It’s marvellous to have a fancy kitchen that has everything you need in there.
A kitchen like that is great to work in and to prepare food in, but it’s not that nice to clean—especially not the oven. In fact, if you don’t have a self-cleaning oven, then that task is nearly impossible.
That’s why today’s kitchens have self-cleaning ovens. They are safer and simpler. But there is more than one kind.
What is the difference between pyrolytic ovens and catalytic ovens, and which is best?
Pyrolytic Ovens or Catalytic Ovens
Pyrolytic ovens clean with extreme heat. If you have this kind of self-cleaning oven, know that it can heat up to 500 degrees Celsius (or 930 degrees Fahrenheit) to burn off grease, dirt, sugar, and leftover food. Pyrolytic ovens are that simple. This kind of oven is effective and simple at completely eliminating fat and sugar. The bits are incinerated, turned to ash, and all that is left to do is to give the oven a wipe with a damp cloth when the oven cools.
Different from pyrolytic ovens, a catalytic oven cleans at a much lower heat, so it is constantly cleaning and the oven is always clean. These types of oven have absorbent inner walls that can be rough to the touch, but they are coated with special chemicals and materials that absorb the grease. They don’t heat to temperatures as high as a pyrolytic oven does. The catalytic oven must heat to 220 degrees Celsius, or 400 degrees Fahrenheit, and stay at that heat for at least half an hour, and presto, the oven is clean.
But other than that, what’s the difference? Is one better than the other, or is it a matter of individual preference? Both are great ovens. If you bake a lot, then pyrolytic ovens, which give deeper cleans, might be better.
Pyrolytic ovens pros and cons
Some people worry that heating pyrolytic ovens to such extreme temperatures is unsafe, but it is perfectly fine. The oven has a locking feature on it, and the oven will not heat if it is not locked. There is no danger of anyone opening it up in the middle of the cleaning cycle. The door and the exterior of self-cleaning pyrolytic ovens stays perfectly cool as well. Just be sure that the oven does not start to clean before you are ready, since they usually lock for 2 to 4 hours. Many people like to operate the oven in a room with some ventilation, like a window, and it is necessary to follow all the instructions and remove everything from the inside.
Catalytic Oven pros and cons
Catalytic ovens keep cleaner, but there is a bit more work involved. They don’t get a clean as deep as the pyrolytic oven can get, since they don’t burn away sugar, only grease. The catalytic oven is a little bit cheaper, and it doesn’t take as much time to clean, but there is a little more cleaning work involved because it needs to be wiped out afterwards. Click here to learn more.