Maytag Gemini Series MET8885XSS Electric Dual Oven Range Review
A double oven range with only one good oven.
The territory between the normal range and the double wall-oven/free rangetop is filled by the double oven ranges, which combine the best of both worlds—usually.
For $1,600 (MSRP $1,750), the Maytag Gemini MET8885XS is supposed to occupy that no man's land between the machinery of the amateur caterer and the classic single oven setup, providing large families or active chefs with a bit more cooking power without getting too much. However, instead of providing high performance cooking abilities, it seems to be a middling performer with big dreams, if our tests are anything to go by—which they are.
The rangetop is okay, showing decent temperature range and an okay average boiling time, but no single element could boil six cups of water under ten minutes. We did like the lower oven's convection mode, as it could successfully keep the proper temperature, but we were bemused by the upper oven's temperature capriciousness. Instead of treating the target temperature as the injunction it is, the upper oven fickly ignored the 350°F mark, blasting past it to 391°F before changing its mind and falling to 310°F. When someone elects to purchase a dual oven range, they want two ovens that work well, not one.
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