Beko launches self-cleaning ovenWhich? gives its verdict on self-cleaning ovens

12 October 2010

Beko pyrolytic oven

Beko has launched a self-cleaning oven - but it isn't the first to offer this tempting feature to the harried consumer.

We've tested eight self-cleaning ovens and Which? oven expert Matt Stevens says: 'We really like self-cleaning programmes, as cleaning the oven is a job no ones likes. The ones we've tested work well - they literally turn all the grime to dust, so do a very thorough job of cleaning your oven. 

'The downside is that they tend to be more expensive. However, at £479 this oven is one of the cheaper ones.'

You can find reviews of the self-cleaning ovens we've lab tested using the compare features and prices tool in our built-in oven reviews and freestanding cooker reviews. If you're not sure whether you want a self-cleaning oven then see our advice on how to buy the best oven.

How self-cleaning ovens work

The technical term for self-cleaning oven programmes is 'pyrolytic'. A pyrolytic oven programme works by burning off dirt and grease at up to about 500°C – all you do is sweep out the ash afterwards. These programmes can take two hours, and for safety the oven door locks during this time. 

The Beko OIM22500XP has two versions of this programme, one for lightly soiled ovens and another for burnt on spillages.The oven is also clad in 'fingerprint-resistant' stainless steel, is A-rated for energy use and, at 65 litres. has a larger-than-average capacity.

If you'd prefer to clean the old-fashioned way see our review of oven cleaners - we've found two best buys.

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