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Fulgor Milano Sofia Range Review

A powerful and functional range that I love cooking on as much as I love looking at.
By February 5, 2020 15 Comments
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Note: I am not a professional appliance reviewer and there are no scientific tests behind this brief review. These are just my thoughts and opinions from using the product. I did receive a small discount when I purchased my appliances through the appliance retailer.

We have had our Fulgor Milano Sofia 36″ Range for about 6 months now (as of February 2020) and really couldn’t be happier. It’s the centerpiece of our new kitchen and we are so happy we decided to go for the upgrade.

We first discovered the Sofia range when shopping at Aztec Appliance here in San Diego. We had stopped by to look for a new range hood. Ken, our salesperson was walking us around (and we weren’t even stove shopping). He walked us by the Fulgor range and told us how much people are loving them and chefs have been buying them. Oh, and it happened to come with a free Zephyr range hood worth up to $1,100. Wow, is that an incentive or what?

We placed the idea on the back burner (no pun intended), but it kept creeping into our thoughts and we just couldn’t not strongly consider buying a new range for our new kitchen.

The online research phase began to find out more about Fulgor ranges. The problem was, I could barely find any information on the range other than from the company website and a few reviews on the big online appliance stores websites.

I had to turn to other local appliance stores and everyone had great things to say about the range. It was feeling more and more like taking the risk of a lesser-known brand in the US would be the way to go.

That’s how we ended up being convinced. And then we decided to go big (as in 6″ bigger) to the 6-burner 36″ version of the Sofia range and went with a Zephyr Venezia Wall hood to go with it.

This started a snowball of buying all new appliances rather than just a range and a hood. You can check out our full kitchen reveal to see everything we used.

fulgor milano sofia 36 range

5 features that convinced me to go with the Fulgor Milano Sofia

  1. The beautiful looks. Ok, so performance and quality is super important when purchasing a high-end range. But how it looks is right up there, and the Sofia range has the cleanest lines and boldest looks out there.
  2. The burners – All of the burners are dual crescendo, which means they each have a large powerful outer burner and a smaller inner simmer burner. All 6 of the burners are like this and are each 18k BTUs. For me, this is visually so much cleaner looking means you don’t have to move to a different burner if you want to simmer.
  3. Easy to clean surface – matte finish porcelain burner bowl is durable and feels a bit like a nonstick surface when it comes to cleaning with a damp sponge.
  4. Soft-close oven door – Once you get used to not having to manually bring the oven door from open to close, there is no going back. It’s just so nice to be able to tap it closed with your knee when your hands are full carrying something very hot.
  5. The ability to change the door color – You can purchase a different color door to totally change the look of the range to match your kitchen.
fulgor sofia range grates close up horizontal

Why consider upsizing to a 36″ range?

Most home kitchens have a somewhat standard size 30″ range. While these are great and work perfectly fine, adding just 6 more inches has some big benefits.

  • It’s a true centerpiece of your kitchen – A larger range makes a statement of your kitchen and totally changes the look.
  • Oven size – The increased oven size means no more cramped oven during holiday baking. Plus, it can be used for extra cookware storage when not in use.
  • Room on the range – I’m not sure about you, but things can get a little cramped when you have a large frying pan and a few other pots going at the same time. This cramped feeling is eliminated with the extra space of a 36″ range.
  • Dedicated griddle – You can leave a griddle on two of the burners and not have to worry about moving it.
  • The price difference is negligible – A 36″ range will be around $500 to $1,000 more than a 30″. While this might sound like a lot, you would be buying cabinet and counter for that space anyway, so the extra price is a little less in that aspect. Also, the beauty of the range makes up for spending more on decorations.
Fulgor Milano Sofia 36" Gas Range

More random thoughts about the range

  • If you really love to cook, this range is for you. It is a much better value than a Wolf or a Viking.
  • I absolutely LOVE the power of the burners at 18,000 BTUs. They heat heavy-bottom skillets very quickly and I almost turn the burner down because they are so powerful.
  • We paired the range with a Zephyr Venezia 36″ wall range hood, which we also love. This hood is quiet, powerful and has baffles which look great and are much easier to clean compared to mesh filters
  • Gas ovens aren’t as precise as electric, so I place an oven thermometer (affiliate) that stays in the oven so you can get a second opinion on the temperature to verify.
  • I love the “manual” ness of the range. As appliances get smarter and smarter with built-in computers and wi-fi, I really prefer to be able to just set the temperature and the setting and have it work. That’s what you get with this range and oven.

