The Maytag MEW5530DDW is an affordable 30-inch wall oven with several convenient features, including a keep-warm setting, self-cleaning functionality and a delay-start timer. However, the Maytag MEW5530DDW does not include a convection oven, a popular feature found on higher-end models. The 3.8-cubic-foot capacity is smaller than more expensive wall ovens, but owners say the Maytag oven looks good, is easy to clean and cooks food evenly. Several users report failures of the electronic control panel, a problem that can cost a few hundred dollars to fix if the oven is out of the one-year warranty period. We also found several complaints that the internal fan is overly loud. The Maytag MEW5530DDW comes in white, black or stainless steel, which costs about $200 more. If cost isn't a concern, the Bosch HBL5450UC (*Est. $1,750) is the top-rated wall oven overall. This oven is significantly more expensive than the Maytag MEW5530DDW, but it includes convection and gets better reviews from users.
ConsumerGuide.com, a product-review site, has a detailed review of the Maytag MEW5530DDW, but it's based on features and price rather than hands-on testing. A few user reviews are available at HomeDepot.com, as well as a couple at ConsumerReports.org (but these are available only to subscribers). ConsumerReports.org and J.D. Power and Associates don't test this specific model, but instead issue overall brand ratings based on thousands of consumer opinions.
ConsumerGuide.com reviews wall ovens based on features and value, not hands-on testing. Editors like the keep-warm setting and the overall value, which earns the Maytag MEW5530DDW a Budget Buy designation.
Review: Maytag MEW5530 Electric Oven, Editors of ConsumerGuide.com, Jan. 23, 2008
ConsumerReports.org editors survey more than 20,000 readers for their opinions on the repair rates and reliability of their wall ovens. Some brands have significantly fewer reliability complaints than others. This site also includes a couple of user reviews on the Maytag MEW5530DDW, but the oven isn't included in tests.
Review: Cooktops and Wall Ovens, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Updated July 2011
Only a handful of users rate and review the Maytag wall oven at HomeDepot.com, giving it a 3-star average rating (out of 5). Several owners praise the oven for cooking evenness, but we also saw several complaints that the fan is too loud.
Review: Maytag 30 In. Electric Single Wall Oven in White, Contributors to HomeDepot.com
4. J.D. Power & Associates
More than 4,000 consumers contribute to J.D. Power and Associates' annual survey about cooktops, ranges and ovens, rating brands (but not individual models) on factors such as performance, style and price. Maytag's overall ratings are about average, with high marks for price but lower scores for features.
Review: 2011 Home Appliance Study: Range/Cooktop/Oven, Editors of J.D. Power and Associates, Aug. 2011