Why choose AGA?
Richard Davonport | 08 October 2015
With autumn now upon us and winter not far behind, the appeal of hearty comfort food in your cosy family kitchen is increasing. What better to use for cooking your Sunday roasts and casseroles than an AGA? AGA cookers have seen a growth in popularity with their endearing character and intrinsic Britishness being a big draw for many of us.
What was once assumed to be just for farmers with large country houses is now available to suit any size or style of property. The classic AGA cooker comes in a variety of sizes from 2-oven to 4-oven models, whilst the new flexible AGA models – AGA Dual Control and Total Control – are available in 3 and 5-oven models. The AGA Total Control has ovens and hotplates that can be switched on and off individually and the AGA Dual Control has ovens that operate together – like a traditional AGA – but with hotplates that can be individually switched on and off. With these models, you can switch on different components depending on what you require, saving on energy and running costs.
AGA has recently released the City60 model – at just 60cm wide it’s the same size as a standard cooker, designed to fit into standard oven cavities. This smaller model makes an AGA a viable option for those with more compact kitchens. From the grand 5-oven AGA to the smaller City60 option, there is now an AGA to fit into any sized kitchen. As for style, the City60 is available in traditional and contemporary in order to suit the décor of your home.
The wide variety of colour choices available also ensures that there’s an AGA for every colour scheme. As well as traditional Black, Cream or Pewter designed to suit any colour palette there are also more striking colours such as Rose, Heather, Duck Egg Blue and Lemon, amongst others.
Aside from their distinctive aesthetic, an AGA provides a cooking experience that is second to none. Their cast iron construction creates radiant heat; this form of heat ensures that flavours and goodness are locked into food, resulting in meals with rich flavour and optimum nutrition. The set temperatures can seem daunting, however, once used to the workings of an AGA, their reliability and consistency is a great benefit when cooking. The ‘art’ to AGA cooking is something that experts at your local AGA shop will be pleased to assist you with, helping to familiarise yourself with your cooker.
For over eight decades AGA cookers have been made in Britain and the AGA has stayed true to its Great British roots; perhaps the reason that so many AGA owners are pleased with their cooker decades after its installation. Despite their longevity AGA is in no way lost in the past. They are constantly evolving to keep up with the requirements of modern day living – new generation ovens have timers to economise on heat and time, whilst the City60 appeals to a more contemporary design of kitchen.
As well as the obvious benefits to cooking, taste and general appearance of the AGA itself, the heat of an AGA helps to keep the kitchen warm in cooler months which in turn saves on the heating bill. An AGA can even be used to help dry washing, saving money on the running costs of a tumble dryer. Whether you are looking for a classic cast iron AGA that harks back to their 1922 origin or a contemporary City60 or AGA Total Control for a brand new property there is an AGA to suit every kitchen.
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