Wolf vs. Viking vs. Thermador Ranges (Who’s Better?)

Wolf vs. Viking vs. Thermador

Every gourmet kitchen needs high-end appliances, and the oven is the centerpiece of your cooking and baking. Wolf, Viking, and Thermador are three of the top names in cooking appliances. Knowing how these brands compare helps you choose the best one for your kitchen.

Thermador offers standard and commercial depths and a unique star-shape burner design. Self-cleaning is only available with Wolf and Viking. Wolf offers the best warranty and the only model with a French top. Viking has the most affordable range. Wolf, Viking, and Thermador offer high-quality, professional-grade, reliable ranges. Fuel options, number of burners, dimensions, and special options are comparable.

Comparing the key features of each brand helps you decide which range best suits your cooking and baking. Let’s take a closer at Wolf, Viking, and Thermador ranges.

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Expertise

Wolf cooking appliances were introduced in 2000 by Sub-Zero, a company that was started in the 1930s designing refrigeration products. Today, the Wolf brand offers homeowners 50 styles of professional-grade ranges, built-in ovens, cooktops, module cooktops, and range tops. Wolf appliances are used in many of the finest restaurants in the world.

Viking kitchen products have received more than 50 awards, and the brand is known for innovation, excellent performance, and ease of use. Located in Greenwood, Mississippi, Viking offers four model lines for their free-standing ranges – Tuscany, 7 Series, 5 Series, and 3 Series.

Started in 1916, Thermador has revolutionized home cooking. The company was the first to introduce steam cooking, cooktops, and convection ovens in the United States. Thermador ranges are available in four widths and two depths.

Dimensions

The size of your high-end oven not only affects how much you can cook, but also the configuration of your kitchen. Wolf, Viking, and Thermador offer models in 30”, 36”, 48”, and 60” widths. Viking is the only company that offers a 66” width. Thermador is the only brand that offers two depths – standard and commercial for their 36”, 48”, and 60” models.

Cooking Options

For your gourmet kitchen, choose between dual fuel, gas, and convection cooking. Wolf, Viking, and Thermador offer dual fuel and gas, and induction is available for Wolf and Viking. Viking is the only brand that offers electric cooking. Thermador offers a model with a steam oven and warming drawer.

Burner and Oven Configurations

Wolf, Viking, and Thermador ranges come with one or two ovens. Wolf offers models with 4, 6, or 8 burners. Viking offers models with 5, 6, or 8 burners. Thermador offers models with 4, 5, or 6 burners. Thermador ranges have a unique star-shaped burner design that provides more jets for stovetop cooking.

Cleaning Features

Wolf ranges come with a self-cleaning option on the dual fuel and induction ranges. The gas models do not have self-cleaning. Viking offers self-cleaning for the 3 Series. Wolf and Viking are the only brands that offer self-cleaning.

Thermador ranges are designed with a QuickClean Base®. The material simplifies cleaning by preventing spills from sticking.

Optional Cooking Configurations

Some models of Wolf ranges have stovetop infrared charbroilers, French tops, and infrared griddles. Ranges with stovetop griddles and grills are available from Viking, as well as infrared broilers inside the oven. Thermador offers models with stovetop griddles and grills.

Standard Features

Wolf and Thermador ranges have some special features that help you with your daily cooking. Wolf ranges have slow-closing doors on the ovens. Thermador ranges have telescoping racks in the ovens, and some models connect through WiFi.

Warranty

Wolf offers a slightly better warranty on their high-end ranges. There is a two-year full warranty and five-year limited warranty on Wolf ranges. Viking and Thermador offer a two-year limited warranty on their ranges.

Price

Expect to pay $7,850 for the smallest 30” Wolf range and $20,800 for the largest 60” range. For Viking the price ranges from $4,000 to $20,000. Thermador ranges cost between $5,000 and just over $20,000.

Common Problems

Owners of all three brands report similar issues with their Wolf, Viking, and Thermador ranges. Here are the most common problems and how to fix them.

Electric Igniter Clicking After Flame is Lit

Electric igniters that keep clicking after the flame is lit is a problem with the igniter. Contact a certified technician for your brand of range to have the module replaced.

