Two new Wolf pro-style ranges fail to impress in our tests

Two new Wolf pro-style ranges fail to impress in our tests

In affluent circles, some boxy pro-style ranges are more prestigious than others. That’s why it wasn’t surprising to see Wolf ranges at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show in New York City this spring. The show attracts design enthusiasts and upscale homeowners, among others. But at Consumer Reports, the experts in our labs looked past the styling to see how well Wolf’s new GR304 and GR366 ranges simmer, bake, broil and more. Here’s what they found.

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New Wolf ranges for 2013

Wolf is refining its gas range line, unveiling 4 updated professional cookers that will be available in March 2013. The 30″, 36″, 48″ and 60″ wide ranges will bring top performance and cooking flexibility, dual stacked, sealed burners with seamless pans for infinite control and easy cleanup, upgraded knobs, bull nose and feet, spacious gas convection ovens and other high end features that have made the Wolf gas range a household name. Altogether, there will be 12 rangetop configurations, including tops with infrared charbroil, infrared griddle, double griddle, griddle and charbroil, and French Top.

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54-inch grill by Wolf

The new Wolf outdoor gas grill is a 54-inch precision grill made of heavy-duty stainless steel with powerful burners that provide intense evenly distributed heat for outstanding barbecue results. It also features an electric rotisserie with infrared burner to produce succulent poultry and roasts. The 25,500 BTU sear zone emits exceptionally high heat to sear meats faster and deeper. Radiant heat from ceramic briquettes mixes with direct heat for more thorough grilling. The Wolf 54-inch outdoor grill is designed for a built-in application only.

Other highlights of the new Wolf grill include,
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Rating the Latest Appliances – JD Powers Results

The 2010 Laundry Appliance Satisfaction Study and 2010 Kitchen Appliance Satisfaction Study from J.D. Power and Associates found that awareness of Energy Star certified appliances has increased among U.S. owners of new appliances since 2009 and so has the percentage who purchased an Energy Star appliance.

According to, 86% of 2010 dishwasher buyers reported buying an Energy Star certified appliance, for an increase of 5% from 2009 and a 9% increase from 2008.

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November 2009 Monthly Round-Up for Kitchen Contraptions

November was another cool but amazing month of Kitchen Contraptions – filled with kitchen gadgets, grilling, and other kitchen wonders like the new. Thanks again to all of our loyal readers for visiting us each day, and you can also follow us now on Facebook and Twitter.

Also, check out our 2009 Kitchen Contraptions Holiday Gift Guide for shopping ideas this holiday season.


Wilton Nonstick Christmas Cookie Pan

Coffee Makers

Cuisinart DCG-20 Grind Central Coffee Grinder Cuisinart Grind-and-Brew 12-Cup Automatic Coffeemakers

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Wolfgang Puck Rotating Grill-and-Bake Waffle Iron

Rotate your waffles for even browning. This rotating waffle iron has electronic browning control with a “crisp” function. You can also remove the waffle plates and replace with grill plates, so you can make sandwiches and paninis in it as well.

At Wolfgang Puck Rotating Grill-and-Bake Waffle Iron

The Next Iron Chef will feature BlueStar ranges

BlueStar, manufacturer of high-performance ranges and wall ovens for the home, announced that its ranges will be featured on season two of The Next Iron Chef. The show pits 10 world-class chefs from around the United States against each other in cooking challenges each week, with the winner crowned the Next Iron Chef. Throughout the series, the contestants will complete some of their challenges on one of five high-performance, ruby red BlueStar 48″ ranges. Each of the 48″ ranges features four 15,000 BTU open burners, one BlueStar trademark UltraNova 22,000 BTU power … (read more)