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6 burners vs. 4 + griddle

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Keepemfed Feb 2, 2011 08:40 AM

I am remodeling my kitchen and have been researching 36" gas ranges for what feels like forever. Everyone gives me contradicting opinions on the best brand. I really like that the Wolf allows you to simmer on all burners and feel it gives me the most flexibility. However, I'm not sure their price tag fits into my budget. Also, when I was researching I was sure I wanted six burners. However, several chefs have recommended 4 burners and a griddle. Does anyone actually use a griddle on their range/cooktop? All opinions and recommendations are most welcome.

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    pesto Feb 2, 2011 08:53 AM

    I purchased my cooktop 5 years ago after what seemed like a ridiculous amount of research. I went with 36 in. DCS (now owned by Fisher and Paykel) 4 burner with griddle. All burners have 17,500 BTUs with 500 BTU simmer. We love the griddle and use it all the time for pancakes and grilled sandwiches. I don't use it for bacon because it is too messy to clean. I remember when it was delivered, I had buyers remorse about the griddle. It didn't take long to see that I made the right decision. I cook and entertain quite a bit and never once wished I had the 6 burners. ENJOY and good luck!

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      Keepemfed Feb 2, 2011 09:41 AM

      Are you happy that you chose DCS? It is the brand I am now considering. Thank you for confirming that all burners burners go to 500 BTU. Their literature is not 100% clear and they state that it goes to 140 degrees (which I wasn't sure how that converted to BTUs to compare to other brands).

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        pesto Feb 2, 2011 11:55 AM

        Yes, I am happy with DCS. Great heat distribution and easy to clean. The simmer setting does a great job. Gentle even heat. I liked the Thermador but it makes a clicking sound while on simmer! I think it would drive me mad! :-)

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      fourunder Feb 2, 2011 08:57 AM

      The only negative about the griddle .....you have to clean it if you use it.

      1. Uncle Bob Feb 2, 2011 09:16 AM

        I have a 6 burner...I also have a 12 in round cast iron griddle, plus a rectangle cast iron griddle that fits over two burners...Both get regular use...are easily cleaned and stored. So yes...I used griddles almost daily....I also have 6 burners when needed.....

        Fun!

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          escondido123 Feb 2, 2011 12:50 PM

          I too would vote for the six burners...you can always use a griddle on top of them but you can't turn a griddle into burners. Now if you were talking about a grill, I might think differently.

          1. wekick Feb 2, 2011 01:05 PM

            I would vote for 6 burners because I like the flexibility of being able to go back and forth. I would get one of these, and you can get even 23x23 over 4 burners.

            http://www.dvorsons.com/chefking/Grid...

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              pesto Feb 2, 2011 02:58 PM

              While the top of stove griddles appear to work well, they are nothing compared to the in-stove griddle, in my humble opinion. I've had both and the stove griddle is wonderful. Beautiful even browning, no hot spots...Fabulous! As far as the grill, it causes a great deal of smoke! I have a very powerful hood, but when I use my grill pan, I have to turn it way the heck up, making for a very loud environment. Again, this is my opinion...just trying to present all sides to the OP.

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                escondido123 Feb 2, 2011 03:02 PM

                Oh yes, it does create a lot of smoke but that's what the fans for and grilling is usually quick. I'm not saying I'd pick either one over 6 burners, but I know for sure I wouldn't use the griddle often.

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                  pesto Feb 2, 2011 03:05 PM

                  Great point. Keepemfed should examine his/her habits! Not for everyone!

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                    Keepemfed Feb 3, 2011 05:43 AM

                    Yes, I think this is very true. When I first started looking at ranges I had no intention of getting a griddle. Only after speaking with chefs did I start to consider one. However, I am not a chef and my kitchen is not a restaurant. While we do make pancakes, french toast and toasted cheese on the weekend, I don't think I have that much use for it otherwise. It does drive the cost of the range up by $350 and I think I could be a pretty nice stove top griddle for that money.

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                      pesto Feb 5, 2011 09:10 AM

                      Please make sure you let us know what you decide! Enjoy the process. You will not make a mistake.

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                  wekick Feb 2, 2011 03:33 PM

                  I think you could argue about what is the best griddle to cook on. There are many variables. Heat conduction would depend on the burners and what the griddle is made of. I have an aluminum overlay griddle and it is very even. I got it at a thrift store and it is not marked so I'm not sure what brand. I've heard people complain about uneven heat on some of the built in ones so it might depend on what brand of range you have. To me it would come down to how much you want a space dedicated to a griddle. If I used the griddle daily, I might consider dedicated griddle. The other thing is a portable griddle can be very heavy so that might be a consideration.

