advice on 30" gas cooktop - bosch or wolf?

mmc9876November 21, 2013

I'm torn between the two below gas cooktops. The 30" five-burner bosch gas cooktop (top-rated on consumer reports) or the 30" four-burner Wolf gas cooktop. Must be a 30" and cooktop (vs. commercial-style range). I took my most-used pots and pans to the store and laid them out in various configurations; both cooktops fit perfectly.

Here are the details:


16,000 Btu/hr
10,000 Btu/hr (x2)
5,500 Btu/hr (x2)

15,000 / 950 Btu/hr
12,000/ 800 Btu/hr
9,200 / 300 Btu/hr (x2)

Any thoughts? Wolf is nearly $1k more expensive. I don't want to get it just for the sake of "Wolf is a higher-end brand". Wolf has simmer setting on all burners, but Bosch has two simmers, too. Bosch's center burner has higher BTUs, better for boiling water faster for pasta, etc. They seem equally easy to clean. Both auto-reignite, illuminated knobs. Cutout size similar.

I just cant decide!


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You might consider the USA made Dacor cooktops which also offers an integrated "downdraft" venting system. I have installed the 30" gas cooktop and electric oven (as single dual-fuel unit - see DR30DI) together with the 15" downdraft vent, and I'm really pleased with it.

You can view the models at

DCT305 (54,000 Total BTUs)

1 SimmerSearTM Burner with Melting Feature (18,000 BTU)
1 Sealed Gas Burners (11,000 BTU)
2 Sealed Gas Burners (9,000 BTU)
1 Sealed Gas Burner (7,000 BTU)

(The above 5 burner configuration applies to the 36" model, whereas the 30" models has just 4 burners; i.e. The 11,000 BTU burner is omitted.)

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