Why I am I cleaning a self cleaning oven? When I talk to clients about self cleaning ovens I sometimes get a doubtful look when I say ‘it cleans itself’. But yes, there are certain ovens on the market that will drastically reduce the amount of time and effort it takes to clean an oven. These are generally known as ‘pyrolitic’ ovens (though manufacturers can only call them that under license) and work on the principle of heating the oven up to very high temperatures, circa 500 Celsius, and burning the grease deposits so they turn into ash.
The process does work very well indeed as can be seen in the photo’s I have taken of my Siemens oven, which show the before (that’s chicken casserole that overflowed!), the ash that was left and the oven after I had wiped it clean with a damp cloth. Yes, there is still some cleaning to do as the metal racks won’t stand the temperature. If you leave them in during the process they will turn blue!
Don’t confuse catalytic liners, found in most free standing appliances, with thepurpose built pyrolitic type found in good built in brands. These are simply plates that are fitted to the oven and work to a lesser extent at much (relatively) lower temperatures and sometimes only have a limited number of high heat cycles (some as low as 20) before they are no longer effective.
Which manufactures would I recommend? I’m a Siemens man myself and I have not had any problems with them and neither have my clients. The other manufactures of self cleaning ovens have their merits, but as ever in this business, always go for the best you can afford and that has a very good service back up.