What's this? This is based on oven capacity, cooktop speed and simmer performance, and oven baking, broiling, and self-cleaning performance. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
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Summary:This Maytag freestanding electric smoothtop range has the following: • 4 surface cooking elements • Among surface elements, 2 high-powered element(s). • Warming element on cooktop • One or more expandable cooktop elements. • Convection oven mode. • Double ovens. • Touchpads for setting oven temperature.
The Maytag MET8885XS is part of the kitchen range
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, electric smoothop range
models like the MET8885XS are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
This reflects how quickly the most powerful element could raise a 6-liter (6 1/3 quart) pot of water from room temperature to a near boil.
This reflects how well the lowest-powered element or burner kept a low temperature as for melting chocolate. We also set the most powerful element to its lowest setting to test its ability to hold a large pot of tomato sauce below a boil.
This reflects the evenness of cookies and cakes in multi-rack baking tests.
About This Brand
This midlevel, mass-market brand makes appliances priced between $500 and $2,000. Maytag, the first brand to introduce the double oven range in North America, offers a full line of dependable and durable cooking appliances such as built-in ovens, freestanding ovens (single or double), gas and electric cooktops, microwave/oven combinations, and downdraft hoods.
Double oven Double oven models have a second oven cavity. Most have a separate small oven above the main one complete with its own controls, door, window, oven light, slide-out rack, and self-clean function. While the upper oven offers easy access, the main oven is relatively low; you'll need to crouch to remove items from lower shelf positions. Other designs offer two same-sized ovens, or convert a single oven into two using a slide-in partition (though with a shared door.)
Cooking drawer Drawer below the main oven that can cook foods (up to a few inches high), as well as warm or heat serving bowls and plates. The cooking drawer has its own temperature control so can be set to cook a dish independent of the main oven. Foods must be lifted up out of the drawer (lacks a slide-out rack), and the drawer requires manual cleaning.
High-power elements The number of surface cooking elements rated at over 2,000 watts. On a smoothtop range, 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.
Convection mode Has a convection feature that uses a fan or two to circulate heated air, and sometimes an extra heating element. The convection mode can be turned off if you prefer conventional cooking.
Slide-in Slides between cabinets; all controls are on front panel for a built-in look. May have an unfinished exterior on the sides of the range, and typically the left and right edges of the cooktop overlap the counter.
Stainless steel available Many new mainstream ranges come with stainless steel trim or offer a stainless-trim version for an additional $200 or so.
I LOVED my old Maytag Gemini oven. I moved it twice, rather than give it up. When the control panel failed and I was told the part was no longer manufactured, I replace it with a new Gemini. The quality is noticeably cheaper and the current design is impractical for cooking for a large group. The oven temperatures are inconsistent, the upper oven heats only from the bottom, and the two of the burners are ridiculously small.
How long have you owned it:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Brandon, Fl
(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
8 years later, I still love this range
Easy To Clean
Heats Up Quickly
Large Surface Area
Access To Bottom Oven
Cooking For One Or Two
I've owned this for about 8 years. I love it. I've not yet found what it cannot do. I used to have a large, active family to cook for. Additionally, my late husband and I used to give a lot of dinner parties. I'm an accomplished cook and this range performed beautifully in making delicate sauces to roasts, baking cakes of all sorts. The convection feature works quite well. I'm not that impressed with the toasting feature as you usually have to do it twice, but if you have a large number of slices to toast, this is fine. <br /><br />My college age daughter requested one of these for Christmas last year. She missed the one at home so much. Santa brought her one. <br /><br />I am somewhat mobility challenged now, and the bottom oven is becoming a bit inconvenient. I am trying different ways to adapt, as I do not believe replacing the entire range is the answer. The rest of the range presents no problem.<br /><br />I have had one repair. One burner on the top needed replacement. It was accomplished easily by a local repair place. <br /><br />I've been very happy with this range. Keep in mind I do not can, so I cannot rate it on that basis.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By The cake baker
from Southern Illinois
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Disappointed in range.
Large Surface Area
Difficult To Clean
Remodeled kitchen and bought new stainless steel appliances. The convection oven has not worked properly since purchased. The largest burner only works to half capacity. The self cleaning oven will not work on either top or bottom. Had repairman out 3 different times and now warranty has run out and I have an expensive range that I only get 50% use out of. Would not buy this product again.