Gas ranges are a great addition to any home. And, because so many people love having ranges in their kitchen, there are a great many to choose from.
One range that has become popular as of late is the Wolf 30 gas range. This is a great range that many customers have reported being very satisfied with.
Of course, like any range, it has its pros and cons. Here, we will dive into the good and the bad about the Wolf 30 gas range, all in an effort to help you determine whether or not it’s the right fit for your kitchen.
It Features Four Surface Burners
To begin with, one thing that we really like about the Wolf 30 gas range is that it has four surface burners.
A lot of burners currently on the market, especially in the 30-inch size, will only feature two burners. However, with this range, you get four full burners, and each one works great.
So, if you want to ensure you have plenty of space on which to cook and that you can cook several things at once, this burner is a great choice.
Rebates are Often Available
A lot of times, when you buy Wolf products, including this one, you can actually take advantage of some pretty good rebate offers that can help you to save a lot of money.
However, it is important to note that, in most cases, in order to take advantage of these rebates, you will need to buy other qualifying items from Wolf.
Thus, the rebates probably won’t be a big factor for you if all you need is a range. However, if you are looking to upgrade your whole kitchen and to add a few items, buying Wolf products can be a great way to do so without breaking the bank.
It’s Super Stylish and Attractive
We know that, in the grand scheme of things, looks don’t really matter much. However, there is nothing wrong with wanting your appliance to be just as stylish and attractive as it is functional.
And, luckily, the Wolf 30 gas range fits the bill. We love the brand-defining, distinctive red knobs, the sleek stainless-steel exterior, and the pretty blue color of the included oven.
All in all, you really couldn’t ask for a more attractive range.
3 of the Burners are Super High Powered
One big complaint that people often have with gas ranges is that they don’t have enough heat and power behind them, at least where the burners are concerned.
However, that worry definitely isn’t necessary with this range. 3 of the burners are designed to be very high-heat and super high-power. So, if you’re the kind of person who wants to boil water in a flash and cook other food items just as quickly, this is definitely the model for you.
Simmering is Super Easy Too
We’ve already mentioned how three of the burners happen to be super high-powered in nature. However, there is still one more burner on this unit, and it will easily take care of all of your simmering needs.
The “simmer” burner is great at maintaining consistently low temperatures. That makes it perfect for simmering soups, stews, and sauces to perfection.
Thus, if you want to be able to cook foods in a flash but also to slow-cook and simmer when you need to, you will happily find everything you want all in one convenient package when you go for the Wolf 30 gas range.
It Includes an Oven
Something else that you should know is that this range is more than just a range.
It also includes a wonderful oven that we found works well for a wide variety of cooking tasks.
It is particularly adept at both roasting and baking. So, if you want a great range but also a great oven that you can count on, this one is certainly the right choice.
It Features Cast Iron Grates that are Coated with Porcelain
Another nice feature of the Wolf 30 gas range is the fact that it features cast iron grates. Not only are these super attractive, but they’re also super durable. You never have to worry about these grates giving way to heat or running into other issues.
Plus, the grates are also coated in strong, durable porcelain which makes for super easy cleaning. Everything sits atop the porcelain barrier, instead of seeping in, so, when you’re ready to clean them, a nice damp sponge should do the trick just fine. That means no more dealing with baked on messes, a huge sigh of relief for amateur chefs everywhere.
The Oven is Huge
If you like to cook with big baking sheets or other large dishes, you will be glad to know that this unit has a surprisingly large oven capacity. A lot of 30-inch products kind of skimp when it comes to oven space, but not this one.
You will enjoy an impressive 4.4 cubic foot cooking space, large enough to easily accommodate any dish that the average person owns. What could be better than that?
“Hidden” Additional Settings to Choose From
If you cook regularly, then you probably already know that, the more settings on a unit, the better.
Luckily for you, the Wolf 30 gas range has lots of extra settings and features tucked carefully away.
The prime example is the fact that you can simply turn the outer ring of one of the oven knobs to open up extra settings. We love, first and foremost, that those extras settings are there and available for use. Plus, we also love the fact that they’re tucked away. Space isn’t taken up with extra big, bulky control panels or confusing knobs. Everything you need can be accessed with a simple extra spin of an already-functional dial. In our opinion, that’s a pretty smart design.
