One of the things we are very passionate about around here is the idea that products reviews should be easy to read and understand and the criteria for evaluation should be simple to follow as well. To that end, we decided to break down our grading rubric into three primary components for our product reviewers to evaluate an oven cleaner on: power, application, and odor.
Each of these played a part in determining an oven cleaner’s overall review score, but we will go into more detail about each of these categories below so you can understand our thought process more fully.
Power: In terms of power, our main focus was on how concentrated the formula was and about how much of the overall bottle you need to use from each product during one standard cleaning session in order to satisfactorily clean your oven. If the formula was not concentrated, or if it claimed to be but still required a large amount in order to get the oven clean to a reasonable standard, then we lowered the product’s score in this category.
For those who may be concerned about this type of thing, we will also note that, in factoring our final scores out for each product, we weighed this category with slightly more value than the other two criteria points. The reason for this is, simply put, the more of a product you had to use in one sitting to clean, the more money you would have to spend.
This notion did not sit particularly well with us, as it is indicative of a poorly designed product, and as such, we were able to make note of this if it occurred and adjust the scores accordingly.
Application: Where application is concerned, we were mainly focused on two major factors. The first was concerned with how easy the product was to use – were the directions easy to read and understand? Was the bottle designed in a way where it was easy to spray the oven cleaner on to a sponge or rag? Also, we put the overall packaging of the product under this particular category as well.
If the product was difficult to apply or use, for any reason, or if the packaging arrived to us in a damaged or defective state, we made note of it in our review and lowered the product score for this category in an appropriate fashion.
Odor: Cleaning is not generally a pleasant process for anyone, and it is made even more unpleasant when the product one is using to clean has an unpleasant or noxious odor on top of anything else. That is why, for our last category of criteria to grade on, we specifically focused on the aroma of the oven cleaner, if there was one to make note of.
If the product had an aggravating smell during our testing trials, we made a notation about it and factored that in to the product’s score for this category as was needed.