Having great appliances in the kitchen makes all the difference.

If you're someone who cooks a lot, you'll appreciate a good appliance. They can be the difference between average and excellent cooking. Plus, they can also shave time off your meal prep, too.

There is an overwhelming range of kitchen appliances to choose from out there. We thought we would review a particular brand and see how they fared against other brands.

Let’s take a look at the Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range.

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What Is The Viking Dual Fuel Range?

So, what is the Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range, then? It is a range of five burner sealed stove-top ovens, produced by the manufacturer Viking.

They are aptly named dual fuel because they utilize both electric and gas. The stove-top is run on gasoline, while the oven below is electric.

For the sake of continuity, we will focus on the five burner 30 inch model in the Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range. The four burners have a maximum Btu of 15,000.

Viking themselves claim to have one of the largest oven capacities on the market with the Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range. Additionally, they also believe that they have one of the fastest preheat times in their ovens, too.

The gas that the Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range uses natural gas, as opposed to propane. Let’s give the Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range a thorough review.

Specifications Of The Viking Dual Fuel Range

The Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range has a number of established features, with additional specs to now add to the list.

Their pro sealed burner system is capable of going up to 18,500 Btu’s on the front right-hand burner. All other burners can only reach 15,000 Btu’s.

All Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range burners are equipped with a cutting-edge ignition system to ensure that the flame ignites every time.

Their black chrome knobs are hard wearing and heavy duty. Again, they reiterate that the Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range has one of the largest oven capacities in the industry.

Additionally, the Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range oven comes with six porcelain rack slots and three racks. The soft close door allows you to close the oven door slowly and softly, without it slamming.

Their window opening is new and improved, with a broader view of the oven interior. The Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range has three oven lights for you to see everything.

Because the Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range uses electric in the oven, it's self-cleaning. The oven comes with ten cooking and baking modes, including convection.

The surface grates located over the burners are easily removable for a quick clean up.

Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range uses electric in the oven,

Things To Remember When Using The Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range

When using the Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range, there are a few things that you need to remember.

There is an electric ignition for all sealed surface burners. This means that there are no open flame pilots, making it safer.

The front right-hand burner is capable of outputting up to 18,500 Btu’s. However, it’s also great for simmering large pots, as well, and can be turned right down like the other burners.

There is an optional griddle that also comes with 15,000 Btu’s. The thermostat that’s attached to the griddle is designed to maintain an even temperature across the surface of the griddle once properly heated.

The Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range also comes with an optional char-grill, depending on the specific model. This is a heavy duty porcelainized grate made out of cast-iron. Beneath the grate is a porcelain plate that is designed to catch any drippings.

The soft close door feature allows the door to remain open until it is approximately 12 centimeters away from the oven. Gently pushing it at this point will encourage it to close. The speed at which the oven door closes will depend on the temperature of the oven.

Things To Remember When Using The Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range

Now that we've covered the specs of the Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range let's take a look at how prices vary for this range across different retail outlets.

  • AJ Madison: AJ Madison has the full Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range available, whether you’re looking for the five or four burner model.The particular model we’re reviewing is available on AJ Madison from $$$$ in stainless steel with propane gas. If you want it in black with natural gas, it’ll set you back $$$$.
  • US Appliance: US Appliance also has the Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range available for purchase online, too. The model that we’re reviewing is available in white and natural gas for $$$$.
  • Appliances Connection: the last online retailer that we’re looking at with the Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range models is Appliances Connection. They have the natural gas model in stainless steel available for $$$$ – and this includes free shipping. If you’re looking for the same model in black or white, it’ll set you back $$$$.

Now that we've discussed the different price points of the Viking 30 Duel Fuel Range across the board let's see how they rate against similar appliances from different brands.

Comparing The Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range With Smeg Cpf30ugm

First, let’s discuss the Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range.

Now, let’s discuss the Smeg CPF30UGM and compare it against the Viking RVDR33025B.

Comparing the Viking  Dual Fuel Range with Smeg CPF30UGM

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$6,172.60

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$4,499.00

The Smeg CPF30UGM has a wider range of colors to choose from compared to its Viking counterpart. These include matte black, olive green, red and yellow as well as regular black, white and stainless steel.

The Smeg CPF30UGM also has available storage space underneath, which the Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range doesn't. This is because the Viking range has to allow for a substantial oven capacity.  

