Betty (as my daughter liked to call it) was a gift from my parents, and it took her 11 years to finally start showing signs of the wear and tear of daily use.
So when she finally croaked, my wife convinced me that it was time to invest in a much more advanced gas range.
But I didn’t even know where to start looking for a stove, especially one that can fit all our needs.
However, my neighbor recommended that I check out the “Dvorson’s Food Service Equipment” website, and that is where I found Thor Kitchen’s amazing range of gas ranges.
And I am here today to talk to you about my experiences with them.
Thor Appliance Reviews 2019: A Brief Overview to Dvorson’s
Founded in 1953 in San Francisco by Mel Dvorson, Dvorson’s Food Service Equipment began as a shop that sold navy and army surplus merchandise at a very affordable rate. From boots to bunk beds, paint and Eisenhower jackets, they sold quite an extensive collection.
But after a few years, Mel turned the shop into an appliance store that solely catered to selling home improvement hardware. And under Mel’s son, Josh, the store became a company, and Dvorson’s F.S.E finally went online in 1997.
And since then, their popularity only grew as they gradually started shipping their products worldwide. To clients like Wolf Stove in Antarctica (where they have to heat the propane constantly during the shipping process so it doesn’t freeze), to local stores like Heath Ceramics, they have effectively established their markets through their high-quality products and fantastic service.
The Thor brand of gas ranges is the latest in the stove lineup.
A high-quality import; the Thor ranges are made with the sole desire of providing the customers with a professional grade stove but at a very competitive rate. And even though made in China, these ranges have components from both Europe and America. In fact, their igniter valves are made in Spain, while the thermostat comes directly from the US.
And ever since their release, the sales value of the Thor ranges have only gone up. So, let’s take a look at some of the features that make them so very popular.
More heating power than the average stove
The Thor gas ranges are able to generate a tremendous amount of heating power because of its size and structure. It is impressively large and designed not to hang down and adversely affect the cooking process.
It burns hotter than the tubular broilers as well, and that too with lower BTU’s, as its size provides a broader space for a more even broiling.
Each of the range models is provided with a convection fan that has a reverse direction function which allows for convenient heat control.
This heat control feature, as a result, provides a rapid cooking ability by improving energy efficiency and drastically reducing the cooking time.
If you ask me, being able to slow cook some of the meat dishes is one of the best functions a kitchen range provides. And the Thor ranges, in my opinion, has one of the best simmer settings in the market.
Because of the high-quality dual rings, both the inner and outer burners of each model are capable of evenly distributing the heat. Hence on low and simmer settings, the inner burner is able to provide an ultra-low simmering effect with just 650 BTUs.
As an interior designer myself, I found the Thor range to be quite aesthetically pleasing, and capable of becoming the centerpiece to any kitchen decor. They are given blue porcelain oven interiors, along with nicely recessed halogen lights that make a pleasant contrast with the cooking food.
Thor Kitchen Range Reviews 2019: Their Top Products
So here are some of my favorite picks from Thor’s fantastic range of gas ranges.
Thor Kitchen HRG3080U 30″
The HRG3080U is the one that my neighbor has been using for the past 6 months. He had once told me that he was one of those people who takes forever to make a purchase, as he researches extensively before committing.
So, he was in quite a fix when his old Wolf 6 range got too old to function. It had lasted him about 20 years and had gotten somewhat rusty and needing work. But as it was a commercial restaurant stove, it was hard to get any maintenance work done on it, so he decided on a replacement and went for a smaller stove to gain some counter space.
Thor’s HRG3080U was the range of his choice, and I must say his kids have been happily baking in it ever since its installation. It looks just amazing in his kitchen and the convection oven, in his words “browns everything perfectly even.”
But he had a slight issue with the knobs as they melted when the oven door was opened while the gas boiler was still on. The flames licked at the front of the range, melting some of the knobs (though still functional). It’s a bit inconvenient that the boiler doesn’t simmer down automatically when the door is opened.
Thor Kitchen HRG4804U 6 Burner Gas Range with Double Oven
It comes with an 18,000 BTU stainless steel griddle, along with three 15,000 BTU and three 12,000 BTU burners. To top off the design, it’s also provided with a 16,500 BTU infrared broiler and a 22,000 BTU convection oven, making it one of the best professional grade stoves in the market.
I had the opportunity of trying out the HRG4804U at my uncle’s restaurant called “Steak for Days”. The burner has been his most prized kitchen hardware for months now, and it’s all thanks to its industrial grade build and cooking versatility.
The griddle and the 6 burners allow him to cook a variety of dishes. And as he likes to cook his steaks in a low simmer, the fantastic simmer settings of the HRG4804U made his meat the most delicious and juiciest in town.
But my uncle did complain that the customer support and maintenance for this Thor model was not as convenient or helpful as he had hoped.
Thor Kitchen HRG3026U 30″ Gas Range
The Thor Kitchen HRG3026U was the one we decided on as a family for our own kitchen space. We have been using it for 4 months now, and I am of the same opinion with my wife when she said, “cooking has never felt so convenient.”
For 1/3 the cost of Viking or Wolf, it is, by all means, a stove that is able to achieve a lot more than most other high-end ranges in the market. All of its components are amazingly well made, even the grating is stable and has surprisingly held up well to stainless pans being slid around.
The simmer levels it offers are quite low as well; it does keep my Chemex warm, and the larger burners are hot enough to boil water in a matter of seconds.
But even with all these fantastic features, I am a bit disappointed when it comes to the back burners as it takes 4 seconds to light up, while the front requires just half a second. And the stove makes popping noises as well, especially when the oven heats up and cools down. It’s something my daughter absolutely dislikes.
Thor Kitchen HRG3617U 36″ Gas Range
What makes the Thor Kitchen HRG3617U so very highly acclaimed by all the reviewers is the temperature control for the griddle. It’s incredibly accurate and a straightforward function to manipulate with just the help of a knob.
It is indeed one of the best when it comes to baking. I did some testing of the oven with a digital thermometer, and to my pleasant surprise it reached the required temperature in less than 10 minutes and kept the temperature steady with some +/- 25 or 30 degrees F variations. And it helped me bake my bread just perfectly.
But the double pane glass of the oven door was quite prone to fingerprint smudges, which when smudged is quite difficult to remove. The oven racks are a bit shoddy as well and might catch on to the sides halfway when pulling out.
The Thor range of gas ranges are not only one of the most advanced stoves in today’s market but are also fantastic accessories that can complete the overall look of any modern kitchen. From simmering your meat to broiling and baking, the Thor gas range can do them all and more.
Hope you enjoyed my Thor kitchen reviews today.
Till next time!