From roasting, baking, broiling, and all the frozen pizza in between, your oven can get pretty dirty over time. Imagine a thin layer of grease on the walls, a caramelized stain on the oven floor or crusty crumbs of whatever scattered about.
Maybe you don’t even have to imagine.
Ovens today feature easy to clean enamel coated interiors and assisted cleaning cycles like Self-Clean and Steam-Clean. These have their pluses and minuses. We’ll review in the sections below.
It goes without saying, of course, your best course of action is to avoid using your cleaning system at all by keeping your oven relatively clean day in and day out. Simply put, if you drip, drop or dust, clean it then — after it’s cooled of course. Sounds simple, but it saves a lot of headaches and can actually extend the life of your appliance.
On Self Clean mode, The oven is set to a high temperature, burning off baked-on messes like grease and spills, as well as any lingering odors. This process on average takes about 2 hours and makes wiping down the oven interior much easier afterward.
Some models offer a steam clean option for light spills, which does the job at around 250 degrees rather than the high heat required by a self-cleaning mode.
With an enamel coated interior, the smooth non-stick surface makes it even easier to wipe off grease and spills without using harsh cleaners or chemicals.
Whether its incinerating messes away, or letting steam do the heavy work for an easy wipe down, both features are designed to save you time and trouble. Do you think its worth it? Let us know in the comments below of your experiences.