Why a Wolf stove? The iconic Wolf range branded with the signature red knobs reigns supreme and is the gold standard for home cooks everywhere. With a growing interest in gourmet home cooking and entertaining, home cooks seek efficiency, durability, and performance with high-end design elements to outfit their dream kitchens.
Although the Wolf range has always been synonymous with high-end stoves in commercial kitchens, once Sub-Zero acquired Wolf in 2000, the commercial quality and performance of Wolf stove were finally available for the home. But, what is it precisely about Wolf ranges that set the bar? In this article, in conjunction with visually rich videos we’ll examine this best gas range and stove manufacturer.
3 Reasons Why Home Chefs Prefer the Wolf Range
- 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
The Wolf Stove comes in 3 series - All Gas range, Dual Fuel range and Induction range. There are some subtle style differences among the three series. By and large you will not miss a Wolf Range with its signature red knobs (don't worry Wolf gives you the ability to customize your knob colors). Wolf stove top's feature combinations such as all-burners, griddle, charbroil grill, French top and glass electric induction. These ranges come in standard sizes including 30, 36, 48 and 60 inches.
Overview of Wolf Range - 3 Series
|Wolf Gas Ranges:||Dual Stacked Sealed Burners, Convection Oven Wolf 30 in Gas Ranges come with 4 burners, 36 in Gas Ranges have 6 burners or can be configured as 4 burners plus an infrared charbroiler or a griddle. 48 in Wolf Gas Ranges have myriad configurations 8 burners, 6 burners with grill or griddle, 4 burners with double griddle or grill and griddle. 60 in Gas Ranges come with 6 burners, grill and griddle, dual griddle or with a French top||Starting at $4,726|
|Wolf Dual Fuel Ranges:||Dual Stacked Sealed Burners, Self Cleaning, Electric Convection Oven Wolf 30 in Dual fuel Ranges come with 4 burners, 36 in Dual Fuel Ranges have 6 burners or can be configured as 4 burners plus an infrared charbroiler or a griddle. 48 in Wolf Dual Fuel Ranges 6 burners with grill or griddle, 4 burners with double griddle, double charbroiler grill or grill and griddle or with a French Top. 60 in ranges come with 6 burners, grill and griddle, dual griddle or with a French top||Starting at $6,480|
|Wolf Induction Ranges:||Technology For Faster and Consistent Results. Comes in 30 inches with Four induction zones and 2 way bridging option or in 36 inches Five induction zones and multiple bridging options. Wolf induction ranges come with a choice of professional handle or transitional handle||Starting at $6,460|
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Let’s take an in-depth look at some of the most important, powerful and impressive features of the modern Wolf ranges by series. We will start with Gas Ranges and continue onto Dual Fuel Ranges and finish with Induction Ranges. Since many features overlap among these 3 series we will spend mosf of the time on the Gas ranges to cover all common features and indicate the difference when we arrive to the next series.
The Wolf Gas Range
The Wolf gas range is the staple of appliances family and the best high-end stove in the market. Apart from its professional look, the following features distinguish this gas stove from its competition:
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.
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.
Powerful Dual Stacked Sealed Burners with Precise Flame Controls
Wolf kitchen stove 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 sealed burners are powerful yet they are easy to clean.
Wolf 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.
The high end 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.
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.
Wolf Range Ovens
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 30,000 BTU 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 oven fan 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.
Soft Motion Door for Safety
The exclusive Wolf spring and damper door system prevents the door from snapping closed or opening abruptly.
We covered both of these ranges in detail in our video reviews. Below you will find the 36" Wolf GR366 in depth review along with great visuals. Under the FAQ section of the article you will find the video related to the 30" GR304.
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. You can 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 20K BTU 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, which is a useful and downright cool feature.
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.
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.
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.
Many people ask us about the differences between the Wolf Dual Fuel Ranges vs. Wolf Gas Ranges. We prepared the following high quality video to explain this topic in detail with great visuals.
Ovens in Dual Fuel Ranges
Wolf Dual Fuel Ranges feature an electric oven. Electric ovens present more cooking options and help maintain extremely consistent heat inside the oven cavity. Therefore, many home cooks prefer electric ovens especially for baking.
Wolf Dual Fuel Ranges feature 10 setting - Bake, Roast, Proof, Dehydrate, Bake Stone, Convection, Convection Bake, Convection Roast, Convection Broil, and Broil.
Self Clean is standard on Dual Fuel Ranges.
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.
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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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 stove 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.
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.
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 DF304.
- Full-extension luxury glide rack comes out of the box with Dual Fuel ranges.
Below is our exclusive Wolf GR304 video review with great visuals:
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.
Where can I see Wolf ranges?
Visit our appliance store in Bedminster NJ or in Montclair NJ to get the most our of your shopping experience. Meet with our knowledgable product experts and let us help you get your dream kitchen.
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.
Are Sub Zero Refrigerators and Wolf the same company?
Yes. Wolf represents the cooking and ventilation portion of kitchen appliances while Sub Zero is the premier refrigeration brand. We cover Sub Zero refrigerators in our blog posts.
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Does Sub Zero Wolf make dishwashers?
Yes. The company launched a new Cove dishwasher brand in 2019 to match the quality and design of its built in refrigerators and pro ranges.
Do Wolf Ranges Come in Color?
At this time Wolf only makes ranges in stainless steel color. All ranges come with the iconic red knobs. You can only customize the knob color at this time on a Wolf range.
How does a Wolf range stack up against Viking?
We get this question a lot. Both brands have been producing great professional grade products to serve home-chefs. We compared the two brands in our exclusive review of Wolf vs Viking ranges.
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