We've had this stove and cooktop for over 6 years and have never had a problem with it. It is very reliable and works great. I love the fact that I can use the cooktop (as opposed to a gas one) and that it cleans up so nicely. The features on it are great- like the timer, self clean, etc. Compared to other stoves, this is a great price and gets good reviews from others. I would say this stove is great for both new cooks and experienced ones. Would definitely refer my friends to Maytag! The only feature I haven't been able to figure out how to use is the Timer-- not the timer to time cook time, but the timer to have the stove turn on and off when you're not home. This isn't a huge deal, since I would rarely use this feature, but I can't figure out how to use it.