BlueStar Ranges, Top 3 Reasons Why People Love Them [REVIEW]

Simply put, BlueStar ranges are extraordinary. Want to cook restaurant caliber dishes right at home? As the go-to brand for many all-star chefs, a BlueStar range delivers all the power, precision, and control you can dream of. With high BTU Nova burners, a 1850F infrared broiler, and a spacious oven that can accommodate even a commercial baking sheet, there's no limit to what you can create.

BlueStar puts out around 40 different ranges – and that excludes the color variations. Due to this plethora of options, many people (including our sales staff) get overwhelmed. Therefore, the goal of this review is to highlight the main value points of BlueStar stoves and to translate the internal manufacturer jargon into plain English. We even prepared a video with great visuals so you can choose your stove with confidence.

Let's start with the groupings of BlueStar. There are 4 series of ranges in the catalog (considering Sealed Burner ranges are a small subset of Culinary series):

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BlueStar Range - Overview

Series Main Features Price
Culinary (RCS) 15K BTU's Nova Open Burners and Precise Simmer. Limited customization for knobs only 30/36in starting $3,695
Sealed Burner Subset of Culinary Series, features 21K, 18K, 15K BTU burners as well as Precise Simmer Burners, Limited customization for knobs only 24/30/36in starting $3,195
Precious Metals Where the real BlueStar starts, French door oven, 22K BTU UltraNova burners, Precise Simmer Burner, Full customization for cooktop, trim, 750+ color options 30/36in starting $6,425
Nova (RNB) 22K BTU UltraNova burners, Precise Simmer Burner, Full customization for cooktop, trim, 750+ color options with dropdown door 24/30/36/48/60in starting $4,475
Platinum Dropdown door oven, Most powerful 25K BTU PrimaNova burners, Precise Simmer Burner, PowerR Oven, Interchangeable Griddle vs Charbroiler, Full customization for cooktop, trim, 750+ color options 24/30/36/48/60in starting $5,595

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Top 3 Reason Why You Should Choose a BlueStar Range

(1) Power and Versatility

With BlueStar ranges, you have the power to transform your kitchen into a magically creative realm. Have fun experimenting and trying new things while preparing healthy dishes for you and your family. It's easy to keep your loved ones happy and in good health with the most deliciously prepared meals. BlueStar's unique burners give you not only precise control but also power that ranges from 15K BTU to 25K BTU. In addition, the infrared broiler is hands down commercial quality.

(2) Deep Customization Options - Personalize with your favorite colors, knobs, doors, and cooking surfaces

Many swoon when they hear about BlueStar's customization options. You can customize the entire range from the trim all the way down to the knobs. Choose between dropdown or French doors and set up burner configurations exactly how you want them – even choose between open or sealed burners. Into custom colors? Send a swatch to BlueStar and their factory will whip up a stove just for you in that color. You can even tailor the ventilation: the high-performance BlueStar hood can be customized from the coloring to the spacing of the rivets and bands.

(3) US Craftsmanship for more than 100 years

All items are handmade in Pennsylvania, as BlueStar has done since the 1880s.

Apart from ranges, BlueStar makes excellent commercial-quality wall ovens. You might want to check out the especially popular French door ovens. BlueStar has also started making built-in refrigerators that compliment the rest of the line-up.


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The PowR Oven - Faster pre-heating, even consistent results, with the only gas powered range on the market to feature true european convection cooking:

Available on the Platinum series ranges exclusively, BlueStar's PowR oven is truly unique in the industry. These ranges feature a patented power burner, which is a powerful infrared gas heating element surrounding the convection fan at the back of the range. These ranges also feature an infrared broiler capable of 1850 degree temperatures. There are no additional heating elements at the bottom of Platinum Series ovens – just the power burner and the 1850°F infrared broiler. The unique design allows for faster pre-heating times and even consistent cooking results.

