If you’ve spent any amount of time looking at quality ranges, you’ll have come across Wolf ranges. With their iconic red knobs, Wolf ranges are a focal point in any kitchen they’re placed in.
The other thing you’ll notice straight away about Wolf ranges is the price tag! These things don’t come cheap with the average gas range costing around $5000.
Many people find themselves wondering what the fuss is about and whether Wolf ranges are worth the cost.
Let’s take a closer look.
What’s so good about Wolf ranges?
First and foremost, the overall construction quality of Wolf ranges is exceptional. They are made from high quality, dense stainless steel. This is important because it helps prolong the life of the range.
Thinner steel bends, warps, and damages over time due to the heat it is exposed to. Wolf ranges, with their thicker walls and parts are able to hold out for longer.
Even the smaller details like the door hinges, scream ‘high-quality construction.’ The hinges are able to hold a whole turkey in a roasting dish without bending or snapping. While we don’t recommend leaving your turkey on the door, it’s a great indication of the quality of the range.
Construction aside, the next best thing about Wolf ranges is the heat control. Any hack oven can hit high temperatures, but Wolf ranges are able to control and maintain those high temperatures.
You can see the build quality in the fact that the burners can simmer at 600 BTU. Now, I know what you might be thinking, ‘600 BTU is low.’ That’s the point! A quality burner like those found in Wolf ranges will be able to simmer at low levels as well as boil at higher levels.
Cheaper, lower quality burners struggle to simmer at low temperatures because they just don’t have the range or control over the flame.
Before we look at the general feature found on Wolf ranges, let’s talk about the calibration. Ovens need to be calibrated so that you can control the temperature. Low quality ovens tend to be poorly calibrated which is why it can be difficult to get even bakes, or normal cook times.
Wolf ranges are impeccably calibrated. When you set your oven to the desired temperature you know what you’re going to get. This means you don’t have to fuss around adding to your cook time or watch your bread like a hawk in case it burns.
Some of the features we love on Wolf ranges include:
- Sleek stainless-steel design.
- Soft close doors.
- Large ovens.
- Choice of fuel.
- Available in a range of sizes.
How Long Will a Wolf Range Last?
Wolf ranges are an investment that pays out over time. Where a store brand range might last you 5 years, a Wolf range will last up to and over 20 years!
Wolf does point out that exact lifetimes may vary depending on the level of use, ambient temperatures, and the level of maintenance and care given to the range.
If you take good care of your range, cleaning it regularly, service it yearly, and making small repairs as they pop up, you can definitely expect your cooker to last about 2 decades.
The longevity of these cookers is one of the key reasons we think they are, in fact, worth the cost.
What does a Wolf Range Cost?
Speaking of cost, let’s take a closer look at how much a Wolf range will set you back.
At the lowest end of the price scale, you have the gas ranges. These typically start at about $4700 for the smallest size.
The dual-fuel ranges start at about $6480, again for the smallest size which is usually a 30” range.
Finally, you have the induction ranges. These are similar in price to the dual-fuel ranges. The 30” will typically start out at about $6460.
When you get up to the bigger sizes, with custom range tops and burners, you’re looking at over $10k. The more features you include, the more expensive it will get.
Is Wolf a Good Brand?
Wolf is synonymous with quality. They are well-liked and well-reviewed by home users and professionals. Their brand ambassadors include chefs like Aldo Zilli, Shaun Rankin, Gordon Ramsey, and Michel Roux Jr.
Celebrity endorsements aside, Wolf stands behind their products, offering one of the best warranties of any high-end range makers. Usually, 2 years on parts and labor and a 5-year limited warranty on parts.
This shows their belief in the quality and longevity of their products. A belief that is supported by hundreds and thousands of happy users.
Wolf ranges might not be in everybody’s price range, but for those who can afford them, they are well worth the cost. Features aside, the longevity of these ranges more than makes up for the large price tag!