THOR vs. Wolf: A Comprehensive Comparison of Two Luxury Kitchen Appliance Brands

HOD Builder's Brief: The Wolf Collection is one of the most common luxury appliance lines, but today it has competition from emerging brands, like THOR Kitchen, which aims to combine luxury features and construction with value pricing that can save consumers thousands of dollars compared to the Wolf line. 

Luxury appliances make any kitchen feel instantly high-end with luxe design touches and superior performance features. Two of the top brands in luxury kitchen appliances today include THOR and Wolf. When choosing the right brand and models for your home, it’s a smart idea to do a thorough comparison before making any decision. We're going to help with that process.  Here we’ll break down the features and benefits of both THOR and Wolf. With this guide you’ll gain a greater understanding of how each model stands up to the competition. 

With this guide, you’ll be ready to make your purchase with confidence, knowing you’re getting the best value for your investment. Appliances are not something you purchase every day. In fact, you’ll want them to last for years to come. That’s why it’s so important to make the right choice. Use this guide as a way to determine which brand is right for you and you’ll enjoy the peace of mind knowing that your decisions are backed up by facts and objective information. 

An Overview of Wolf and THOR

WOLF logo

The Wolf Collection is actually made up of several familiar brands: Wolf, Sub-Zero, which focuses on refrigerators, and Cove, centered around dishwashers. Wolf and Sub-Zero used to be independent brands, which both got their start in the early part of the 20th century. Wolf in fact was started by the range repairmen Wolf brothers who made a name for themselves souping up ranges to match their commercial clients’ needs. That soon grew to a manufacturing operation. Sub-Zero actually acquired the Wolf brand in the 2000s. One thing that has remained are Wolf’s trademark red knobs, which can still be found on their ranges today.

THOR logo

THOR Kitchen has been in operation for several decades and is an American-based brand with its headquarters in California. THOR focuses on delivering high-quality appliances within a luxury class for reasonable prices. They have worked to source items from highly-qualified manufacturing plants. For instance, their safety valves are made in Spain and thermostats are produced right here in the USA. Their dual ring burners are crafted in Germany, while their sealed burners originate in Italy. By locating manufacturers which specialize in these precision pieces, THOR can ensure premium performance. It’s part of the reason THOR has become a popular appliance option with builders, designers and anyone looking to add a bit of luxury to their kitchen. 

Comparing Wolf Ranges to THOR Ranges

THOR vs WOLF ranges

Sources: Wolf and THOR 

A stove, also known as a kitchen range, is one of the most essential parts of any kitchen. Whether you’re boiling water for a quick bowl of pasta or prepping a whole Thanksgiving dinner, a range is an essential for cooking, roasting, broiling, and baking. That means you want a range that has a powerful cooktop, an oven with even heating and a design that’s easy to clean and consistently looks good for years to come. Thanks to their consistently high quality, Wolf is a well-known brand when it comes to cooking ranges. THOR, however, has been making a name for itself in the last several years for reliability and high performance, combining luxury touches with affordable price points. Since both THOR and Wolf offer a variety of range types, we’ll be breaking them down individually to provide the best “apples to apples” comparison so you can make the best decision based on key features such as cooking power, style, construction and luxury functions. Below we’ll take a look at Wolf and THOR models in the most popular range categories:

  • Electric
  • Gas 
  • Dual Fuel (featuring a gas cooktop with an electric oven)

Electric Ranges

Thor Kitchen 30_ Electric Range with 4.55 Cu. Ft. Self-Cleaning Oven, Air Fryer, and Tilt Panel in Stainless Steel (TRE3001) vs Wolf 30_ Transitional Induction Range

Source: Wolf and THOR

First up is electric ranges. Electric provides a convenient cooking method and many bakers prefer the consistent oven heat of electric convection ovens. You’ll also find electric ovens coming in compact sizes. Here we’re comparing Wolf and THOR’s 30-inch models, which are great for fitting into small places. Let’s begin by comparing the ovens on these models. Wolf’s electric range has 3.2 cu. ft. of usable space, while the THOR model has a 4.55 cu. ft. capacity. The THOR model features a hidden baking element, allowing for a smooth surface that promises easy cleanups. 

