To that last point, some of the feedback that I have received is that folks think the handles are too squared-off and thick, and they aren’t feeling the gargantuan kickplate on the bottom of the ranges.
whisper….I have heard, unofficially, that DCS may be offering an option for a different handle and kickplate. More to come if this is proven as FACT.
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Appliance Dude riffin’……
We are now ramping into the sweet spot of the outdoor kitchen/grill sales season and I have a few notes to share. People are definitely spending the loot on the high-end grills and sales are skewed heavily towards Lynx outdoor kitchens and grills. Here are some notes to digest, broken down by brand.
Lynx – 36″ and 42″ grills with ProSear have been the movers. Had a few bites on the new, step-down L500 series but there has been a recall on the carts (easy fix) so don’t know if that’s causing some consternation with consumers. Most of the lynx grills we’ve sold are just heads as they are being used in a built-in outdoor kitchen setup. Of course Lynx is touting their new brass burners as the finest thing since inexpensive medical insurance. Will these new burners markedly change your life? As one customer said to me “You can’t tell me that these burners are going to make my food taste any better”. Agree on that point, however I can tell that you that the brass burners will in fact last longer as they won’t corrode as easily as stainless under high heat and they hold and radiate heat better.
Translation – built to last, food cooked more evenly (if that’s what you want).
Wolf – Haven’t had much play on the Wolf grills yet. Can’t figure out why. Price point? Can’t be, because the Lynx is just as expensive when you factor everything in. I own one, I like it…see my tuna dish below. Wolf’s making a big push in this space, all other competitors beware…the Wolf will roar(howl)!
I made this lovely treat on a 36″ Wolf OG36 grill – how’s that for a sear?! (more…)
The DCS ranges are not for the weary. The designs are out of this world…literally. Why can I see this being used by the Jetsons.
Very contemporary, actually I wouldn’t hesitate in calling it futuristic looking. And yes, it boasts the same killer DCS performance.
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.
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
I’m going to find out the answer to this question shortly.
In the past, the answer was a flat “no”. Now, I’ve heard of plenty of folks in NYC
who were limited in space to a 30″ pro range and couldn’t use a wall hood due to an inability to vent out,
so…in went the micro over the pro range. And with that probably came an increase in smoke, odor and grease all over the kitchen.
GE Monogram and DCS are changing the game as they are both touting microwaves that can be placed over their 30″ pro range offerings. GE Monogram’s flavor comes in the Advantium line, so this is souped up with the multi-function flexibility Advantium is know for – speed cooking, convection, proofing and a microwave oven all in one.
Flavors available: 120 or 220 volts. Both use a 300 cfm blower inside the micro.
DCS’ microwave doesn’t have the fancy trappings that the Advantium boasts, though it does feature convection cooking and IMHO is a better looking piece – more contemporary. I’ve ordered this one for my home kitchen so I’ll let you guys know how it is after beating on it a bit.
DCS' CMOH30SS Micro
Yes! Photographic evidence direct from GE that states that you can use this micro over a pro range!
While I always tell shoppers that when shopping for pro ranges you can’t base your decision on the BTU power that manufacturers report, alas, many people are still hung up on these numbers.
That said, with the idea that I won’t to put as many accurate information at consumers’ fingertips so they can make the right purchase decision, here is a breakdown on three popular 36″ pro ranges.
We’ll focus on Burner BTU’s and then Oven BTU’s and capacity.
DCS RGU366 – max 17,500 btus, min 3000 btus Wolf R366 – max 16,000, min 500 btus Thermador PRG366EPG – max 15,000 btus, min 375 btus (on the 2 ExtraLow burners)
DCS RGU366 – 5.3 cu ft Wolf R366 – 5.5 cu ft Thermador PRG366EPG – 5.7 cu ft
I love Wolf gas ranges. While they are now outsold by the Wolf dual fuel ranges (and by quite a large margin as I have been told) I still believe that the
value lies in the gas range. When you are talking a 36″ or a 48″ model, the difference between the gas and the dual fuel product runs into the thousands.
I’m also a fan of the traditional Wolf red knob found on the gas range, as opposed to the thicker one found on the dual fuel range (being that I am a sucker for aesthetics).
There’s not much to say here…Wolf is a Wolf. The leader of the pack.