All gas vs dual fuel with electric oven

It can get a little confusing reading up on different types of ranges and fuels. It’s actually pretty simple.

The all gas version is just that; gas for the oven and gas range burners. Dual fuel has gas range burners and an electric oven.

Electric ovens are known to be more precise. If you bake a lot, this might make a difference for you. Personally, I don’t really bake and just roast so I am fine with a gas oven.

For an electric oven, you will need to have a 220v outlet already in place. If you don’t, it can add extra expense to have one added. If we had a 220v outlet in place, I probably would have gone with the dual fuel model.

A few things that could be improved

With everything we love, there are just a few things that could be improved on, in my opinion.

  • The all gas model does not have a self-cleaning oven feature, though the dual-fuel version does.
  • No warming/storage drawer below oven. Not a huge deal, but having a pull out drawer for storing sheet pans below the oven would be nice.
  • The oven dial temperatures are a little strange and it’s probably because it is European.
  • The timer and clock interface isn’t super intuitive.

Final thoughts and recommendation

I recommend the Fulgor Sofia range to everyone I talk to who is remodeling their kitchen or looking for an upgrade. While it’s not for everyone, if you love to cook and love the look, a Sofia range is something you should strongly consider.

Fulgor Milano Model Numbers

Size and Fuel TypeModel #
30″ All GasF6PGR304S2
30″ Dual FuelF6PDF304S1
30″ InductionF6PIR304S1
36″ All GasF6PGR366S2
36″ Dual FuelF6PDF366S1
36″ InductionF6PIR365S1
48″ All GasF6PGR486GS2
48″ Dual FuelF6PDF486GS1

All thoughts and opinions are my own. Please see the Fulgor website and an authorized retailer for tech specs and documentation.

Join the discussion 15 Comments

  • Tony says:

    Hi Justin,

    Thanks for the great pointers and that’s one beautiful kitchen!
    In the process of renovating my kitchen and planning on acquiring the 30 inch Fulgor Milan Duel Fuel. So from what I see, I only have 4 inches and change from the bottom for the 120/240V plug to clear the back of the range and which I already moved the outlet so that it starts right at the tile level.
    Now where did you place your gas line? Does it come out of the wall and is located no higher than 4 inches or does it come up from the floor or is it in an adjacent cabinet?
    Any pics would be nice. As they say,,,a picture’s worth a thousand words!!

    Thank you,,,,Tony

    • justin says:

      Hey Tony,
      Thanks for checking the post and kitchen.
      In one kitchen the gas line comes up from the floor. In the second, it comes out of the wall about 4 or 5 inches from the floor.
      I would check out the installation instructions to see if that helps you out. They are located on the product pages.
      Scroll down to “Installation Manual” on https://fulgor-milano.com/us/en/product/30-dual-fuel-pro-range
      It has a couple of diagrams for gas placement. Hope that helps.
      Cheers,
      Justin

  • Joanna says:

    Hi! Thank you for posting this review. I am interested in Fulgor Milano ranges and am having a hard time finding much information. I am located in Michigan. I was wondering how you are liking your Accento compared to the Sofia? I am looking for a 30″ range and they seem pretty comparable in function a bit different in appearance. Thanks for your input!

    • justin says:

      Hi Joanna,
      Thanks so much! They definitely seem very comparable. Honestly, I haven’t really used the Accento yet for anything besides simmering BBQ sauce. We are waiting to take photos of the kitchen before I mess it all up. lol. But I use the Sofia every day and love it. I think you will be really happy going with the duel fuel.
      The main differences I see are:
      – Burners: they are not all the duel high/low burners. This isn’t a big deal IMO
      – No soft-close oven door on the accento. You definitely get used to the soft close, but it’s not essential.
      – No oven rack on rollers on the accento. This is something that is a nice to have, but also not completely necessary. I believe you can buy a rolling rack separately if you want that.
      – The look of the two is slightly different. IF they were side by side it would be more noticibale but they both look very similar to me.

