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Wolf Range Review - Leading the Pack in High-End Kitchen Stoves

Since the 1930s, Wolf brand ranges have been synonymous with high-end restaurants and commercial kitchens. Back in 2000, appliance brand Sub-Zero acquired Wolf and blended their own expertise in commercial performance for modern Wolf ranges with a focus on residential use.

But what exactly is it that makes Wolf the gold standard when it comes to luxury ranges?

  • Iconic, distinctive design featuring sturdy looks and unmistakable red knobs
  • Power and control from high-temperatures to simmer and everything in-between, thanks to dual stacked burners
  • Consistent temperature inside the dual convection oven, generating moist heat that baking lovers absolutely cherish

Wolf ranges feature many combinations of tops from all-burner to griddle, charbroil grill to French top or even induction styles. They come in standard sizes including 30”, 36”, 48” and 60”.

Let’s take an in-depth look at some of the most important, powerful and impressive features of the modern Wolf line of ranges.

Wolf Gas Range Features

Wolf gas ranges are the staple of Wolf family of cooking products. Apart from their professional look the following features distinguish them in the market.

Grates

Each Wolf range features porcelain coated cast-iron grates that sit on tiny silicon feet to prevent scratching. Grates are arranged in a continuous formation to allow you to slide pots and pans off and onto heat while cooking.

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Ignition

A dependable spark ignition system controls each burner individually. This means that only the burner you want to use will spark, which eliminates a common issue in other gas ranges of the irritating clicking sound. Additionally, the spark ignition system re-ignites the burner if the flame goes out, ensuring safety and convenience.

Iconic Red Knobs

Those can’t-miss red knobs are not just a style statement—they also offer infinite controls from simmer to high-BTU operation. Wolf also offers the option of configuring the knobs in black or stainless steel.

Wolf Iconic Red Knobs

Powerful Burners with Precise Flame Controls

Wolf burners are legendary for their performance. You’ll love the sealed burner system which makes cleaning small areas super easy. All Wolf ranges feature a 9,200 BTU burner for smaller sized pots. Depending on the model you choose, you can also enjoy 15,000 to 20,000 BTU burners. When it comes to simmering, you’ll find all Wolf burners are dual stacked and come with a super low simmer ability, as little as 300 BTUs. That level of precision, from the low simmer to the infinite customizability of flame size and heat, is truly what sets Wolf ranges apart from the rest.

Wolf Dual Stacked Burner Vanity

Wolf sealed burners are powerful yet they are easy to clean.

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Charbroil Grill

Looking to BBQ but snow or rain makes outdoor grilling a non-starter? The Wolf charbroiler grill features a 16,000 BTU infrared burner specifically designed to emit intense heat for grilling. This allows you to sear the outer edges of your food and seal-in that juicy flavor. It’s recommended that you cook food directly on the charbroiler grate without cookware, allowing for that authentic grill-seared experience. In order to regulate indirect heat variables, you can even use the blank-off plate provided with your Wolf range. This amazing performance tool requires a quick 10-minute pre-heat time.

The one-of-a-kind charbroiler grill option sets Wolf apart from the pack once more, as every other brand but Miele uses a standard electric grill that can be found in oven broilers.

Wolf Charbroil Grill

Griddle

Wolf ranges with a griddle feature 15,000 BTU of infrared power. The griddle is thermostatically controlled to maintain consistent temperatures throughout the entire surface. Want that double-griddle action? Wolf has you covered, allowing you to reach 30,000 BTUs of cooking power. And once you season your griddle, it will be good to go for years to come.

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French Top

A French top is a circular cooking surface with 15,000 BTUs of power, featuring multiple heat-zones from low to high. The highest temperature is found under the center plate, while the areas closer to the edge are lower. Many consumers believe the French top is meant to be used as a griddle, but it’s actually designed to be used with cookware.

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Wolf Oven Features

Design and Power Combined

Wolf’s signature design aesthetic, featuring cobalt blue porcelain to create a beautiful cooking backdrop in the oven interior, is second to none. But it’s not just about looks—you’ll also notice the ultra-fast preheat time on Wolf machines thanks to intense infrared heat. Meanwhile, the oven boasts a 30,000BTU bake and 18,000 BTU infrared broil feature. That’s a whole lot of power in your oven.

Large Oven Cavity

Even on Wolf’s 30” ovens, the large interior is a hallmark feature. You can easily handle any sized Thanksgiving turkey in any Wolf machine. Need to feed an army? Spring for the 36” range with a supersized, 5.5 cubic ft. oven. You’ll have more cooking space than you know what to do with.

Twin Convection for Even Temperature Distribution

Not only do dual blowers circulate heat, but even the convection motor has an independent temperature sensor to allow the motor to kick on anytime its needed to provide even temperatures in the oven cavity. Many competitors have dual fans, but none offer independent temperature controls. Wolf leads the pack once more.

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Soft Motion Door for Safety

The exclusive Wolf spring and damper door system prevents the door from snapping closed or opening abruptly.

What About Wolf Dual-Fuel Ranges?

