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Ask the Editor: Wolf vs. Viking

Wolf range and Viking range

What's the Difference Between Wolf and Viking?


Question: '"Is there somewhere other than Consumer Reports that gives pros and cons about different brand-name appliances? I'm trying to get solid info on Wolf versus Viking."


Answer: To make a very long story short: Wolf offers a stainless steel finish and heavier components; a wider range of Btus for cooking at extreme temperatures; and a two-year full warranty. Viking offers a stainless steel finish plus 23 other colors, a wider range of appliance types, and a three-year full warranty on the Professional Series products or a one-year full warranty on the Designer Series products.

"The number one difference is the build quality," says Chris Athanas, sales manager in the custom kitchen department of Abt Electronics in Glenview, Ill. The dealership carries both Wolf and Viking appliances. "What Wolf does differently than any other company is they use a cast-iron frame. Everyone else uses stamped steel."

The cast iron makes for a durable product that withstands the rigors of shipping and moving and can last 20 to 25 years, says Athanas.

Kirby Holekamp, sales manager for Modern Kitchens in Syracuse, N.Y., agrees, but adds that Wolf appliances, which his company represents, tend to be heavier as a result. If you have an older home, check with your salesperson, designer or installer to be sure the floor joists can support the weight.

He points to the Btu output of the burners as another Wolf advantage. On gas ranges, Wolf's burners provide 500 to 16,000 Btus while Viking's burners provide 1,000 to 15,000 Btus. Athanas doesn't consider it much of a difference, but Holekamp says that cooks who work at extreme temperatures appreciate the extra control.

Viking offers more design possibilities than Wolf, thanks to finishes such as mint julep and cobalt blue, and a 24-inch wide model that makes it possible to have a professional-style range in a small kitchen.

Another neat option from Viking that Wolf doesn't offer: a self-cleaning gas range. This is for chefs who prefer cooking with gas to electric or dual-fuel (gas cooktop, electric oven) but want the self-cleaning feature.

Viking also offers refrigerators, dishwashers, compactors, disposers and countertop appliances. Wolf's sister company, Sub-Zero, however, makes refrigeration appliances.

Prices vary by region and retailer, but comparable Wolf and Viking appliances usually cost within a few hundred dollars of each other, according to Athanas and Holekamp.

One thing your money can't get with Viking: Wolf's trademark red knobs, considered a status symbol in some circles.


Comparing Wolf and Viking



Wolf Appliance Co./

Sub-Zero Freezer Co.



Viking Range Corp.


Major Appliances Offered


Cooktops: electric, gas, induction; modular steamer, fryer and grill



Cooktops: electric, gas, induction




Microwaves: convection, drawer and standard



Microwaves: convection, drawer, standard and microhoods




Outdoor grills: built-in and cart



Outdoor grills: built-in and cart




Ranges: dual-fuel and gas



Ranges: dual-fuel, gas, electric and induction




Rangetops: gas 


Rangetops: gas




Ventilation: downdraft, wall and island hoods; liners 


Ventilation: downdraft, wall and island hoods;, liners, microhoods and recirculating conversion kits




 Wall ovens: electric, steam 


Wall ovens: electric, gas




Warming drawers


 Warming drawers




 Outdoor refrigerator 


Outdoor rangetops, hoods, ovens, cookers, warming drawers, refrigerator, refrigerator drawers, ice machines, cabinetry 




Refrigerators: bottom-mount, side-by-side, freezers, wine cellars, beverage centers, ice makers, refrigerator drawers, freezer drawers, combination drawers 



Refrigerators: bottom-mount, side-by-side, French door, freezers, wine cellars, beverage centers, ice machines, refrigerator drawers 




Compactors, Dishwashers, Disposers





Stainless steel. 


 Stainless steel, black, white, biscuit, stone gray, graphite gray, burgundy, lemonade, Viking blue, cobalt blue, metallic silver, taupe, cotton white, oyster gray, golden mist, sage, mint julep, sea glass, iridescent blue, pumpkin, racing red, apple red, plum and chocolate. Brass trim option. 


Gas Ranges


30", 36", 48", 60" widths 


 Commercial depth (27") models:

- 36", 48" and 60" widths

- open stainless steel 15,000 Btu burners




All models 28 3/8" deep



Standard depth (24") models:

- 30", 36" and 48" widths




Dual-stacked, 500 to 16,000 Btu

semi-sealed surface brass burners



open stainless steel or sealed brass burners




Convection oven(s)



convection or self-cleaning convection oven

- 24" range with open stainless steel burners and convection oven



Electric Ranges






30", self-cleaning convection oven, 800- to 2,500-watt heating elements


Dual-Fuel Ranges


30", 36", 48", 60" widths



30", 36", 48", 60" widths




Dual-stacked, sealed surface,

15,000 Btu aluminum burners

One dual-stacked, sealed surface, 9,200 Btu aluminum burner with melt feature



Open or sealed 15,000 Btu surface burners




Self-cleaning convection oven(s)



Self-cleaning convection oven(s)




10 cooking modes: bake, roast, broil, convection bake, convection roast, convection broil, convection, proof, bake stone and dehydration



Seven cooking modes: Bake, broil, convection bake, convection cook, convection broil, convection dehydrate, and convection defrost






48" model with 18" oven: proofing mode





2-year full, 5-year limited



1-year full on Designer Series; 3-year full on Professional Series






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