The Ultimate Gaggenau Review: Pros, Cons, and Verdict


To be honest, Gaggenau never really caught my attention as a brand until recently. It belongs to the same family of companies as Bosch and Thermador (BSH Group), but I used to view it as a modern version of Thermador, catered towards people with ultra-modern homes. Now that we’ve become one of the only exclusive dealers on the East Coast, I can see first-hand how truly unique Gaggenau is, not only in design but in performance, reliability, and value, which I’ll explain below.


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Pros: Reasons To Buy Gaggenau

Gaggenau 24″ Speed Microwave Oven

  • Get a premium look in any kitchen style. Gaggenau appliances have a sleek and sophisticated look but that doesn’t mean they only work in ultra-modern kitchens. We’re always surprised at how they fit into transitional, contemporary, and even traditional kitchens.
  • Unique vario cooktop configurations. You can piece together multiple different cooktop modules to create a truly bespoke cooking surface. This includes knobs that are custom designed to be surface mounted on the front face of your cabinet.

Cons: Reasons To Avoid Gaggenau

Gaggenau 30″ Induction Cooktop

  • High-end prices for a built-in look. If you want a built-in look at a better price point, you may want to consider Thermador since they have better package deals.
  • Mode-driven cooking vs menu-driven cooking. It won’t be as easy popping something in the oven. You’ll need to learn which mode to use and for what types of foods. But if you’re the type of person who can whip up a meal from random ingredients in your fridge, you’ll appreciate the high level of control to fine-tune the perfect results.


This modern kitchen features Gaggenau’s built-in refrigeration, including wine columns.

Design – Is it just for ultra-modern homes?

While Gaggenau’s website mainly showcases modern designs, we’ve come to realize that their appliances can work great in more transitional and even traditional homes. Gaggenau appliances have a unique striking design that stands apart from all other brands. Design is more than just aesthetics for Gaggenau. Every detail serves a purpose, and only those that enhance the cooking experience are included. This level of attention to detail is what sets Gaggenau apart from other appliance brands and makes it the top choice for those passionate about cooking.

Ovens

Gaggenau’s oven collection is truly the star of their offering, featuring stunning full glass-covered stainless steel doors with a side swing hinge that opens from the left or right. They’ve opted not to include a trendy touch screen only interface like many competing brands and instead rely primarily on a dual knob control system to control mode and temperature. Gaggenau is the only brand to offer a luxury minimalist knob interface giving you quick easy access to cooking modes and temperature settings.

Cooktops

Gaggenau’s cooktops are also uniquely impressive. The 400 series in particular is stunning, designed to be installed completely flush with your countertops for a seamless look, and their vario cooktop modules allow you to create your own bespoke cooking surface with knobs mounted through the front of your cabinetry.

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Refrigeration

Their refrigeration lineup includes a full array of built-in refrigerators, freezers, and wine columns featuring luxury details throughout including a full stainless interior, crystal clear frameless glass shelves, white oak full extension racks in the wine columns, and the option of stainless steel doors, fully flush custom panels, or even a completely handleless push to open design.

Dishwashers

Dishwashers feature fully glass-covered stainless steel, and the interior features warm LED lighting highlighting the crystal-clean wash results.

A Gaggenau wall oven and coffee maker accent each side of this modern kitchen.

Performance – Precision is Key

If we could sum up the performance of Gaggenau into one word, it would be precision. Gaggenau appliances are designed with the needs of serious cooks in mind. With Gaggenau appliances, you’ll have the precision and control you need to create culinary masterpieces. More specifically, their cooktops and ovens are a home-chef’s dream.

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Ovens

Gaggenau is a brand that’s known for its commitment to precision and performance, making it a popular choice for serious cooks. Whether you’re whipping up a simple meal or tackling a more complex recipe, Gaggenau appliances are designed to help you achieve perfect results every time.

However, it’s important to note that there may be a learning curve when it comes to using Gaggenau ovens and their incredible steam oven. Unlike some other brands that have touch screen displays, Gaggenau has a mode-driven display that requires some getting used to. But for those who are passionate about cooking and eager to fine-tune their skills, Gaggenau provides a high level of control that can help take their culinary creations to the next level.

