Compared to pricier gas cooktops, the Maytag MGC4436BDW falls short on power and features, but it blows the competition away in terms of value. That's enough to make this gas cooktop a prize in the eyes of owners and they lavish it with praise. Features are few, and the grates are not continuous, but the sealed burners and lift-off burner caps make clean up a breeze. The MGC4436BDW is white, but a black version, the Maytag MGC4436BDB (Est. $480), is also offered.
Gets the job done. In terms of raw power, the Maytag MGC4436BDW can't really hold a candle to the top rated Thermador Masterpiece SGSX365FS (Est. $1,900). It's highest-powered "Power Burner" is rated at 12,500 Btu -- far short of the Thermador's top end of 18,000 Btu. That doesn't faze owners, however, who are largely satisfied with cooking performance.
Minimal price, maximum appeal. Compared to the top-rated Thermador SGSX365FS, the Maytag MGC4436BDW's 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. That's all okay in the eyes of owners. Reports 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 use. The one exception is the dial controls, which some users don't find altogether intuitive (they turn counterclockwise), though most don't consider this a serious problem. The sealed burners and lift-off burner caps are nice to have at this price point, and they help make clean up easier. Do-it-yourselfers will be happy to note that lots of owner reviews point to easy installation as a major plus. But the biggest thing that makes owners smile is the modest price tag. The cooktop is covered by a one-year warranty.
More than 40 owners have reviewed the Maytag MGC4436BDW at HomeDepot.com, giving it an overall rating of 4.7 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. Around 90 percent of owners say they would recommend this cooktop. As is the case with most cooktops and most owner review sites, a good percentage of the comments here are cross-posted from the Maytag site.
Review: Maytag Model # MGC4436BDW Gas Cooktop in White with 5 Burners including Power Cook Burners, Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of August 2014
Lowes.com also offers the Maytag MGC4436BDW, and just under 25 reviews can be read here. However, most are sourced from Maytag's site, so they don't shed much additional information on owner satisfaction. Be that as it may, the cooktop earns a 4.7 star rating, with 97 percent saying they would recommend it to a friend.
Review: Maytag 5-Burner Gas Cooktop (White) (Common: 36-in; Actual 36-in) Model #: MGC4436BDW, Contributors to Lowes.com, As of August 2014
3. J.D. Power & Associates
In this survey, more than 3,200 consumers rate different brands (but not specific models) of ranges, cooktops and ovens. Maytag ranks in the middle of the pack, earning "about average" scores in areas such as performance and reliability, features, ease of use and more, as well as for overall satisfaction.
Review: 2014 Range/Cooktop/Oven Ratings , Editors of J.D. Power and Associates, July 2014