Deborah Krasner, author of Kitchens for Cooks, offers the following basic points to consider when selecting a commercial-style range for home use:
A major difference in commercial-style ranges is BTU's. The commercial-style range will be 2 to 3 times more powerful than an ordinary home model. Look for models from manufacturers such as Jenn Air, Viking, Thermador, Dacor, Garland, Wolf, and the General Electric Monogram line. Retail prices will vary greatly. Once you've decided on a particular model, shop around. Examples of what you can expect to pay include:
- $2,000 range: semi-professional models from Jenn Air and the General Electric Monogram line.
- $4,000-6,000 range: Viking, Thermador, Dacor
- $6,000 and Up: Garland and Wolf