I've been cooking for more than sixty years. The self-cleaning oven on this GE range is a pleasant, labor saving device that eliminates a very unpleasant task. The best feature, however, of this range is the flat surface cook top. I'd seen them advertised but, skeptic that I am, I didn't believe all the raves - that is, until I tried it. The units heat quickly and the light that warns of a hot unit stays lit until the unit is cool to touch. Spill clean up quickly and easily - no more scouring yucky drip pans or searching for the right size replacement when a drip pan rusts out. The flat surface is a safe and level place to rest hot pans from the oven without concern about tipping and spilling hot liquid all over the stove or floor. Yes, the oven bakes well and temperatures are on target. The oven is roomy - large enough on one shelf for two cookie sheets at a time. All in all, I like this range better than any I've used in all my years of cooking.