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Old 10-29-2006, 12:25 AM   #21
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Ok, bit the bullet....ordered a Wolf Range, additional oven and microwave! I'm so excited.

Here's what I learned:

Wolf has the electronic features on the ovens....delay start, timed baking etc. and Viking did not. Wolf has a thermometer display that tells you digitally what the temp of the oven is and lets you know when your oven is at the preheat temp....Viking has neither. Viking has no electronics other than the ignitors.

Wolf has the dual convection system (two fans)...Viking has one.

Viking has a whole bunch of color options....Wolf does not.

Viking burners frequently go off when on the low simmer mode; Wolf simmers lower than Viking;

Wolf will be changing their burner design next year.

Wolf had continuous grates covering 2 burners....Viking had individual grates;

Wolf has a low backsplash (I'm sure that's not the right term) whereas if you don't want to have a high piece of stainless behind your range....Viking's smaller one is an additional option and costs extra....Wolf comes that way.

Wolf has better customer service;

Viking is prettier....if you want a showpiece, buy a Viking...if you want to really cook and have the range be a workhorse...buy a Wolf.

Looking at all the high end kitchen design magazines, I see mostly Wolf ranges....just an observation....didn't factor into my decision.

Rumor has it that the company that makes the hoods for Wolf has gotten wind that Wolf will begin manufacturing them in house and there's been some delivery / quality control issues on the hoods.

Door design is sturdier on Wolf than Viking; Viking has a history of problems with their doors. Wolf is guaranteed to hold 70 lbs;

I'm sure there's more but that's what I remember off the top of my head.
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Old 10-29-2006, 04:11 PM   #22
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If I ever get to buy my own home, I think the stove would also be a Wolf.


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Old 10-31-2006, 09:32 AM   #23
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Wolf Stove Top and Double Oven

I purchased a Wolf stove top and double oven less than a year ago. To date I have had 3 service calls on the double oven because the lower oven would not heat up. A temperature sensor, fan and vent had to be replaced. Tomorrow another service call is to be made as the oven has ceased to work. The stove top has had to having a burner repalced because it is warped and does not function properly. Needless to say I am a bit unhappy. If this is an example of quality I was fortunate that I did not choose their counterpart refrigerator at $4000.

I will say service has been acceptable but the time to identifying the problem and the arrival of the parts seems excessive.
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Old 10-31-2006, 10:48 AM   #24
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AGAIN... what about the Jenn-air stoves?

i heard consumer reports ranked them higher than Wolf & Viking.
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Old 10-31-2006, 11:02 AM   #25
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I don't have any knowledge or experience with Jenn-Air. Have you checked out ratings online?
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Old 10-31-2006, 11:04 AM   #26
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I don't have any knowledge or experience with Jenn-Air. Have you checked out ratings online?
i don't get consumer reports, but there was an article a while back that rated jenn-air higher than wolf & viking... if i recall correctly.
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Old 10-31-2006, 11:27 AM   #27
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Check out epinions.com. they may have some reviews.
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Old 10-31-2006, 03:42 PM   #28
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The ovens we had in our previos home were Jenn air. The only problem we had was the thermostate had to be adjusted, otherwise no problems. Unfortunately the Wolf has a lot of nice features, NOW IF IT WORKED THAT WOULD BE NICE. Glad I tok out added insurance.
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AGAIN... what about the Jenn-air stoves?

i heard consumer reports ranked them higher than Wolf & Viking.
Like I've said before, I LOVE my JennAir! any of you are free to pm me with your questions. I also am a consultant for JennAir... Ask away.

congrats, tho, on deciding on a Wolf. I think they're much better than Viking... but I am delighted with my JennAir... and NO, they did not give it to me., I bought it.
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Check out epinions.com. they may have some reviews.
I checked out Consumer Reports online before I made my decision, Andy....
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