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, 1 high-powered element(s).
• Warming element on cooktop
• One or more expandable cooktop elements.
• Convection oven mode.
• Touchpads for setting oven temperature.
• No high-temperature oven self-cleaning function.
The Maytag MER8880AS is part of the range
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, electric smoothtop range
models like the MER8880AS 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.
Baking element failed after two years. Had the unit serviced. At end of third year the oven again failed. Wiring connections to the baking element had overheated and failed. Repairs would require a new baking element (again) and a new wiring harness. As we were never happy with the performance of the Aqua-Lift self-cleaning funciton, we are cutting our losses and purchasing a range from a different manufacturer.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
Matag AquaLift smooth top electric range
Heats Up Quickly
Large Surface Area
Love My Cooking Experienc
I read some really negative reviews on this range after I had ordered it. I was so worried I had made a bad purchased. Good news! I love everything about it. The convection fan is quiet, cooks great. The large oven window is wonderful! Top Cook's great. Looks good! I am very happy and am sure that the bad reviews I read were the exceptions (lemons). <br />This unit is wonderful!!! Read your manual before using and pre heat the oven to cook off the oven horrors pre use.