Both the THOR and Wolf ovens offer a self-cleaning function but the Wolf model has three oven lights while THOR only has one. The both feature a convection oven fan, but with some differences. The Wolf oven includes 10 chef-created cooking modes, a temperature probe and WiFi-enabled controls, while THOR’s oven features a handy air fryer function that eliminates the need for an extra countertop appliance.

Now you may be wondering about the cooktop on these electric ranges, so let’s compare. The Wolf rangetop uses induction heating. That’s important to know because induction heating only works with certain pots and pans. Which means some of your cookware might need to be replaced if you get this model. In terms of power, the cooktop features four induction zones ranging in size from six to 11 inches with boosting power of 3,700 watts. 

The THOR model on the other hand uses traditional electric heating elements, so your cookware will work just fine on its five powerful elements. These elements range from a 100W warming zone to max heat of 3,000 watts. Finally, the THOR features a tilt control panel that makes it easier to see and select a variety of oven and rangetop functions. THOR is one of the only brands to introduce such a user-friendly concept. 

Let’s conclude this review by a quick survey of the price differences with these two models. As you can see, the THOR is significantly cheaper than the Wolf electric range. The THOR model will save you over $6,000 which is not small change when it comes to home appliances.

Gas Ranges

Thor Kitchen 36_ Gas Range with 6.0 Cu. Ft. Self-Cleaning Oven, Air Fryer, Tilt Panel in Stainless Steel (TRG3601) vs Wolf 36_ Gas Range

Source Wolf and THOR

Next we’re going to take a look at a slightly bigger range option and the popular gas cooking category. Both THOR and Wolf offer 36-inch gas range models. And at first glance they look strikingly similar (outside of Wolf’s trademark red knobs). Both feature a sleek stainless steel design, modern handle and heavy-duty continuous cast iron grates (for smooth pot moving). But let’s look at where they differ, starting with their ovens. The THOR gas range has a large oven capacity at 6.0 cu. ft. compared to Wolf’s 5.5 cu. ft. Both feature multiple cooking modes and a convection fan oven, with Wolf delivering a 30,000 BTU oven burner and 18,000 BTU broiler. THOR’s oven power trails slightly behind at 22,000 BTUs for baking and 13,500 BTUs for baking.  

Now let’s compare the power of their gas cooktops. THOR’s six burners range from 6,000 to 18,000 BTUs. Similarly Wolf’s burners six burners go from a low of 9,200 to 15,000 BTU burners, just a bit shy of the power of THOR’s gas range model. Wolf makes up for it with dual-stacked, sealed burners, porcelain-coated burner pans, and an auto reignition feature for added safety. On the other hand, THOR features an oven air fryer mode, multiple cooking modes as well as its trademark tilt screen panel for easier operation and temperature control.

With so much in common, it’s hard to believe that the THOR model is less than half the price of Wolf’s gas range. Choosing THOR will save you over $4,000. 

Dual Fuel Ranges 

Thor Kitchen 48-Inch 6.7 cu. ft. Dual Fuel Range in Stainless Steel (HRD4803U) vs Wolf 48_ Dual Fuel Range

Source: Wolf and THOR

Up until a few years ago, dual fuel ovens were reserved for commercial kitchens and the highest-end gourmet home cooks. But today, they are much more attainable. You’ll appreciate the flexibility of having a gas cooktop paired with the consistent heating of an electric oven. Talk about the best of both worlds! Control your rangetop cooking easily with gas but enjoy even baking and roasting thanks to an electric convection oven. THOR and Wolf have both introduced their own dual fuel models and here we’ll take a look at their comparable 48-inch models. It’s striking how similar these two models look, they are nearly indistinguishable. Both sparkle in stunning stainless steel, provide six burners plus a griddle option and feature one large and one smaller oven, which can be set at different temperatures.

