WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A PROFESSIONAL-STYLE RANGE?
The versatility, power and cooking precision of commercial-style ranges offer plenty of benefits for the creative home cook. If you want more space to create, premium features and high-end design, consider a pro-style range, but make sure your kitchen has what it needs to support this style of appliance.
More cooking space
If you ever need to bake, broil, sear and saute all at once, a commercial-style range won’t come up short on space. These ranges are available in extra-large sizes that go well beyond the standard 30-inch widths. That extra width often comes with extra burners and increased oven capacity. For example, the KitchenAid® 48" Smart Commercial-Style Gas Range features six burners and a griddle on the stovetop along with two oven compartments, totaling 6.3 cubic feet of capacity.
Some commercial-style ranges come equipped with a built-in flat cooking surface ideal for browning, searing and crisping. For instance, the KitchenAid® Chrome-Infused Electric Griddle features quick preheating and selectable temperature levels. The smooth, recessed surface assists your technique—making it easy to flip even delicate foods—and provides plenty of room to cook for a crowd.
High heat and low heat burners
Commercial-style ranges tend to take the heat up a notch with multiple types of burners. Expect at least one burner with a high BTU (British Thermal Units) rating, which measures the amount of heat a gas burner can produce, as well as low and medium BTU burners. High heat helps aid successful searing, sautéing, stir-frying and bringing large stock pots to a rolling boil. Low heat is ideal for holding a steady simmer and gradually melting ingredients. Select KitchenAid® commercial-style range burners reach from 5,000 up to 20,000 BTUs.
Professional-inspired design details give these ranges a powerful yet modern look with a haute cuisine feel. Large front-control knobs, heavy-duty grates, and no or minimal backguard can be found on many commercial-style ranges.
Dual fuel options
While standard ranges are also available in dual fuel models, they are widely available in the commercial-style category. Dual fuel ranges satisfy the needs of the most demanding cooks by combining the responsive control of a gas cooking surface with the consistent baking, roasting and broiling of an electric oven.
For culinary adventurers who are always exploring new techniques, commercial-style ranges can open up exciting possibilities. KitchenAid® models, for instance, have convertible grates that you can adjust according to your cooking technique. Leave the grate level for high-heat searing and sautéing, flip it over and lift your pan above the flame to simmer and melt or remove it to nestle a round-bottom wok in the flame for a stir-fry. Convection cooking is also very common in commercial-style ranges, along with sealed burners and easy glide rollout racks.