As we enter the cooking season (November & December) we sometimes get requests for a list of our top selling bake elements. At some point, we narrowed the list down to 16. I think that had more to do with arraignment on a flyer than anything else, but it seems like a decent number so I’ll stick with it. Also, we didn’t actually put them in real order, we just pulled the top 16 and grouped them by manufacturer mostly. And so, without out further ado, here are the first 4 from our bake element best sellers series: heating it up with Whirlpool / Maytag!
Before it became fashionable for manufacturers to change their bake element design every three years, Whirlpool built a TON of ovens with lower element number 308180 or (replacement #) RP790. To this day, truth be told, we still have trouble keeping inventory on this lower oven element.
Whirlpool also had a standard bake element design for their more narrow ovens. This element was only 15 inches wide at its widest part and 18-1/2 inches from the front to the farthest point back where the oven wires plug on. The Whirlpool number for this bake element is 326791 or 4336509 and our replacement number is RP778.
Maytag, before being purchased by the Whirlpool company, also had some go-to bake element designs that they stuck with for a while. They used more of a wide, squarish design out of the same bendable material (calrod). The first design was last sold under part number 74003019 and our replacement element number RP7019.
Maytag’s other element looked identical (and, many times, they are interchangeable) but it is 1 inch shorter and a little more narrow. Our part number for it is RP5862.
Look for the next four popular oven elements from our sweet sixteen to come later.