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Wolf or Viking is the big question when you’re shopping for a high-end, professional-style range. Which is better: a Wolf vs Viking stove? Both brands rank highly for their designer good looks, chef-quality performance, and durability, as well as for the added value they bring your home.

Whether you have a modern, open-concept kitchen or a cozy, traditional one, a Viking or Wolf range could be the statement piece you’re looking for.

These two brands are perhaps best known for their gas range options, but that’s not all they offer. You can get dual fuel (a gas cooktop and an electric oven—perhaps the optimal configuration) or induction from either one, and they’re all top of the line. Which is best for you really depends on how you like to cook.

The other differentiating factor? How you want to customize your range. (That’s the word appliance makers use for these appliances, by the way. Technically, a “stove” is more like a wood-burning stove; it’s not necessarily equipped for cooking. The more you know….) Whether you pick a Wolf or Viking range may hinge on the unique features each manufacturer offers.

Additional factors like ease of cleaning and warranties factor in too, of course. This is a big investment, and you want it to last.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through all the possibilities to help you decide which of these two culinary juggernauts—Viking or Wolf—is right for you. Let’s get started.

Our exclusive video review of Wolf ranges

Wolf Range in a Nutshell

Wolf is a part of the Sub-Zero Group, which includes Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove; the company also distributes Asko in the U.S. Its ranges are made in the U.S.

The Wolf range lineup includes three series: all gas, dual fuel, and induction. Each comes with the brand’s signature red knobs, although you can opt for stainless steel or black if you prefer a subtler look.

The gas and dual fuel ranges have the heritage Wolf aesthetic with solid, continuous cast-iron grates (so it’s easy to slide pots and pans from one to the next) and dual-stacked sealed gas burners (more on those below). Wolf’s dual fuel ranges also recently got a design update, with aligned knobs, narrower cooktop trim for a bigger cooking surface, and a larger oven window.

Wolf induction ranges feature a smooth, heavy-duty glass cooktop that looks pretty much like an older electric cooktop. However, its precision temperature control and responsiveness feel more like gas.

If you have a smaller kitchen or a layout that doesn’t allow for a large one-piece range or you need an electric cooking surface, you might consider a Wolf cooktop and wall ovens instead of a range.

Our exclusive video review of Viking ranges

Viking Ranges in a Nutshell

Viking is part of the Middleby Residential, a Greenwood, Mississippi company that also owns La Cornue, Aga, Lynx, U-Line, Marvel, and Evo.

Viking actually introduced pro-style ranges to the residential market back in 1987. Today, its lineup includes three series: the 3 Series, 5 Series, 7 Series, and Tuscany.

The 3 Series is Viking’s entry-level series, available in gas, dual fuel, and electric, but only in a 30 inch width. If you want the cooking power Viking’s known for, we recommend upgrading to the 5 Series. However, if you’re looking to increase your home’s value on a budget, the 3 Series could be just what you’re looking for.

The 5 Series grew directly out of Viking’s original pro-style ranges—it’s what you picture when you imagine a Viking range. All the components that contact the gas flames are made of brass, which is much more expensive but means your stove will perform better and last longer. There’s LED lighting to illuminate the knobs, a soft-close oven door, and high output burners. This series gives you the most color options (stainless steel plus 20 colors), the most sizes (30, 36, 48, 60), and the most cooktop configuration options. You can choose from gas, dual fuel, electric, and induction.

Pro Tip: There are a few things to note about the 5 Series: If you want the largest capacity oven, go with all gas. Know that the gas range also has a great infrared burner, but it doesn’t have a self-clean mode. The dual fuel range models, meanwhile, offer true convection mode. If you want your cooktop to be easy to clean, choose sealed burners; open burners are available, though, on the 30- and 36-inch width models.

The 7 Series is built for aspiring chefs. These ranges come in 36 and 48 inches and gas or dual fuel only, and have even higher output burners and a better infrared broiler. The grates are heavier, the knobs are bigger, and the cooktop is deeper. You can get a double-sided griddle/grill cooktop element—something that’s unique in the industry. These ranges come in stainless steel and 21 custom colors.

