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How Well do Pyrolytic Ovens Really Clean Themselves and Should I Invest?

July 20, 2021 – 3 min read

A self-cleaning oven might sound too good to be true, but the technology does exist and it’s becoming more common than ever. All of that grease, grime and fat can be turned to ash and easily wiped away with a simple setting adjustment.

Dad has his arm around his small son as they intently watch their pyrolytic oven blast away the grime.

What is a pyrolytic oven?

A pyrolytic oven is also known as a self-cleaning oven, and uses high temperatures and pressure to turn the build up of grime, grease, crumbs and fat to ash. Depending on the make and model, the oven will have a pyrolytic setting or cycle (sometimes multiple) that should lock the door and run anywhere between 90 minutes and three hours. There’s no need for harsh chemicals and or elbow grease, but sometimes there is slight odour caused by the process. “The biggest benefit of pyrolytic ovens is that it allows the oven to automatically clean itself at high temperatures,” says Alison McGorlick, Category Manager of Cooktops, Rangehoods, Accessories and Consumables at Miele. “You can devote yourself entirely to your guests, while the pyrolytic self-cleaning function on your oven does the cleaning for you.”

How do they work?

Through the process of pyrolysis (the decomposition of mass caused by intense heat and the absence of oxygen), pyrolytic ovens turn all residue to ash, even the hard-to-move grease build up on the glass panel. Once your oven’s cleaning cycle has completed and cooled down, it’s as easy as giving the inside a once-over with a damp cloth, saving you time and cleaning products.

“The biggest benefit of pyrolytic ovens is that it allows the oven to automatically clean itself at high temperatures” says Alison McGorlick, Category Manager of Cooktops, Rangehoods, Accessories and Consumables at Miele.

Are they all the same?

Like most appliances, there’s a wide range of pyrolytic ovens on the market to suit just about every size, shape and budget you can think of – they certainly aren’t limited to self-cleaning. From a basic fan-forced oven and grill, to a steam-emitting rotisserie appliance with Wi-Fi connectivity, there’s a pyrolytic oven to suit any kitchen.

: Woman walking through modern light coloured kitchen past a bank of ovens with pyrolytic cleaning.

How to choose the right pyrolytic oven for me

When it comes to finding the right fit for you, there’s a few key considerations you’ll need to make. It’s also important to note that most pyrolytic ovens rely on an electric fuel source and will need to be installed (by a professional electrician) into the wall. ”

Size

Just like any other wall oven, the standard size of a pyrolytic oven is 60cm, and you’ll find the biggest variety of finishes and features at this size. For something with just a little extra space inside, try the Smeg 70cm Thermoseal Pyrolytic Oven or the Fisher & Paykel 76cm Pyrolytic Oven. Still not cutting it? The Westinghouse 90cm Pyrolytic Oven – Stainless Steel has a huge 116-litre capacity and is ideal for big families and eager entertainers. A twin-fan system for even cooking and an in-built AirFry function make it a popular choice.

Finish

There’s no need to compromise on style – a pyrolytic oven can be just as pretty as it is practical. For a Scandinavian-inspired kitchen, the Miele 60cm Pyrolytic Oven - Brilliant White will fit right in. The Smeg 60cm Classic Thermoseal Oven is a smart choice for a classic kitchen, while the dark stainless steel and black finishes of the Electrolux 60cm Pyrolytic Oven make a monochrome style statement.

Budget

Pyrolytic ovens will set you back more than their regular counterparts simply because of the innovative technology used within the appliance – the cost of convenience. A basic entry-level model, such as the Technika 60cm Pyrolytic Oven Dark Stainless Steel, sits under one thousand dollars. The price will rise with the added cooking functions. The Westinghouse 60cm Pyrolytic Oven - Dark Stainless is a great value option, packed with 10 different cooking functions including steam, pizza and air fry settings.

Need more advice? Visit The Good Guys instore or online to explore the biggest range of pyrolytic ovens, from the best brands, to suit all budgets - and get the best tips to ensure the oven you choose is perfect for you.

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