Compared to the top-rated Thermador SGSX365FS (*Est. $1,900), the Maytag MGC4436BDW gas cooktop doesn't offer much in the way of features. It doesn't have the Thermador's continuous cast-iron grates (to make moving pots easier), light-up dials or stainless-steel finish. Also, its highest-powered burner delivers only 14,000 Btu, compared to the Thermador's 18,000 Btu. However, what the 36-inch Maytag does offer, according to users, is decent performance, convenience and great value.
Reviewers say the sealed burners are laid out in a way that makes it possible to use all five at once, and they find the cooktop easy to install and use. The one exception is the dial controls, which some users don't find altogether intuitive. However, they generally don't consider this a serious problem.
The Maytag MGC4436BDW has not been included in any professional tests, but it gets positive reviews from about a dozen owners at HomeDepot.com. We also found overall consumer opinions of Maytag cooking appliances in the annual appliance owner survey from J.D. Power and Associates.
About a dozen owners have reviewed the Maytag MGC4436BDW at HomeDepot.com, giving it an overall rating of 4.8 stars out of a possible 5. Owners consider this cooktop a great value: attractive, easy to install and easy to use, with a convenient layout. A couple of owners note that the knob controls could be more intuitive, but they don't seem to consider this a serious problem. Overall, 100 percent of owners say they would recommend this cooktop.
Review: Maytag 36 in. Recessed 5-Burner Gas Cooktop in White, Contributors to HomeDepot.com
2. J.D. Power & Associates
In this survey, more than 3,800 consumers rate different brands (but not specific models) of ranges, cooktops and ovens. Maytag ranks in the middle of the pack, with an overall score of 780 out of a possible 1,000. It is also rated "about average" for overall satisfaction.
Review: 2012 Laundry Appliance Satisfaction Study and 2012 Kitchen Appliance Satisfaction Study, Editors of J.D. Power and Associates, July 18, 2012