Thermador ranges are simply beautiful products and they seem to resonate big-time with women. When I’m working with a couple at Curto’s, countless times the wife will comment on the Thermador’s design…while hubby focuses on BTU’s. As I tell everyone who stops in and asks about Thermador ranges, I feel that Thermador’s lead products are their wall ovens, HOWEVER they have invested crazy R & D into their ranges and I’m anticipating a bump in their sales. You also have to love their new 48″ combo steam range which will be hitting the Curto’s showroom imminently. It’s priced over $13K but this thing sings!.
The DCS range is the underdog here. They don’t have the consumer mind share that Wolf or Thermador have. They also don’t have the presence on showroom floors that Wolf and Thermador have. But what they do have is total kick-ass product that has been improved upon and is also less expensive than the other two brands we’re discussing here.
For some folks they might feel like they are taking a risk with a DCS product bc it’s not featured in every other kitchen on the Food TV Network (it’s actually the sole appliance featured on America’s Test Kitchen) nor is it prominently featured in Kitchen magazine spreads. What they do have is a heritage that goes back about 15-20 years for making killer cooking appliances. They also have a pretty solid service network across the country in case you do encounter hiccups with your range (hey it happens to the best manufacturers).
The bottom line is that any of these brands deserve to be in your kitchen. You’ll just have to decide how important price is as well as the brand-name factor. Performance-wise they all rock, though I’d put the DCS and the Wolf ahead of the Thermador in that category, but Thermador is aiming to cut the lead down. Should be interesting.
I’ll add to this list as I draw closer to my Fall buying show and I receive a complete list of what’s new….
– Liebherr CS-2060 36″ single door fridge: This shares a similar design to the smash hit CS-2062 french door model. 20 cu ft, LED lighting, 2 compressors…winner!
The CS-2060 is definitely headed for my showroom floor.
– GE Monogram 30″ Integrated Refriegrator What’s not to love about this fridge?
The seamless integrated look that melts into your cabinetry, the options (84″ or 80″ height, Euro or Pro handles), and pricing that won’t surpass the GDP of a Central American country.
– The new GE Cafe line of appliances – no pics to link to, but I’ve seen the dishwasher, new refrigerator, double oven, double oven range and cooktop. Nice stuff, won’t break the bank. Pics to follow.
– DCS pro dual fuel ranges – DCS rebooted the entire line of indoor appliances back in the Spring but the dual fuel ranges lagged the rest of the line in obtaining UL approval. Well I’ve been told they’ve received that stamp and product is rolling out now. You can’t mess with DCS’ reputation for making killer pro cooking ranges. I think the new ones look sweeter than before and they’ve made a few tweaks which will let them hold their position as one of the premier pro range manufacturers.
…one of the features that most impresses me about the DCS outdoor grills is their grease management system.
I’ve been told that this system will not only minimize flare ups but will also make clean up of the grease pan much easier.
If you look at the inside of the DCS grill, you’ll notice that the part of the grill (under the grates) is tilted to the front of the grill.
This creates a run-off of grease which is then captured in a trough in the front part of the grill. Easy to remove, but more importantly it doesn’t
provide much of an opportunity for flare ups (which I am still experiencing on one of the high-end outdoor grills I am currently playing with).
Morale of the story is don’t get so hung up on BTU’s or brass burners or whatever is the marketing message of the day.
If you cook, you know what a pain in the ass flare-ups and grease capture is. This is something to check out.
The three premium outdoor grills that we offer are made by Wolf, Lynx and DCS.
I’m always asked which one I would choose out of the three and what I tell customers is that
you’re in a winning situation because you can’t go wrong with any of them. There are a myriad of other
companies making noise about offering “premium” outdoor grills. IMHO, those words are just that…noise.
Wolf, Lynx and DCS are the ones you need to focus on.
If you want the line that offers the most extensive product offering for a complete outdoor kitchen and who
is regarded as the leader in the outdoor grilling business, go with a Lynx.
If you are comfortable knowing that since Wolf is the leader of indoor high-end cooking appliances and feel that
will translate to the outdoor kitchen, I would go with the Wolf grills. (Note: I took a Wolf grill home this summer and
I’ve been very pleased with it).
Consider DCS if you want your dollar to travel the furthest and you like the idea of maximizing the square inches of your grilling surface – DCS does
this by leaving out the sear burner and instead turning the entire grill surface into a sear zone.