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Capital 36″ Range vs. DCS 36″ Range: The Tale of the Tape

Written by Appliance Dude | December 20th, 2011

As our new Capital display went into our showroom the other week, I took note of the fact that it was sitting right next to the DCS vignette.

How ironic.

As some of you may know, when one studies the family tree of professional ranges, you will clearly see that DCS begat Capital over a decade ago.
And it’s a relationship that at least one of the parties still likes to talk about. Our friends at Capital (at least one source that I frequently converse with)
likes to think that they have taken the best of what DCS was known for and advanced it. My guy at DCS doesn’t really talk about Capital as his party line is that DCS is too focused
on their products than what competition is spouting. Cool.
It is interesting how DCS’ new ranges have completely altered their look. They went from a pro/restaurant/man-sized slab of stainless look to what I call the
Jetson/ArtDeco/PostModern vibe. I mean, there is NOTHING out there that looks like this. Insanely brilliant? Or just insane? We’ll have to see, but no longer will I hear how
Capital ranges look just like DCS product. Not a chance.
I’ll dedicate an individual post to the DCS range (it definitely deserves it) but for now, let’s call up the Tale of the Tape and compare the DCS and Capital 36″ gas ranges
on feature-set only. You know that this is only part of the game for me…I have a laser-focus on overall company-health and service network for the products. I can tell you that in the metro NYC market the service is spot-on for both brands. If you live in the Badlands, you may have a problem getting a faulty burner fixed.

Ed. Note – I’m not comparing the Capital Culinarian to this DCS…at least not yet. Let’s get the comparable technology (sealed burners) on the table first.

DCS RGU366 – 36″ Gas Range – $4890

  • Gas Cooktop: Sealed Range Top
  • Sealed, Dual Flow Burners™: 6
  • Gas Oven: Convection Oven, Full Extenstion Telescopic Racking System, Infared Broiler
  • Capacity: 5.3 cuft
  • Oven Performance: Bake 30,000 BTU, Infrared Broil 19,000 BTU
  • Oven Racks/Shelf Positions: 3/5
  • Island Trim: Ships Standard
  • Recommended Ventilation: Minimum 600 – 1200 CFM, VS36 – 36″ Pro Wall Mount Vent Hood IVS40 – 40″ Pro Island Vent Hood, ES36 -36″ E Pro Vent Hood

    The DCS RGU366 36" Gas Range

    Capital GCR366 – 36″ Gas Range – $4926

  • 18,000 BTU infrared broiler behind glass
  • 800 – 30,000 BTU Power-Wok burner*
  • 18,000 BTU Thermo-Griddle – 3/8″ thick thermostatically controlled griddle plate*
  • Convection oven
  • 140 deg. simmer – 19,000 BTU Power-Flo burners (sealed)*
  • Auto-ignition/re-ignition on all sealed burners
  • Smooth-top continuous cast iron grates with easy to clean matte porcelain finish
  • 4.6 Cu Ft oven cavity
  • Bake, broil, convection bake, convection broil, open-door broil
  • 4 rack positions w/ 3 racks provided (1 rack with broil pan position)
  • 30,000 BTU oven for uniform baking

    Capital GCR366 36" Gas Range

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