There are a lot of ranges available on the market, and choosing a good one can be a daunting task. That’s why the experts at Appliances Connection have compiled a list of three of the best European range brands on today's market, all of which can bring professional-grade cooking into your home.
With their classically European appearance, plethora of sizing options, over 200 RAL color options, and hand-crafted Italian charm, it's hard to beat a range by ILVE. For truly European charm, look at the Majestic II or Nostalgie Series; behind these ranges' old-fashioned aesthetic lies modern power and efficiency. Whether you want a gas, electric, or dual fuel range, ILVE has options to cover your needs. Look for sealed brass burners with nano-technology that makes them repel spills, dual function triple ring burners that function equally well for simmering as they do with large woks, and even an included rotisserie mode in some models. For a truly professional cooking experience, look to the Professional Plus Series. From their heavy-duty metal knobs and handles to the high BTU brass burners, these true European convection ovens provide you a huge amount of cooking power.
Thermador is far and away one of the best European range brands you can buy. Not only do they have an abundance of freestanding and slide-in ranges available, many of these connect with your smartphone via Wi-Fi using the Home Connect™ app. Their gas ranges have Star® Burners that provide unparalleled coverage thanks to their unique shape, providing as much as 22,000 BTUs of heat and ExtraLow® Simmer burners that can produce as little as 375 BTUs (ideal for melting delicate foods such as chocolate). Many Thermador ranges include telescopic racks with easy-grip handles, as well as multi-point meat probes. In the Pro Grand Series, look for features like the QuickClean Base that makes cleanup of spills super easy. Thermador even manufactures steam ovens that can lock in the moisture of your food while still getting the perfect sear.
For a truly luxurious cooking experience, you can't beat a range by Fulgor Milano. The Sofia Series in particular has a wide variety of professional-grade features such as dual-flame Crescendo burners and the Nova Broiler system that provide quick, even cooking for any food you want to cook. With their stainless steel and brushed aluminum trim, these ranges stand out as the centerpiece of any kitchen, while the continuous cast-iron grates on Fulgor Milano's gas ranges allow you to easily shift heavy pots and pans from burner to burner. If you prefer induction ranges, they also have you covered: their Dual Max Power burners provide cooking surfaces of up to 11 in. wide, while maintaining the safety and convenience of induction cooking. There's even a Digital Minute Minder alarm that sounds at the end of every cooking cycle, so you don't overcook your food.
How do I choose a range?
First, look at the size of your range cutout. Unless you want to begin a costly renovation, it's best to find a range that will fit inside it. Then decide whether you want a gas, electric, or dual fuel range: this can depend on your utility layout and your personal preferences. After that, look at extra features: do you want a range with an included meat probe, or a wok attachment? How do you see yourself using this range from day to day?
Which range brand is most reliable?
Each of the appliance brands listed in this post are known for making highly reliable, robust ranges.
Why do chefs prefer gas ranges?
Gas ranges respond to your input instantly and have a larger range of temperature settings, making them the preferred choice for many chefs.