A Thermador range combines culinary innovation with style and luxury. In 2019 Thermador released a full line-up of new high end stoves with premium features. Still, you will not miss the unique shape of Thermador's efficient burners (called star burners). Features such as the ExtraLow simmer will give you precise control along with cooking power. Overall, whether you are an aspiring home-chef or an expert cook you will enjoy cooking with a Thermador range.
The company was founded in 1916 and has been a vital trendsetter in cooking technologies ever since. After all, it is the first pro-stove introduced for the residential market. In 1998 Thermador was acquired by the German manufacturer Bosch (BSH).
The marriage has been very successful as Thermador kept its US only manufacturing capabilities intact and expanded its product line to cover the entire kitchen from dishwashers to refrigerators. Thermador ranges come in 2 major series, Pro-Harmony the 24-inch depth range which sits flush to standard cabinets or the more powerful Pro-Grand with its 27-inch commercial depth. Below is a table which gives you a quick overview of the product line-up.
|Pro Harmony All Gas:||24-inch depth, gas oven that is flush with standard cabinets and the bullnose stands slightly proud for visual effect. Star Burners 2 of which have ExtraLow Simmer, Convection Oven. Comes in 30-inch width with 4 or 5 burner (featuring 18K BTU burner) options, 36-inch ranges have 6 burners or 4 burners with grill or griddle options. They also incorporate self-clean ovens, 48-inch ranges have 8 burners or 6 burners with grill or griddle options or 4 burners with grill and griddle combination.||Starting at $4,849 (free dishwasher)|
|Pro Harmony Dual Fuel:||24 inch depth, electric oven is flush with standard cabinets and the bullnose stands slightly proud for visual effect. Star Burners 2 of which have ExtraLow Simmer, Convection and Self-Clean Oven. Comes in 30-inch width with 4 or 5 burner options, 36-inch ranges have 6 burners or 4 burners with grill or griddle options, 48-inch ranges have 8 burners or 6 burners with grill or griddle options or 4 burners with grill and griddle combination.||Starting at $6,199 (free dishwasher)|
|Pro Grand All Gas:||27-inch commercial depth, Extra large gas oven fits commercial baking sheet. Star Burners 4 of which have ExtraLow Simmer, Convection & Self Clean Oven. Comes in 36-inch width, 6 burners or 4 burners with grill or griddle options, 48-inch ranges have 8 burners or 6 burners with grill or griddle options or 4 burners (featuring 22K BTU burner) with grill and griddle combination.||Starting at $8,099 (free dishwasher)|
|Pro Grand Dual Fuel:||All features of the gas ranges. Features the only steam and convection oven combination in select models. The selection includes induction cooktop burners in some models without depriving you from regular gas cooktop. Warming drawer in 48-inch and 60-inch models.||Starting at $8,099 (free dishwasher)|
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Pro Harmony vs Pro Grand Range Differences
|Depth||24-inches flush with cabinets||27-inches commercial depth|
|Extra Low Simmer||On 2 burners||On 4 burners|
|Maximum Burner Power||18,000 BTU's||22,000 BTU's|
|Oven Options||Gas or Electric||Gas or Electric or Steam|
|Cooktop Options||Grill, Griddle||Grill, Griddle, Induction|
3 Important factors to consider when shopping for a new range
(1) Fundamentals - Size and Fuel Type
Stoves come in different sizes and fuel types. It is imperative that we check our installation space to make sure we are ready for a new Thermador range.
The Width Standard width's for Thermador ranges are 30-inch, 36-inch, 48-inch, or 60-inch. Among these choices, you can select either a Pro Harmony range with counter depth box to achieve a modern, flush with cabinets look, or a Pro Grand range (with more powerful burners) that can accommodate a commercial baking sheet thanks to the 27-inch depth.
Fuel Type Thermador ranges generally come as all gas or dual fuel. Gas ranges use natural gas or propane (commonly referred to as LP) both on the cooktop as well as in the oven. Dual Fuel ranges use 220V electric for the oven and gas for the cooktop. In case you choose a dual fuel range you need to make sure you have proper electrical voltage and power.
Just in case you need more information gas vs. dual fuel ranges please check out our earlier blog post.*
As a rule of thumb, electric ovens heat faster and offer more precise temperature control. If you bake a lot, you will appreciate the uniform temperature in your oven which will help you get consistent results every time.
Thermador offers an induction cooking element next to gas burners as an option. These ranges are part of the Dual Fuel family and require a 220V electrical connection.
Steam Some Thermador stoves feature steam cooking. You need to make sure your plumber has pulled a waterline to the location so you can take advantage of this great feature.
