So will Pyrolytic ovens put us out of business?
Well Pyrolytic ovens have been around for a while and I’m not sure why they aren’t taking off more in the UK. I cleaned quite a few ‘clean’ pyrolytic ovens, so in my view they work if used properly that is people have read the instructions and used the cleaning function over night.
I go to a large oven cleaning shop in Somerset – Spillers of Chard – to show Franchisees all the different type of AGA cookers and the normal top of the range ovens they sell in that shop, for example, Miele, Wolf, Siemens, NEFF (not AGA) are all Pyrolytic.
Of course the buyer still needs to use the function to get them to work. And they have to do some work and have to take out the racks if they aren’t enamelled. I’m not sure of electricity consumption either – is it too high? Is this what puts people off owning them? Or are people just ignorant of their existence? For example in Spillers there are lots of Pyrolytic ovens but in our local John Lewis store there is only maybe one or two in their whole range. Perhaps there isn’t so much of a margin on these ovens?
Sometimes people don’t realise that their oven is Pyrolytic or they haven’t read the instructions! This the common reason for normal self cleaning ovens to get dirty. Once the grease has built up and then has carbonized then that is it, its not going to come off unless it is professionally cleaned. For me good examples of this are the Rangemaster 110 and the Creda Continental standard double oven.
We clean a few Pyrolytics, there is one lady who has a 4 oven AGA and we clean her single – its always an easy clean. I’ve cleaned a couple of Wolf Range cookers, they aren’t easy even though they are pyrolytic in a lot of cases as there is still burnt on carbon behind the fan housing, and lots of racks. They also usually have a huge extractor over head which isn’t easy to clean.
You can tell the pyrolytics as they have metal guaze seal.
So in all even though they have been around for 15 years they wouldn’t be on peoples list as a must buy even though the ones I have seen don’t seem to be pricer than the normal non Pyrolytic, as they are unaware of the benefits of owning one. Most people, if buying a new oven would go for a best buy oven and they are normally something like a NEFF with the ‘normal’ self cleaning sides.
Graham Rogers Started OvenGleamers as one man in a van in Taunton in 2004. The business grew to a five van operation by 2007. OvenGleamers first franchisee started in October 2010. OvenGleamers Became An Associate Member of British Franchise Association in 2012. Now growing National OvenGleamers Network. OvenGleamers are AGA and Big Cooker Cleaning Specialists. Graham writes on this blog and films videos and has a podcast.