The Tuscany Series has its own signature Italian Provincial look. These dual fuel ranges come in 36, 48, and 66 inch sizes and three color options (black, white, and dark blue). They’re unique in that they allow you to add induction elements to your gas cooktop.

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Wolf vs Viking Cost

We recently had a customer refer to Wolf ranges as “the Birkin bag of stoves.” While we respect (and enjoy!) her opinion, a customized stove from either brand could run you the same as an Hermes purse.

On the low end, however, Viking ranges do start at a more affordable price point than Wolf. You can buy an entry-level Viking 3 Series range for about $500 less.

Wolf Range Prices:

  • Wolf gas range prices start at $5,745
  • Wolf dual-fuel ranges start at $7,850
  • Wolf induction ranges start at $8,350

Viking Range Prices:

  • Viking 3 Series ranges start at $5,239
  • Viking 5 Series ranges start at $5,699
  • Viking 7 Series ranges start at $11,269
  • Viking Tuscany Series ranges start at $14,189

Fuel Types

Inspired home chefs everywhere love pro ranges. Although they’re more expensive than standard stoves, they let anybody enjoy the feeling of cooking in a commercial kitchen. Pro ranges offer precise control thanks to versatile burners that offer high BTUs output in addition to low simmer.

Both Wolf and Viking make induction, gas or dual fuel options.

Wolf offers a bigger variety of induction ranges than Viking does, but we like how Viking’s Tuscany series lets you combine induction and gas cooking elements.

Wolf doesn’t make electric ranges, only cooktops. Viking does make a 30-inch electric range.

However, Wolf’s dual fuel ranges have an electric oven with dual convection, something the brand refined.

One last note about electric ovens. They require a 220-volt power source with convection as a standard these days for even temperature control throughout the oven cavity.

Size Options

Another benefit of installing a professional range in your home kitchen is that you can design the cooktop the way you want based on your cooking style and how you prepare your best-loved recipes. High-end stoves like Wolf or Viking come in many more sizes than big-box store stoves do—specifically, larger sizes. More affordable, traditional ranges come in 30- and 36-inch widths. Both Viking and Wolf offer those as well as wider ones:

Wolf range sizes: 30, 36, 48, 60 inches for gas and dual fuel; 30 and 36 inch for induction

Viking range sizes: 30, 36, 48, 60, and 66 inches

Note that of the two, only Viking makes a 66-inch range.

The width of the range gives you more options for the cooktop and oven configuration. You might want all burners on top, or you might want a griddle, grill, or French top. Underneath, you might want one oven or two. It all depends on your personal preference.

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Design Styles

Viking offers its ranges in an array of 20-plus colors. We find that’s one of the biggest draws to choosing Viking vs Wolf.

With Wolf, you have to like stainless steel. The only thing you can customize in a color are the knobs, and those only come in three options: Wolf’s iconic red, black, or stainless steel.


Cooking Performance Wolf vs Viking Range

Customized Cooking Surfaces

A Wolf stove has a fully customizable cooktop. You can design the surface of a gas or dual fuel model with burners only or burners with a griddle, a charbroiler grill, a French top, or go for a smooth electric cooktop. If you’re a diner breakfast kind of person, you’ll love flipping pancakes and frying eggs on the griddle on Sunday mornings or searing burners on winter weeknights.

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Viking cooktops usually come with a griddle, but there are other options depending on how and what you would like to cook. If you frequently grill meat, fish, or vegetables, Viking's grill surface does a superb job and makes cleanup easy. If you enjoy pancakes, burgers, fried eggs, and crepes, or searing meat, a cooktop with griddle fits the bill. Families that love to bake, dehydrate, or prepare roasted dishes often consider a double oven for flexibility and versatility.

