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Hello All,

Let me start by saying that I thoroughly enjoy these forums and have spent much time searching the archives for advice. I am about to begin building a house and have a few appliance dilemmas.

I typically like to buy things that are made by the best manufacturer regardless of how recognized they are. In this case, I am being cautious relative to resale value due to the way the public keys in on certain brands when looking at houses. I also am able to buy Wolf and Viking at below retail prices through my builder.

That being said, I am trying to decide between Wolf and Viking rangetops and am specifically focused on the burners. I have been told that the Wolf doesn’t simmer well due to a very small dedicated simmer burner that doesn’t spread out the heat very well. The Viking on the other hand may be the opposite if using small pots or pans since the burners are somewhat wide. Does anyone have an opinion on which one will work better with a variety of cookware sizes and temperatures?

Also, does anyone have any experience with the Viking Ultra-Premium Premiere ovens? I was considering a Monogram oven to save a few $$ but was disappointed to find that the temperature can only be adjusted in 25 degree increments.

Many thanks
post #2 of 4
I give my Viking a pretty good workout.I sometimes have a little with the electrinic ingnition at simmer settings but have no other problems.
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I have had an AG Wolf range up and running in a new kitchen for the last 10 weeks. The simmer is fine. Here's a thread from another website discussing the Wolf simmer. I hope it's all right to post this link. If not, please delete it.


I don't know if you're considering AG or Dual fuel. I can't speak to the DF which has sealed burners. Have you checked out Bluestar. Very powerful range apparently. I would have seriously considered that brand had I not had the Wolf on order well before learning of that brand's existence. The Bluestar offers a restaurant style star shaped flame that supposedly heats very evenly from the high heat of a 22,000 BTU burner down to a whisper on the simmer. Not as pretty as the Wolf, however.

I am quite pleased with the Wolf.


I like muskies.
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Look at DCS

I looked at Wolf and Viking too. While I'm getting a full size 36" range and not a cooktop, DCS has features that the others don't. They have a burner that has two flames. One is calibrated to simmer so you can maintain the 140 degree temp. The oven have great sliding shelves.

Take a look at what they have to offer. Depending on where you are, you may have to do some searching to find a dealer that stocks what you want. If you are in a large metro area, Fisher and Paykal that now owns DCS may have a showroom and a distribution center. There is one in Chicago.

Good luck.
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