Both models include the convenience of a double oven, with Wolf’s usable capacity coming in at  2.7 cu. ft. and 5.1 cu. ft., while THOR is slightly smaller with a 4.2 cu. ft. and 2.5 cu. ft. capacity.  

Wolf’s ovens feature its patented Dual VertiFlow™ convection for consistent heat even when cooking multiple dishes on each rack. It also has close to 50 gourmet oven cooking presets including convection roasting and proofing. This dual fuel model comes equipped with Wolf’s temperature probe and Wi-Fi oven control.

There’s plenty of similarities to go around in these models’ cooktops. Both feature continuous cast-iron grates which make it easy to slide pots and pans around. Wolf’s cooktop includes a 15,000 BTU griddle and six dual-stacked burners which span from 300 BTUs for gentle simmers to max out at 20,000 BTUs for quick boiling. Similarly THOR’s burners go from a low 650 to a high 18,000 that’s nearly comparable to Wolf’s power while also including a nearly identical 15,000 BTU built-in griddle. 

There are LED backlit controls and a full-color touchscreen (which includes a stainless door to conceal it when not in use) to brighten up any cooking session on the Wolf model. Likewise THOR features brilliant blue LEDs control panel lights along with a matching blue porcelain oven  interior. The THOR dual fuel model is a whopping $10,000 less than the Wolf model even though they have very similar features. 



Gas Range 



Electric Range



Dual Fuel Range



THOR vs. Wolf: Cooktops

Sources: Wolf and THOR

Although kitchen ranges have been the standard cooking appliance for decades, cooktops have come back into fashion thanks to their convenience and flexibility. Add an additional cooking surface with ease to an island. Or opt for a built-in wall oven complemented by a cooktop rather than a one-piece range. With today’s offerings, you can choose a cooktop that uses whichever heating method you prefer, including: 

  1. Rangetops
  2. Drop-In Gas Cooktops
  3. Drop-In Induction Cooktops 


Thor Kitchen 36-Inch Gas Cooktop in Stainless Steel with 6 Burners (HRT3618U) vs Wolf 36_ Rangetop

Source: Wolf and THOR

A rangetop is an easy way to get the look of a full range without the need for an oven below. Easily replace a range with a rangetop and you’ll have no worries about needing to replace your countertop. A rangetop fits right in, offering a cooktop area and front control panel, just like that of a traditional range. THOR and Wolf each offer a 36-inch range top with gas cooking. With THOR’s model over $4,000 less in price, we’re curious to see if there are any differences in specs between these two brands. 

In terms of design, both rangetops have a similar look, with the exception of Wolf’s iconic red knobs. As a consolation, THOR’s will come equipped with blue LED control panel lights. Both luxury rangetop models include six burners, with heavy-duty continuous cast-iron grates. Now, in terms of power, there is a slight difference. The THOR gas rangetop boasts a simmer function of 600 BTUs, while Wolf also features a similar function but doesn’t state the exact BTUs. Wolf’s burners range include one 9,200 BTU burner, two 15,000 BTU burners, two 18,000 BTU burners, and one big 20,000 BTU burner. THOR’s cooking power isn’t far behind with two 18,000 BTU burners, one 15,000 BTU burner, and three 12,000 BTU burners. Pretty close when you consider the cost savings of THOR. 

Drop-In Gas Cooktops

Thor Kitchen 36-Inch Professional Drop-In Gas Cooktop with Six Burners in Stainless Steel (TGC3601) vs Wolf Gas Cooktop

Source: Wolf and THOR

A drop-in cooktop provides you with the freedom to essentially place a cooktop wherever it’s convenient for you. Image pairing a full-size kitchen range with an additional cooktop on an adjacent island. Your holiday cooking will be stress-free and easy! Although it’s not as extreme as some of the products we’ve compared so far, the THOR drop-in gas cooktop is still over $2,000 cheaper than the Wolf model.