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Burners

With their background in high-demand commercial kitchens, Wolf's patented burners are renowned for a good reason. Wolf ranges offer a 9,200 BTU burner and options of 15,000 to 20,000 BTU burners. But really, it’s how the burner’s designed that makes the difference. Wolf’s burners control heat distribution with two levels of heat (we say they’re dual stacked) and their proximity to the pan. From delicate simmer to high-heat sear, Wolf's sealed burners are reliable and easy to clean.

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Viking features 15,000 to 23,000 BTU burners, depending on the model. Viking ranges also offers both open and sealed burners. Open burners deliver the flame directly to your pan, which makes it a perfect choice for those who cook over a high flame and want intense cooking power. The VSH (VariSimmer-to-High) feature allows you to control the heat precisely.

Viking Elevation burners, found only on the 7 Series, are even higher quality brass ranges that boast 23,000 BTU output. Viking also makes 15,000 and 8,000 BTU versions of elevation burners for different cookware sizes.

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Note that only Viking gives you the option to choose between open or sealed burners.

Both brands deserve to be appreciated for their auto-reignition features and low-heat control.

Nice to Haves

Viking has the unique GourmetGlo Infrared Broiler for an intense 18.000 BTUs of heat that won’t dry out your food. Available for both the electric and gas ovens, it’s a great option for searing fish and meat, making bacon or shirred eggs, and flash roasting vegetables like peppers, zucchini, and asparagus.

Viking’s tried-and-true Vari-Speed Dual Flow Convection System includes an extra-large convection fan for even heating. These fans turn both directions and can operate at different speeds for maximum airflow and even heat distribution. We love the 11 high-performance cooking modes, which include two-element bake, convection bake, TruConvec Convection Cook, convection roast, convection broil, high broil, medium broil, low broil, convection dehydrate, convection defrost, and proof.

Viking GourmetGlo Infared Broiler gets you steakhouse style crisp on the outside of your meats but keeps the inside buttery-tender to the cut of your knife.

Wolf has equally well-thought-out features. The control panel can be rotated out of sight when not in use. This panel has 10 program modes that make all the decisions for you, including bake, roast, broil, convection, convection bake, convection roast, convection broil, proof, bake stone, and dehydration.

Wolf’s Twin Convection feature maintains even temperature distribution in the oven cavity. The charbroiler grill features a 16,000 BTU infrared burner designed to emit intense heat for grilling. Who says you only get to have grilled pineapple for dessert in the summer?

Wolf's Dual Convection Oven - great for evenly baking cookies, pizza, casseroles and more!

Ergonomics, Design and More

Wolf Coaxial oven knobs display the temperature, which is a very useful feature. As we mentioned earlier, they’re available in red, black, or stainless steel. We’re also impressed by Wolf’s pivoting control panel and the responsiveness of the touch-screen controls.

Each Wolf dual fuel range oven offers three racks: an easy-glide rack featuring a ball-bearing design, one full-extension door glide, and one standard rack. Another novelty offered by Wolf is a temperature probe, which eliminates the need to open the oven in order to check the temperature. Built into dual fuel ranges, this probe alerts you when your dish reaches the desired internal temperature.

Wolf shows its attention to detail in soft motion design as well. In a nod to ergonomic detail, the exclusive Wolf spring and damper door system prevents the oven door from snapping closed or opening abruptly.

Wolf's conveniently located temperature reading located on the main knob is accompanied by an ergonomic tilted display that you can hide when not in use (varies based on model).

Viking sealed burner all gas stoves have knobs illuminated by LED lights. Viking’s latest knobs are stainless (black and white were offered on some recent models). They can, however, be replaced by other knobs in different colors.

The ovens in all Viking ranges feature six rack positions, the TruGlide oven rack (offering safer and easier removal of heavy bakeware), and Vari-Speed Dual Flow convection fans (which can turn both directions and can operate at different speeds for maximum airflow).

You can also find the GentleClose door in Viking models, ensuring that the oven door always closes softly and silently.

Into technology? You'll fall in love with Viking’s iDevices feature. This allows you to monitor your food’s temperature from up to 200 feet away via Bluetooth and an Apple or Android device.

