Wolf SRT366 36-Inch Gas Rangetop Review
This Wolf is only subtle when it simmers.
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The Wolf SRT366 36-inch gas rangetop (MSRP $3,825) offers nearly everything you’d expect from a professional-style rangetop. With its thick stainless surfaces and black cast iron grates, the SRT366 has the look of a rangetop ready to take on anything. Red knobs identify it at a glance as a Wolf appliance, and that slide-in look brings some high-end appeal to the kitchen.
If you’re cooking at low temperatures, all of the rangetop’s six burners can give you a low, easy flame, and boiling water is something this Wolf can do quickly all across the board. It’s only when you want to sear or stir fry that the SRT366 falls a tad short—or requires a bit of a wait.
Six burners and front-mounted knobs
The six-burner Wolf SRT366X is a rangetop, not a cooktop. That means that it’s a slide-in appliance requiring a deeper cutout. The good news is that if you’re willing to make space for this 36-inch-wide, 8-inch-high, and 28-inch-deep Wolf in your counter and cabinets, you’ll get a restaurant-inspired, integrated look.
You'll also get superior ergonomics: Wolf’s signature red plastic control knobs are set on the front of the rangetop. That's a variation from standard cooktop controls, which have to be mounted on the appliance's horizontal surface. Front controls are easier to reach without risking contact with the flame, but these particular knobs wobbled a bit in our hands. That was an unpleasant surprise, since the rest of the rangetop felt rock-solid.
Control use took a little time to feel natural, with specific, carefully ordered turns in both directions required for optimal output. That's because each of the rangetop’s six sealed burners is of the dual-stacked variety—there's one row of flames on top for high output, and another row below for low heat. Turning the controls one way lights both rows of flames, while turning the other way ignites just one. Getting the right flame felt a bit like cracking a safe, or opening a high school locker.
With just one row of flames engaged, the burners are equipped to simmer or melt. With both rows cranked up to their highest setting, five of the six burners can offer 15,000 BTUs. The sixth burner is gentler, offering 9,200 BTUs.
The SRT366's continuous grates are porcelain-coated cast iron. Customization options include adding cast iron S-grates and wok grates to the grates. If you’d rather buy a model of this rangetop that comes with four burners and an infrared "charbroiler" grill or griddle, check out the SRT364C and SRT364G, respectively.
Additionally, you can swap the red control knobs for black or stainless ones, and you can also purchase 5-inch or 10-inch backguards, or a 20-inch backguard with an integrated shelf.
Temperatures and boiling times stay low.
The lowest temperatures on this rangetop fell in an impressive spread of 98°F to 114°F—perfect for melting or keeping food warm. The center rear burner led the pack with its 98°F minimum temperature, but with all other temperatures falling between 108°F and 114°F, every single burner should be up to melting, simmering, or or other low-heat tasks.
When it came to boiling water—a good measure of flame output and coverage—the SRT366's 15,000 BTU burners took between 6 and 7 minutes. With boiling times clustered so closely together, feel free to boil on any burner except the less-powerful 9,500 BTU one.
Unfortunately, only two burners could heat a pan above 375ºF after five minutes—the right rear burner hit a max temp of 376°F, while the slow-to-boil left rear burner got a smaller pan up to 380°F. We’d recommend waiting a bit longer for a pan to heat up before searing or frying, or preheating a wok for stir-fry—or else your results may be lukewarm.
Warranty and Pricing
Full two-year, limited five-year.
If you buy this Wolf rangetop, it comes with a full two-year warranty that covers any parts and labor required to repair or replace rangetop defects within two years of purchase. A limited five-year warranty applies to just the burners.
Beyond its MSRP, Wolf doesn't let authorized dealers share pricing information, so call around to get the best deal. Wolf and Sub-Zero share a parent company, and partners with Asko to provide dishwashers for whole-kitchen packages. You might be able to get a discount if you buy an entire suite from Wolf, Sub-Zero, and Asko.
Why We Like It
Easy on the eyes—and delicate dishes
We’ve come to expect sturdy, professional style from Wolf, and this rangetop delivers on that front. The stainless steel is thick and cleanly welded, the control knobs large and colored Wolf’s signature red. The grates are reminiscent of what you might see in a commercial kitchen, too.
We also measured some seriously good performance, including an impressive ability to reach low simmering temperatures and boil water quickly on nearly all of its six burners. However, you might have to wait a bit longer for truly high temperatures.
The 366 is a high-end rangetop with lots of promise and lots of space. You won’t see such consistently low minimum temperatures from burner to burner on most other gas rangetops, nor is it all that common to see such consistent boil times. If you're replacing an existing Wolf or building your first dream kitchen, this rangetop won't disappoint.
Photos captured at Clarke Kitchen and Design Showroom in Milford, MA.