Introducing the newest addition to our family, this super cool Viking stove that I love. Having recently moved away from a kitchen that I dearly loved, and a thermidor that sort of became my side kick, we knew it’d be hard to settle back in to a regular stove. Obviously the kitchen is a huge part of our lives, so we decided that the stove was important enough to go all-out for. After a lot of research, we settled on a 48″ Viking 7 series (converted for propane). I named her Mrs. Padmore.
It is a pleasure to cook on this stove, there’s no other way to describe it. I am still kinda geeking out over it. I’m all like – omg, look, look, this caramel is bubbling exactly perfectly evenly over the entire surface of the pan! My husband is all – okaaaaay I’m just glad you’re happy. Oh, I am.
This particular model has two ovens, 6 burners and a griddle. Most importantly, the oven’s heat distribution is wonderful. Lots of cakes and cookies and muffins with no discernible hot spot. The cakes come out perfectly evenly cooked and the muffins were all equally browned, including the ones in the back corners. It does have a broiler and convection option (which I don’t often use but it cuts down on the bacon baking time by a third). The raised burners are amazing – precise heat that doesn’t directly torch your pan and provides perfect distribution of heat (especially with high quality cookware). Mrs. Padmore has 3 front 23,000 BTU burners, 2 rear 15,000 burners and 1 little 8,000 burner. The griddle can be used to fry a burger, or simmer sauce like a French top. The griddle surface slants slightly to allow liquids to run off into a removable well. This stove does not have pilot lights, all of the ignition is electronic and the top grates and griddle are all quite heavy, but once removed the range is very easy to clean. I also really appreciate that you can clean beneath it, and the legs are adjustable (my floor is not level).
Down sides: this is a serious investment. You certainly get what you pay for in the world of appliances but Vikings are not cheap, even compared to other commercial ranges. The range top is quite thick and takes up a good portion of the oven’s height and thus the oven is very low to the ground. If you have a hard time squatting this configuration may not be the best. I also wish the small oven was just a little bit wider. I’d like to fit a cookie sheet in it sideways. I’ll have to find some smaller cookie sheets to be able to do that.
Over all? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Completely worth it, and we are back in business.