Maytag MET8885XS range

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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.
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Type: Smoothtop, double oven (30-inch)
About - Maytag MET8885XS

The Maytag MET8885XS is part of the range test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, electric smoothtop range models like the MET8885XS are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Cooktop high:
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.

Cooktop low:
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.

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Features & Specs - Maytag MET8885XS
info Double oven Yes
info Cooking drawer No
info High-power elements 2
info Medium-power elements 0
info Low-power elements 2
info Convection mode Yes
info Slide-in No
info Stainless steel available Yes
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User Reviews - Maytag MET8885XS
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Disappointment very high
Attractive Design
Heats slowly
Best Uses
I have owned my Maytag for less then six months, I purchased the double oven range new. I used the self clean option for the lower oven, now the lower oven is locked and the self clean option is unavailable for the upper oven. Maytag is unable to assist me in unlocking the oven. So the range has to be sent away to get fixed, at my expense. The double oven in theory is a good one, except the larger oven is on the bottom, so one has to bend down to take the bigger, heavier object from the bottom oven. The smaller burners are good for warming, however not cooking.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
If you like to cook forget this Range.
2 Front Burners Are Good
Attractive Design
Everything Else
Best Uses
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
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Not as Good as expected
Power Boost Burner
Impractical Timer
Imprecise Temp Control
Poor Design Of Cooktop
Small Burners
Best Uses
Cooking For One Or Two
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:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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