Dual fuel ranges (gas cooking surface and electric oven) have been popular with avid cooks as they provide most consistent results especially when baking. (refer to our earlier article for more information on gas vs. dual fuel ranges)

Wolf has engineered dual fuel ranges with these additional features you’ll love:

Powerful Burners

Dual Fuel ranges feature 33% more power on the burners. Where the max BTU on the all gas ranges is 15,000 Dual Fuel ranges present a 20,000 BTU burner.

Coaxial Oven Knob

The oven knob itself displays temperature and time, which is a useful and downright cool feature.

Wolf Dual Fuel Range Oven Knob

Pivoting Control Panel

Set your temperature or cooking mode with the ease of a touchscreen, then rotate the control pane discretely out of sight when not in use. You’ll also notice the 10 program modes on the pane, which include: bake, roast, broil, convection, convection bake, convection roast, convection broil, proof, bakestone and dehydration.

Note: Bakestone and dehydration require optional accessories available from Wolf.

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Temperature Probe

No need to open the oven to check temperatures—the temperature probe built into dual fuel ranges alerts you when your dish has reached the desired internal temperature.

Luxury Racking

Each dual fuel range offers three racks—one full-extension, easy glide rack featuring ball bearing design, one full-extension door glide, and one standard rack.

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Wolf Induction Ranges

Induction ranges are becoming more and more popular in the USA as they provide myriad of benefits over their gas counterparts.

  • Precise control on heat
  • Faster boil results
  • Super low simmer temperature (i.e. you will not scorch your sauces. Our favorite live display in our showroom is to keep chocholate in melted state for hours.)
  • Technology that senses pan/pot size so no heat is wasted and energy is transferred to the cooking vessel exactly at the touch points
  • Safe - induction burners are cool to the touch
  • Easy to clean, durable ceran glass surface
  • Ability to combine heating elements in a bridge format to handle larger pots and pans

Wolf introduced induction ranges in 2016. It is the only brand with a 36" induction range option.

In terms of the design, Wolf induction ranges come in two different handle styles - transitionsal thin round handles or thicker professional handles.

Wolf induction range ovens are electric and share the same features as that of Wolf Dual Fuel ranges.

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The Power of Wolf Design

All Wolf ranges feature matching pro-handles that effortlessly complement existing refrigerators and ovens. Meanwhile, the sides are finished with gorgeously high-quality stainless steel, while decorative front legs and casters in the back offer ease of service and placement.

Wolf ranges also come standard with flush trims along the backside. This helps you expose your decorative backsplash along your kitchen wall. You can also mount restaurant-style stainless steel backguards on your Wolf range with 5”, 10” or 20” risers.

Wolf Quality and Service

Each and every Wolf machine is rigorously tested in their U.S. manufacturing facilities to withstand decades of active use. And if you do have any issues? Wolf’s 24/7 support team in Madison, WI is just steps from the factory floor and just a phone call away, so you’ll always have the expert information you need, any time of the day or night.

Wolf is also respected for its lightning-fast turnaround on support and customer service requests, so you won’t wait weeks for an answer to your question.

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Conclusion

Aside from the high-end quality that’s apparent in every feature and corner of each Wolf range, their performance is unparalleled in the kitchen appliance market. A high-end range is no small purchase, and Wolf customers benefit from the joy that comes from knowing they’ve purchased from a company with a true passion for cooking that will be backed up by a lifetime of premium service for their luxury machine.

Wolf is the only kitchen appliance manufacturer that’s dedicated to its customers for life. That means you enjoy not only the satisfaction of buying the best range available in the world, but the best customer service in the world as well. And that’s enough to put a smile on anyone’s face the next time they cook.

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Wolf FAQs

What is a dual stacked burner?

Wolf’s patented dual-stacked burner design means that you essentially get two burners in one. The upper tier of the burner produces up to 20,000 BTU power for faster boils or for searing multiple steaks at once. Meanwhile, the lower tier allows for a gentle flame mode as low as 300 BTUs for simmering and melting.

What is the difference between the GR304 model and the DF304?

Here are the main distinctions between these two models:

  • Wolf GR304 has a gas cooktop and all gas oven. Whereas DF304 has a gas cooktop and an electric oven.
  • GR304 features 4 sealed burners with 9,2000; 15,000; 15,000; 15,000 BTU's
  • DF304 features 4 sealed burners with 9,2000; 15,000; 18,000; 20,000 BTU's
  • DF304 features the coaxial oven knob which displays key stats such as oven temperature. On GR304 oven temperature is set via a manual dial.
  • Tilting touchscreen panel on DF304 is ergonomic and gives access to 10 program modes. In addition, self-clean is an important convenience on this range. Full-extension luxury glide rack comes out of the box with Dual Fuel ranges.

Are all burners the same on Wolf ranges?

Many people would like to see a variety of burners on their cooking surface to match their pot/pan size. We noticed that some pro-ranges come with same size and super powerful burners. While it is nice to have the power, the downside is when using smaller pots and pans you will inevitably melt handles of your cookware.

Wolf ranges always include a smaller burner on their cooking surface. In addition, all gas ranges have 15K BTU burners. However, dual fuel ranges feature a combination of 15K, 18K and 20K BTU burners.

Special Note on 48” & 60" Ranges

Wolf 48” gas range models feature two ovens, one with an 18” width and another with 30” width. The 18” oven is a standard radiant oven, rather than convection.

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In 60" models you will get 2 fully featured 30" convection ovens.

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