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Warranties

Both companies offer strong warranties.

The Wolf Residential Warranty provides two-year coverage for all parts and labor, along with five-year limited coverage on certain parts. Wolf appliances call center is available 24/7, 365 days a year. Since the company is based in the U.S., parts are easily accessible.

Viking products have one of the best and most comprehensive warranties in the industry: the Viking 3-Year Signature Warranty with full coverage for all indoor cooking appliances. It now includes a 90 Day No Quibble Guarantee, which holds that Viking will repair or replace a product within the first 90 days following your purchase.

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Cleaning Ease

To enjoy your oven, you’ve got to keep it clean. Otherwise, you’ll be trying to make dinner in a smoky kitchen. Luckily, both Viking and Wolf get that and have designed features to make cleanup easier.

Viking stoves have a durable porcelain finish that resists food stains. They also have Elevated Burners and VSH (VariSimmer-to-High) to make cleaning easier. Most Viking dual fuel range ovens and select gas range ovens have a self-cleaning feature. By using the self clean option, the only thing you need to do is select the cycle, wait for it to end, then wipe up the ash that’s leftover.

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In terms of wiping up spills, Wolf's sealed burner system makes cleaning super easy. Wolf dual fuel range ovens now have a self-cleaning option.

If you prefer to use open burners (an option offered by Viking), you may want to consider the difference of cleaning up spills and sloshes. Open burners need more frequent cleaning as spilled food and liquid may clog the burner nozzles. With sealed burners, on the other hand, a small cap over the burner nozzle protects them.


Our Top Wolf vs Viking Stove Picks

In order to get a better grasp of these two brands, let's look at two of their most popular models: the Wolf Range DF366 Dual Fuel 36-Inch and the Viking 7 Series 36-Inch Dual Fuel Range VDR536.

You'll notice subtle differences between DF366 and VDR536, like the knob styles. The Wolf model offers its signature red knobs, although you can swap those for black or stainless if you prefer. The Viking sports SoftLit LED Lights to illuminate the control panel and knobs.

1) Best Overall Wolf Range: DF366 36-inch Dual Fuel Range with6 Sealed Burners

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First off, we love the flexibility you get with a dual fuel range. This one has six sealed gas burners on top and a self-cleaning electric oven underneath.

This model in particular is great because its burners have different powers for different cooking needs. At the top left, you have a 9,200 BTU burner. The top center and top right burners go up to 15,000 BTUs. The left front burner can reach 20,000 BTUS—it’s your sear burner. The other two in the front can reach 18,000 BTUS.

The electric oven should easily check off all your baking and roasting requirements: It has bake, roast, proof, dehydrate, bake stone (for pizza), convection, convection bake, convection roast, convection broil, broil, and self-clean modes.

Want a griddle? Consider the DF364G. It replaces the two center burners with a 15,000 BTU griddle. We prefer a griddle over a grill because it doesn’t get as smoky and is easier to clean—you’ll be more likely to use it.


2) Best Overall Viking Range: Viking VDR5366BSS Professional 5 Series Dual Fuel Range

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So you get it—we love dual fuel. This Viking model gives you the option to choose between six burners or four plus a 15,000 BTU griddle. Its burners range between 8,000 and 23,000 BTUs—incredible and precise power for a home cook, and a little bit more than the Wolf.

The electric oven provides consistent heat distribution for great baking results. Viking's Rapid Ready preheat system means you'll spend less time waiting for the oven to come to temperature, too.


Conclusion

All in all, you simply can't go wrong with a Wolf or Viking range. Choose a stove with features that match the way you like to cook, and you'll elevate weeknight dinners into a delightful experience.

Wolf range's cast iron frame promises long durability, and its offering of a slightly lower BTU output suits simmering delicate sauces, chocolate and butter.

Viking range offers more possibilities for a custom-designed look, and they're full of features. Viking used to have an edge with its self-cleaning electric ovens, but now Wolf has those too.

The price points are comparable, so it really boils down to personal preference. How do you see yourself cooking today?