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                  CindyJ Feb 3, 2011 05:55 AM

                  I have a question about using a griddle that goes over the burners. If the two burners don't have the same BTUs, how do you adjust for even heating on the griddle?

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                    escondido123 Feb 3, 2011 07:17 AM

                    That's exactly what you do, adjust them so you get an even heat. It takes a few tries, but it's not too difficult to get them close.

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                  will47 Feb 2, 2011 05:36 PM

                  I have had 4, but if I had had an extra 6" in the space, I would definitely have gone with 6 burners. A built in griddle is kind of a pain to clean, and unless you really plan to use it a lot, a burner that fits over the top would probably work almost as well. I totally get having a flat top grill in a restaurant setting, but for home use, it seems like the extra time to keep it clean and well seasoned might not be worth it. Maybe if you frequently make pancakes for a family of 8....

                  Not to sound like a broken record, but you should give Capital a look also. Their burners are high power, but will also go down to a pretty low simmer.

                  1. JEN10 Feb 2, 2011 05:55 PM

                    I have had 2 Thermador Pro Series ranges. One 48" with the griddle and grill. Loved the griddle and used it often, the grill was just too messy and smelly. I think I only used in twice in 5 years. The grilled smell left behind on the briquettes was nasty to me. The 36" range had just the griddle and I loved it. I could whip up Quesadillas, paninni's, pancakes, melts, in no time. I found it simple to clean, pretty much as you would a cast iron pan. With this latest remodel I am going with the Dacor 36" range; it comes with 6 burners and a griddle. It should be fine for me, I am gluten and dairy free so I won't get much use out of the griddle. But if you do enjoy the above mentioned foods they are a snap to make on a built in griddle.

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                      shallots Feb 3, 2011 06:31 PM

                      I've had the Jennaire 6 burner for about 14 years. I have the griddle or grill option for the left hand two burners. I thought I'd use the griddle more, but I've used the grill more - even for something as mundane as grilling veggies. The griddle has a long recommended preheat and my old cast iron heats a lot faster (thus cheaper) and it's a decades old friend.

                      1. gansu girl Feb 5, 2011 10:46 AM

                        another vote for getting six burners and a stove-top griddle - I love having all those burners and BTUs when I want 'em - we use the griddle much less often, and when we want to, we pull out our cast-iron griddle, slap it over 2 burners and enjoy our pancakes/whatever. options options options!

                        GG
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                          JanetNewCook Aug 14, 2011 10:01 AM

                          In about a week, we're getting a new GE Cafe duel fuel stove that comes with a flat griddle. I have an aluminum, round, stove top grill that has ridges. Does anyone have info regarding successfully using a grill on top of sealed gas burners?

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                            rasputina Aug 14, 2011 12:12 PM

                            I so miss my built in cast iron griddle. At my old house I had a 6 burner plus a separate built in griddle. I would only get one if it's cast iron though. I've used the stove top 2 burner size griddles and they are not nearly as good. They tend to heat unevenly unlike the built in one I had.

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                              RGC1982 Aug 14, 2011 07:00 PM

                              A good friend loves the way the built-in griddle cooks, but hates to clean it. I personally love my All Clad LTD stovetop double griddle. Nothing cleans up as easily as it does, and when I don't need a griddle, I can use all of the burners on my cooktop, Just my opinion.

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                                bmccommon Jan 29, 2012 08:10 AM

                                I know this is late but in case someone else is looking; I was limited to choices of ranges since I had to have one that converted to propane and live in an area with limited brand choices. I got the Frigidaire Gallery range that had 4 burners and an oval one in the middle that had a griddle or you can put on a grate and use as a burner. I leave the griddle on and use it a lot. I seasoned it right away (it's cast iron) and works great. One this that you can do if you have propane,. you can choose the amount of BTU's. I helped the guy set it up and it came with tons of regulators. I went with what set up said but nice to know it's easy to change. Perhaps they all come like that but the propane adapter kit had them. Anyway I love my cooktop, wish I could have found one that had electric oven. Still having trouble with this one baking like my old electric. I don't dare say anything as my husband said I better love this range, it costs almost as much to convert to gas as the range did!

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