temperature sensor to allow the motor to kick on anytime it's needed to provide even temperatures in the oven cavity. Many competitors have dual fans, but none offer independent temperature controls. Wolf leads the pack again here.
Soft Motion Door for Safety
The exclusive Wolf spring-and-damper door system prevents the door from snapping closed or opening abruptly.
The classic four-burner Wolf GR304 gas range and six-burner Wolf GR366 are the most popular models in the Wolf family.
We covered both of these ranges in detail in our video review below. You can also check out our in-depth review of the 36-inch Wolf GR366. Under the FAQ section of the article, you'll find our exclusive video on the 30-inch GR304.
Our Wolf Gas Range Video Review with Great Visuals
What About Wolf Dual-Fuel Ranges?
Dual fuel ranges (which have a gas cooktop and electric oven) are popular with avid cooks as they provide the most consistent results, especially when baking. You can refer to our earlier article on gas vs dual fuel ranges for more detailed information.
Because of these advantages and more, a Wolf dual fuel range should be at the top of your shortlist of stoves to consider. Wolf's latest dual fuel ranges come with great additional features including:
Powerful 20K BTU Burners
Dual fuel ranges feature 33 percent more power on the burners. Where the max BTU on the all gas ranges is 15,000, dual fuel ranges have a 20,000 BTU burner.
Dual Fuel Verticross Convection
A dual fuel range uses gas for the cooktop, and electric for the oven. This setup offers the best of both worlds, and it shows, as the incredible Dual VertiCross convection system powers one of Wolf’s best performing ranges.
Elegant Cooktop Design
Wolf's newest 30- and 36-inch ranges have considerably smaller trims on
the sides to offer more space for the cooktop surface.
There are a lot of things going remote in this day and age, even your range. Wolf's dual fuel range model is WiFi compatible, meaning that you can control the appliance with the brand's propietary mobile app.
Take the guesswork out of cooking with Gourmet Mode. Just pick from a menu of recipes, and the appliance will automate itself accordingly, changing cooking modes in real time.
Unlike Wolf gas ranges, Wolf dual fuel ranges have a self-cleaning oven.
Coaxial Oven Knob
The oven knob itself displays temperature, which is a useful and downright cool feature.
Pivoting Control Panel
Set your temperature or cooking mode with the ease of a touchscreen, then rotate the control pane discretely out of sight when not in use. You’ll also notice the 10 different program modes on the pane, including: bake, roast, broil, convection, convection bake, convection roast, convection broil, proof, bakestone and dehydration.
Note: Bakestone and dehydration mode require optional accessories available from Wolf.
No need to open the oven to check temperatures. The temperature probe built into Wolf dual fuel ranges alerts you when your dish reaches the desired internal temperature.
Each dual fuel range offers three racks: one full-extension easy-glide rack featuring ball bearing design, one full-extension door glide, and one standard rack.
Designer Appliances team member Justin Wilk and his family recently added a Wolf dual fuel range to their kitchen. They love it for:
- The generous cooking space (they went for six burners)
- The built-in temperature probe for cooking large meat
- The two digital timers for keeping track of cooking time
- The oven's large width, offering plenty of cooking space
- How easy it is to clean and use
Wolf Dual Fuel Ranges vs Wolf Gas Ranges
Many people ask us about the differences between Wolf's dual fuel and gas ranges. Which is better? It really depends on you and how you like to cook. The video below explains the pros and cons of each in detail.
Wolf DF366 Dual Fuel Range with Great Visuals
Wolf Induction Ranges
Induction ranges are becoming more and more popular in the U.S. as people realize all the benefits they have over their gas counterparts, including:
- Precise heat control
- Faster boil time
- Super low simmer temperature (i.e., you won't scorch your sauces. Our favorite live display model in our showroom can keep melted chocolate warm and liquid for hours without burning it.)
- Technology that senses pan/pot size so no heat is wasted and energy is transferred to the cooking vessel exactly at the touch points
- Improved safety, since induction burners are cool to the touch and don't emit fumes
- Easy to clean, durable ceran glass surface
- Ability to combine heating elements in a bridge format to handle larger pots and pans
Wolf introduced induction ranges in 2016. It is the only brand that offers a 36-inch induction range.
In terms of design, Wolf induction ranges come in two different handle styles: transitionsal thin, round handles or thicker professional handles.
Wolf induction range ovens are electric and share the same features as the ones that equip its dual fuel ranges.
The Power of Wolf Design
All Wolf ranges feature matching pro-style handles that would look great alongside your existing appliances. The sides are finished in high-quality stainless steel, while decorative front legs and casters in the back offer ease of service and placement.
Wolf ranges come standard with flush trim along the backside. This allows you to expose more of the decorative backsplash along your kitchen wall. You can also mount restaurant-style stainless steel backguards on your Wolf range; these come with 5-, 10- or 20-inch risers.
The only potential downside to Wolf? You can't customize the color. Stainless steel is standard. As we mentioned earlier, however, you can opt for black or stainless knobs instead of Wolf red.
