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Maytag MIR8890AS 30-Inch Induction Range Review

A remarkable induction rangetop doesn't make up for an ordinary oven.

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Introduction

It's very hard to mess up an induction rangetop. Somehow, they all seem to consistently exhibit the same boiling, searing, simmering, and control prowess across brands. That means it's up to the oven to make or break an induction range. In the case of the the oven doesn't do any favors. An $1,849 MSRP is attractive, and we appreciate that the designers of the oven took some chances when it came to design, but similarly-priced competitors are better choices for bakers.

Design & Usability

Slightly different from your garden-variety Maytag electric range.

Maytag's electric and induction ranges look pretty similar, save for one key difference in usability: the placement of the rangetop controls. Instead of putting the controls on the backsplash, Maytag has moved them to the front of the rangetop itself, similar to many European-made standalone induction cooktops. This is an excellent compromise between keeping them childproof (the advantage of rear controls) and keeping users from reaching over a hot stove (the advantage of front controls).

Burners 1

The control panel sits between the different sized cooking elements.

AquaLift and induction make this especially easy to clean.

Besides the new control panel, the range looks like a standard midrange Maytag. The giant 6.2 cubic foot convection oven has a recessed "Max Capacity" rack, two standard racks, and a warming drawer below. Unlike gas, the smooth induction surface is easy to clean. And unlike electric, the lack of actual heating elements helps prevent burned-on deposits, and allows for near-immediate cleaning after cooking. Inside the oven, the Whirlpool Corporation's signature AquaLift water-based cleaning system is on offer.

Rangetop

Maytag's induction rangetop delivers a classic induction performance.

The irrepressible induction rangetop conquers our testing rubric once again with spectacular results. Astonishingly fast boiling times from all burners make this range appealing for pasta partisans, and the wide temperature range will please those chefs who need to go extra high or low to coax just the right flavors out of dishes. Also note that as an induction range, changes in heat take place almost instantaneously, with little of the lag present on a conventional electric range. The only downside of induction is that your cookware must be able to attract a magnet.

Oven, Broiler, & Convection

Too much variance and not enough accuracy.

None of the oven's settings delivered a steady temperature.

Aside from the brief 8.5 minute preheat and the powerful broiler, we found very little to celebrate. None of the oven's settings—keep-warm, 350°F (convection and conventional settings), 500°F—could keep a steady temperature. And with the exception of the maximum setting, the oven significantly overshot the temperature on the display panel. Most home chefs will just learn to adjust their recipes to deal with an inaccurate thermostat. But serious bakers will want to steer clear, as serious fluctuations in temperature (more than 20ºF either way at 350ºF) can leave food burnt on the outside or undercooked on the inside.

Primary Oven 350F

The 350°F setting lacked accuracy and even temperatures.

Conclusion

An inexpensive induction rangetop with an unappealing oven.

The made a noble attempt at bringing more induction options to the mid-level range price point, but with all the focus on spectacular induction rangetop performance, Maytag lost the plot when it came to the oven. The price alone is attractive enough to consider this range in spite of its flaws, but we'd recommend checking out the competition for a slightly more well-rounded option.

From the Lab

We were really blown away by the 's rangetop, which delivered pro range performance in all our tests: the least-powerful burner boiled as fast as some other ranges' most-powerful. Unfortunately, the performance plummeted as we tested the oven. However, we did record one good test result in the oven: the broiler.

Oven Performance

We expect something at least adequate for a $1,849 MSRP.

The had problems with both temperature accuracy and fluctuation. The 350°F setting averaged 377°F, almost 30°F hotter than it was supposed to! Tossing the convection fan into the mix, we weren't much more impressed with the 365°F average we recorded.

We were happy to see the maximum setting of 500°F did hit its target, but then fluctuated up to 547°F. This fluctuation plagued the rest of the tests as well, and we found the oven operating in a 73°F and 66°F window at the 350°F and 350°F convection settings. Use the oven at your food's risk.

Rangetop Performance

The rangetop is the polar opposite of the oven.

Unlike the tragedy we found in the oven, there rangetop did everything right. Two burners boiled were powerful enough to boil six cups of water in under three minutes, which is quite the feat. The other two came in five minutes. If just two burners had hit the five minute mark, the range would have still received a decent score.

Simmer

The induction's temperature ranges are comparable to other electric burners, but without electric's lag that turns people to gas.

The rangetop automatically switched boost off when it began to overheat.

But despite the boiling power, we found the rangetop had no problems playing it cool. We recorded satisfactory temperatures just over 100°F on all but the rear left burner—temperatures suitable for gently melting butter or chocolate. The searing side of the temperature range were between 651°F-862°F on the boost setting—only one burner can use boost at a time—temperatures easily high enough for good searing. The 862°F is especially high, but it's made much safe because the rangetop automatically switched boost off when it began to overheat.

Broiler Performance

The 8-pass broiler (more passes mean more coverage) was the only positive thing we found in the oven. Located on the top of the oven, the broiler reached 600°F in just over five minutes. LIke most broilers in mid-level ranges, this one is adjustable with low, medium, and high settings.

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