If you're a serious cook, you know that the best appliances are more than just good looks, high prices, and well-known brand names.
So we put some of the best known pro-style kitchen appliances from the likes of Wolf, Viking, Sub-Zero, Thermador, Miele, Verona, and Bertazzoni through their paces in our test labs. To gain our approval, ovens had to preheat quickly and bake evenly. Fridges had to preserve fresh food and keep freezer burn at bay. Dishwashers had to get dishes clean and dry.
You’ll notice all of our picks for a classic kitchen come from Thermador. That’s not only because Thermador nails the Professional aesthetic, or because you can get significant discounts if you purchase as a package. Our recommendation is twofold: owners tend to be satisfied with Thermador's overall reliability, and our performance tests show that these are some of the best high-end appliances you can buy, period.
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Thermador Pro Harmony Gas Range
We’re big fans of the Thermador Pro Harmony. We tested both the 36-inch dual-fuel model—the PRD364GDHU—and the 30-inch PRD304GHU. Both have 18,000 BTU star-shaped gas burners that we measured as hot as 427ºF, which is a big deal for a gas range. The burners boiled six cups of water in under 5 minutes, but the ExtraLow function got our test pans down to just 86ºF.
In the electric oven, we were impressed by a fast broiler. We baked cookies and cakes on both convection and normal settings and found everything we cooked to be evenly done. Roasting was similarly excellent. Our only complaint was a low preheat—the larger oven on the 36-inch range took a whopping 14 minutes to reach 350ºF. Read the full review
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Thermador Star Sapphire Dishwasher
This is Thermador’s top-of-the-line dishwasher. Thermador and Bosch share a parent company, so Thermador’s dishwashers benefit from Bosch’s many years of experience in that category—except with a few more luxury touches. We weren’t surprised at how well this machine cleaned away food debris in our tests, leaving dishes spotless and dry.
Available in panel-ready and stainless exteriors, the Sapphire’s 22 7/16-inch depth means it can be mounted flush with cabinetry, or proud. It sports a third rack, an ultra-quiet 42 dBA sound rating, and cool, blue interior lighting. Read the full review
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Thermador Built-in French Door Refrigerator
Another pick from Thermador here. While Sub-Zero might have better name recognition, Thermador’s built-in was the best-performing built-in fridge we’ve ever tested. In terms of freezer and fridge evenness over time, storage space and usability, and crisper drawer humidity retention, this Thermador bottom-freezer is the tops.
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Thermador Induction Cooktop
If you’ve already got a dual-fuel range in your kitchen, we recommend adding an induction cooktop to an island. That will give you the visual feedback and familiarity of gas, plus the speed and sensitivity of induction when you need it for boiling water or melting chocolate. Our top-ranked induction cooktop is also from Thermador, and excelled with quick time-to-boil and a layout that made sense to our testers. Read the full review
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Thermador Professional Series Electric Double Wall Oven
Wolf and Viking both make great wall ovens, but our top pick for a traditional pro-style kitchen is this Thermador. Alongside a massive and fast MaxBroil Broiler, the oven also comes equipped with a rotisserie, true convection in the upper cavity, as well as standard convection in both. For comparison, Wolf’s E-Series only has convection in the upper oven. Read the full review