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A Comprehensive Guide to Self Cleaning Ovens

A Comprehensive Guide to Self Cleaning Ovens

Keeping an oven clean can be a daunting task and is a chore that most householders try to avoid. It’s no wonder we avoid oven cleaning considering the amount of grease and residue that accumulates in the average oven. Not to mention the amount of time and effort it takes to restore an over to its former sparkling self. 

If you’re someone who hates cleaning their oven but longs for a sparkling clean kitchen, we have good news. With self-cleaning ovens, you can save time and energy in the kitchen. Leaving you with more time to enjoy doing the things you love.

Self-cleaning ovens use innovative technology to make the cleaning process easier and less time-consuming. Below, we'll explore the benefits of self-cleaning ovens and how Pyrolytic, HydroClean, and Catalytic Liner ovens work.

You can learn about self-cleaning ovens by checking this simple video, and then go into further detail while reading the blog.

What Are Self-Cleaning Ovens

Self-cleaning ovens are a type of oven that have a special cleaning feature that allows the oven to clean itself. There are currently two main types of self-cleaning ovens: high-heat and steam cleaning.  Also known as pyrolytic ovens and hydro-clean ovens. 


Pyrolytic aka ‘High Heat’ Self-Cleaning Ovens

Pyrolytic ovens are designed to heat up to high temperatures, turning food residue into ash that can be easily wiped away. Pyrolytic ovens are popular for their deep-cleaning capabilities, as they can clean even the most stubborn stains. They are also energy-efficient, as the high temperatures used to clean the oven reduce the need for chemical cleaners. Once the cleaning cycle is complete, you will only need a damp cloth to wipe away the ash.

As the future of oven cooking, self-cleaning ovens have a host of innovative and helpful features. The Neff N50 self-cleaning oven has a completely retractable oven door to make cooking much easier.  Along with eight heating methods and a CircoTherm system. Described as being ‘like having your own personal sous chef’, the ELECTROLUX Built-in Single Multifunction Pyrolytic is also gaining a fanbase. This self-cleaning oven has heat sensors that know when a meal is ready and automatically switch off.  Just a few of the incredible features that you will find in our pyrolytic oven range.

Efficiency and safety are standard features of pyrolytic ovens, with many models given the highest energy rating. As they heat up to 500°C, the pyrolytic oven door locks during the cleaning process to prevent any accidents from occurring.

At Irwins Megastore, you can buy pyrolytic self-cleaning ovens from the most trusted brands including Whirlpool, Electrolux, Bosch, Hotpoint and more.


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HydroClean aka ‘Steam Clean’ Self-Cleaning Ovens

HydroClean ovens use steam to loosen up dirt, grease, and grime, making the cleaning process much easier. Simply pour water into the dedicated reservoir, select the cleaning function, and let the steam work its magic. After the cleaning cycle, a quick wipe is all that's required to remove the softened residues.

HydroClean ovens are energy-efficient and reduce the need for excessive scrubbing or the use of chemical cleaners. It’s no surprise then that they are a popular choice for those who want a hassle-free cleaning experience.


Self-Cleaning Ovens With Catalytic Liners

Catalytic liners are designed to absorb grease and dirt from the oven walls, making the cleaning process much easier. The liners are made from specially prepared, porous enamel that is designed to absorb grease and create a non-stick surface for food spills.  The enamel contains a catalyst substance that increases the rate of a chemical reaction without being consumed in the process. The result is the breakdown of grease and dirt making it easier to wipe away.


Ovens with catalytic liners are sometimes called ‘continuous cleaning’ ovens because they tend to look clean even after regular use. This is because food waste and spills are absorbed into the surface of the liner. Catalytic liners are easy to install and can last for a long time, making them a cost-effective option.


Many ovens now come with catalytic liners as standard including the freestanding Hotpoint Gas Cooker and Nordmende built-in double oven. Catalytic liners are another excellent option for those seeking a low-maintenance oven cleaning experience. While they may not eliminate the need for occasional wiping, catalytic liners significantly simplify the overall cleaning process.


