The Maytag MEC7430WS is part of the cooktop & wall oven
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, electric cooktop
models like the MEC7430WS are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Reflects how quickly the highest-powered element heated water to near-boiling.
Reflects how well the lowest-powered element or burner kept a low temperature as for melting chocolate and how the most powerful element, set to low, held tomato sauce below a boil.
About This Brand
This midlevel, mass-market brand makes gas and electric cooktops priced between $570 and $720 and electric wall ovens that cost $1,000 and up. Maytag appliances are sold through Sears, home centers, and independent appliance retailers.
High-power elements The number of surface cooking elements rated at over 2,000 watts. Often one or more of the high-power elements is a dual element; you can choose the large element or a smaller element within the larger one for small pots.
Medium-power elements The number of surface cooking elements rated at over 1,500 watts but not more than 2,000 watts.
Low-power elements The number of surface cooking elements rated from 1,200 to 1,500 watts not including warming-only elements, or those contained within larger expandable elements.
Expandable elements This allows you to switch between a large, high-power element and a small, low-power element contained within it
Touch controls These replace knobs with integrated touch-sensitive controls that allow the controls to blend with the cooktop's glass surface.