Only gas range on the market with True European Convection

Convection is one of the most desired features in a new range, however not all convection is created equally. At it's core, convection cooking is just a fan in the oven that helps to circulate air reducing hotspots for more consistent results (especially when baking), even cooking, and faster cooking times. The best type of convection is called true convection (or European convection). Rather than just circulating hot air, true convection ovens also have a dedicated heating element that is coiled around the fan, allowing the convection fan itself to generate heat. This allows for even more control over the temperature of air being distributed by the convection fan for even more precise consistent temperatures. Unfortunately true convection is typically only available on electric ranges since it's impossible to have a flame coiled around a convection fan in the same way an electric element could be. BlueStar solves this issue with their infrared power burner.

40% Faster Pre-Heating

Raise your hand if you get impatient while waiting for your oven to preheat. We know. PowR Ovens preheat 40% faster than your average, everyday oven. During preheat, the power burner is on at full force.

How does the PowR oven affect my recipes and cooktimes?

Many people ask us if a PowR oven will change the cook time of their recipes. We always recommend using the temperature guidance on the recipe as a starting point. In general, lighter or smaller dishes (cookies, muffins, thin layer cakes) maintain the same amount of time as your traditional recipe. However, denser dishes will cook faster in a PowR oven.

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Distinctive Burners:

The UltraNova burner lets loose 22,000 BTUs of cooking power and is perfect for a quick boil, high-heat sear, or perfect sauté. The 130° simmer burner easily melts chocolate and can gently warm delicious sauces and soups. You can use integrated wok cooking on any burner, and BlueStar burners and full-motion grates are porcelain-coated cast iron, ensuring durability.

Available only for the Platinum Series, the 25,000 BTU PrimaNova burners deliver high, concentrated heat – perfect for searing or boiling water super fast. The 22,000 BTU, 18,000 BTU, 15,000 BTU, and 130°F simmer burners give you even more control and precision. The unique BlueStar open burner system ensures maximum efficiency and provides intense heat evenly distributed across the bottom of the pan.

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Unmatched Customization:

You have so many choices! There are more than 750+ colors and 10 metal trims (including brass and copper) that allow you to tailor your oven to fit the exact look you want in your kitchen.

What are the benefits of a French door oven?

Here's the best thing: placing dishes on the racks and pulling them out is much easier and safer. You won't risk burning your elbows or singeing your forearms.

Extra-large Convection Oven with an Infrared Broiler:

BlueStar ovens easily fit full-size commercial sheet pans so that you can bake all the things you want quickly and efficiently. The unique oven baffle design and fan system result in even heat distribution for precise, accurate baking. Plus, our 15,000 BTU infrared broiler produces 1850°F of intense searing heat, enabling you to broil to perfection in a flash.

What is a French top cooktop?

It's 24x24 of heavy flat cast iron or rolled steel with a high-powered gas burner is under the flat top. The center of the top typically has an 8 to 9-inch removable ring with additional rings surrounding it. The center ring is the hottest location and can be removed for high-temperature cooking with a wok. The heat weakens as you move away from the center ring, so the outer ring area is good for simmering soups and the outer edges are perfect for melting butter and chocolates.

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The real advantage is to simmer and hold temperature. You can cook multiple items on one burner because each area has a different temperature.

The tops are cast iron or rolled steel so they need to be seasoned to stay clean (just like a griddle). However, because the burner is under the steel itself, it can be hard to know when it's on without looking carefully.

Interchangeable griddle/grill

When it comes to the Platinum Series, there is no need to choose between only burners or griddles/charbroilers. Each of these ranges come standard with all burners and includes a useful cast-iron Interchangeable Griddle and Charbroiler system. This gives you a ton of flexibility: you can remove 2 burners and place the griddle or charbroiler anywhere on the range. You can interchange the two components based on the day’s menu, and enjoy dual zone cooking with up to 40,000 BTUs of heat on four unique cooking surfaces

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More on the Ranges:

The extra-large convection oven comes with an 1850°F infrared broiler that accommodates a full size 18" x 26" commercial baking sheet. There is also a precise 130°F simmer burner.

The Platinum Series comes in six unique colors: Infused Copper, Statuary Bronze, Ginger Spice, Enchanted Silver, Enchanted Sand, and Matte Black.


