Last month, I talked about my amazing new Maytag refrigerator and now I get to share my Maytag range with you. And really, what better time of year to be trying out a new range than the holiday season, with all the cooking and baking that happens?!
The Glass Cooktop:
The ceramic glass cooktop has 5 burners, including a triple-choice element, which allows me to choose how much of the element to heat, depending on the pan size. That’s much more efficient than heating a big burner for a small pan. I also sometimes prefer to cook in the front vs the back of the stove, so this allows me to do that more often too.
There’s two regular burners and then one large Speed Heat element. The Speed Heat is one of my favorite things about my new Maytag range.
I primarily use it for boiling water and it cuts the cooking time in half! My old stove would take 10-15 minutes for a full pot of cold water to boil and now, it’s about 7 minutes. It’s incredible, especially when I’m running late and have hungry kids whining for dinner. (Because I starve them you know! << That’s sarcasm for any of you who didn’t pick that up…Just to be sure!)
I also love to use it for making oatmeal in the morning. It boils 1 cup of water in about 2 minutes! Which means it’s easier than ever to make a healthy breakfast for my family and myself.
The 5th element is a warming burner, which keeps food warm without burning it. I haven’t used this burner a lot yet, but I had the perfect opportunity to try it last week when I made a frosting recipe on the stove that had to be kept warm. It kept my frosting perfectly warm, without burning it for the 10 minutes I had to wait before pouring it over the cake!
(Don’t mind the crumbs there… I tend to be a messy cook…)
I also have to add that I love how the range is big enough to hold the 5th warming elements without taking any space away from the other four elements.
Then there’s the oven. Ahhh my wonderful huge oven. At 6.2 cubic feet, it is HUGE. And it holds three racks. That means I can get more cooking and baking done at the same time, meaning my kitchen time is now more efficient. I have been so happy about that.
Last month, my Maytag range easily cooked our huge 19 pound Thanksgiving turkey with room to spare.
(Yes, those are little fingerprints all over the glass…the kids love looking in the huge glass window…)
Later on Thanksgiving day, I was able to fit all my side dishes AND our snowflake rolls in the oven all at once! It was incredible to have everything warm at the same time and not be taking turns with something always getting cold, like in the past.
Even our pug, Abby, was impressed:
The oven also has an EvenAir Convection option for faster, even cooking. I haven’t used this feature a lot yet (mainly because I am still figuring it out!) but I did cook some chicken with it one time and it cooked faster and very thoroughly. I am looking forward to trying this out more.
I also love the size of the oven window – it’s so big and clear that it often saves me from opening the oven door to check on the progress of the food I’m baking. And the kids love peeking in too:
My only complaint with the entire range is the timer. It continues to sporadically beep until I turn it off, which can quickly get annoying. I’m not one to ignore the timer and I almost always respond immediately. So to have to stop what I’m doing (I’m always in the middle of something) to turn the timer off can be a pain. I can see where some people would like this feature, but I’m not a fan and I wish there was an option to have it beep just once when done, like my old range did. But that’s just one very minor thing overall.
AquaLift Self-Cleaning Technology
That’s how my Maytag range cooks and bakes, but how about cleaning it? My old oven had a self-cleaning feature where it heated up to some ridiculous temperature to burn off the grime and subsequently heat up the entire house for a solid afternoon. Plus it would mean I couldn’t use my oven for several hours. The result? Well I just didn’t clean my oven as often as I’d have liked. If you have a self-cleaning oven, you know exactly what I mean.
But my new Maytag range has a new cleaning technology, known as AquaLift. Using simply water to activate an innovative coating within the oven itself, a low 250 degrees and 40 minutes is all it needs to lift and release baked on stuff. It’s so simple, I wasn’t convinced it would work. Especially when it came to tackling this tough spilled apple pie filing here:
As directed, I scraped off what I could with the included scraper. Not a whole lot came off and I was afraid I had ruined my new oven and wouldn’t be able to get it clean. But I added the required 2 cups of water to the bottom and turned on the cleaning cycle.
Forty minutes later, I opened the oven and was amazed to find that, not only could I immediately touch the oven – it was warm, but not so hot as to burn me, but the burnt stuff WAS released and floating! All I had to do was soak up the water with one of my cleaning clothes and wipe the rest of the oven with a Mr-Clean-like-eraser. Look at it – amazing! It took me all of 10 minutes to clean everything.
And now that I know how simple it is, I’ll be taking advantage of this amazing AquaLift cleaning technology more often.
Maytag Innovation for Moms
So there you have it – another innovative appliance from Maytag. My Maytag range has been so dependable for all the cooking I need to do. I haven’t had one issue and honestly, I can’t think of anything (aside from the minor timer thing I mentioned) else this range needs. It has everything. Once again Maytag has hit the mark.
Thanks to Maytag, my cooking and cleaning time in the kitchen is more efficient and convenient than ever before. Now that’s a winning recipe for any mom.
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Disclosure: I wrote this post participating in an Maytag Moms Dependable Kitchen Ambassador program by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Maytag. I was provided with a Maytag kitchen appliances set, including a refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, and range to facilitate my post