Wolf Quality and Service
Each and every Wolf machine is rigorously tested in the company's U.S. manufacturing facilities to withstand decades of active use. And if you do have any issues? Wolf’s 24/7 support team in Madison, Wisconsin, is just a phone call away. You’ll always have access to the expert information you need, any time of the day or night.
Wolf is also respected for its lightning-fast turnaround on support and customer service requests, so you won’t wait weeks for an answer to your question.
Pro Tip: Contact our staff at (888) 714-4938 to ask about savings on Wolf range packages.
As you'd expect from the high-end quality that’s apparent in every inch of Wolf range, their performance is unparalleled in the kitchen appliance market. A high-end range is no small purchase, and Wolf stove customers benefit from the joy that comes from knowing they’ve purchased from a company with a true passion for cooking that will be backed up by a lifetime of premium service.
Wolf customers don't just buy the best range available in the world; they buy the best customer service in the world. That'll have you cooking with the confidence these ranges inspire for decades to come.
Wolf Range FAQs:
What's a dual stacked burner?
Wolf’s patented dual-stacked burner design essentially gives you two burners in one. The upper tier of the burner produces up to 20,000 BTU power for faster boil time or for searing multiple steaks at once. Meanwhile, the lower tier allows for a gentle flame mode as low as 300 BTUs for simmering and melting.
What is the difference between the GR304 model and the DF30450?
Here are the main distinctions between the two models:
- Wolf GR304 has a gas cooktop and oven. The DF30450 has a gas cooktop and an electric oven.
- GR304 features four sealed burners with 9,200; 15,000; 15,000; and 15,000 BTUs
- DF30450 features four sealed burners with 9,200; 15,000; 18,000; and 20,000 BTUs
- DF30450 features the coaxial oven knob, which displays key stats such as oven temperature. On GR304, you set the oven temperature via a manual dial.
- The tilting touchscreen panel on DF30450 is ergonomic and gives you access to 10 program modes.
- DF30450 comes standard with a convenient self-clean mode.
- A full-extension luxury glide rack comes out of the box with Wolf dual fuel ranges like the DF30450.
For more on the Wolf GR304 gas range, check out our exclusive video review below:
Wolf GR304 30-inch Gas Range Review
Are all burners the same on Wolf ranges?
Many people want a variety of burners on their Wolf cooktop to suit their different size pots and pans. We've noticed that some pro ranges come with same size and super powerful burners. While it is nice to have the power, the downside is when using smaller pots and pans you will inevitably melt handles of your cookware or burn your food.
Wolf ranges always include a smaller burner on the cooktop. All gas ranges have 15K BTU burners. Dual fuel ranges feature a combination of 15K, 18K, and 20K BTU burners.
Where can I see Wolf ranges?
Visit our showrooms to get the most our of your shopping experience. Meet with our knowledgable product experts and let us help you design your dream kitchen.
Special Note on Wolf 48- and 60-inch Ranges
Wolf 48-inch gas range models have two ovens: one that's 18 inches wide and another that's 30 inches wide. The 18”-inch oven is a standard radiant oven, not a convection oven.
Are Sub Zero Refrigerators and Wolf the same company?
Yes. Wolf represents the cooking and ventilation portion of kitchen appliances while Sub Zero is the premier refrigeration brand. We cover Sub Zero refrigerators in our blog posts.
Pro Tip: Contact our sales team at (888)714-4938 for promotions on Sub-Zero and Wolf kitchen appliance packages.
Does Sub Zero Wolf make dishwashers?
Yes. The company launched a new Cove dishwasher brand in 2019 to match the quality and design of its built in refrigerators and pro ranges.
Do Wolf Ranges Come in Colors?
At this time Wolf only makes ranges in stainless steel. All ranges come with the iconic red knobs. You can customize only the knob color on a Wolf range at this time.
How does a Wolf range stack up against Viking?
We get this question a lot. Both brands have been producing great professional-grade products to serve home-chefs for years. We compare the two brands in our exclusive review of Wolf vs Viking ranges.
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Wolf Ranges Overview
Wolf ranges are highly regarded in the market for their quality, performance, and design. They offer a range of features that make them desirable for home cooks and professional chefs alike. In this article, we will explore the key aspects of Wolf stoves, including their design, cooking capabilities, and customer satisfaction.
Design and Features
Wolf ranges are known for their timeless design, featuring a sturdy appearance and recognizable red knobs that give them a distinctive look. The stainless steel construction adds to their durability and aesthetic appeal. While the iconic red knobs are standard, you can also customize the knobs in black, brushed stainless, brushed gray, or brushed brass [].
Wolf ranges offer high-performance stovetops with unique "dual stack" burners. These burners provide both explosive heat and gentle warmth, allowing for precise control over cooking temperatures. The dual-stacked burners are responsive, making it easy to switch from searing steaks to simmering sauces [].
In terms of baking, Wolf ranges provide consistent heat for moist and delicious results. Whether you prefer gas or electric, Wolf offers options to suit your preferences. The electric oven option includes advanced convection technology (patented as VertiCross) and guided cooking options [].
