Have had a 48" Dacor for 10 years. Time for a replacement. It's 6 burner, one small oven, one larger, Duel Fuel etc. Prior to that I had Viking cooktop that was full of issues. I'd rather stay away from Viking but it may have changed in 10 years. At the time I was going to go with Wolf but after looking at them in the stores, I just didn't like the way the door felt. They went on in the last 10 years to be the next Viking in high end residential homes but i haven't followed the trends in the last 10 years to know if they developed a good track record or not.
I understand these are sweeping generalities, based only on my experiences! But that's my background. I require a high endish name to resell my home, but would go with a residential version of a real commercial brand (which amounts to a no name brand to most home buyers but at least wouldn't be a detraction!). But i'd be doing that because I would hope the real commercial brand would be just better at doing the simple things. i don't need so much BTUs that I launch a spaceship on my cooktop...i'm not doing 400 covers a night! but if any toys have trickled down to the residential kitchen, I'm open. Other than that I need stuff that lights, real heat, easy to clean or hides minor imperfections, real convection.
I am an above average home chef and cook all of the time because I have been doing gluten free catering for almost 20 years. My stove is super high use... I feel like I've beat the heck out of the Dacor. It's been better than the Viking x100...but I wonder if there is something better out there. Like real wok BTU for a curved wok, more reliable ignition for the gas cooktop, ovens that self clean better, convection ovens that are more even top to bottom...basically just little tweaks to what I have.
One minor thing I like about the Dacor is the black top under the gas cooktop. My Viking cooktop was stainless and showed grease marks. I can't remember but that may have been the Wolf range as well, which at the time would have been another negative. One thing I don't like about the Dacor is I've never felt that the 15,000 btu burners have been that hot. I do like that the 6 burners are full sized with real size pans though and not sized for pots instead of 12 inch+ sautee pans.
OK pros...help me spend my money please! You have 10K. Thanks!