Commercial-Style Ranges for Home Use: Benefits & Considerations
A commercial-style range helps you bring a professional-style, restaurant-inspired look and feel to your home. Designed with the adventurous home cook in mind, these appliances offer premium features and durable materials in sizes and designs that fit your space. Read on to learn more about what a professional-style stove for your home can do and what to consider before buying.
What is a Pro-Style or Commercial-Style Range?
Pro-style or commercial-style ranges offer a restaurant-inspired cooking experience at home. They combine premium features like high-BTU burners and built-in griddles with high-end design elements such as large knobs and heavy-duty grates. Plus, enjoy expanded size and configuration options.
Commercial-style ranges are inspired by professional restaurant kitchens but are intended for exploring your culinary passions at home. Unlike a true commercial range, they’re compatible with typical residential kitchen design and hookups. Learn more about commercial-style stoves for home use by browsing KitchenAid® commercial-style ranges.
Is a Commercial-style Range Best for MY Kitchen?
A commercial-style stove for the home may be the best choice if you like to explore different techniques in the kitchen, make big, multi-dish meals or just want a premium, restaurant-style look. Pro-style ranges bring the size and feel of a professional cooking experience, so if you're always building your skills, a commercial-style range might be for you.
Why Should I Choose a Professional-style Range for My Home?
The versatility, power and cooking precision of commercial-style ranges bring 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. They’re available in extra-large sizes that go well beyond the standard 30-inch widths. That extra width often comes with extra burners and more 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 totalling 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. Expect at least one burner with a high BTU rating (British Thermal Units), 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 restaurant 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 a new technique, commercial-style ranges can open up exciting possibilities. KitchenAid® models, for instance, have convertible grates that you can adjust according to the cooking technique. Leave the grate level for high-heat searing and sautéing, flip it over to lift your pan above the flame to simmer and melt or remove it to nestle a round-bottom wok in the flame for stir-fry. Convection cooking is also very common in commercial-style ranges along with sealed burners and easy glide rollout racks.
Considerations Before Choosing a Pro-Style Range
If you think a professional-style or commercial-style range has what it takes to support all the ways you make, next consider how it might work in your space.
Commercial-style ranges come in standard and large sizes from 30 to 60 inches wide. For example, KitchenAid® models are available in 30", 36" and 48" widths. More space to create means more room to explore and master multiple dishes at once. However, before you purchase your commercial-style range, make sure your space can accommodate its size and weight. Learn more about stove dimensions.
Because commercial-style ranges are so good at turning up the heat, you’ll need ventilation to match. Make sure your vent hood matches the width of the cooking surface below to ensure proper coverage, and check if the BTU rating of the hood matches the combined BTUs of all the burners below. It is typically recommended that the hood be rated at or above the total BTUs of the cooking surface below, but check the manufacturer’s recommendations.
It’s not always necessary to pair a commercial-stye hood with a commercial-style range, but it is important for commercial-style ranges to be paired with sufficient venting power, particularly for people who do a lot of frying, searing and sautéing on the stovetop. KitchenAid® commercial-style vent hoods are designed to work with KitchenAid® commercial-style ranges of the same width so you can be certain you have the right match.
Fuel type and hookups
Many commercial-style stovetop burners are fueled with gas, though some electric and many dual fuel models are available. If you’re looking for the hands-on, pro-style experience of a gas stovetop, you’ll need a dedicated gas line that can be installed by a professional if you don’t already have one. Also, make sure you have an outlet that is 240 volts rather than the standard 120 volts. Always check your desired model’s installation guide for specific install requirements and instructions.
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