Few things define an upscale kitchen like one of these brawny beauties. With heavy cast-iron grates, beefy knobs and handles, and high-Btu burners, the pro-style range has become the modern-day hearth: a dramatic focal point in the home's main gathering place. Of course, one of these serious stoves can boost your cooking prowess, too—not to mention your home's resale value.
Industrial-style appliances started gaining ground in the 1980s, when homeowners began hankering for restaurant ranges to get more burners, more power, and more pro features, like built-in griddles and grills. But at up to 36 inches from front to back, these behemoths didn't fit neatly into your average cook space. They also lacked broilers and became dangerously hot.
Enter the "pro-style" solution. Scaled to fit standard-depth counters, these models won't burn down the house, thanks to beefed-up insulation. But their biggest burners still blast out 18,000 to 25,000 Btus—versus a basic range's 12,000 Btus—for searing and sautéing, while their smallest burners deliver a gentle simmer, prized for soups, sauces, and melting butter.
Of course, a pro-style range is no small investment. We'll walk you through all the options and considerations, so you'll know just what to look for when you're ready for this serious kitchen upgrade.
Shown: With its stainless-steel body and top-quality details, a pro-style range looks at home in almost any style of kitchen. Shown: Wolf 36-inch range, about $6,930;