A point we can't stress enough: even if you have enough space in your kitchen for a new range, think carefully about how you are going to bring it into the kitchen. Measure your doorways, tight turns, and anything else that might get into the way so that you avoid delivery problems.
(2) How do you like to cook?
Starting with the 36-inch ranges, you can mix and match cooktop combinations with gas burners, griddles, grills, and induction elements.
If you have a big family and cook mostly with pans, you may appreciate having a 5th or a 6th burner. If you have large size pots and pans a Pro-Grand range with extra width might give you more space to work.
Built-in griddles are helpful if you want to streamline your pancake breakfast for your family. You can use the griddle for many other dishes. Built-in grills are equally convenient for meat and fish.
Do you like to bake? Consider dual-fuel ranges for more power and control in the oven. Finally, dual ovens on 48-inch or 60-inch Thermador ranges become handy when preparing different meals at the same time. Customize your Thermador and get what you need!
(3) How easy is it to clean your oven?
Let's face it, cooking can be messy, and it's nice to have a clean kitchen. Electric cooktops are the easiest to clean since there is a smooth glass surface – you only need to wipe them down gently. Gas cooktops are a little more tricky since you need to clean the surface, grates and the burners. Thermador uses a durable coating on the base to fight off food stains. QuickClean Base also offers plenty of space under the burners for a good sponge clean. As for the ovens, you can wrap up the self-clean process in Thermador ranges in about 2,5 hours (one of the fastest in the industry).
Thermador Ranges Explained in Plain English
Pro Harmony vs. Pro Grand Ranges
Pro Harmony and Pro Grand are two different concepts with many standard features as well as some noteworthy differences.
Thermador Pro Grand ranges offer commercial depth at 27-inches and come with extra powerful burners at 22,000 BTU's. If you like to use large commercial cooking sheets this series would be ideal for you. Besides, you will have more surface on the continuous grates to shuffle your large pots and pans.
Pro Harmony ranges, on the other hand, offer a sleek fit and seamless design options. 18,000 BTU burners are more than adequate to handle all cooking tasks in the kitchen.
Pedestal Star Burner
A Thermador exclusive: star-shaped Thermador burners cover more area than standard circular ones, allowing better flame distribution, fewer cold spots, and more even heat distribution. This allows for 56% more coverage on the bottom of your pots and pans and gives you more control.
Innovative ExtraLow Burner
ExtraLow stabilizes burner temperature around 100F by cycling the flame on and off automatically. This simple yet innovative approach is excellent for simmering, melting chocolate without burning, and keeping your food warm.
Extra Power Burner
Thermador Pro Grand Ranges have the extra power on Star Burners. Instead of standard 18.000 BTU, Star Burners bump it up to 22.000 BTU and provide rapid boiling and faster heating.
The QuickClean Base with its elevated pedestal star burners provides easier cleaning – with this innovation, it’s easy to reach every inch of the surface.
Thermador Liberty™ Induction Module
The induction zone heats only the surface touching your pan, meaning that no heat goes to waste. The heatshift feature of Thermador adjusts the temperature automatically when you move a pot from one zone to another.
Full Access® Telescopic Racks
Thermador racks are sturdy and can glide perfectly even when a large turkey is weighing on them (up to 45 lb capacity). Telescopic racks also feature easy-grip handles.
Dual Fuel Steam Oven
Thermador Dual Fuel Steam Ranges offer multiple choices. You can select steam, convection, or steam and convection together. Additionally, electric ovens have precise temperature control. Thanks to these options, your meal will stay tender on the inside while nice and crisp on the outside.
Self Clean and Quick Self Clean
In just 2 hours, including cooling time, self-cleaning burns away the dirt in the oven. After the self-cleaning process, you only need to wipe off the dust. Thermadors Quick Self Clean is the fastest self-cleaning oven option currently on the market.
All Thermador ranges come with self-clean option with the exception of the 30-inch all-gas ranges.
What Does Color TFT Display Mean?
We come across the term TFT a lot in marketing materials. We know that Thermador ranges have a cool control screen but what does TFT mean anyway? TFT stands for "thin-film-transistor" liquid-crystal display. A giant improvement over your father's LCD display with sharper images and touch screen controls. Thermador's touchscreen color TFT display is fully functional and adds a modern look to the new Thermador range family. It has a user-friendly interface that you can adjust the timer, monitor temperature of the oven, and the CookControl metal probe.
Soft Close Door
Thermador uses a hydraulic system for both the oven and warming drawer doors, ensuring the door closes smoothly. It's convenient since we all sometimes close the door a little too hard by accident.