The Wolf model only comes with five burners while THOR’s cooktop has six. Wolf’s five burners are a mix of two 9,200 BTU burners, two 12,000 BTU burners, and one big 20,000 BTU burner. Compare that to THOR’s burners that provide two of each of the following BTU strengths: 18,000, 12,000, 6,000. THOR also features those lovely backlit blue LED burners that is an added safety perk, letting you know instantly when a burner is on. We couldn’t find any special features that might justify Wolf’s much higher price tag.  

Wolf vs. THOR Induction Drop-In Cooktops

Thor Kitchen 36-Inch Built-In Induction Cooktop with 5 Elements (TIH36) vs Wolf Induction Cooktop

Source: Wolf and THOR

An induction cooktop provides a smooth and sleek cooking surface with greater heat control and efficiency than standard electric ovens. Whether you’re looking to add an additional cooktop to an island or want to replace your cooking method with this cleaner, more user-friendly option, an induction cooktop is sure to fit seamlessly into any kitchen design. Wolf’s induction drop-in cooktop costs $3,000 more than the THOR model, so we’re going to dig into their details to see if it’s worth the extra price. 

Both models are 36-inches with both the THOR model and Wolf’s featuring five cooking areas. Wolf’s power comes from four eight-inch 2,100 Watt elements and one 11-inch 2,600 Watt zone. All feature a 3,700 Watt unit. How does THOR stack up? It includes one 11-inch 2300-Watt element, two nine-inch 2,100-Watt elements and two seven-inch 1,500-Watt elements, along with a similar boost function. So they are fairly close in cooking power!



36-Inch Rangetop



36-Inch Drop-In Gas Cooktop



36-Inch Drop-In Induction Cooktop



Wolf and THOR Freestanding Refrigerators 

Thor Kitchen 36-Inch 22.5 cu. ft Freestanding French Door Refrigerator with Ice Maker in Stainless Steel (TRF3602) vs Wolf 36_ Refrigerator

Source: Sub Zero and THOR

Counter-depth freestanding refrigerators are the new way to give that sleek, built-in look to any kitchen. Wolf and THOR offer their own versions of a luxury freestanding refrigerator, but how do they compare? Although both are 36-inches wide, the Wolf is a single door fridge with two pull-out drawers for the freezer. THOR on the other hand provides that classic look of French doors with a double door refrigeration area along with two similar freezer drawers underneath. 

First thing you’ll probably want to know about however is storage, so let’s break it down. The Wolf model offers 18.4 cu. ft. of refrigerator capacity and 4.3 cu. ft. of freezer space. Meanwhile the THOR refrigerator has 16 cu. ft. for its refrigerator and 6.5 cu. ft. for the freezer. That means if you ever find yourself running short on freezer space, the THOR is going to deliver the space you crave. 

With a price difference of over $13,000, THOR is the clear winner, delivering luxury looks and high-end features for under $3,000. You’ll need to pay over $10,000 more for a similar sized refrigerator without getting much more in return. 

 Comparing Range Hoods: Wolf vs. THOR

Thor Kitchen 36” Professional Wall Mount Pyramid Range Hood with 800 CFM Motor in Stainless Steel (TRH36P) vs Wolf Range Hood

Sources: Wolf and THOR 

Unlike the refrigerator comparison, with range hoods, Wolf and THOR aren’t too far apart on pricing, although just like with all of the appliances we’ve compared, Wolf is still pricier by a grand!  The Wolf and THOR range hood look very similar and stand at the same 36-inch size. The Wolf model doesn’t state its noise level, but THOR is proud to boast a low 67 decibels. The THOR model also features three speeds with a max suction at a powerful 800 CFM. Wolf’s CFM power only gets to 600. Considering the THOR is more powerful, is transparent with its noise level, and is over $1,000 cheaper, it is the clear winner here.