Surprisingly, the Viking 30 Duel Fuel Range is smaller than the Smeg CPF30UGM. However, we can confirm that it has a larger oven capacity compared to Smeg’s 3.6 cubic feet. The Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range has an oven capacity of 4.7 cubic feet.

The Viking Dual Fuel Range has three oven racks, while the Smeg CPF30UGM only has two.

Comparing The Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range With Bertazzoni Prof304dfxx

Now that we’ve looked at the Smeg CPF30UGM against the Viking Dual Fuel Range let's review the Bertazzoni PROF304DFXX in contrast.

Comparing the Viking Dual Fuel Range with Bertazzoni PROF304DFXX

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$6,172.60

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$2,982.81

The Bertazzoni Master Series has a number of features that are different when comparing with the Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range. One of the most significant differences that we can see is the Bertazzoni Master Series has an open burner, as opposed to sealed burners like the Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range.

It is also available in a more extensive range of different colors, including yellow, orange and red. The Bertazzoni Master Series has a higher Btu output on some of its burners, and then a lower output on the others.

It comes with four burners as opposed to five. Its oven capacity is almost comparable with the Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range – coming in at 4.6 cubic feet. While it features a temperature probe that the Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range doesn't have, unfortunately, the Bertazzoni Master Series doesn’t come with an interior oven light, while the Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range does.

It only has two oven racks, and its door isn't removable. The Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range comes with three oven racks, and you can remove the door for more efficient cleaning.

Comparing The Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range With FiveStar TPN287

Let’s take a look at our last comparison between the Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range and FiveStar TPN287. As a refresher, let’s review the Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range:

the Viking Dual Fuel Range with FiveStar TPN287

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$6,172.60

Ease of Use

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$7,515.00

The FiveStar TPN287 is only available in the same colors as the Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range. Its burner output is slightly higher across the board, allowing for 18,500 Btu’s for each burner. Its oven capacity, however, is one of the smallest in this review, at 3.69 cubic feet.

It does come with three racks instead of two, putting it up there with Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range. It also stands slightly higher than the Viking range, which may or may not be convenient, depending on the layout of your kitchen.

Overall, while FiveStar TPN287 is a high-quality dual fuel oven, it's also the most expensive on our comparison list.  

Pros

  • Temperature
  • Cleaning
  • Easily Controlled

Cons

  • Oven
  • Oven Continued
  • Appearance

Advantages Of The Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range

We’ve looked at the Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range in comparison with other similar appliances on the market. Now, let’s discuss the various advantages of the Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range:

  • Temperature: Good Housekeeping mentions the temperature when it comes to looking at the benefits of the Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range. They say that the sealed burners allow for a steady simmer and an even distribution of heat. Additionally, the oven is said to heat evenly and broil well.
  • Cleaning: the Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range is easy to clean, with few awkward crevices and hard to reach places. The oven racks are easily removable and can fit nicely into an average-sized sink. If you don't feel like doing the dishes, the Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range also has a self-clean setting.
  • Easily Controlled: learning how to work and operate the Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range is simple and straightforward. The controlled knobs are easy to see and use, while the manual that comes with this range is extensive but concise. It also includes a quick reference guide if you want to skip the details.

Disadvantages Of The Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range

Now that we’ve run through the advantages of the Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range, let’s take a look at some possible setbacks:

  • Oven: the oven seems to have a couple of problem areas that can get in the way of a good bake. Because there is no storage drawer below, the oven itself is quite low, making it hard to bend down for access every time. Additionally, while the oven is large, the window looking into the oven is quite small.
  • Oven Continued: while the Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range has three interior oven lights for a high level of visibility, there appear to be some issues around the lighting itself. Apparently, they don't come on automatically when you open the door. Also, the oven isn't able to convert temperatures when using the convection feature, so you have to remember to do this manually.
  • Appearance: if you’re someone who likes stainless steel, the Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range is ideal. While it’s available in a black and white as well, you will still get quite a bit of stainless steel with these models. The control panel, back guard, and front handle will all remain stainless.
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Reviewing The Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range

We’ve looked at the Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range in great detail. We have discussed the technical aspects of this appliance range and considered varying price points and how it compares to other similar dual fuel range models.

In conclusion, we award the Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range 4/5 stars. While it has a couple of setbacks around specific features of the oven and is more limited in appearance than you may think, the Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range is built well for practicality and longevity.

Rating

The Viking 30 Dual Fuel Range is made to suit a wide variety of cooking requirements.

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