      Let me know if you have any other questions.

      Cheers,
      Justin

  • Kara says:

    Thank you for this review. I am an avid baker and I am considering the dual fuel 36inch. My hope is to be able to utilize all three racks for baking a dozen cupcakes on each shelf. Do you have any experience filling the oven on all three shelves and found that it maintained even baking results? From viewing this oven in the showroom it appears that only this brand and the Wolf seem to be able to accommodate three racks with enough height between racks.

  • Angela says:

    Hello!
    I’m considering buying a 48″ Fulgor … been shopping all the different ranges online. (Bertazzoni, Capital, Zline, Ilve, etc…) Doing a modification to a kitchen (Carlsbad), and would love double ovens and a gas cooktop. I will have to go check out Aztec Appliance. Are you still happy with your Fulgor? Any issues or service calls? or updates with additional comments? Thank you

    • justin says:

      Hi Angela,
      I would definitely check out Aztec and even Perch (might be one near you) has a great showroom for browsing, but they don’t really seem to do discounts.
      I do still love the Fulgor and now have a second Fulgor range in my kitchen studio that will be used for developing recipes for this website. In the studio, we went with the Accento 36″ all gas. I haven’t used it yet, but I do plan on doing a comparison between the two at some point.
      I did have them swap out the oven burner on the Sofia because it was sometimes difficult to light. This was resolved with the new one.
      Happy to answer other questions you might have. Cheers!

  • Mark Francis says:

    Justin,
    We bought the 30″ all gas range in December and cannot get Fulgor to fix issues with the oven temperature. Pre-heat times are longer than advertised, To obtain a desired temperature the control knob indicator must be set 50 degrees or more higher. Temperature drops significantly when oven door is opened and takes a long time to recover. It has been serviced twice under warranty without significant improvement. The last service person claimed this was a common problem with the gas ovens. The local representative has been helpful but cannot get any response from Fulgor. Any suggestion? Thanks.

    • justin says:

      Hi Mark! I’m sorry to hear that. Do you have the newer version of the range or the older one? The newer one has a different oven burner that I believe is an improved version. Do you know if they replaced that when it was serviced?

      • kristin says:

        Hi- So glad I came across this…we have the 36″ Sofia bought in 2017 also with problems with the oven lighting (takes several attempts), and now the oven is turning off mid-bake. We love the cooktop and everything else about this. It is impossible to get serviced and we had several technicians sent via the warranty company that couldn’t figure it out. Do you know what year the oven burner was changed on that model. I’m glad to hear it isn’t a problem anymore! Did you go through Fulgor to change the burner out? and how did you contact them. They are very mysterious:)

        • justin says:

          Hi Kristin,
          Absolutely. Glad you love your Fulgor but sorry you are having an issue with your oven.
          I’m not sure what year the model changed, but I got mine in 2019 and the newer model was already out (I believe the S2 and mine is the S1) but it was more expensive and had two even more powerful BTU burners which I didn’t need.
          I had reached out (had to be pretty persistent) to Fulgor support and then they dispatched a local service company to work on it. Maybe your local appliance store could help? Or a highly-rated local repair company that services them might know?
          Best,
          Justin

  • Jessica says:

    Thank you for this review! I think I’m about to buy one for my new kitchen. We are also getting the Fulgor fridge.

    • justin says:

      Absolutely, Jessica.
      So excited for you and your new kitchen. Definitely let me know how you like your range and I’d love to hear about the fridge as well! We just got our second Fulgor range in my studio kitchen. 🙂

      Cheers,
      Justin

  • Mavis Davis says:

    I bought a Fulgor Milano Sofia as well! I’ve had mine since Sept 2019. I was hesitant as well and for all the reasons you had. But I am so glad I picked it! It is a lot stronger than what I am used to (had a Wolf previously). I am so happy with the Sofia. I have the stove top only (drop in)

    • justin says:

      Hi Mavis,
      That’s awesome. So much fun to cook on and very interesting to hear it is more powerful than the Wolf you previously had. Our second Fulgor range just arrived for our kitchen studio in the back yard. Can’t wait to get it hooked up.
      Cheers!

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