The Maytag MET8885XS does not have as many features as the top-rated Electrolux EW30EF65GS (*Est. $2,300), but it does have one that the Electrolux lacks: a true double oven. The lower oven has a capacity of 4.2 feet and includes a convection feature; the small upper oven measures 2.5 cubic feet. Both are self-cleaning. The cooktop has five heating elements with a variety of power settings, including a 3,200-watt speed burner, which users say really gets things cooking in a hurry.
In professional tests, the Maytag excels at baking and boiling, but its broiling performance isn't great, and one source finds that the burners heat unevenly. Owners praise this range's performance, features and large total capacity, but they also cite a couple of drawbacks -- the convection fan can be loud, and the smooth cooktop is hard to clean. One advantage of the Maytag range is its warranty, which covers the whole appliance for one year and the cooktop and heating elements for a full 10 years.
The Maytag MET8885XS is included in detailed tests of ranges conducted by ConsumerReports.org and Good Housekeeping. It also receives about 50 reviews from users at retail sites Lowes.com and AJMadison.com and on the manufacturer's website. An annual survey of appliance owners conducted by J.D. Power and Associates provides useful information about the Maytag brand as a whole.
ConsumerReports.org provides ratings on its website for more than 100 ranges, including the Maytag MET8885XS. Ranges are rated on cooktop performance, baking, broiling, capacity and oven cleaning.
Review: Kitchen Ranges, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
2. Good Housekeeping
Based on its cooking performance, features and ease of use, the Maytag MET8885XS receives a B grade from testers at Good Housekeeping. Although it boils water quickly and bakes evenly, reviewers say the burners don't heat evenly and broiling performance is poor.
Review: Maytag Gemini Double Oven Electric Range MET8885X, Editors of Good Housekeeping, March 2011
Lowes.com has about 14 user reviews for the stainless-steel Maytag MET8885XS and another 20 or so (on separate pages) for its white and black equivalents. Overall, the range receives about 4.4 stars out of a possible 5 from users, who praise its features, capacity, performance and style (though a few note that it's loud and difficult to clean).
Review: Maytag 30-in Smooth Surface Double Oven Convection Electric Range (Stainless Steel), Contributors to Lowes.com
In about a dozen reviews, the Maytag MET8885XS receives a near-perfect rating of 4.9 stars from users. Their favorite features include the double oven, convection, high-powered speed burner and easy-to-use controls. Their least favorite is the hard-to-clean cooktop.
Review: Maytag Gemini MET8885XS, Contributors to AJMadison.com
The Maytag MET8885XS receives about a dozen reviews on the manufacturer's website, with an overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Owners praise the range's features, capacity and style, but a few note that it is noisy.
Review: MET8885XS Gemini Electric Double Oven Range with EvenAir True Convection, Contributors to Maytag.com
6. J.D. Power & Associates
In this survey of more than 4,300 consumers who have purchased a range or oven, Maytag appliances come in right around the middle of the pack. The brand earns above-average ratings for price and ease of use, but its features are rated below average.
Review: Home Appliance Study, Editors of J.D. Power and Associates, Aug. 3, 2011