We were looking for new appliances and this was one of the least expensive models available in stainless steel. Temperature Control The cooktop heats up fast, brings a large pot of water to moderate boiling point but not really boiling over unless the pot is really full. The oven is slow to heat but I believe that is because of the concealed coils. Heat Distribution I typically have to turn food once when baking as there does seem to be more heat at the back of the oven. Foil in the bottom of the oven slowed heating but didn't seem to affect baking, otherwise. Durability My only complaint is the drawer. It is extremely wimpy but I noticed that on all of the low to moderate priced ovens we looked at when shopping. Design Looks nice. Ease of Cleaning The self-cleaning oven is great. I didn't notice the smell nearly as bad as my old oven. I was able to remain in the room, anyway. I'm not great about cleaning my oven on a regular basis, however, so this may not be an issue for some. Glass stovetops are harder to keep clean, in my opinion, but the cleaning products help a lot. The upside is, you don't have those metal trays which look terrible after a short time and have to be replaced. I've had my stove almost 6 months and haven't had a problem with scratching. I know they will start showing up, however.