Prior to purchasing from the AGA range you will want to know as much as possible about that specific product. To save you having to contact your dedicated AGA shop for advice, you may be able to find the answers you're looking for among the most frequently asked questions below.
An AGA heat-storage cooker can do everything a conventional cooker can do, and better. You can simmer, boil, roast, bake, fry, grill, and the choice of ovens and hotplates you have at your disposal allows you to cook a wide variety of dishes simultaneously. The beauty of an AGA heat-storage cooker is that it's always ready to cook when you are.
Cooking on an AGA cooker takes a little getting used to, but once you've got the hang of it you'll never look back. Before making a decision on whether to choose an additional cooker, why not visit one of our AGA Demonstrations? It'll give you a better understanding of just what you can achieve on your AGA heat-storage cooker - you might be pleasantly surprised at just how versatile it is.
Of course, at AGA we understand that you have to choose the cooker that best fulfils the demands of your family life. If you have a very busy kitchen and would like the added versatility of additional cooking space, you can choose a matching AGA Module to complement your AGA heat-storage cooker, either integrated or freestanding.
However, if you would prefer a more conventional style range cooker with all the quality you'd expect from AGA, you won't find any better than our S-Series Six-Four, S-Series Four-Two, Masterchef and Masterchef Deluxe models. To find out more about our selection of conventional cooking options visit your dedicated AGA shop.
Speak to any AGA owner and they'll wax lyrical about their
cooker's qualities: its constant warmth, convenience and, of
course, the superb cooking results. An AGA heat-storage cooker has
longevity built-in and is an investment that will last for
generations… its life-span is typically more three times longer
than a conventional cooker.
Thanks to its cast-iron body the AGA cooker performs exceptionally well. It retains heat efficiently, meaning it's ready to cook whenever you are. This unique way of cooking, with radiant heat, is far gentler on food than the drying heat from conventional cookers - it locks in flavour, moisture and goodness for delicious results. Each model has a series of ovens offering the ideal level of heat for each type of cooking. The iconic AGA insulated covers reveal the boiling and simmering plates. Even better, having plenty of ovens at your disposal makes catering for large numbers easier, a great help in busy households.
In an AGA home, you may never need a toaster, electric kettle, bread maker or tumble drier - your AGA heat-storage cooker can do it all, and better. And with fewer appliances, your kitchen is less cluttered, as well as the opportunity to save on your home energy costs.
To find out more about how an AGA heat-storage cooker works and its many features, take a look at heat-storage explained or discover more reasons to buy.
Creates a better way of living
Superior cooking performance and exceptional engineering is only part of the reason why an AGA cooker is such a good investment. You'll be amazed at just how integral it becomes to your home life. The whole family will want to gather around the AGA cooker's gentle warmth and when everyday jobs such as the laundry and ironing need doing, its radiant heat will provide an invaluable helping hand. What's more, it's built to last, which means it serves your family much longer than any conventional cooker.
Yes. The AGA heat-storage cooker radiates a gentle warmth that dries your clothes beautifully, reducing your reliance on a tumble dryer. To do this, use an airer or clothes horse -be careful never to drape clothes or sheets over the ventilation holes on the burner door.
Another job the AGA cooker makes light work of is ironing items such as folded pillow slips or t-shirts simply place on the simmering plate cover over night to be 'AGA ironed'.
If you want to learn about the other domestic chores an AGA heat-storage cooker can help you with, visit your dedicated AGA shop.
Each new AGA heat-storage cooker is made in Shropshire in the UK from 70% reclaimed iron, including old cast-iron cookers, drain covers, old machinery, door fittings etc and, in turn each old AGA is 90% recyclable, meaning you'll never find one on a landfill site.
Most new AGA cookers are now programmable, meaning they
work hard when you want them to and slumber when you don't.
Intelligent Management System (AIMS). is a programmable
device that powers down your AGA cooker when you are not using it,
ensuring it uses energy responsibly. It comes as standard
with the 13-amp electric models and is an optional extra with most
gas fuelled AGA cookers.
An AGA heat-storage cooker can also do the same jobs as many of your domestic appliances more efficiently. That means you can give your toaster, electric kettle, bread maker and even your tumble drier a break, which could help you reduce your domestic energy usage. Another thing to keep in mind is that the AGA heat-storage cooker is built to last for generations.
We're also dedicated to developing more efficient energy sources. This includes programs using micro-generated electricity such as wind, solar power and heat pumps. To find out more about our green credentials, visit AGA and the environment.
Because the AGA heat-storage cooker is always warm, it's
not uncommon for people to have the misconception that it's
expensive to run. The truth though, is when at normal heat the AGA
cooker doesn't need to use a lot of energy thanks to its cast-iron,
fully insulated body. Cast-iron retains heat and then transfers it
throughout its ovens and hotplates at a steady, efficient rate. For
the specific running costs of the AGA heat-storage cooker take a
look at Aganomics.
