THOR vs. Viking Ranges
It is no secret that Viking Ranges are a popular option for those looking to replace their current range – or add one to a brand new kitchen. But they are not the only option on the market. THOR Kitchen has become highly competitive in the market with its pro-style ranges, leaving buyers questioning which is best.
In the spirit of competition, let’s take a closer look at each so that you know what range your kitchen needs – and why.
When it comes to buying a new range, size is essential. Not only do you have to consider how much cooking you do and how often you cook, but you also need to consider the size of the space you have available. After all, finding one too big or too small for your kitchen could throw off the entire space.
The good news is that both THOR Kitchen and Viking agree that size options are a good idea. Viking offers their units in 30 inches, 36 inches, and 48 inches. THOR Kitchen, on the other hand, has a slightly greater variety with ranges of 24 inches, 30 inches, 36 inches, and 48 inches.
Winner? With a more extensive variety available, THOR Kitchen wins the size battle.
The Stove-Top Burners
The chance of you having never cooked using the burners on a stove is probably pretty slim. That means you know how important it is to have a burner responsive to your cooking needs. When you want it to simmer, you want it to do just that – simmer. When you want it to boil, you need it to heat quickly.
THOR Kitchen ranges come with 4 to 6 burners – and a high-intensity cooktop griddle (select sizes and models). With heat ranging from 12,000 BTU to 18,000 BTU, you have very flexible cooking options allowing you to simmer at 650 BTU, boil, and everything in between. On some models, 15,000 BTU dual burners offer larger space for larger cookware.
THOR Kitchen’s burners are made with continuous cast-iron cooking grates for long-lasting durability – which also helps maintain their look.
While it will vary on the range, Viking offers anywhere from 4 to 8 burners ranging from 15,000 BTU to 18,500 BTU with one PowerPlus burner. This gives you a range that can quickly cook at various temperatures.
THOR Kitchen and Viking cooktops have a porcelain cooktop for easy cleanup, sealed burners, and automatic re-ignition.
Winner? THOR Kitchen offers a greater range of BTUs and a high-intensity griddle so they win the burner battle.
The Oven Performance
The oven is another essential part of the range you choose. And, just like the burners, the oven’s capacity will be relative to the size of the range. Let’s look at how THOR Kitchen and Viking add up on their oven size.
- 30-inch range = 4.0 cubic feet
- 36-inch range = 5.1 cubic feet
- 48-inch range = 6.1 cubic feet
- 24-inch range = 4.55 cubic feet
- 30-inch range = 4.2 cubic feet
- 36-inch range = 5.2 cubic feet
- 48-inch dual fuel range = 4.2 cubic feet and 2.5 cubic feet
Viking and THOR Kitchen offer ranges including heavy-duty racks, a convection fan, and an infrared broiler. While THOR Kitchen has Luxglide Telescopic racks, both offer these ball-bearing racks with an effortless glide without tipping. They also have a commercial convection fan, which provides high-quality controlled heat distribution.
Winner? At all sizes, THOR Kitchen has a larger capacity oven – as well as a commercial-grade convection fan – making it the clear winner here.
It’s All About the Finish
You want to like what you see when you’re in your kitchen. Therefore, you need a range – and other kitchen appliances – in a finish that matches your design style and looks great in the space.
Both Viking and THOR Kitchen offer stainless steel finishes on their appliances. However, only one claims that their finish is fingerprint resistant – and that is THOR Kitchen.
Winner? Because nobody likes to see fingerprints dull up a shiny, timeless finish, THOR Kitchen takes the cake in the best finish category.
Adding Some Color
Some people prefer to add color to their appliances. For those that do, Viking offers different colors for their ranges, such as white, gray, black, cream, red, and green. THOR Kitchen does not offer colors but rather focuses on its stainless steel finish.
Winner? Viking may be the winner here for additional color options. Or, should it be THOR Kitchen for staying true to a timeless classic? You decide.
Most people have a preference about what type of fuel they prefer. It also comes down to what is available in the kitchen. The basic categories to choose from include natural gas, propane, and electricity.
So, who offers what? Viking and THOR Kitchen offer gas ranges that work off of natural gas or propane. And they both offer a dual fuel range, which uses gas to heat the stove and electricity for the oven.
THOR Kitchen offers all-electric ranges, as well, in 24 inches, 30 inches, and 36 inches.
Winner? It’s pretty evident that THOR Kitchen offers additional fuel types options, so they would be the winner here.
There are so many different ranges on the market that it can be tough for consumers to break down the best of the best. Taking two popular options – Viking and THOR Kitchen – and doing a side-by-side comparison can help you to see the greater option.
If you’ve been reading, then you know that THOR Kitchen has won nearly every category except colors. They have a greater number of sizing options, larger ovens, more burners, and more variety all around – even when it comes to fuel type.
THOR Kitchen is the number one choice in the case of THOR vs. Viking ranges.