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Self-Cleaning Ovens, Pyrolytic vs Catalytic

Pyrolytic ovens

Pyrolytic ovens are the most effective self-cleaning ovens. These ovens have a feature that allows you to heat the oven to around 480°c. At this temperature food residue will turn into ash. The door will automatically lock when the cycle is on and unlock when the oven is cool enough. These ovens will have a cleaning function usually between 2 to 4 hours long. This process does often create smoke, so the ovens use a catalytic converter in the exhaust vent to eliminate emissions. Once the cycle is over and the oven is cool simply sweep the ash up. It is not recommenced to leave oven racks in whilst doing a self-cleaning cycle. Pyrolytic and Catalytic ovens are only available in electric ovens and are fitted with a tangential cooling fan.

Our bestselling Pyrolytic oven at EAW is the BOSCH HBA5780S0B at £622.00


Catalytic ovens

Catalytic ovens are a fitted with special catalytic liners inside the oven cavity. The liners are treated with special chemicals and materials enabling grease to be absorbed. A self-cleaning programme is needed every month or so. The cycle lasts for 30 minutes and the oven is heated to temperatures around 220°c or higher. Softening excess grease, simply wipe away with soapy water and a cloth once the oven is cool. This type of self-cleaning oven is also called ‘continuous cleaning’. Catalytic liners rarely need changing. If treated corrected you might not need to change these at all. The liners do not cover all the interior of the oven so will therefore need cleaning with a damp cloth still.

Check out our new Montpellier SFOS78MBX Catalytic Oven at £429.00



Regular ovens

Regular ovens are generally cheaper than the other pyrolytic and catalytic ovens. The most common size oven is 60cm Wide. Standard ovens will need wiping down on a weekly basis, but it is recommended you give it a good clean once a month. Regularly cleaning your oven can help to improve the performance of it. It gets rid of germs and unblocks the filters.

Candy FCP405X/E stainless steel oven is also available in black or white at £174.00

How to clean your oven

What you will need?

  • Pair of Gloves
  • Small Bowl
  • Spray bottle
  • Spatula
  1. Remove any lose debris from the oven is a spatula
  2. Mix ½ cup of baking soda and 3 table spoons of water together in a small bowl. Stir until becomes paste like.
  3. Spread the mixture over the burnt or desired areas in the oven.
  4. Leave for a few hours or overnight.
  5. Wipe down with a warm damp cloth
  6. Spray left over residue with white vinegar from a spritz bottle (the vinegar will react with the baking soda and create a foam)
  7. Wipe oven for a final time


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