RangesThere are two distinctive ranges: Pro Style and Residential Style.
Pro Style ranges attempt to mimic restaurant equipment in both presentation and performance while not requiring special architectural considerations often found with true commercial appliances. These appliances are usually finished in stainless steel, although some manufacturers such as Viking, La Cornue, and others additionally offer bold colorations to accentuate their scale and presence.
Pro Style range tops usually incorporate a full breadth of cooking performance. These tops can prepare both delicate sauces and recipes requiring extreme heat. The fuel used by these range tops are often natural or liquid propane gas. That said, you can also find electric Pro Style range tops that use induction technology. Configuration of Pro Style range tops can include combinations of burners, grills, and griddles and the widths of the ranges vary from 30” through 60” with some models extending beyond 60”.
The oven portion of the Pro style range can have either a single oven or two ovens dependent upon size. Ovens are designed to use either gas or electric fuel. When the range has a gas top and an electric oven is preferred then the range is referred to as a “dual Fuel” range. Often this is the preferred configuration, as the electric oven can more efficiently incorporate features such as convection technology and self-cleaning cycles.
Residential Style ranges tend to have a cleaner, less clunky appearance. They do not have the same breadth of performance as their Pro Style counterparts although they can deal with most any standard, non-commercial food preparation. These ranges also can use electric, gas or have dual fuel combinations. The top portion of the range generally is available only with burners. Residential ranges are available in 30” widths although some smaller sizes can be found for specific restricted size applications. Many ranges are available in stainless steel, with black and white as other popular options.
Single ovens are the standard but some reduced sized second ovens can also be “stacked” above the standard size single oven in some ranges. Residential ranges with “free standing” or “slide in” applications with some incorporating downdraft ventilation.
In both Pro Style and Residential Style ranges you will find special feature ovens, such as warming drawers or steam applications.
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