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Which Type Of Self Cleaning Oven Is Better

When it comes to choosing a self-cleaning oven, each type has its pros and cons. Pyrolytic ovens are the most efficient at cleaning, but they use a lot of energy for high heat. Hydroclean ovens are energy-efficient and easy to clean, but they may not be as effective at deep cleaning. Catalytic liners are easy to install and cost-effective, but they may not be as effective at cleaning as Pyrolytic HydroClean ovens.

Self-cleaning ovens are a great investment for those who want to save time and energy in the kitchen. Pyrolytic, hydroclean, and catalytic liner ovens each have benefits, so it's important to choose the right one for your needs. Whether you want deep-cleaning capabilities or an easy-to-clean oven, self-cleaning ovens can make your life easier in the kitchen.

If you're interested in exploring your self-cleaning oven options, visit Irwins Megastore. We offer a wide range of self-cleaning ovens, including Pyrolytic, HydroClean, and Catalytic Liner ovens. Our knowledgeable staff can help you choose the right oven for your needs, so you can enjoy a hassle-free cleaning experience in the kitchen.

How To Care For A Self-Cleaning Oven


To ensure your self-cleaning oven lasts longer and functions properly, it’s important to take care of it. While self-cleaning ovens are designed to make cleaning easier, they can still accumulate dirt and debris over time. Without occasional maintenance, this can affect their performance and lifespan. When in doubt, always consult the manufacturer’s guidelines.


7 Easy Steps To Self-Cleaning Oven Care


  1. Regular Cleaning


Self-cleaning ovens are designed to make cleaning easier, and they do. However, it's still important to perform regular cleaning to keep the oven in good condition. Regular cleaning can include wiping down the oven door, racks, and interior with warm soapy water and a soft cloth. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or scrubbers as they can damage the oven's finish.


  1. Avoid Using Oven Cleaners


Using oven cleaners on self-cleaning ovens can damage the oven's finish and affect its self-cleaning capabilities. If you need to clean the oven, use warm soapy water and a soft cloth instead. If there are stubborn stains or burnt-on food, use a plastic scraper to gently remove them.

  1. Clean the Oven Racks Separately


While self-cleaning ovens can clean the interior of the oven, the racks should be cleaned separately. Remove the racks from the oven and soak them in warm soapy water for a few hours. Use a soft brush or sponge to gently scrub away any dirt or grime. Rinse the racks thoroughly and dry them before placing them back in the oven.


  1. Check the Oven Door Seal


The oven door seal is an important component of the oven, as it prevents heat from escaping and maintains the temperature. Over time, the seal can become worn or damaged, which can affect the oven's performance. Check the seal regularly and replace it if necessary.  This is especially important for pyrolytic ovens.


  1. Use the Self-Cleaning Function Sparingly


While the self-cleaning function can make cleaning easier, it's important to use it sparingly. Using the self-cleaning function too often can damage the oven's heating elements and other components. Use the self-cleaning function only when necessary and follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully. For example, some manufacturers recommend using the self-cleaning feature no more than six times a year.

  1. Avoid Overloading the Oven

Overloading the oven with too much food or cookware can affect its performance and lead to uneven cooking. It can also cause spills and stains that are difficult to clean. Avoid overloading the oven and follow the manufacturer's instructions for maximum capacity.


  1. Properly Ventilate the Kitchen


When using the self-cleaning function, ovens can sometimes produce smoke and fumes that can be harmful if inhaled. Properly ventilate the kitchen by opening windows or turning on the exhaust fan. Keep children and pets away from the kitchen during the cleaning process and away from hot cookers in general.


With occasional maintenance and careful use, you can ensure that your self-cleaning oven lasts longer and functions properly. Regular cleaning and maintenance can also prevent costly repairs and replacements down the road. If you have any questions or concerns about your self-cleaning oven, consult the manufacturer's instructions or contact a professional for assistance.


Self-cleaning ovens have transformed the way we tackle kitchen cleaning and oven maintenance.  The innovative features of pyrolytic cleaning, HydroClean, and catalytic liners, will save you time and effort in the kitchen. Shop at Irwins Megastore to enjoy the benefits of a sparkling clean oven without the hassle of traditional cleaning methods.


At Irwins Megastore you can find a range of self-cleaning ovens online and in-store.  We offer competitive pricing and a price match promise. If you have any questions about which oven to pick, contact us at or in-store in Cork and Waterford.


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