Electric Igniter Clicking and Flame Won’t Light

When the electric igniter is clicking, but the flame won’t light on your range, the issue is with the gas jets. Clean the jets. If the problem persists, contact a certified technician to have the jets replaced.

Igniter Won’t Spark

Clean the igniter tip. If the igniter won’t spark after cleaning, have it replaced by a certified technician.

Ovens Slow to Heat

Slow-heating is a rare issue with Thermador ovens. Schedule a service appointment with a certified Thermador technician.

Poor Temperature Control

Poor temperature control is a rare issue that has been identified with Thermador ranges. If you have problems with temperature control, schedule a service appointment with a certified technician. The circuit that controls the oven temperature needs to be replaced.

Related Questions

What is a French top?

French tops are flat plates that are mounted over a gas flame. The modules are similar to griddles. French tops are ideal for simmering, boiling, and sautéing. Griddles are best suited for frying, toasting, and searing.

What is infrared cooking?

Infrared cooking is ideal for cooking that requires a high and direct heat source, such as grilling and broiling. The primary benefits of infrared cooktops is that the surface heats quicker, foods cook faster, and the cooktops are easy to clean.

How many burners do I need?

The number of burners that you need depends on your cooking style. If you have four burners and juggle pots and pans on the stovetop, adding burners is a good idea. If you have more than four burners now and rarely use some, opt for a range with fewer burners. Remember that the number of burners may also affect the oven size and number of ovens. If you run out of room with a single oven, choose a high-end range with two ovens, as well as additional burners.

What is the best type of oven for baking?

Electric ovens are better for baking than gas ovens. The ranges produce even temperatures throughout the cooking time. Electric ovens are drier inside than gas ovens, and this helps with baking crispy foods. Food is less likely to burn on the underside with an electric oven.

What are dual fuel ranges?

Dual fuel ranges use gas for instant heat and precise temperature control. Electric ovens are good for evenly distributing heat.

What are the benefits of having a WiFi-enabled range?

With a WiFi-enabled range, you can go about your day without constantly checking and adjusting your stovetop and oven. Some of the ways to use WiFi with your range are preheating, adjusting temperatures, setting timers, and alerts for oven temperatures. You can even turn off the oven from your smartphone.

Some WiFi ranges integrate with voice control for your home assistant, such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home. Smart ranges also learn about your cooking habits and may send alerts to your device when it has been on longer than normal. This is great for busy cooks who may forget to turn off the oven or leave a pot on the stove.

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Summary

Wolf, Viking, and Thermador all produce high-quality, reliable ranges. When you are deciding on one brand over another, look for the specifications that best fit your cooking and baking needs.

Wolf offers the most styles of ranges, but only in four widths and one depth. The ranges are available with dual fuel, gas, and induction. Models come with one or two ovens; four, six, or eight burners; and optional infrared charbroilers, French tops, and infrared griddles. Wolf ranges have a self-cleaning option. Wolf offers the best warranty coverage. The ranges have slow-closing doors.

Viking ranges come in 30”, 36”, 48”, 60”, and 66” widths, and the best variety of fuel options – dual fuel, gas, induction and electric. Viking ranges come with one or two ovens, as well as five, six, or eight burners. Self-cleaning is only available in the smaller 3 Series models. Optional features for Viking ranges include griddles, grills, and infrared broilers. The ranges come with a limited two-year warranty. Viking offers the most affordable range at $4,000 for their basic 30” model.

Thermador ranges come in 30”, 36”, 48”, and 60” widths, and all but the 30” are available with standard or commercial depths. The ranges have dual fuel or gas operation, and Thermador also has models with steam ovens and warming drawers. Choose from one or two ovens and four, five, or six burners.

Thermador ranges have star-shaped burners with more gas jets than conventional round burners. The ranges have a special coating for easy cleaning. Optional features for Thermador ranges include stovetop griddles and grills. Ranges come with limited two-year warranties. Prices range from $5,000 to $20,000. The ovens have telescoping racks, and some models are WiFi enabled.

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