EASY-CLEAN AND SELF-CLEANING COOKERS
Most modern cookers are much easier to keep clean, with self-cleaning functions and wipe-down surfaces. If you want to spend as little time cleaning as possible, read on to find out about everything from pyrolytic ovens to ceramic hobs.
There are a variety of features available to make cleaning your cooker easier. Bear in mind that while virtually every oven will have a cleaning feature, some are more effective than others.
Most oven doors have double or triple-glazed glass doors that can be removed and soaked to get rid of grease and food stains.
Enamel liners are fairly common but vary depending on the brand and product. These are very smooth, and make cleaning easier as it’s harder for dirt and grease to stick to the surface. It is worth cleaning these regularly to keep the build-up of food at a minimum.
Catalytic liners are a great way to reduce the amount of cleaning you’ll have to do. Panels in the oven absorb and break down food and grease which is then burnt away during cooking. This feature is now very popular, so you don’t necessarily need to have a big budget to enjoy a self-cleaning oven.
Pyrolytic cleaning programmes are an extra feature available on some higher spec cookers. These run at very high temperatures to burn off any leftover food, so you’re left with a pile of easily removable ash. These programmes generally take about two hours, and for safety, the oven door will automatically lock. However, this feature isn’t often found on range cookers so bear this in mind if you don’t like cleaning your oven.
Steam cleaning is becoming more common on newer models as an effective method, without the need for strong chemical cleaning products. The oven heats up and turns water into steam which loosens any burnt-on food so it can then be easily removed. Some brands may have their own names for this feature, such as Hoover’s Hydro Easy Clean and Gorenje’s AquaClean.
Bear in mind that while almost every oven will have a cleaning feature, some are more effective than others.
While the oven is usually the most difficult to clean, having a hob that’s easy to wipe down is useful too.
Traditional solid plate electric and gas hobs are typically the most difficult to clean. Ceramic hobs are generally easy to keep clean, as their surfaces are smooth and glossy. Special glass scrapers are also widely available that will remove burnt-on food or spillages without scratching the glass.
Induction hobs are designed to ensure food doesn’t spill or burn to the surface, so you shouldn’t need to clean it regularly.
Metallic finishes such as stainless steel are readily available, with light and dark shades or brushed effects. This gives a professional, sleek look and is extremely practical – especially if you go for a fingerprint-free version.
Enamelled panels and surfaces are also quite common.
Ceramic hobs are generally regarded as easy to keep clean, as their surfaces are smooth and glossy.