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As the hearth of the home, we put a lot of effort into creating a warm and beautiful atmosphere for our kitchens. Sometimes, it may prove to be too difficult to sacrifice cabinet space for a sizable range, while other times it simply may be overkill if you're searching for a beautiful but simple design.

A creative solution to this is to consider installing a cooktop or rangetop, which are renowned for their perfect visual craftsmanship, and powerful cooking abilities.

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Benefits of Rangetops: Commercial Style & Power In Your Kitchen

In a restaurant or commercial kitchen, the rangetop is used more than any other appliance. For the aspiring home chef, a rangetop provides a more professional feel and quality. If you’re wondering, “Just what is a rangetop?” and how does it differ from a cooktop, we’ll explore the major differences and provide a few details about some of our most popular rangetops.

Cooktop vs. Range Top:

The rangetop is one of the most versatile appliances in a commercial kitchen, often featuring six powerful open burners with knobs on the front rather than the top of the appliance. Having been inspired by commercial rangetops, residential rangetops share many characteristics with commercial rangetops while occasionally making a few concessions to make things a little easier for the home chef.

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Pro-style rangetops are becoming more popular in residential kitchens because of their increased burner output and commercial style.

A typical configuration comes with six burners, while a common cooktop often comes with four but occasionally features five or six burners. The residential rangetop often features a more commercial aesthetic than many cooktop models. However, in addition to the commercial style, two of the biggest differences between the residential rangetop and the residential cooktop are power and size. The rangetop generally features higher-power burners and is available in a greater variety of widths – 24” to 60”. Most cooktops, on the other hand, do not exceed 45”. A gas rangetop is most common, but a few rangetops are available with electric burners.

Rangetops are also constructed differently than cooktops, and have a larger chassis than a cooktop. A rangetop sits in a larger cutout in your countertop, allowing for an exposed front (where the knobs are located). The sides and back of the unit sit flush against the counter. Since most rangetops are actually not being supported in place by resting in the countertop like a cooktop does, you will need to make sure that there are adequate cabinet structures beneath the rangetop to support its weight.

Here are three examples of residential rangetops, selected from our top sellers.

Viking Rangetop (VGRT5366BSS)

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Viking 36" rangetop with six sealed burners.

The 36” Viking rangetop features six sealed burners with a wide range of heating capability. Sealed burners prevent crumbs and drips from falling down into the burner itself, making cleaning a little easier.

All burners feature Viking’s trademarked VariSimmer setting for delicate sauces that require constant, even, low heat.

However, the burners can also reach up to 15,000 BTUs, powerful heat for searing meats or getting water to a boil quickly. If 15,000 BTUs just isn’t enough for you, Viking has added the TruPower Plus burner to provide 18,500 BTUs of power. All burners also feature SureSpark ignition and automatic re-ignition, so you never lose heat unknowingly. Below the burners sits a one-piece porcelainized surface that makes clean-up quick and easy.

Jenn-Air Rangetop (JGD8348CDP)

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Jenn-Air 48" rangetop with indoor grill and downdraft.

The Jenn-Air 48” rangetop comes with four burners and substitutes a grill for the last two burners. Like the Viking rangetop, the Jenn-Air comes with sealed burners to make the home chef’s life a little simpler.

However, the Jenn-Air rangetop comes with a few additional features some home chefs might enjoy. For example, the modular design of the Jenn-Air rangetop allows people to customize their cooking surface with interchangeable grills and other accessories, depending on their personal cooking style.

Also, Jenn-Air built its characteristic downdraft ventilation system – common on Jenn-Air cooktops – into its rangetop. The robust ventilation system draws odors and steam down into the rangetop before they are dispersed throughout the home. Owners of a Jenn-Air rangetop need no large ventilation system hanging overhead.

Electrolux Rangetop (E36GC76GPS)

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Electrolux 36" rangetop with six sealed burners.

Electrolux offers its own version of the rangetop as part of its Electrolux ICON series. The Electrolux ICON 36” rangetop features six sealed burners. Elextrolux makes versatility a priority with burners that can hold a steady 450 BTUs for the most delicate of dishes and can flare up to 18,000 BTUs when necessary.

The gas burners are prompted to ignite with an electronic ignition system, and they automatically re-ignite any time a flame flickers out or a spill douses the burner.

Like the Viking, the Electrolux rangetop burners sit above a one-piece porcelainized surface that catches all crumbs and drips. The home chef can cook like a pro without requiring a professional cleaning service afterwards.

Viking VGRT5366BSS Review: Powerful 36" Rangetop with Six Sealed Burners

For years, Viking has been adapting commercial kitchen appliances for residential kitchens to allow home chefs the same quality, versatility and convenience enjoyed by professional chefs in professional kitchens.


Viking 36 Inch Custom Series Rangetop
Viking's rangetops sit flush with your countertop surface.

The Viking engineers are never at rest as they constantly attempt to better their products. Viking’s Professional Custom Series offers many of the features on which professional chefs rely to cook foods at their optimal temperatures and on the best cooking surfaces. In addition, the Custom Series allows home chefs to tailor their appliances to their specific cooking needs and their interior décor.

The Viking VGRT5366BSS range top features stainless steel construction and sits in a cutout in your existing cabinetry. An island trim now comes standard with these gas rangetops to help you seamlessly integrate the cooktop into your kitchen. Custom Series Viking range tops also now feature metal knobs with stainless steel finish, as opposed to the previously standard plastic knobs.


Viking Sealed Burners
Sealed burners ensure that cooking messes are easy to clean.

You can customize your Viking 36” rangetop to your own needs by choosing the number and configuration of burners you desire. You may opt for six burners or four burners with either a 12” griddle/simmer plate or a 12” grill placed in the middle of the four burners.

The griddle plate is thermostatically controlled to maintain precise temperatures, and it now comes with an aluminum grease trough that can be removed effortlessly when cleaning.

The grill is also designed for quality cooking and easy cleaning. It comes with a drip pan and a drip tray positioned below to catch any overflow. Additionally, Viking recently updated the grill to feature a one-piece porcelainized, cast-iron grate, making cleaning easier than ever.


Viking 36 Inch Custom Series Rangetop
Six high-powered burners give you the ability to cook several dishes at once.

As for the professional features on the Viking gas range top, they are plenty. Burners can warm at a slow simmer with Viking’s VariSimmer setting, or they can heat up to 15,000 BTUs. (One BTU heats one gallon of water by 1°F.) Also, Viking is now offering a TruPowerPlus burner on select models. Positioned in the front right spot, this burner can heat up to 18,500 BTUs. All burners are sealed, making them safer and easier to clean. Any splashes or splatters will not drip down into the burner itself. Viking rangetops also feature Viking’s own trademarked SureSpark Ignition System so the burners ignite with unfailing reliability, and an automatic re-ignition system makes sure burners re-light immediately if the flame goes out.

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