Another thing to consider is that an AGA heat-storage cooker does more than just cook delicious food. It's a domestic workhorse and can do the work of a toaster, electric kettle and bread maker, meaning you spend less on kitchen appliances and minimise your energy consumption. The AGA Intelligent Management System (AIMS) also allows the AGA to be powered down at times when you are not using it.
The constant warmth of an AGA heat-storage cooker actually
makes cleaning much easier. This is because heat is always steadily
radiating, carbonising any cooking spills and splashes in the
process. That means the hot ovens and hotplates practically clean
themselves and only need an occasional brush out.
A daily wipe with a damp cloth should be enough to maintain the shine of your vitreous enamel surfaces. If spills are left, they bake on and are more difficult to remove. In this case, use a recommended AGA cleaning product to easily remove the stain. Cleaning products are available at the AGA Cookshop as well as at your dedicated AGA shop.
2-oven and 4-oven gas and oil AGA cookers can provide domestic hot water (not central heating). Under certain conditions regardless of how much cooking is carried out, they provide a way of producing domestic hot water, spread over a 24 hour period.
With just a little practice, all your favourite dishes can be transformed when cooking with the AGA heat-storage cooker. Although different from conventional cooking, cooking on an AGA is easy and once it clicks you'll never look back.
These few simple guidelines will help:
Your dedicated AGA shop can give you advice
on how to adapt your favourite recipes, or for more recipe ideas
why not attend one of our demonstrations or visit the
section. Hints and tips can also be found on our facebook
page or on the AGA Cookshop
website. Alternatively cookbooks are available to buy
online or at your dedicated AGA
In short, you don't need to. The beauty of an AGA
heat-storage cooker is that each oven and hotplate 'level of heat'
is maintained at its pre-set heat thermostatically - so there's no
need to fiddle with switches and dials. To learn more about the
gentle cooking method of the AGA cooker visit heat-storage
A useful technique, when you might need to adjust the temperature, is dedicated baking in the 2-oven AGA. To do this use the AGA Cold Plain Shelf - it's the perfect way to create the ideal baking temperature. Simply slide the Cold Plain Shelf on the second set of runners in the roasting oven where it will cut off the top radiant heat, giving you 20-30 minutes of baking time at the perfect temperature.
To learn more about how to cook on the AGA heat-storage cooker, arrange to see an AGA demonstration at your dedicated AGA shop.
The best way to find out if your home is right for an AGA
heat-storage cooker is to visit an AGA shop. Here our friendly
and knowledgeable team will guide you through our collection of
cookers, discuss your particular requirements and advise you on the
best model to suit your home.
They will then arrange a free home survey, allowing a Project Manager to visit your home and talk you through the specifications required for the cooker. Queries such as where the AGA cooker can be sited and the most appropriate fuel option will all be answered, and then we'll leave you with a no obligation quote.
Once you've chosen the perfect AGA heat-storage cooker for your home, it will be hand made for you at our foundry and factory in the heart of Shropshire, England. When finished it will be delivered and assembled by two experienced engineers.
All ovens in an AGA heat-storage range cooker are not only deceptively big at 25.4cm high, 34.9cm wide and 49.5cm deep, but you can use virtually every square centimetre. This is because you can slide tins onto the runners, stack pans in the simmering oven and cook on the floor of the oven. That's big enough for each oven to hold up to 4 chickens.
And not only are the ovens nice and roomy, as the ovens are vented, you can cook different dishes simultaneously without the flavours merging. For instance, you can cook a garlicky chicken in the same oven as a delicate lemon tart and each will come out cooked to perfection.
With a number of ovens and two hotplates at your
fingertips cooking for a large group of people isn't a problem with
an AGA heat-storage cooker - and here's an idea of the number of
people you can feed with each cooker:
2-oven AGA cooker - up to 8
3-oven AGA cooker - up to 8-10
4-oven - up to 12-14
You will need to contact a local builder to inspect your floor and assess for suitability. The weights of our appliances are included in the installation instructions which are available here.
All heat-producing appliances are classed as 'notifiable work' and Building Control need to be informed. However, you do not need to do so if your appliance is installed by a competent technician as they will do this on your behalf. Please see below for qualifications needed by your installer to do so:
Gas - Gas safe registered technician.
Oil - OFTEC registered technician.
Solid fuel - HETAS registered technician.
If your contractor is not part of a competent person scheme and therefore cannot self certify his work then he needs to arrange for Building Control to inspect the installation. This is a requirement under the Building Regulations. The local Building Control will make a charge for this inspection.
AIMS allows the AGA to reduce its temperature to a pre-set level between normal cooking events.
This can be either 'low' or 'slumber'
You can choose whether the AGA is operating on 'manuel' i.e. at normal operating temperature or following AIMS Programs, or turned off and allowed to go cold.