60 inch and 48 inch Pro Grand Thermador Ranges have warming drawers. You can place up to 10 dinner plates full of food into this drawer, and they stay warm without getting overcooked.
Single Fan True Convection Oven
Thermador calls their design "Speed Convection System". This system is so efficient that it reduces cooking times of frozen foods considerably (30% faster according to product literature). Cook your creations evenly, and in less time.
Convection Bake offers precise multi-level baking results. The Third Element Convection promotes airflow on multiple levels without flavor transfer.
Extended Bake Oven Mode is ideal for slow cooking or Sabbath use. The electronic oven control ensures precise heating and the large oven door window is excellent for maximum viewing. Also, the pre-programmed easy cooking programs automatically set the oven temperature and humidity to provide perfect cooking results.
Multi-Point Meat Probe
New Thermador meat probe can measure the temperature from 3 points on its metal surface. This feature helps with the accuracy of measurements. You can monitor the internal temperature of your food from the touch screen panel and maintain precise control.
Griddles with a fusion coated surface and tray are great for cooking pancakes, meats or vegetables. They're easy to clean and fun to use. You can also use them as a grill for meat, fish or vegetables. You can remove the griddle for easy cleaning. The Thermador griddle performs to up to 500 F (1,630 Watts with 6 passes for even heat).
Indoor Grill with Ceramic Briquettes
Interested in 2,000-watt / 800 Fahrenheit Indoor electric grilling? Check out this fusion coating surface, non-stick, non-PTFE, rust-proof cast-aluminum grill. The ceramic briquettes ensure even heat distribution while reducing energy use. There is no infrared surface exposed in the Thermador grill design to eliminate flare-up's.
HomeConnect - Thermador Connected Experience
Use Home Connect™ and take part in an interactive cooking experience. Get notified when your meal is ready to be enjoyed. Pre-heat the oven and adjust settings remotely from your smartphone or by voice.
Home Connect™ also gives you information about appliance features, sends reminders to your smart device, and allows service representatives to run diagnostics remotely when you need help.
Get a Free Dishwasher and More
A Thermador range will undoubtedly change your kitchen's look for the better. But what if you had another Thermador product to go with it? For a limited time, Thermador is giving away a high-end dishwasher ($1,399 in value) for free when you by one range. You can even choose one of the most advanced models of Thermador dishwashers and use the $1,399 as a credit toward it.
If you want to pick the best Thermador dishwasher please check our article and see how you can get the best clean.
In addition, the 1-2-Free promotion as Thermador calls it gets better with the purchase of a Thermador fridge. The addition of the fridge will get you a great ventilation system for free.
Pro Style Thermador Ranges bring style and precision to your kitchen with loads of useful features. You can easily customize them, tailoring the size, fuel combination, and cooktop and oven pairings to perfectly fit your needs. If you need extra flexibility, cooktop power, and a larger oven, consider Thermador ProGrand Ranges – they offer steam ovens and dual-oven range options and the 36-inch and 48-inch ProGrand ranges have induction cooktops and gas burner combinations. However, if you’re looking for 24 inch depth, flush with a standard cabinet range that fits your kitchen perfectly, ProHarmony is the way to go. Either way, for a limited time, a free $1,399 Thermador dishwasher comes with your new range. Awesome, right?
Does Thermador make induction ranges?
Thermador does not make all induction ranges. However, the Thermador Pro Grand 48" and 60" have the option to configure cooktop surfaces with induction in addition to gas. This makes ranges such as PRD48WDSGU very valuable and versatile.
If you are interested in induction cooking check out our recent blog post on best induction cooktops
What changed from 2018 model ranges to 2019?
For the new year, Thermador has gotten a new look in the front. They've added more high tech features, like a new TFT touch color control panel and 3 Point Temperature Probe. They've also included backburners with a lower BTU so to not to damage tiles, and have gained StarK certification.
Are Thermador Ranges Star-K Certified?
Yes. Star-K certification is part of the offering.
Are Thermador Ranges Reliable?
Since 2012 all Thermador ranges come with an industry leading free 2-year comprehensive factory warranty. Although we field many calls from customers who are looking to update and replace their 18-20 year old Thermador appliances, we could not find any touts from the manufacturer that boasts extraordinary longevity that comes with this high-end product-line.
Do Thermador Ranges Come in Color?
At this time Thermador ranges only come in Stainless Steel color.
Where are Thermador ranges made?
Thermador ranges are made in the US.
How Do I Get Blue Knobs on my Thermador Range?
Blue knobs are a great accessory on Thermador ranges. As your sales person to order you these knobs so you can have the option to use the standard stainless steel knobs as well as the blue knobs on your stove.