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Viking 30″ Range Battle – RVGR3315bss vs. VGCC5304bss – Review

Written by Appliance Dude | November 14th, 2014


Due to the opening of the new Curto’s showroom my time on camera was significantly limited throughout the summer and early Fall. Well friends, the time is now ripe for my return so I’m ready to start dropping love and knowledge all over the appliance biz again.

You’ll notice many changes in my new videos – I’ve got a new set (what other appliance dealership do you know that has a TV studio?!), a plethora of new appliances to talk about and many other surprises which I’ll be dropping on the public’s collective heads in the coming months.
Damn, I love my new home!

So let’s start off with one of my favorite brands – Viking. This post is dedicated to analyzing the difference between the two Viking 30″ ranges – the RVGR3305BSS and the VGCC5304BSS. I am seeing a lot of play on these models and a lot of questions about their features so it only made sense to produce a video post.

**NB – please note that I was remiss in mentioning a MAJOR difference which is the broiler system. The 3 Series RVGR3305BSS uses a bulky and somewhat antiquated broil element (that in my opinion takes up a lot of room in the oven cavity). The VGCC5304BSS uses the classic Viking infrared broiler which is hotter, sears better and takes up less room in the oven can. I will shoot another vid detailing these two.

Any questions please hit me up at Jonathan at curtos dot com or come into the showroom. Also, I do not take solicitations…I’m too busy helping people learn about appliances, sorry!

Roll ’em…..

New Viking Induction Cooktops

Written by Appliance Dude | November 4th, 2014

First post on the new Curto’s blog!

The New 36" Viking Inducttion Cooktop - Most Powerful in the Biz

The New 36″ Viking Induction Cooktop – Most Powerful in the Biz

Have to give it to my friends at Viking who keep pumping out such innovative new product. 2014 has given us the 7 Series ranges, French Door Double Oven, new built-in refrigeration that’s pretty much bulletproof, new gas cooktops…now the party moves to induction.

Not only are the new induction cooktops absolutely sexy looking with their cool blue LED lights that illuminate cooking zones and an updated beveled edge which looks great and allows for easier cleanup, but this baby packs POWER.

On the 36″ model there are 6 induction elements that each pack 3700 watts of power. If you convert watts to BTU’s, those 3700 watts are equivalent to each burner being rated at 26,584 BTU’s. Where’s the wok!?

The 30″ and 36″ induction cooktops will be available in late November. Stay tuned!

Viking VGCC5304BSS 30 Range – Nice Sliding Racks!

Written by Appliance Dude | October 12th, 2014

For anyone who may have questioned the value of sliding racks in their range or wall oven, please watch the following video. I’ve shot the inside of a Viking VGCC5304BSS 30″ range which comes with 3 racks – 2 sliders and one conventional one.
Folks, you’ll never use your conventional oven rack again!

Largest Viking Display in NYC Metro Area – Curto’s

Written by Appliance Dude | October 10th, 2014

Here’s about 30%…and to think that industry folk thought we were nuts to stand behind Viking! We are proud contrarians and the bet is paying off. Great product, happy customers!

If you are shopping for Viking appliances and you live in the NY/NJ/CT area stop in to Curto’s new showroom and feel the Viking love. You will not see a bigger and more well-thought display anywhere.

Viking Display Showroom - NY Curto's

Viking RVGR3305BSS Gas Range – Higher Price, More Sales?!

Written by Appliance Dude | September 16th, 2014

Where the Appliance Dude reviews his prediction on the Viking RVGR3305BSS range and owns up to his wrong call

When the prices on the Viking 3 series ranges were raised (significantly) earlier this year I shuddered and predicted a quick and ugly death for this line. You want consumers to soak up a $1000 increase that would take this product to nearly $4500?

What chew talkin’ ’bout Willis?!!!

Well one thing about the Appliance Dude is that I’m all about honesty and when the dude is wrong, he calls it.
So let me clear – I couldn’t have been more wrong about the Viking 3 series demise!

Not only has it held its own with a higher price point, it’s selling more than before!!!

Watch the vid!

Appliance Dude Review: Viking VDOF730SS French Door Wall Oven

Written by Appliance Dude | July 8th, 2014

The Viking VDOF730SS French Door Wall Oven is here.
The new Curto’s showroom.
New showroom?
Oh you didn’t hear?
You will…

The VDOF730SS is built like a Sherman tank, has the elegance and style of Grace Kelly and is born from great stock owing to it’s commercial heritage. This wall oven knocked out the folks at the KBIS show in February as well as the Architectural Digest show in March. It is one of the most anticipated releases of the year and it is finally here first at Curto’s.

UMRP price in stainless is $6899. Check it out at the new Curto’s showroom at 1966 Central Park Ave in Yonkers. The future is here.

Viking RVGR3305BSS Gas Range: Reborn, Now Selling it Like Silly

Written by Appliance Dude | June 1st, 2014

I think we sold about 10 Viking RVGR3305BSS 30″ gas ranges in the last week.
I thought this piece was dead as of a few months ago.
Let me explain…

This range has had more personas than Regan in the Excorcist. Designer Series. D2. D3. D-whatever.
Viking without the Professional tag. Head spinning here just thinking about all of its different names.
Was this a Viking for the masses that couldn’t afford their classic Professional series? Or was it a modern twist on a Viking with continuous flush grates and a sleeker handle and knob profile?
Mind you I thought the latter iterations of the RVGR3305BSS had a really nice feature package. It just didn’t have an identity.


Viking French Door Oven – VDOF730SS – Imminent Arrival!

Written by Appliance Dude | May 19th, 2014

UPDATE 7/10/14 – The Viking French Door Wall Oven is Here @ Curto’s

It’s almost here – the Viking French Door Double oven aka the VDOF730SS is about to be released.
(you may have received an email from Viking 2 weeks ago “introducing” the new french door double oven…that was slightly premature – the ovens are in production now)
I’ve been told I will have mine in my new display within the next 2 weeks, so we are shooting for on/around June 1 and at that time a full review will ensue. Considering I have the only 7 Series range in all of NY and NJ, odds are good that the french door will be here first as well. 🙂

I am incredibly excited about this piece. I have seen it in person 2x, the first time being at the KBIS show back in early February. The buzz around the piece was simply insane and it ended up winning best of KBIS. I believe the piece was inspired by the Blodgett commercial ovens that Viking’s parent company also owns – they are best of breed pieces used in commercial kitchen worldwide so the heritage is certainly there (many feel that Blodgett ovens are the Garland range of ovens…high praise indeed!)


Viking 7 Series Range is Here…First! – Curto’s Appliances

Written by Appliance Dude | March 20th, 2014

As promised, the first Viking 7 Series range for a retail display arrived at Curto’s this Monday (luck of the Irish!)

Here are a few quick hits:


Built like a Sherman.

LOVE the burners

Want to see the Viking 7 Series Live and in the Flesh? Come visit us at:

1966 Central Park Ave

Yonkers NY 10710