AGA Cookers Review

AGA Cookers: These are top of the line and very expensive appliances and are favored by the likes of Martha Stuart and Paul McCartney. Designed in 1922 and first introduced in the United Kingdom in 1929, an AGA Cooker is a cast-iron, gas-fueled, enamel-glazed cooking stove that uses non-drying radiant heat to gently cook food, often in less time than a traditional stove. In cooking, the absorption of radiant heat seals the surface, allowing food to retain its natural flavors and moisture. This radiant heat is very forgiving and the gentle, heat in each oven is very constant. This makes it much less critical that food is removed at an exact moment. This is why AGA is called “forgiving.”

There are only 2 burners or “hotplates” as they call them, one for simmering and one for boiling which is basically a way of saying one is very hot and one is a bit cooler. You can fit several pans on each burner. Plus you can do so many techniques with this one appliance. You can roast, grill, broil, toast, griddle, etc. and they come with one large and one half-size roasting tin, two grill racks, two oven grid shelves, a plain shelf, a tea pot, a wire brush, the AGA toaster, and a grill pan. If you are one of the lucky who can afford this multi-tasker, I wager to bet you will never go back to a conventional range.

They do have traditional Ranges as well either in gas or electric with the regular style burners on top. There are a few refrigerator options to match and even dishwashers. And when I say match, I mean match any of the numerous colors you can get AGA Cookers in. AGA appliances are an investment and one that will last you forever and keep you cooking happily and creatively for years to come. And it’s a conversation piece as well. Happy cooking!

12 thoughts on “AGA Cookers Review”

  1. I bought the first AGA Legacy 44″ range sold in New England through Domaine, the retail furniture chain which was owned by AGA. It was delivered direct to me from the DC in New Jersey, I assembled it myself and installed in my newly renovated kitchen in late 2004. One door had been dented in transit and was promptly replaced by AGA USA. This range replaced a Fisher Paykel cooktop (gas) with GE Monogram ovens (electric) in the loft we had just sold. All I ca say is that the AGA has proved to be the best investment I have ever made in a cooking implememnt.

    I see some criticisms of the Legacy. Re: the broiler. The rack can be inverted for more clearance, or you can sit the whole broiler pan on the bottom of the broiler section.

    The ovens heat rapidly and there is a temp reached indicator on both ovens. I have replaced 2 broiler elements and one oven element. The burners (any burner) will “fireball” if the ignition element is dirty.

    In short, I love my Legacy. My cooking has improved beyond belief (my family’s opinion).
    the enamel finish shows every smudge/spill.
    I would love a 22k BTU burner
    44″ is an awkward size in a US kitchen (I partnered it with a 42″ hood).

    My $0.02 worth.

    Cheers and good eating!

  2. I am interested in getting information on an AGA Companion, freestanding model stove. I have space for only a 24 inch range, and have found no reviews for this model. Can you give me any information?
    I live in Colorado, and none of the venders seem to be willing to service the product they are selling, which makes me a little reticent to step off the cliff.
    If anyone out there owns one, or has operated one, I would like to have comment.

  3. Hi David – we’ve had the same exact experiences with our aga legacy as you have had. Have you found any solutions? The oven is just extremely hard to use…seems to heat up slowly when on normal bake mode and you never know what the temp really is!

  4. Hi David, I am so sorry to hear about your troubles with this appliance. I am wondering if it is an older unit or a brand new one? If it is a brand new one, depending on where you are located, you can find a local dealer or showroom where they sell AGA cookers and see about getting an in home repair consultation or demonstration of how to work the appliance to best suit your style of cooking. I have had 2 or 3 personal customers in LA who have AGA’s and love them. Your experience makes me think that something is wrong with it or that it was installed wrong. I hope you get this worked out or maybe sell it and buy what you really love (KitchenAid is one of my favorites).
    However, I am happy to have reviews both good and bad on this site so that potential buyers can weigh in both arguements.

  5. We bought a house with a brand new AGA Legacy in the kitchen as a selling feature and have been disappointed with it ever since.

    Frankly I am amazed by all the amazing reviews because half the time the range burners don’t light and when they do it starts with a small ball of flame reminescent of the coleman camp stoves we used to use when camping as a Boy Scout.

    The burners often go out when on simmer and I honestly had better heat control with my kitchen aid gas range in our previous house.

    The broiler section is totally unpredictable and it can only handle a single slice of bread because anything thicker touches the top of the broiler cavity and the element.

    The oven compartment below it had absolutely no temperature indicator so we have no idea if the thing is up to temperature or not and actually have resorted to a handheld laser thermometer to determine the oven cavity temperature. For a $8K unit, this is absolutely proposterous to me.

    I could go on but I think I have made my point.

    Sure they look pretty but functional and impressive my personal experience most certainlly is not.

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  7. Thank you for the comment. Are you thinking about purchasing an AGA cooker?
    I am in theprocess of writing more appliance reviews. They will be posted very soon. Please check back and let your friends know of my new blog. I waiting for tech help and will get the social media going soon as well.

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