On the other hand, if you’re only using your oven to heat up pizza on the weekends, Gaggenau appliances may be overkill for your needs. But for those who are serious about their cooking and want to invest in high-quality appliances that can help them achieve the perfect results every time, Gaggenau is definitely worth considering.

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Cooktops

Gaggenau cooktops are the perfect addition to any kitchen, offering the ultimate level of cooking precision. With their dual ring burners, you’ll have complete control over your cooking, whether you need a gentle simmer or a powerful, evenly distributed high heat. This level of precision is what sets Gaggenau apart from other cooktop brands.

In addition, Gaggenau’s full surface induction cooktops offer unparalleled freedom in the kitchen. You can move up to six pots and pans anywhere on the cooktop, allowing you to cook multiple dishes at once with ease. This feature not only saves time but also makes cooking more efficient and enjoyable.

Whether you’re a home cook or a professional chef, Gaggenau cooktops are sure to exceed your expectations. With their innovative design and attention to detail, these appliances are a testament to the brand’s commitment to quality and performance. Experience the ultimate level of cooking precision and freedom with Gaggenau cooktops.

Gaggenau works in even the most contemporary kitchen designs.

Reliability – Will they last?

Gaggenau appliances are known for their high-quality craftsmanship and durability, so they are designed to last for many years with proper care and maintenance.

In terms of warranty, Gaggenau offers a standard limited warranty that covers parts and labor for two years from the date of purchase. However, this warranty can be extended for an additional three years, giving you a total of five years of coverage.

Additionally, Gaggenau offers a special warranty program called “Gaggenau’s 5 Year Limited Warranty,” which provides extended coverage for select appliances. This program covers parts and labor for five years from the date of purchase and is available for their dishwashers, refrigerators, and wall ovens.

It’s important to note that warranty coverage may vary depending on the country and region where you purchase the appliance, so it’s best to check with the manufacturer or authorized dealer for specific details.

Can you spot the built-in Gaggenau refrigeration amongst the wall ovens and coffee makers?

Value – Are they worth the money?

Gaggenau is a brand that has earned a reputation as one of the most elite and luxurious appliance brands on the market. However, if you’re on a tight budget and looking for the best value for your money, luxury appliance brands like Gaggenau might not be on your radar.

But for those who value the finest details and the highest level of craftsmanship, Gaggenau is hard to beat. As the brand eloquently puts it, each appliance is a piece of architecture in its own right. From the smallest details to the overall design, Gaggenau appliances are a reflection of your personal taste and style.

Of course, the quality of Gaggenau’s appliances isn’t just skin deep. The brand’s commitment to excellence extends to the performance of each appliance. The brand’s appliances offer unmatched precise control over your kitchen environment, appealing to even the most discerning home chefs.

If you’re looking for a more affordable option but still want a built-in appliance look, you might want to check out Gaggenau’s sister brand, Thermador. With package discounts and a more accessible price point, Thermador can give you a similar look and feel at a better value. Be sure to check out our reviews on their wall ovens, refrigerators, and their innovative Freedom induction cooktops.

Gaggenau appliances in a transitional kitchen design.

Conclusion

Gaggenau appliances are renowned for their exclusivity, exceptional design, reliability, and precise cooking performance. Their innovative and high-quality products consistently meet the demands of even the most discerning customers, making Gaggenau one of the leading brands in the world of luxury home appliances.

FAQ

Where can I see Gaggenau in person?
If you are in the NJ/NY area, visit one of our showrooms and our team will be happy to walk you through the Gaggenau product line and work on a package of appliances to fully meet your needs. If you are outside of our area, Gaggenau has their own showrooms throughout the country including California, and Chicago, which you can find via their dealer locator on their website.

Can I just order my appliances online?
We strongly recommend against purchasing Gaggenau appliances without the help of a trained sales associate. Gaggenau appliances are all about getting a perfectly finished installed look and many factors can keep you from achieving that, from your kitchen designer not correctly accounting for a fully flush oven installation to correctly sizing custom panels to create an integrated refrigeration design.



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