The Pros and Cons of Self-Cleaning Ovens

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While most of the widely available commercial oven models are now self-cleaning, there still is a place for their humble predecessors on the market. And even though a lot of Londoners absolutely abhor the chore that is oven cleaning, there actually are quite a few cons to owning a fancy self-cleaning model. Widespread and popular as they are, self-cleaning ovens are definitely not the end-all solution to oven cleaning. You might’ve bought your shiny new model with the idea of saving yourself time and effort, but just how much are you getting out of your investment? Let’s find out!

Here’s a quick rundown of the pros and cons of self-cleaning models (which, admittedly, would’ve served you better before you bought your new piece, but hey – better late than never, right?)

The pros:

Self-cleaning ovens are convenient – As it says on the tin, the self-cleaning function is the obvious number one benefit. They are meant to alleviate a bit of the hassle, related to oven cleaning with the press of a button. For about an hour of your time, dedicated to patiently waiting for the oven to do its thing and then proceeding to scrape off the burnt debris, you can afford to throw away the heavy-duty chemical oven cleaners.

Self-cleaning ovens are energy-efficient – Better insulated than their cousins, the ovens of the self-cleaning variety will use less energy for similar tasks. You can further tap into this idea, by activating the self-cleaning feature as soon as you take your meal out, utilising the already built-up heat and saving on additional energy expenses.

Self-cleaning ovens are healthier – With the timely utilisation of their namesake feature, you can avoid the need of any strong chemical cleaners, as there will simply be no significant dirt build-up. While this might seem like a far-fetched “health” benefit, you have to remember that every bit of additional toxicity in your life adds up! The fewer chemicals you use, the healthier you, and your family will be!

Now, let’s have a look at the cons:

Self-cleaning ovens run on higher temperatures – Due to the nature of their special function, higher than normal temperature is mandatory for these models. And the fact that they’re built to withstand it, does little to change the dangers which come with having an extremely hot object in your kitchen. The self-cleaning process is the main culprit here, as it can take upwards of an hour, during which the oven needs to remain locked and supervised.

Self-cleaning ovens are smelly – Well, a tad smellier than your average oven at the very least. Using the pyrolytic method, these models burn any leftovers and debris straight into ash. And while this might seem like it alleviates some of the oven cleaning duty, you still need to aerate the kitchen and find ways to deal with the smell. Remember- the dirtier the oven, the more odours it will radiate!

Self-cleaning ovens are not self-sufficient! – Regardless of what their name makes them out to be, they aren’t truly capable of taking on the entire oven cleaning all by themselves. You will still need to open them up, scrub the insides, aerate everything and deodorise the room. And you will be doing that with the very same solution, that you’d use for your regular oven (our experts recommend that you stick with eco-friendly, DIY, vinegar-based mixtures). All spills and spots will also need to be taken care of by hand, as the oven will have a particularly hard (read – impossible at the current technology level) time figuring out that there is a spot inside of it.

As an established provider of oven cleaning and maintenance services, Specialist Oven Cleaners is always at your disposal. Ready to answer any questions, as well as tackle any oven cleaning situation, our experts can be reached at 020 8629 5335!


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