Wolf Dual Fuel Range vs. Wolf Gas Range – A Study in Pictures
Continuing my theme of comparing the Wolf dual fuel ranges against the Wolf gas ranges, I’ve included a few photos below which depict the main
tangible differences between the products.
Editor’s Note – I’ve been receiving many emails inquiring as to which range I prefer as it seems like there are a lot of people on the fence about choosing between
the two. Folks, I can’t make the decision for you! I will do my best to provide as much accurate information for you but please remember that YOU are the one who will be investing in this expensive product and who will have to stare at this thing every day in your home. Please think about the design of the kitchen, the way you cook and whether features such as self-cleaning are important to you. Once you start tackling each question and learn more about the products, you should get that “A-ha” moment. And if you don’t get to that point and are still confused I would recommend relying on a highly unscientific yet dependable decision-making process – flip a coin. JG
Without further adieu, to the pics….
The biggest difference are that the dual fuel knobs actually have electronic controls built into a few of them (temp gauge) and are rounder and bulkier looking from a design perspective. The knobs on the gas range are pretty close to what you can find on the traditional Wolf commercial ranges.
I prefer the grates on the gas ranges. They are individual so they are easier to clean (lighter) but the drawback is that you can’t slide pots around from burner to burner like you can on the continuous grates of the Wolf dual fuel range . NOTE: I have had more than 1 customer complain post sale about the weight on the dual fuel grates with one woman going as far as to saying she could replace her kettlebells with them.
The Wolf gas ranges have a max output of 16K on each burner. The Wolf dual fuel ranges max out at 15k.
Another big talking point is the sealed (dual fuel) vs. open burner (gas) debate. This is going to be a moot point in 2011 as Wolf is going to put sealed burners on
all the gas ranges. I’ve been told you may see this as soon as the Spring. We’ll see. Look closely at the picture of the gas range’s “open burner”. It almost
looks sealed to me…not much room in there for cooking byproducts to creep through. Plus the gas range has a pullout tray which captures cooking grease and spills and is very easy to clean.
The differences between the Wolf ranges are most pronounced in the ovens. First the gas range oven is slightly larger. Make that barely.
The duel fuel range offers self-cleaning (this is the BIG difference that creates the HUGE price spread between the products). The duel fuel has an electric oven, so it’s more
precise temperature-wise and provides a drier heat (great for baking). The duel fuel range offers a ball-bearing rack as well as the funky cobalt blue interior. The duel fuel range also has
two convection fans. Basically the oven is the same as Wolf’s vaunted L-series wall ovens which are insanely great.
Editors Note: I will supply better photos of the oven interiors this week, highlighting the racks. JG