The most important thing to understand is that all cast iron AGA cookers cook using radiant heat so no matter which model you choose, you get the same great tasting food, see how here.
Traditionally all AGA cookers – no matter what the fuel – were designed to constantly provide a gentle background warmth in the kitchen and were always ready to cook on, whether first thing in the morning or in the middle of the night. Those traditional models are still available and may be the right model for you, if you have a large kitchen that can be cold at times, are in the house for long periods of time or have a lifestyle that means the times you want to cook often vary.
We also know that lots of our customers live in more modern, well insulated homes these days. Often, whilst you may be in and want to cook quite a lot at the weekend, during the week when you are out much more you may feel that heating an empty kitchen would be a waste. If this feels more like you, then the AGA Total Control and AGA 3 Series may be the models for you. They are designed so that you can turn every oven and hotplate on and off separately, and takes about an hour for the ovens to come up to full working temperature, whilst the hotplates heat up in only 10 to 12 minutes. AGA Total Control also has a built in 7 day timer so you can preset the ovens to come on a different times every day if you want.
AGA Dual Control is a good mix of the two and is right for lots of customers. The ovens operate in the same way as the traditional AGA cooker, and can be kept at their working temperature, ready for immediate use, or set to Economy mode and turned up for cooking. The hotplates can be turned on individually when needed for cooking and take just 10 to 12 minutes to heat You get slightly reduced heat into the kitchen throughout the year and the ability to turn the ovens off and just use the hot plate if you want to.
What is the right number of ovens for you really depends on how big your kitchen is, how many people you cook for regularly and your budget. Come and see a demonstration in your local store to help decide which size AGA is right for you.
Finally, if space is tight then the AGA 60 may be the right cooker for you. It combines the on/off oven capability of the Total Control with the Hotplate from a Dual Control; all in the space of a slot-in cooker.
Our Shop teams nationwide are experts at helping customers to find the right model for them and they can be contacted on 0845 712 5207.
Each new AGA cooker is made from a large proportion of claimed iron, including old cast-iron cookers, drain covers, etc. We actively encourage AGA owners to trade in their old AGA cookers so every new AGA contains cast iron from old AGA cooker!
The AGA Total Control , AGA 3 Series and AGA 60’s ovens and hotplate(s) can be switched on and off independently, meaning the AGA only works hard when you want it to. The AGA Dual Control also features hotplates that can be turned on and off as required. All of which means you can reduce the running costs of your AGA should you want to.
An AGA cooker can also do the same jobs as many of your domestic appliances more efficiently, which could help you reduce your domestic energy usage. Another thing to keep in mind is that the AGA cooker is built to last for generations. AGA is dedicated to developing more efficient energy sources including programs using micro-generated electricity such as wind, solar power and heat pumps.