The Whirlpool GGG388LXQ is part of the kitchen range
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, gas range
models like the GGG388LXQ are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
This reflects how quickly the most powerful burner could raise a 6-liter (6 1/3-quart) pot of water from room temperature to a near boil.
This reflects the gentlest burner's ability to melt and hold chocolate without scorching it. We also set the most powerful burner to its lowest flame 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 sells appliances priced between $500 and $1,500. Whirlpool’s freestanding ranges offer features such as hidden bake elements, power burners, and convection technology. Whirlpool introduced a range designed specifically for the Hispanic consumer in 2006 and features English and Spanish controls, as well as a comal for heating tortillas.
High-power burners The number of surface cooking burners rated at over 11,000 Btu/hr., maximum. High-power burners are good for quickly heating large quantities, searing, and other high-temperature cooking. Some also perform well on low-heat tasks (when turned to their low setting). Mainstream ranges typically have one or two high-power burners. Pro-style ranges often have four.
Medium-power burners The number of surface cooking burners with maximum output ratings over 6,500 Btu/hr but not more than 11,000 Btu/hr. Though they don't offer top speed and power, medium-power burners can generally handle all cooking tasks.
Low-power burners The number of surface cooking burners with maximum output ratings of 6,500 Btu/hr or less (sometimes called simmer burners). These are intended for delicate tasks such as sauces.
Number of cooktop burners Total number of individual cooktop burners.
Number of cooktop burners
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.
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.
Slide-in Slides between cabinets; unfinished exterior on the sides of the range. The edge of the cooktop overlaps the counter on each side and all controls are on front panel for a built-in look.
Stainless steel available Many new mainstream ranges come with stainless steel trim or offer a stainless-trim version for an additional $200 or so. Many pro-style ranges (brands such as Viking, DCS, and GE Monogram, among others) have full stainless-steel construction.
We use this range almost daily. The first thing we noticed is that the cooktop is very shallow when compared to other single-oven ranges. The control area in front must take up some of the room we were used to, so it doesn't take many pans at the same time or fit our griddle very well. The small oven is great for reheating items or baking small batches of cookies, etc. Nice to have two ovens for two temps during Thanksgiving. The plastic knobs are all broken now and it takes some effort to turn on flame, adjust, etc. Trying to order some replacements now. Haven't had a real problem with spilling into the oven door, but it seems all ovens have holes at the top that can be prone to drips. Auto self-clean function works great, no problems there. The flame (not coil or infrared) broiler is only in the top oven, and shuts off if you have the oven door open. That's a little frustrating but prolly a safety feature. Also can't broil a pan lengthwise due to the shallow-ness, so have to move it around to get an even broil.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Mrs S
from Leominster, MA
Difficult To Clean
Very disappointed in this product. We rarely use our bottom oven. We have streaks between the double glass in the bottom oven. We cannot clean it. It would require an appliance repair tech. It is so obviously a design flaw. The top inside of the door has large oval openings and you can see right in to the door. The ovens both emit alot of gas when turned on. I have always had electric appliances and realize after reading other reviews that this is not normal. I wondered how those heavy fumes were allowed.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Phila, PA
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Control knobs break
Gas valves seize up
Had gas leaks
Overall poor quality
This stove has been a bad experience from the day they installed it. 1st oven had an intermittant gas leak....was replaced. 2nd unit had a less frequent gas odor, but finally went away. Cheap plastic burner knob broke and so did its replacement. Recently, a burner valve stuck in the ON position and had to turn off all gas. I am calling [@]to have them take it away.