Comparing Wolf vs. THOR Dishwashers

Thor Kitchen 24-Inch Built-In Top Control Dishwasher in Stainless Steel, 45 dBA (HDW2401SS)  vs Wolf Dishwasher

Sources: Cove and THOR

You want a dishwasher that looks good, performs well and doesn’t make a lot of noise while it operates. A luxury dishwasher should deliver all of this while looking sleek and beautiful. Both the Wolf and THOR models feature the seamless design that places controls on the top panel, out of sight. In terms of noise level, Wolf reports its dishwasher coming in at 41 decibels while THOR is just a tad louder at 45 decibels. The THOR dishwasher however features four arm jets while the Wolf only has three and boasts a 14 setting capacity, while Wolf doesn’t report in these terms. Both also feature custom washes that adjust to the level of soiling in each load, however you’ll pay more than double for these features in the Wolf model, while THOR comes in just slightly over $1,000. 

Microwave Drawer Comparison: Wolf vs. THOR

Thor Kitchen 24-Inch Microwave Drawer in Stainless Steel (TMD2401) vs Wolf Microwave

Sources: Wolf and THOR

A microwave is an essential to every kitchen, whether you just reheat coffee or cook all of your meals in it. With the introduction of the microwave drawer, microwaves just got more convenient. Thanks to its design, a microwave drawer allows you to effortlessly insert and remove bowls and dishes without the need to reach up and grab like traditional built-in microwaves required. There’s only no door to pull-up as a drawer gently glides open. 

The Wolf and THOR microwave drawer both have a similar look with a stainless steel design, viewing window, and 24-inch width. They both also feature a 1.2 cu. ft. capacity and offer  presets for quick cooking for dishes like popcorn, bacon, and baked potatoes. Wolf has 10 of these presets while THOR tops it with 12. THOR also comes out ahead with a keep warm function as well as a convenient auto touch capability, that lets you close the drawer effortlessly with just a tap of your hip when your hands are full of your scrumptious creations. With THOR coming in at close to $1,000 less, there’s little reason to spend the extra money, particularly for less features.

Wolf vs. THOR Appliance Package Comparison   

Thor Kitchen 4-Piece Pro Appliance Package - 36-Inch Gas Range, French Door Refrigerator, Pro-Style Wall Mount Hood and Dishwasher in Stainless Steel vs Wolf 4 Piece Appliance Package

Source: Wolf and THOR

Appliance suites have grown in popularity over the last few years and there's a good reason for that trend. With an appliance suite, you’ll receive everything you need for an updated kitchen in one purchase. This ensures all of your appliances match for that designer home look, while also making certain that they are all of the same caliber of technology, with only one brand to contact for parts and service through the years. That makes an appliance suite a very convenient option. 

Best of all, you can often enjoy added savings by buying your luxury appliances as a package deal. So how does THOR and Wolf stack up when it comes to their appliance packages? As you can see from the price comparison above, there really is no competition. The Wolf package is over $20,000 more than the similar THOR package. That’s an extremely significant price difference, even with packages that include the same appliances, such as a French door refrigerator, dishwasher, range hood, and 36-inch gas range. The THOR appliance package provides all of the main appliances you’ll need for a kitchen upgrade, with a price tag far under $10,000. That’s nearly unheard of for a luxury appliance suite.  

The Verdict on Wolf versus THOR: Our Final Thoughts on These Luxury Appliance Brands

After looking at numerous models from both THOR and Wolf brands, we’ve determined a clear winner in this head-to-head competition. Although Wolf is a strong contender, known for high-quality products, THOR clearly is the winner in this detailed comparison, providing a much better value while delivering all of the high-end functionality and style desired in a luxury brand.  

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As you can see from our review, THOR makes attaining high-end, luxury appliances more affordable with budget-friendly price points. By shopping with Home Outlet Direct, you can take the savings even further, with special rates for builders and extra discount programs for military personnel and first responders. It’s easy to afford new THOR appliances with Home Outlet Direct’s financing option powered by the popular Affirm payment program that lets you buy now and pay later. Browse Home Outlet Direct, where you’re never pressured by pushy salespeople or limited inventory. And if you ever have any questions, our experienced customer service team is here ready to answer all of your questions. 

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