The Viking VDSC530-4BSS is a dual-fuel range with a sturdy, industrial design. It has a large convection oven and four burners but no warming drawer (or storage drawer). Larger (36- and 48-inch) versions of this range are also available and can be customized with different burner arrangements. All versions are available in stainless steel and 23 colored finishes, ranging from plum to bright red to iridescent blue. However, tests of this range's performance are mixed. Professional sources agree that this range broils and simmers well, but one source praises the "even heating" of its oven while another finds the oven performance no better than average. Although Good Housekeeping names this range as a "splurge pick," this recommendation seems to be based largely on the Viking's solid construction and impressive looks. For great performance at less than half the price, you'll likely be better off with the Bosch HDS7282U (*Est. $2,500).
The Viking VDSC530-4BSS was tested by both ConsumerReports.org and Good Housekeeping, and it receives a Best Buy award from ConsumerGuide.com. We didn't find enough owner reviews of this model to form a clear picture, however.
ConsumerReports.org provides ratings on its website for more than 100 ranges, including the Viking VDSC530-4BSS. Ranges are rated on cooktop performance, baking, broiling, capacity and oven cleaning.
Review: Kitchen Ranges, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
2. Good Housekeeping
Good Housekeeping names the Viking VDSC530-4BSS as a "splurge pick" in its roundup of 27 electric, gas, dual-fuel and induction ranges. Editors call it "the ultimate kitchen showpiece" and praise its baking, browning and simmering performance.
Review: Cooking Range Reviews, Editors of Good Housekeeping, March 2011
ConsumerGuide.com gives the Viking VDSC530-4BSS a Best Buy award, praising its solid construction and wide range of custom options. The editors also cite its "outstanding performance," but there's no indication they actually put this range to any hands-on test.
Review: Expert Review: Viking VDSC Freestanding Gas Range, Editors of ConsumerGuide.com, April 30, 2007