BlueStar Range Top Picks

All champions need the right tools. And while BlueStar provides a huge array of choice and customization, we have a few picks that we think are the best value for you and your family.

Top Picks Table

1) RCS366BV2 - BlueStar Culinary (RCS) Series 36" Gas Range

With Convection and 6 Open Burners

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This range comes equipped with the restaurant style 15,000 BTU Nova™ open burners and the precise 130°F simmer burner. It also enables integrated wok cooking with no wok ring required. The convection oven is extra large, and with an 1850°F infrared broiler that accommodates a full size 18" x 26" commercial baking sheet, you'll never be short of power. This model, however, is available in stainless steel only.


2) RNB488BV2NG - BlueStar Nova (RNB) Series 48" Gas Range

*With Convection and 8 Open Burners

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Need a little more power? With 22,000 BTU UltraNova open burners, you'll boil water in a flash, sear meats like a pro, and sauté all day. This model also comes with the precise 130°F simmer burner, so you can melt chocolate and keep all your soups and sauces hot. Integrated wok cooking is available on any part of the stove.

The extra-large convection oven fits a 18" x 26" commercial baking sheet and with a mega-powerful 15,000 BTU 1850° infrared broiler you can to broil to perfection in just a matter of minutes. Choose from all burners or add an integrated griddle, charbroiler or French Top. This model is available in 750+ colors & finishes and has choices of door options.


3) BSP488BNG - BlueStar Platinum Series 48" Gas Range

With Ultra Powerful PrimaNova Burners, PowR Oven, Interchangeable Griddle Charbroiler

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The Excalibur of ovens. With 25,000 BTU PrimaNova open burners that are only available on the Platinum Series, you'll have the power of any commercial kitchen at your disposal. This model comes with eight burners: 22,000 BTU, 18,000 BTU, 15,000 BTU, and a 130°F simmer burner. With the this model's innovative Interchangeable Griddle/Charbroiler, there is no need to choose between all burners or griddles/charbroilers on your range – you can have it all. Enjoy the ultimate in flexibility: remove 2 burners and place the griddle or charbroiler anywhere on the range. Interchange the two components based on the day’s menu, and enjoy dual zone cooking with up to 40,000 BTUs of heat on four unique cooking surfaces. There is also integrated wok cooking.

This oven is phenomenal: a true European convection oven that fits 18" x 26" baking sheet. And with PowR Oven, you'll preheat 40% faster and boost your oven's efficiency by 30%. There's no limit to what delicious foods you can create.

Also, comes in popular 36-inch width as BSP366B.


Bonus - Specialy Product the Salamander Broiler

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The BlueStar Salamander Broiler adds a high-performance, commercial quality to your home kitchen.

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4 Position Grilling Rack: The four-position, adjustable grilling rack delivers impressive results. From “Pittsburgh-rare” steaks to crispy chicken or delicately broiled crab cakes, you can make your favorite dishes in about half the cooking time.

2 Ceramic Burners: There are two independently controlled 11,000 BTU infrared ceramic burners keeping things hot.

Additional Features: There are 215 square inches of cooking space, an automatic electronic ignition, and a re-ignition system.


Conclusion

Food is one of the ultimate pleasures in life, a key to happiness, and the way we bond with our loved ones. As the champion of the kitchen, lionheart of your home, the right tools can help you cook more delicious dishes with less effort. Investing in a BlueStar range isn't just buying an oven; it's investing in enjoying your skills as a chef and prioritizing the health and happiness of the ones you care about most.

We noticed that most of our customers who have chosen a Bluestar range aspire to have fun, try new things and really experience cooking. Bluestar unlocks various cooking methods for you and helps you maintain your culinary bragging rights in the family.


FAQs

Does BlueStar make sealed burner ranges?

Yes, BlueStar makes a limited number of sealed burner ranges under the Culinary series. Sealed burner cookting surfaces are easier to clean but most chefs prefer open burners to have better control on the flame distribution.

Is the grill or griddle electric or gas?

BlueStar ranges feature gas grills and griddles as opposed to other manufacturers in the pro-range circuit. Companies such as Wolf range, Thermador, Viking and Miele feature electric infrared options.

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