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.
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.
All ovens in an AGA heat-storage range cooker are not only deceptively big at 85.1cm in height and 98.7cm in width for a 3-oven model or 91cm in height and 147.8cm in width for a 5-oven model, 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:
- 3-oven AGA cooker – up to 8-10 people
- 5-oven AGA cooker – up to 14-16 people
You will need to contact a local builder to inspect your floor and assess for suitability. The weights of our appliances are shown on the relevant product page.