The Whole Thing Stays Nice and Cool
A big issue that people often have with gas ranges and ovens is that the external parts that they have to touch, like the knobs and handles, often get super-hot and super uncomfortable during the cooking process.
This can make it difficult or potentially even dangerous to open the oven door or adjust the temperature. Fortunately, none of these things are a concern with this unit.
It is very well insulated and, thus, stays nice and cool on the outside during operation. That means that anyone can safely and easily use this unit without worry.
Six Different Rack Levels
Something else that we really appreciate about the Wolf 30 gas range is the fact that it features six different rack levels.
This means that you can easily cook multiple items at one time and/or that you can easily adjust your rack as needed for perfect cooking.
We also found that the racks were super easy to take out and put in, which makes this a very easy oven to deal with and use.
Enjoy a Touchscreen Feature
We have already mentioned how, if you spin the outer ring of the dial, you can access hidden features. That is great for people who like doing things the old-fashioned way.
However, don’t let that fool you into thinking that this is not a modern oven because it most definitely is.
Also hidden carefully and out of view is a panel that you can access to use a touchscreen. Via the touchscreen, you can do all of the things you can do with the dial, which gives you and anyone else who will be using the appliance the convenience of choice.
The only difference from the touchscreen features and the dial features is that the touchscreen menu also offers a nice built-in timer and clock. This is a smart design since most timers and clocks usually take up unnecessary space that most people don’t have room for, especially in today’s modern, compact kitchens.
Thanks to the design, you can get all of the benefits of a timer/clock without taking up a bunch of room or having to deal with a cluttered appearance.
This Unit Will Not Work Well with All Gas Setups
While, so far, we have detailed a lot of things to love about this unit, there is one thing that is not ideal.
That is the fact that this unit won’t work or at least won’t work as well unless you have the proper gas setup, which is a setup of 7” pressure.
While some areas do offer this pressure, thus allowing the unit to work at full capacity, others do not.
Thus, before you buy this unit, you will need to check into what your gas setup is and determine whether or not it will allow the appliance to function as it should.
A Great Infrared Boiler
One of our favorite features on this unit is the infrared boiler, which works amazingly well.
It gets super-hot and really allows the heat to surround the food, which makes for perfect, even cooking when you’re broiling anything. The broiler is also good for searing the top of meat for a crispy delicious outer layer.
The broiler is also easy to operate, so even if you’re new to broiling, you should have no problem figuring it out with this unit.
You Can Customize the Knobs
Many people like to be able to customize their appliances or at least to have some choices in terms of what their appliances look like.
Fortunately, you do have some customization options with this unit. For one thing, you can choose what your knobs look like. The red knobs come standard, and we happen to really like them.
If they’re not your thing, though, don’t worry. You can opt for stainless steel knobs, black knobs, brass knobs, or chrome knobs.
Just keep in mind that every retailer won’t offer every option, so if you have a specific knob in mind, you might have to do some shopping around to find the one you want.
The Exterior Requires a Lot of Cleaning
Even with so much to love about this unit, there are some common complaints that come up.
One thing that many people mention is the fact that the exterior, especially the top of the range, tends to get dirty easily.
The way the unit is designed does lend itself to spots and splotches getting into some pretty undesirable places, which means a little more scrubbing and cleaning than you’d probably like.
If you can deal with the cleaning, though, we still think it’s a pretty great appliance to have.
It Can Take A While to Preheat
Something else we’re not crazy about is that, in our opinion, the oven on this unit takes a very long time to preheat.
Some tests report that it takes around fifteen minutes just to reach a temperature of 350 degrees. That’s a lot of waiting for some people, especially those who lead busy lives.
Of course, once the oven does reach its desired temperature, it’s pretty good about maintaining it, which is a nice bonus. We just wish it could get there a little faster.
All in all, the Wolf 30 gas range is not perfect, but no unit is. And, while it may not be perfect, it does, as you can see, have a lot of great features that bring it pretty close.
We recommend doing a little more research and also checking out other units to determine if this offering from Wolf is the best fit for you.