Maytag MGT8885XS 30-Inch Double Oven Range Review
This range is packed with features, but it lacks consistency.
A double oven range with a $1,899 MSRP is an enticing prospect for consumers, especially when its packed with features like a griddle and five burners. But in the case of the Maytag MGT8885XS what seemed like a great value at first ended up a disappointment during our tests. We're sensitive to the difficulties of cramming features, extra burners, and even an extra oven into a single, mid-priced range, but a weak rangetop and unremarkable oven left us unimpressed.
Design & Usability
The design language stresses simplicity.
We were happy to find the rangetop control knobs canted towards the user for convenience, and the oven's seemingly complex touch controls weren't at all confusing to us. In fact, this range actually had fewer buttons than most other ovens.
Overall, the exterior design itself is handsome enough, with solid black continuous grates, a shiny stainless finish, and a fifth burner complete with griddle.
More power please!
At low temperatures, we were very pleased with the MGT8885XS's rangetop. It's often very difficult for gas ranges to reach — let alone maintain — temperatures down below 150°F, but this one had no trouble simmering.
This Maytag's whisper was more powerful than its shout, however. The power just wasn't there when it came to high temperatures and boiling. One burner did produce decent results, but the rest were so far behind, we've seen dedicated simmer burners trump the MGT8885XS's second-best boiling burner.
Oven, Broiler, & Convection
Stick with the upper oven.
Both ovens clocked crazy fast preheats in six and eight minutes respectively for the lower convection and upper conventional ovens. Once up to temperature, however, performance was quite literally not so hot. The upper oven did well enough in our tests, but the lower convection oven really struggled to maintain a proper heat at the all-important temperature of 350°F. This wouldn't be such a big deal, but someone looking to buy a double oven range is, well, is looking for two decent ovens.
Both ovens have standard racks, unremarkable broilers, different levels of self-cleaning, and all the typical delayed-bake and keep-warm features. One thing is definitely important to keep in mind: the size of the ovens. In some double oven ranges, the lower oven is large enough for the Thanksgiving turkey, but this 3.9 cubic foot lower cavity might not be large enough.
You can do better.
While we commend Maytag for offering a somewhat affordable, feature-packed dual oven range at a relatively affordable $1,899 MSRP, we can't recommend the MGT8885XS. Yes, it comes with a ton of great features, but a lousy bottom oven and rangetop sandbag the whole package. If you're going to spend your money on five burners and two ovens, they might as well work. Either spend a little more for a range that delivers on its many promises, or spend a little less and get a solid, basic range.
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