Kelowna Appliances Experts Discuss Self-cleaning vs Steam-cleaning Ovens

Kelowna Appliances Experts Discuss Self-cleaning vs Steam-cleaning Ovens
Choosing the right Kelowna appliances will save you from having to manually scrub your oven when it gets dirty.

Most Kelowna appliances experts agree that it’s nearly impossible to keep an oven clean indefinitely. Making a mess is inevitable. No matter your best intentions, you’re bound to experience some variation of the following:

  • Casseroles bubbling over
  • Roasts splattering juices on the oven sidewalls
  • Cheese and pizza sauce baking to a hard crust on your oven floor

For nearly half a century, we have relied on self-cleaning ovens to save ourselves from having to manually scrub these frequently used kitchen appliances. And for the most part, they produce excellent results and are still widely used today.

However, there is a new player you’re bound to come across when you’re shopping for new Kelowna appliances. It’s called the steam-cleaning oven, and it has a lot going for it.

But first, let’s take a closer look at the current champion…


Self-cleaning Ovens

If you bought an oven before 2012, it’s almost guaranteed to be a self-cleaner. And there’s a reason ovens of this type have reigned supreme as the kitchen appliances of choice for most households: they work.

In a nutshell, the process typically works like this:

  • Turn on the oven’s self-cleaning function
  • Leave it for a few hours to work its magic
  • Come back when it’s cooled down
  • Wipe any remaining ash with a damp sponge
  • Resume everyday use

However, there are a few things homeowners don’t like about self-cleaning ovens:

  • The self-cleaning function requires extremely high temperatures (up to 800F)
  • The cleaning cycle can take upwards of four hours (plus cool-down time)
  • The process creates smoke and strong fumes
  • Fumes can be harmful to domesticated birds and even small animals

For the majority of homeowners, the tradeoff is worth it. The self-cleaning function only needs to be used periodically, so the inconvenience is minimal.


A Steamy Affair

The makers of steam-cleaning ovens attempted to address many of the objections people have with self-cleaners. Maytag spearheaded this movement with its AquaLift technology. Other companies that have followed suit include:

The system works by pouring a water (usually about two cups) onto the bottom of the oven. The liquid is heated to about 200F and, as it evaporates, it reacts with a special coating that lines the oven cavity to facilitate the removal of baked-on gunk.

Best of all, the process takes just 40 minutes (including cool-down). Once the cycle is complete, you wipe the inside of the oven with a sponge and you’re good to go. Some of the advantages people like about this process include:

  • Low heat
  • Safer
  • No smell
  • Fast cycle times

If you want to keep up with other trends in the kitchen, check out our post: 2 Smart Kitchen Appliances Trends to Watch for.


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