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This week we want to look at pyrolytic ovens.

Have you come across one of these before? Do you know how they work? What are the advantages and disadvantages to using pyrolytic ovens?

We answer all these questions and more as we look at whether or not pyrolytic ovens are worth the money.

What Are Pyrolytic Ovens?

Essentially a pyrolytic oven is a self-cleaning oven. In fact, they are one of the most common ovens with a cleaning mode out there.

The way it works is you set the oven to the cleaning mode, this bumps up the temperature to 500 degrees and incinerates any food residue etc… in the oven. It lasts for an hour and a half and what you are left with is ash at the bottom of the oven that you can clean easily by wiping it away.

These ovens certainly take the strain out of putting a lot of elbow grease into oven cleaning and this self-cleaning cycle the oven uses is a big plus for people who want an easy way to keep their appliance in top shape.

What price do pyrolytic ovens sell for? You can find one for as little as £300 for a basic model and some reach well over £1000 so there is a model out there for everyone.

Why Are They Good?

The biggest plus point is the time that they save you when it comes to cleaning. You simply need to turn on the self-cleaning feature and then wipe away the ash when it is finished – gone are the days of scrubbing endlessly with a basin and scourer.

They also have a positive impact on your finances too. The cleaning mode on pyrolytic ovens actually works out cheaper in terms of the energy cost than purchasing all the different cleaning chemicals and doing it yourself.

Do They Have Any Disadvantages?

Like most things in life, pyrolytic ovens are not perfect and they do have some drawbacks.

When we say that these ovens are self-cleaning doesn’t mean that you literally don’t have to do anything apart from wipe away the ash at the end of the cleaning cycle. You still need to clean racks, trays and rails manually.

Compared to an oven with catalytic liners you will pay more money. A catalytic oven usually sells for between 10-20% above the price of a normal oven (compared to 40-60% for pyrolytic ovens) and they actually clean the oven as you cook so you don’t need to put on the cleaning mode afterwards.

Would You Buy A Pyrolytic Oven?

So, what do you think about these ovens?

They offer a handy way to clean without having to get on your hands and knees and scrub away.

Are they better than a normal oven? How do they compare to a catalytic model? Do you think that they are worth the money?

As always, let us know in the comments.