Amica unveils self-cleaning ovenScandium ovens use water and heat to clean lining
24 November 2009
Amica has launched two new ovens with a self-cleaning system that uses water instead of high temperatures to stay clean.
The Amica 1133.4TdXY and 1133.4TdYX make up the oven manufacturer's Scandium range and both feature Amica's new Aqualytic cleaning system.
Amica says the cleaning system uses half a litre of water and 30 minutes at 90°C to clean compared to conventional oven cleaning systems using temperatures up to 500°C over 90 minutes. The cleaning system uses steam and food-resistant enamel to further help the cleaning process, according to Amica.
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'Energy saving' cooker features
Amica says a key feature of the Scandium range is its Eco function, which it says regulates energy consumption throughout the cooking process using residual heat inside the oven.
The ovens feature an integrated heating element and Amica says the ovens' fans distribute hot air more evenly around the oven chamber to reduce cooking times. A Rapid Heat function means the ovens reach temperature within minutes, according to the manufacturer.
Which? ovens expert Matt Stevens says: 'These aren't the first ovens to self-clean using water, but any system that speeds up the cleaning process should be good news for consumers.
'We haven't tested Amica Scandium ovens, but the eco claims appear to be a step in the right direction.'
For advice on choosing a gas or electric cooker see our guide to how to buy the best oven. There are also tips for reducing energy consumption in the home in our guide to cutting energy costs.
Amica Scandium features
Scandium ovens also come with other features.
- Stay-cool door to enable closed door grilling.
- Telescopic side racks to allow dishes to be removed without the need to put hands inside the oven chamber.
- A child lock to prevent children altering oven controls.
- Automatic cooling system to cool the oven quickly when it is switched off.
Amica's Scandium 1133.4TdYX also features an internal light, two full-width wire shelves, one deep roasting tray/shelf and a new Procook baking tray shelf. The Procook baking shelf has a hexagonal, honeycomb surface which Amica says improves non-stick baking results.
All Amica ovens come with a full two year parts and labour guarantee. The ovens are available now priced around £399 from most independent electrical shops in the UK.
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