Wolf ranges also offer additional cooking features such as a charbroil grill, griddle, and French top. The charbroil grill provides intense heat for grilling, while the griddle offers a large cooking surface for pancakes and other foods. The French top allows for cooking with multiple pots and pans at different heat levels [].
Customer Satisfaction and Support
Wolf has a long-standing reputation for producing quality appliances with exceptional craftsmanship and attention to detail. The brand is known for its superior customer care and offers expert assistance with 24/7 concierge support. Wolf also invests in functional showrooms that allow prospective customers to test-drive their products, resulting in high levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty [].
Types of Wolf Ranges
Wolf offers a range of options to suit different cooking preferences. They have all-gas ranges, dual fuel ranges, and induction ranges.
- All-gas ranges: These ranges feature a gas stovetop and oven, providing a traditional cooking experience with the power and precision of Wolf burners [].
- Dual fuel ranges: Dual fuel ranges combine a gas cooktop with an electric oven, offering consistent results, especially when baking. They feature powerful burners and additional features such as WiFi compatibility and gourmet mode [].
- Induction ranges: Induction ranges are gaining popularity due to their precise heat control, faster boil time, and improved safety. Wolf introduced induction ranges in 2016, and they offer features such as bridge elements and easy-to-clean ceran glass surfaces [].
Wolf Gas Range Features
The Wolf gas range is the brand's signature product and is highly regarded for its performance and design. Some notable features of the Wolf gas range include:
- Grates: Each Wolf range has porcelain-coated cast-iron grates that sit on silicon feet to prevent scratching. The continuous formation of the grates allows for easy sliding of pots and pans [].
- Ignition: The spark ignition system controls each burner individually, eliminating the annoying clicking sound when lighting the stovetop. It also reignites the burner if the flame goes out, ensuring safety and convenience [].
- Dual Stacked Sealed Burners: Wolf ranges feature powerful burners with precise flame controls. The dual-stacked burners provide a wide range of heat levels, from high sear to low simmer [].
- Charbroil Grill: Wolf gas ranges offer a charbroil grill with an infrared burner for intense heat and authentic grilling experience [].
- Griddle: Some Wolf gas ranges come with a griddle option, providing a large cooking surface with powerful infrared power [].
- French Top: Wolf gas ranges also offer a French top, which is a circular cooking surface with multiple heat zones for cooking with different pots and pans simultaneously [].
- Oven Features: Wolf range ovens feature a large cavity, ultra-fast preheat time, twin convection for even temperature distribution, soft motion door for safety, and various rack options [].
Wolf Dual Fuel Range Features
Wolf dual fuel ranges combine a gas cooktop with an electric oven, offering the best of both worlds. Some notable features of Wolf dual fuel ranges include:
- Powerful Burners: Dual fuel ranges feature burners with 33% more power compared to all-gas ranges. The burners provide precise control and faster boiling times [].
- Dual Fuel VertiCross Convection: Wolf's dual fuel ranges come with the Dual VertiCross convection system, which offers excellent cooking performance [].
- Cooktop Design: Wolf's newest dual fuel ranges have smaller trims on the sides to offer more space for the cooktop surface [].
- Connect Mode: Wolf dual fuel ranges are WiFi compatible, allowing you to control the appliance with a mobile app [].
- Gourmet Mode: Gourmet Mode automates cooking based on a menu of recipes, changing cooking modes in real-time [].
- Self-Clean Mode: Unlike gas ranges, Wolf dual fuel ranges have a self-cleaning oven [].
- Coaxial Oven Knob: The oven knob displays temperature, providing a useful feature for precise cooking [].
- Pivoting Control Panel: The control panel can be rotated out of sight when not in use, offering a sleek and discreet design [].
- Temperature Probe: The built-in temperature probe alerts you when your dish reaches the desired internal temperature [].
- Luxury Racking: Each dual fuel range comes with three racks, including a full-extension easy-glide rack and a full-extension door glide [].
Wolf Induction Range Features
Wolf induction ranges offer precise heat control, faster boil time, and improved safety. Some notable features of Wolf induction ranges include:
- Precise Heat Control: Induction ranges provide precise heat control and faster boiling times compared to gas ranges [].
- Super Low Simmer Temperature: Induction ranges offer a super low simmer temperature, preventing scorching of sauces [].
- Pan Size Sensing: The induction burners sense the size of the pan/pot, ensuring efficient heat transfer and energy usage [].
- Easy to Clean: The durable ceran glass surface of Wolf induction ranges is easy to clean [].
- Bridge Format: Induction ranges can combine heating elements in a bridge format to accommodate larger pots and pans [].
Wolf Quality and Customer Service
Wolf ranges are rigorously tested in the company's U.S. manufacturing facilities to ensure durability and performance. Wolf is known for its exceptional customer service, with a 24/7 support team available to assist customers [].
Wolf ranges are highly regarded for their quality, performance, and design. They offer a range of features that cater to the needs of home cooks and professional chefs. With their timeless design, cooking capabilities, and superior customer service, Wolf ranges are a top choice for those looking for high-end stoves.
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