If you want a truly distinctive range for your design-forward kitchen, Italian appliance manufacturer Tecnogas has you covered.
The 64-year-old company's Superiore ranges are now available in the US. While we haven’t had a chance to cook on them yet, we spent some hands-on time with the company’s three main models—30-inch, 36-inch, and 48-inch ranges in two different styles—and came away extremely impressed with the attention to detail Tecnogas’ designers paid to the new line.
The ranges come in two trim levels. “Deco” ranges and matching hoods have the same Art Deco aesthetic as the streamlined furniture, luxury train cars, and exquisite radios of the prewar era. Gold trim and cream-colored accents complete the look, and even the logo looks like it came from another era.
Tecnogas' “Next” ranges and hoods are a bit more modern, with an industrial look that's enhanced by stainless accents and trim.
In addition to their distinctive designs, all the ranges have unique glass that can be easily removed for cleaning, as well as massive interiors—5.6 cu. ft. for the 30-inch, and 6.7 cu. ft. for the 36-inch. Inside, you’ll find thick telescoping racks, a fully-flush inner door, and four convection fans for even heating on multiple levels.
What you won't find is degree markings on the temperature gauge—a throwback design choice we think might be too much to ask for some consumers.
The flagship 48-inch model features a unique “Tri-fuel” rangetop: four induction burners plus an electric griddle and two gas burners. It’s the only gas-induction-radiant hybrid on the market.
All the new Tecnogas Superiore ranges are built in a factory near the Po river in Emilia, just a few miles away from the similar factories where Smeg and Bertazzoni ranges are manufactured.
Ferrari and Lamborghini build their supercars nearby, and the Ducati motorcycle factory is also close. That’s why the area is known as the “Motor Valley,” and the connection between the two industries shows in some of Tecnogas’ design details; chrome trim and analog dials could have come from a classic touring car, and the handles on the Next series look like the gears found inside a transmission.
“We’ve tried to combine our passion for engineering and cooking,” said Tecnogas’ Daniele Giovannini.
Tecnogas has been in business since 1952, but just started selling products in the US in late 2015. Prior to that, Tecnogas invented the mobile forno—the first freestanding range sold in Italy. Popular in the years after World War II, it combined a gas tank, range, and burner all in one unit.
Today, Tecnogas sells its products in over 100 countries. According to Giovannini, the new products were designed specifically for the US market and took two years from design to production. On sale since November 2015, they’re currently available online and from select local retailers.