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If you like to cook forget this Range.
2 Front Burners Are Good
Cook-top – They claim there are 5 burners (4 and a warming zone). This is FALSE. There are two large front burners that are very good but the back burners are a joke. The back left one is only 600 watts and it took 29 minutes to boil 3 cups of water in a covered pot. Remove the cover and the water stopped boiling. The back right, while rated at 1200 watts is actually only powered up to 900 watts (according to our service tech who measured it) You can boil 3 cups of water in a whopping 16 minutes, but again, if you remove the lid the water will stop boiling and be at a super low simmer. So the back burners are useless except to keep things warm or perhaps to finish off items that need low heat. Another irritant is the cook-top itself is very scratch prone and harder to clean than all of the other flat surface units I have had. We had 3 scratches in 2 weeks using the same pans we have had for years on other flat surface units. Be very careful with this one.<br /><br />Top Oven – This is a cook's nightmare. It's one and only heating element is on the top which causes items to brown up quickly before the bottoms are done. But even worse is the extremely uneven heat, using laser temperature measurements I routinely found 50+ degree differences between the front and back of this oven. If you open the door a few times that number can sky rocket to 100 degree difference and the oven is slow to react since the temperature probe is in the upper left part of the oven (the hottest). The result is everything cooks very unevenly, the back will burn while the front is undercooked unless you stand by the oven and turn your product about every 7 minutes. <br /><br />Bottom Oven – NOTE: This is NOT a convection oven. It has a fan that circulates the air every once in a while. I called out a repair person to fix this problem and he called Maytag and their support staff said it's supposed to only run once in a while. Convection ovens have the air continuously moving so there are never any hot areas, it speeds up cooking and allows even browning. Consequently this oven does not perform at all like a convection oven should so it also suffers from uneven heat distribution. Even with the pseudo-convection fan running every for 10 seconds whenever it wants, we still had to turn items, being cooked or they would brown unevenly. This right here is a huge problem with the oven, you are paying for convection and not getting it. The whole beauty of a convection oven is even cooking and generally no need to turn anything, but not with this one.<br /><br />NOTES:<br /><br />The oven preheat cycle seems very quick and it is. The temperature probe is in the upper left part of both ovens and when it hits the set temperature it chimes that pre-heat is over. Ironically the oven manufacturer knows that the bottom part of the oven is still 75 degrees cooler so it still heats the oven for another 5-10 minutes. Ignore the preheat is over chime and wait 10-15 minutes for an even heated oven.<br /><br />If you are cooking something in the bottom oven at 400 and you want to cook something low in the top oven, say meringue at 250, you can't do it. The top oven will overheat because there is no/little insulation between the two. <br /><br />The racks are super cheap and there is no easy glide system. Think $400 apartment stove quality.<br /><br />BOTTOM LINE: With only two burners worth anything and a useless mini-oven and a marginal main oven, this dysfunctional range was returned by us. (First time ever returning an appliance.) I highly suggest that a potential buyer do their homework before buying this less than desirable unit.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.